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

International Transfer Student Orientation

Fall 2014: August 16th, 17th, and 20th

Admitted Students - Orientation Food


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. Then on Monday and Tuesday (August 18-19) you will have two free days to get settled into your new campus, and on Wednesday August 20 you will join other new transfer students at the university's Transfer Transitions Orientation. This program will give you the chance to learn about life at AU, as well as to meet your new U.S. classmates who are also transferring from other universities.

If you have been assigned a room in an on-campus residence hall, the halls will open for move-in at 3:00 pm on Friday, August 15 for students registered for 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 16 anytime between 12:00 pm (noon) and 5:00 pm. Please report to the SIS (School of International Service) any time during the day. 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 your 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 - Tuesday, August 18-19, 2014 

Free days to settle in and explore your new campus and new city

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Transfer Transitions Orientation Program

Please pre-register for Orientation.

If you have set up your 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