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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 Student Orientation Schedule 

Wednesday, August 26th through Monday, August 31st*
  • Mandatory Orientation: Wednesday, August 26 at 9:00am
  • Washington Semester Program Full Program Orientation: Thursday, August 27
  • Resume Reviews and Minute Clinic: Friday, August 28
  • Free Days: Saturday, August 29 - Sunday August 30
  • Internship Fair: Monday, August 31

* 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.