New Students

Welcome to the Division of Medical Sciences community!

This page provides information about upcoming orientation events and resources for navigating the transition to graduate school.


GSAS Start DateHousingHealth Services and ImmunizationsInternational StudentsStipend | HUID | Lab Safety Trainings



new student with Harvard t shirtPlease consult the GSAS New Students Page to access information about important dates, the Professional Communication Program for New International Students, GSAS-wide welcoming events, and read some advice on thriving at GSAS. As of the end of April new students should have received instructions from GSAS concerning the following. If you did not receive this information, please reach out to your Program Administrator.


  1. Claiming your Harvard Key
  2. Accessing your Harvard Email Account
  3. Uploading your Harvard ID Photo
  4. Protecting your Computer
  5. Reviewing Terms and Conditions of Registration
  6. Reviewing Health Requirements and Insurance
  7. Housing

Start Date

 Please check with your individual programs for their orientation events to determine when you need to arrive on campus.


There are many housing options available to DMS students in both Longwood and the Cambridge campus.



Health Services and Immunizations

Visit HUSHP to learn about Harvard’s student health insurance, or contact HUSHP Member Services at 617-495-2008.


All incoming students are required to submit immunization forms to HUHS by June 11, 2021. You can find information on the HUHS website.

International Students

Your dedicated point person at the Harvard International Office is Jennifer Havlicek. Feel free to contact Jennifer with any questions regarding your status as an international student. When you arrive at Harvard, you should report to the Harvard International Office (HIO) with your passport and visa documentation. HIO staff will walk you through a brief registration process and provide information to help orient you to the area.



The August stipend check comprised of half a month of Stipend $1,690, and a one-time Relocation Allowance as indicated in your offer letter. From September on, your monthly stipend check will be $3,386.


Harvard ID Cards (HUIDs)

  1. Upload your photo at
    • If the photo submission link doesn’t work (the link sometimes doesn’t work if you have already registered for the term) you will need to email
  2. Confirm that you photo has been approved at by looking at the View Photo link.
  3. Email to make arrangements for your card to be printed and picked up. Please indicate whether you want to pick up your HUID at Longwood or Cambridge – Smith Center.
    • Longwood campus. ID Services will then notify the Longwood ID Office that they can print the ID, which you can then pick up at FXB Building Security Desk, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA.
    • Cambridge campus.
  4. Call the FXB Security Desk (617-432-1040) to make sure your card has been printed before traveling to pick your ID card
  5. Bring with you a government-issued photo ID, in order to receive your Harvard ID card. All identifications need to include full name, date of birth, a photo, and an expiration date in the future. Examples of government issued ID cards are:
      • Passport.
      • Driver's license.
      • State issued ID card.
      • US Military ID card.
      • Green card.
      • Naturalization certificate.

Lab Safety Trainings

Environmental Health and Safety requires that each incoming student must complete two online lab safety courses.

  • Login to and click on Harvard training portal
  • Click on Environmental Health & Safety Training tab
  • Search for Lab Biosafety Course (Lab 103-1) and General Laboratory Safety Course (Lab 100-1) and complete the safety courses.

Certain labs, hospitals and departmetns will require additional training.  Pleasecontact the lab managers or administrators to find out what training is necessary prior to starting a rotation.