The Visa Process
American University (AU) accepts two different student types of visas –the F-1 visa and J-1 visa. Students with an F-1 visa typically wish to stay in the US after they have completed their graduate studies. In addition, they will need pre-authorization in order to work jobs off-campus. Students with a J-1 visa typically intend to return to their home countries once they have completed their studies at AU. The State Department or an employer usually sponsors students on J-1 visas. For more information regarding F-1 visas visit http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange/student.html and or regarding J-1 visa information visit http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange/exchange.html.
The Career Center offers guidance to all students seeking an internship or employment while at AU or following graduation. International students may take advantage of additional workshops and supports centered on unique issues they may face in the US job market.
International Gateway Program
The International Gateway Program (IGP) offers incoming international graduate students summer courses on communication in English and American academic culture before the start of the fall semester. A student must be conditionally admitted in order to be eligible for this program. For additional information, please see: http://www.american.edu/spexs/IGPGrad/index.cfm. See the "Types of Admissions" section to learn more about conditional admission.
The ISSS offers comprehensive support and assistance to international students and AU faculty members. This office can provide assistance with legal and disciplinary issues, homesickness, bridging cultural differences, and employment issues. Specific contact people include:
Transitioning to Life at AU and in the United States
Once an international applicant has been admitted to AU and accepted an offer of admission, he/she will receive a series of emails from ISSS with details on life at AU and life in the US. These emails include information on visas, health care, academic integrity, how to pack for Washington's climate, and finding affordable housing. For a pre-arrival checklist, please see http://www.american.edu/ocl/isss/Pre-Arrival-Checklist.cfm.