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International Global Nomad Orientation: Spring 2017


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

ISSS office walk-in advising hours: Mondays: 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bakar, Senem S
Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
410 Butler Pavilion
Washington, DC, USA 20016-8041
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Spring 2017 Orientation: January 11-13

What is a "Global Nomad?"

A "Global Nomad" (sometimes called "Third Culture Kid" or "TCK") is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her upbringing outside their parents' culture. At American University, we believe that your immigration status is just one part of your global identity. Many international students are, in fact, US citizens or permanent residents but have spent their formative years outside the US. Global Nomads enrich our community by bringing their global perspective to AU. They are often uniquely able to understand the process of cultural transition and identity.

Global Nomad & International Student Orientation

Global Nomads are highly encouraged to attend the International Student Orientation. We will cover important cross-cultural and academic information that pertain to students transitioning into a new academic culture. This program will give you the chance to learn important information about your studies, as well as to meet your new international classmates.

Before you arrive:

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Orientation Week Schedule

Pre-orientation: January 8, 9 & 10

  • Moving In: Residence halls will open at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 8. You can check in directly at the front desk in your residence hall.

Orientation Day 1: Wednesday, January 11

International Student Orientation
  • Director's Welcome
  • Critical Issues & Legal Transition
  • Sociocultural & Academic Transition
  • Welcome Lunch for Students & Parents
  • Special Global Nomad Breakout Session

Orientation Day 2: Thursday, January 12

Freshmen Fundamentals
  • Freshmen Fundamentals Check In
  • Taking Flight: Your Transition to AU
  • Orientation Group Caucus
  • Lunch
  • Academic Welcome from your School or College
  • Your Health at AU
  • Life in the Residence Halls

Orientation Day 3: Friday, January 13

Freshmen Fundamentals
  • Career Fundamentals
  • Academic Meetings
  • AU Community Showcase


International Student & Scholar Services
+1 202-885-3358