New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO)

New International Student and Scholar Orientation, also known as “NISSO”, is a program hosted by International Place that is designed for incoming students or scholars who have lived outside of the U.S. for at least some part of their lives.

While NISSO is a requirement for students with a visa, students and scholars with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency who have lived abroad are welcome and encouraged to attend. 


  • Information and guidance tailored to an international perspective
  • Opportunity to settle into life on campus early
  • Complimentary airport pickup service (*registration required)
  • Peer-to-peer support from current international students
  • Advice from future professors and administrators
  • Interaction with the larger international student community at The Claremont Colleges


Sessions are assigned below according to college level and program.

Undergraduate Students “5C NISSO”

(August 22-24)

Claremont McKenna College Arrival Day: Tuesday,
August 21
View the 5C NISSO Schedule
Harvey Mudd College
Pitzer College
Pomona College
Scripps College
CGU Students

(August 17)

Claremont Graduate University Arrival Day: Monday,
August 13
View the CGU NISSO Schedule
KGI Students

(August 21)

Keck Graduate Institute Arrival Day: Friday,
August 17
View the KGI NISSO Schedule
Pitzer Exchange Students

(August 28)

Pitzer College Exchange Program Arrival Day: Saturday,
August 25
View the Pitzer Exchange NISSO Schedule


Get to know your new home away from home before the rest of the students arrive on campus!

Attending NISSO gives international students extra time to:

  • Become familiar with campus (classrooms, dining halls, etc.)
  • Adjust to time zone change
  • Engage with the Claremont Colleges international community before classes begin

Complimentary Airport Pickup Service

International Place offers an optional, complimentary airport pickup service from Los Angeles and Ontario international airports to Claremont for new students who will be attending NISSO.

View Airport Pickup Service Schedule, Guidelines, & Other Transportation Options

Residence Hall Move-In for Undergraduate Students

All students from the 5 undergraduate colleges* are required to move into their residence halls on Tuesday, August 21, and stay on-campus throughout NISSO.

Please view the 5C NISSO Schedule & Information page for more details.

Support for Graduate and Exchange Students: CFIS Host Family Program

Graduate and exchange students are not guaranteed on-campus housing during NISSO. However, they have the option to participate in the CFIS Host Family Program.

Learn more about the CFIS Host Family Program


Register by Monday, July 9, to:

  • Participate in NISSO
  • Request a complimentary airport pickup service
  • Move into the residence hall early (undergraduates only)
  • Request participation in the CFIS Host Family Program (graduate and PIT exchange students only)

CLICK HERE to register for NISSO Fall 2018

Please note: The deadline to register for the Airport Pickup Service and the CFIS Host Family Program for Fall 2018 has passed.


International Place of The Claremont Colleges recognizes that parents and family are an important part of the international student experience. For this reason, we offer an orientation session customized for the international parents and family members accompanying our incoming international students and scholars to NISSO.

International Parent and Family Orientation Session
Wednesday, August 22, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Frank Dining Hall Blue Room, Pomona Campus
RSVP here by July 30

Please view the International Parent and Family page for more information for parents and families.


Note that, in addition to the New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO), each of The Claremont Colleges hosts mandatory college-specific orientation programs and information for new students. Contact your College’s Dean of Students Office for more information, or click on the link to your college below.

Claremont Graduate University: Tuesday, August 28
Claremont McKenna College: Sunday, August 26
Harvey Mudd College: Wednesday, August 29
Keck Graduate Institute : Wednesday, August 22
Pitzer College: Saturday, August 25
Pomona College: Saturday, August 25
Scripps College: Wednesday, August 29


To view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please click here.