International Student & Scholar Services


  • Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
    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 & Scholar Services

Mailing Address

First-Year International Undergraduate Student Orientation

Fall 2014: Saturday, August 16 - Wednesday August 20

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 16 and 17. Then on Monday and Tuesday (August 18-19) 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 15 for students participating in International Student Orientation. You can check in directly at the front desk in your residential hall.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

You are required to complete your orientation and immigration check-in on Saturday, August 16th 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 Welcome 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
  5. Smithsonian adventures

Starting at 6:00 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 16, 2014

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


Sunday, August 17, 2014

International Student Orientation

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Monday, August 18, 2014 

Freshman Fundamentals Orientation Day 1

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Freshman Fundamentals Orientation Day 2

Please pre-register for Orientation.

If you have set up your myau account, you can access information about the Orientation by logging in here: and looking for “International Student Orientation” ISSS staff is also available to answer any questions regarding immigration documents, orientation, and other issues.

International Student & Scholar Services