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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

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First-Year International Undergraduate Student Orientation

Fall 2015: Saturday, August 22- Sunday, August 23

Admitted Students - Orientation at Amphitheatre


Welcome to Orientation!

International Student Orientation covers important immigration, employment, and cross cultural sessions, as well as academic information specifically of interest to all international students beginning at American University, on August 22 and 23. Then on Monday and Tuesday (August 24 and 25) you will join the U.S. freshmen students for the Eagle Summit Orientation. This program will give you the chance to learn important information for your studies, as well as to meet your new U.S. classmates. Families are encouraged to attend orientation with their new students.

Residence halls will open at 3:00 pm on Friday, August 21 for students participating in International Student Orientation. You can check in directly at the front desk in your residential hall.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

You are required to complete your orientation and immigration check-in on Saturday, August 22 anytime between 12:00 pm (noon) and 5:00 pm. Please report to the SIS Building (School of International Service) any time that afternoon. Please bring your laptop computer as we will be completing required immigration processes online. If you do not own a laptop computer, please click here.

At the Arrival Center, you will pick up your orientation packet and schedule, name tag, and other important documents. You will also be guided through your immigration check-in on your own laptop. In addition to these requirements, the following (optional) events will be offered:

  1. Campus Tours
  2. Lunch with a current American University student
  3. Set up school WIFI on your laptop
  4. Shopping trips

Starting at 5:00 pm, we will have a Welcome Reception for all new international students and their families. Get to know other internationals, and meet the ISSS staff!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

English Assessment Exam
(*pre-registration required)
9:00 am-12:30 pm
*To pre-register, please click here


Sunday, August 23, 2015

International Student Orientation

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Monday, August 24, 2015 

Freshman Fundamentals Orientation Day 1

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Transfer Fundamentals Orientation Day 1

International Student & Scholar Services