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Welcome to SIS!

Congratulations on your acceptance to the School of International Service! We are excited that you will be joining us this upcoming semester. Below you will find some information to help you prepare before you arrive. Please feel free to contact SIS Graduate Advising if you have any questions.  


Registration for new students for fall 2017 begins Thursday, April 20.  We encourage students to register early for spring courses.  For information on how to register, please review the First Semester Registration Instructions and First Semester Course Suggestions. 

Schedule an Advising Appointment

If you have any questions about course selections or your program in general after reviewing the registration information above and you have already submitted an enrollment deposit to secure your seat for fall, you are welcome to make an initial advising appointment with your academic advisor starting Tuesday, April 11. Appointments are available in-person or via phone or Skype, and can be scheduled at:

Admitted students who are seeking information but have not yet made a decision to come to SIS should contact SIS Graduate Admissions ( or 202-885-1646) or the Program Coordinator for the MA program to which they have been admitted. 


For general graduate advising information:
(202)885-1441 (fax)


SIS will host a required Orientation for newly admitted graduate students for fall 2017 on Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25. More information will be sent to students in late spring/early summer. 

Helpful AU Resources

AU Central: provides student services related to student accounts, financial aid, and veteran's benefits

Academic Calendar: important dates such as first and last day of classes, finals, last day to add or drop courses, observed holidays and vacations and the refund/withdrawal schedule

Schedule of Classes: search for current and upcoming courses

Student Accounts: tuition rates for the 2016-2017 Academic Year, explanation of fees, payment due dates and tuition refund insurance

SIS Career Services: meet with a career advisor, attend info sessions and job fairs, view online resources and search job/internship postings

Navigating your Graduate School Experience: chart highlighting SIS and AU resources for graduate students  

AU Graduate Studies: comprehensive list of links to campus resources and services for graduate students, including Academic Regulations, information about health insurance, and options for academic support. 

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Tool of Research (TOR) Preparation Courses: reduced cost language coaching and course options for students to prepare for the TOR exam to fulfill their language requirement. 

2017-2018 AU Off-Campus Housing Guide: resource for students seeking housing in DC, including neighborhood suggestions.

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