Welcome to Johns Hopkins University! You are now officially on the road toward earning your graduate degree with one of the most highly ranked institutions of higher learning in the world—Johns Hopkins University.

When you graduate, you will have gained advanced knowledge and a unique perspective from some of the best engineers in your field. You will also be a proud member of the global Johns Hopkins community where career advancement and networking opportunities abound well after graduation day.

New Student Checklist

Complete required and optional items before and after you arrive on campus. Some requirements and trainings are time sensitive and must be completed by a specified deadline.

Before You Arrive on Campus

After You Arrive on Campus

New Graduate Student Orientation

Orientation is an opportunity for new full-time graduate students to become acquainted with the Homewood campus and their life as a Whiting School of Engineering graduate student. Prior to the beginning of the start term and ongoing through the first semester enrolled, graduate students are expected to complete both division-wide and departmental programming.

Online Orientation

New graduate students will be provided with virtual orientation modules in Canvas, an online learning management system. These modules will be made available prior to the beginning of your start term.

Academic Ethics – Required Online Course through Canvas

All Whiting School of Engineering graduate students are required to complete a mandatory academic ethics module as part of your degree requirements, and cannot graduate without completing the academic ethics tutorial and quiz with a passing grade. New students will be auto enrolled in the course EN.500.603 by the Office of the Registrar 3-4 weeks after the beginning of your start term.

In-person Orientation

We look forward to welcoming you to campus. You will also receive invitations directly from your department for an academic orientation to your program. If you have questions about your department-specific events, contact your program.

Fall 2023 New Students

Master’s students will have a mandatory in-person orientation event on Thursday, August 17, 2023.  All new fall 2023 master’s and PhD students will be invited to a on-campus welcome event on Friday, August 18, 2023.

Student Affairs will provide a schedule with additional information closer to the event. Visit Maps & Directions to view an interactive campus map or a download a PDF map of campus.  The Student Affairs office can be reached by email: [email protected].

Policies and Procedures

Review policies that will affect you as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Student Conduct Code

The Johns Hopkins University Student Conduct Code applies to all students, including without limitation graduate students and student groups/organizations, whether recognized by the University or not. The Johns Hopkins University Student Conduct Code supersedes any other Whiting School or Engineering (WSE) and Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS) nonacademic misconduct policies.

Policies for WSE Graduate Students

Your participation in the graduate program is subject to university and departmental policies, including without limitation double-counting and transfer credit policies as well as academic progress requirements. In addition to your program’s graduate advising policies, please review the Graduate Affairs website, the WSE Policy Page for Graduate Students and the Homewood Academic Catalog.

Participation Expectations for WSE Graduate Students

Residential program students (Homewood-based Doctoral and Master’s) may not be simultaneously enrolled in a degree-seeking program at any another university. Please note that for students enrolled in the residential graduate program, there is an expectation to attend classes and conduct research at the Homewood Campus in Baltimore, MD. There is not a full-time remote coursework option for residential programs, and students may need to defer.

Pre-Entrance Health Requirements for WSE Graduate Students

All graduate students are required to meet the university’s pre-entrance health requirements and provide proof of immunity to certain communicable diseases prior to registration. More specific information can be found on the Student Health and Wellness website. The COVID and Influenza (Flu) vaccines and the COVID Booster are also mandatory requirements. Please click here for information on the COVID vaccine requirement (including information about the grace period for new international arrivals needing revaccination, etc.). Failure to comply with the pre-entrance health requirements prior to your arrival on campus will block you from adding or dropping classes and may result in a $100 health form completion fee. Graduate students are required to follow all health and safety policies in the Whiting School of Engineering and university at large. The university may mandate specific health and safety requirements for certain groups or in certain circumstances if necessary.

International Students

The Office of International Services (OIS) provides immigration services and international programming support to the Johns Hopkins community. OIS is staffed by professionals who are knowledgeable in U.S. immigration law and who are prepared to assist non-U.S. citizens in maintaining their legal status in the U.S. and/or in obtaining a legal status. The office serves the international population of JHU through offices and advising locations on five campuses. Visit the Office of International Services (OIS) website to learn more or visit OIS Contact Us to reach out.

Office of International Services
Phone: +1-667-208-7001
Email: [email protected]

Mandatory Check-In Process

Complete the mandatory check-in process with OIS. All individuals whose visa status is sponsored by JHU are required to check-in with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon arrival to their respective campus. The check-in process will be completed online. Please read the information on the OIS Check-In Process website for specific instructions based on visa status.

Preparing for Your Move

View the Preparing for Your Move Guide for resources to help prepare for your move to the United States. Learn more about travel preparation tips, what documents you should carry with you, and details about arriving in the United States, including local airports, transportation services, and directions around the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metro regions.

Pre-Arrival Guide

View the F-1/J-1 Student Pre-arrival Guide to prepare for your arrival in the United States. Everything you need to know about being an international student at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

Life at Hopkins

Life at Johns Hopkins is about more than earning a degree. Here, you’ll be a part of enduring university traditions and have new experiences that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Visit the Homewood Grad website to learn about Setting Up and Settling In.


Learn about a student perspective on life in Baltimore and at Johns Hopkins University. Our FLOURISH handbook is a resource guide by and for the Homewood underrepresented minority graduate community.


We look forward to welcoming you to Johns Hopkins Engineering!