New International Student and Scholar Orientation (NISSO)

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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 and scholars visiting the US with the F or J 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


Please check back in 2020 for detailed NISSO Fall 2020 schedule information.


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.

Claremont Graduate University – CGU New Student Orientation Page
Claremont McKenna College – CMC Orientation Page
Harvey Mudd College – HMC International Orientation Page
Keck Graduate Institute – KGI International Students Page
Pitzer College – Pitzer New Student Orientation Page | Pitzer Exchange Programs Page
Pomona College – Pomona New Student Orientation 2020 Page
Scripps College – Scripps New Student Programs and Orientation 2020 Page