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Fax: 202-885-3354

ISSS office walk-in advising hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Bakar, Senem S
Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Butler Pavilion, Room 410

Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
410 Butler Pavilion
Washington, DC, USA 20016-8041 United States

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Change of Education Level

This information is for those individuals who are changing from one level of study to another at American University (i.e. Bachelor's to Master's degree, Master's to Doctoral degree).

Steps to Change Education Level

Present the items together in the order given. Keep a photocopy of each item for your records.

  1. Gain acceptance to an academic program that is a different level from your current program (i.e. Master's to Doctoral).
  2. Submit proof of financial support (bank statement, scholarship letter, affidavit of support, etc.) to ISSS.
  3. Bring current I-20 from American University to ISSS to be copied.

ISSS will issue an I-20 with a new level of study approximately two weeks after you submit the items above.

After you register full-time for classes and check-in through iEagle, ISSS will issue a "continued attendance" I-20 and contact you for pick up. Please note that the change of level process is not complete until you have received a "continued attendance" I-20.