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International Student & Scholar Services

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Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
202-885-3350
Fax: 202-885-3354
isss@american.edu
Butler Pavilion, Room 410

ISSS office walk-in advising hours: Mondays: 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bakar, Senem S
Director, International Student & Scholar Services

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

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  1. Senem Bakar, Director, International Student & Scholar Services

    Intl Student Scholar Services

    With over 20 years of experience in International Education and Exchange, Senem is directing the office to ensure availability of superb services and programs for international students and scholars and provides expertise to other university offices … More

    Send email to Senem Bakar

    (202) 885-3352

  2. Fatmira Hoxha, Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services

    Intl Student Scholar Services

    Mira brings over 18 years of professional experience in higher education including 10 years with American University. Functioning as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternative Responsible Officer (ARO), her responsibilities include creating imm… More

    Send email to Fatmira Hoxha

    (202) 885-3353

  3. James Choi, Assistant Director, Systems Compliance

    Intl Student and Scholar Services

    James joined the International Student & Scholar Services at American University in 2014. Before coming to AU, James was an associate attorney at an intellectual property law firm providing clients with effective strategies to respond to newly update… More

    Send email to James Choi

    (202) 885-3522

  4. Katie Pettet, Advisor for Immigration Services & Compliance

    Intl Student and Scholar Services

    Katie joined ISSS in August 2015. Prior to coming to AU, Katie worked for several years at the American Council on Education (ACE). At ACE, Katie managed several leadership programs for senior campus leaders who focused on internationalizing U.S. col… More

    Send email to Katie Pettet

    (202) 885-3458

  5. Juliana Fernandes, Advisor for Immigration Services & Compliance

    Intl Student and Scholar Services

    Juliana joined the International Student & Scholar Services in November 2015. Prior to joining ISSS, Juliana coordinated cross-cultural programs for AU graduates and pre and post departure orientations for Fulbright students at the Intercultural Mana… More

    Send email to Juliana Fernandes

    (202) 885-3355

  6. Sharena Payne, Advisor Immigration Services

    Intl Student Scholar Services

    Sharena joined AU in 2009 as an M.A. student in SIS and as a staff member in the AU Office of Enrollment, recruiting international undergraduate students in Europe and Brazil. Sharena first joined the ISSS team in June 2013 part-time and is now happy… More

    Send email to Sharena Payne

    (202) 885-3356

  7. Blake Baxter, Advisor, Transition & Retention

    Intl Student and Scholar Services

    Blake joined the International Student & Scholar Services in September 2016. For nearly a decade, Blake worked in the ESL field as an instructor before transitioning to advising. He enjoys cross cultural conversation and learning more about how peopl… More

    Send email to Blake Baxter

    (202) 885-3358