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International Student & Scholar Services

Questions?

  • Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
    202-885-3350
    Fax: 202-885-3354
    Butler Pavilion, Room 410

    Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ISSS advisors are available at the front desk for walk-in appointments.

    Bakar, Senem S.
    Director, International Student and Scholar Services

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OPT Sessions

 ISSS required offers sessions throughout the semester for F-1 students who are applying for Optional Practical Training. At these sessions, students learn about:

  • the documents and forms required for the OPT application and how to complete them,
  • the rights and responsibilities of students engaged in OPT,
  • the deadlines and processing time of OPT applications,
  • travel restrictions on OPT, and
  • other issues pertaining to OPT.

Before you apply for OPT, you must attend one OPT session so that you understand how to make a timely and accurate application for OPT.

Students are encouraged to attend an OPT session 3 to 4 months before they graduate or want their OPT to begin due to the time it takes for USCIS to approve OPT applications. 

Registration for OPT sessions is done on-line, by clicking the link below. You will need your AU log-in (same as you use for my.american.edu):

SIGN UP FOR AN OPT SESSION

Note that OPT is for students on F-1 visas only; students on J-1 visas should refer to information on J-1 employment options.