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International Student & Scholar Services


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

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

    Bakar, Senem S
    Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Mailing Address

Washington Semester Orientation

Admitted Students - Orientation Quad Area


WSP International Welcome:

Fall 2015 and full-year Washington Semester Program participants from overseas institutions begin the program with a flexible, but required check-in on Tuesday, August 25th in the Kay Spiritual Life Center and mandatory orientation Wednesday, August 26th in the Ward Circle Building on American University's Main Campus. All Washington Semester Program visiting students (from across America and the globe!) will then gather for the general Washington Semester Orientation on Thursday, August 27th and Friday, August 28th



If you are living in university-affiliated housing, you are welcome to move in on Sunday, August 23th or Monday, August 24th. Please plan to arrive during the daytime, if possible. Late night arrivals will be given access to their room or apartment, but should notify the Community Coordinators at their university-affiliated housing provider before arrival. If you are planning to live in off-campus/private accommodation, please secure your accommodation before the beginning of international orientation.


WSP-International Orientation Schedule 

Tuesday, August 25th through Monday, August 31st*
  • Required Check-In Center: Tuesday, August 25th at your leisure between 12:00 – 5:00pm
  • Mandatory Pre-Orientation: Wednesday, August 26th at 1:30pm
  • Washington Semester Program Full Orientation: Thursday, August 27 – Friday, August 28
  • The Amazing Race (optional): Saturday, August 29
  • Free Day: Sunday, August 30th
  • Internship Bazaar: Monday, August 31st

* Students who have been assigned a room in a residence hall may move into the residence halls on the date assigned.

For more information, please contact the Washington Semester program by email or call +1 202 895 4926.