IC in Action

IC students are active, engaged world citizens who want to make a positive difference. In preparing to become a professional communicator, you’ll have various hands-on opportunities to make meaningful impacts in your chosen field even before you graduate. Our renowned practitioners serve as role models by engaging in important fieldwork, and our student organization provides yet another outlet for your developing skillset.

Communicating across cultures

96 ­­ percent of current IC students have lived, worked, or studied abroad


More than 35 countries are represented by the current IC classes

Student Organizations

A look at some of the ways you can get involved during your time on campus.

Culture and Communication Student Forum

The Culture and Communication Student Forum (CCSF) furthers the objectives of the IC program by encouraging students to make specialized academic and professional contributions to the field. CCSF is a student-led organization that promotes interaction among students, faculty, alumni, and professionals working in the field of intercultural and international communication. CCSF also creates opportunities for networking and information sharing.

Students participating in CCSF:

  • Directly influence the quality of the IC program experience
  • Meet and network with other IC students
  • Discuss issues relevant to the international communication field and studies
  • Plan and attend events

CCSF mission and purpose:

  • Promote the social, economic, and academic rights of IC students
  • Increase interaction between the students and faculty in the IC program
  • Provide an effective resource for student participation and input into the continuing development of both the general intercultural and international communication field and the specific IC program at American University
  • Facilitate the formation of a more coherent identity for students involved in all aspects of this interdisciplinary field

Graduate Student Council

The SIS Graduate Student Council (GSC) is committed to providing professional development, advocating for graduate students, and building a school-wide community. GSC provides opportunities to graduate students to plan and participate in social and professional development events, serve on school committees, advocate for themselves and their peers, and generally have their voices heard in the SIS administration. With a team of senators representing the various programs at the School of International Service and a dedicated Executive Council, the GSC strives to be a leader both inside and outside American University. Contact the GSC at ausisgsc@gmail.com