Setting Up and Settling In

Orientation and Welcome Events

Homewood Events (In-Person)

Fall 2024 – Homewood Based Programs

New Student Orientation In-Person Programs:

Master’s Programs:

Thursday, August 15, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Shriver Hall/Wyman Quad

REGISTER for WSE Homewood Masters New Student Orientation 

WSE & Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Welcome Event and Resource Fair (ALL HOMEWOOD NEW STUDENTS WELCOME)

Friday, August 16, 2024
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Wyman Quad

PhD Program:

Monday, August 19, 2024
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Shriver Hall

REGISTER for WSE Homewood PhD New Student Orientation 



Engineering for Professionals Events

Virtual New Student Orientation: Master’s of Science 

Fall 2024 – August 21

4 – 6:00 p.m.

RSVP for EP New Student Orientation


Virtual New Student Orientation for Homewood Based WSE Students (Canvas)

Your new student virtual orientation is ready to view in Canvas. To activate your Canvas account and log in for the first time, follow these steps:  

  1. You can access Canvas using your JHED ID and password here. If you need help logging in, please contact the IT help desk or call (410) 516-HELP. 
  2. We recommend setting up your JHU email account prior to accessing Canvas so that you can receive notifications. Canvas notifications are sent from [email protected]. You can also reference the Getting Started for Students guide if you need additional assistance. 
  3. When you log in to Canvas for the first time, accept the terms and conditions that appear in the pop-up window to complete the process. 
  4. A few days after you establish your Canvas account, check your JHU email for correspondence with the subject “Course Invitation.” In that email, select “Get Started” to enter/open the course.  
    • CO.EN.MSO is the course name (if you are a master’s student)
    • CO.EN.PHD is the course name (if you are a doctoral student) 

Setting Up & Settling In

Securing housing is an important first step in moving to a new city to start your program.  There are also other important steps that you may need to take to settle into your new home in Baltimore or to prepare for your graduate program.  Here are some resources that will help you as you transition to life at JHU, in Baltimore, and for some of you, to the United States:   

Moving Costs to Consider
  • Mobile Phone – Cell phone contracts require a Social Security Number. Without this, students may only be able to purchase prepaid plans (“pay as you go”). Using the customers’ name, address, and date of birth, some mobile phone carriers can run credit checks internationally. Based on these reports, they may require customers to pay a deposit of up to $500–750 before activation. If a customer maintains regular, timely payments for 12 months, the deposit may be refunded by credit card or applied to the account balance. It is important to check these details and policies with each mobile phone provider. 
  • Pre-Paid Mobile Phone – Prepaid services generally do not require credit history or a Social Security Number. Buyers pay for the device up-front, and can purchase minutes, days, or points at their choosing. Typically, there are no penalties or fees for nonpayment; the service simply becomes unavailable. Often with prepaid mobile phones, customers must pay for the device to obtain service. Also, coverage may be limited by comparison to monthly plans. 
  • Electricity – When leasing a home, you may or may not be responsible to setting up an account with the gas and electric company.  If you do need to set up an account, to turn on gas or electronic power in a home, companies may require forms of identification for activation – this can be a driver’s license, Employer ID, or Tax ID Number. Without credit history, power companies may require a security deposit. It is important to check on specific details when negotiating set-up. 
  • Internet/Cable – Television cable/internet providers may accept green cards, passports, and other government-issued documents. A negative credit history may require a deposit, but in the absence of credit, the deposit may or may not be necessary. 
  • Filing Taxes – There may or may not be costs associated with filing taxes. Graduate students are subject to specific tax filing guidelines by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).