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Kristina Thompson

Associate Director, International Student & Scholar Services International Student and Scholar Services

Kristina is the Associate Director in the International Student and Scholar Services office, where she has worked since 1999 when she came to AU as a Master’s student in the International Training and Education Program. In her work at American University she has been responsible for immigration advising for students and scholars on F-1 and J-1 visas, coordination of international student orientation, organizing cultural programs on campus, leading the TALK cross-cultural dialogue program, and providing academic and cultural support for international students. She is a member of the NAFSA Association of International Educators Trainer Corps. Kristina spent one semester on a staff exchange working at American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, at the university’s Community Service program. Prior to her work at AU, Kristina was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa. Her international education career began when she worked with the Humphrey Fellows program at the University of Minnesota. Kristina has a BA in International Studies from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and an MA in International Training and Education from American University. As an undergraduate she spent one year abroad studying Political Science at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. She enjoys any chance to travel, both on her own and with AU students through the AU Alternative Break program.


Master of Arts, International Training and Education Program, American University; Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, UNC – Chapel Hill

Favorite Spot on Campus
The amphitheater at lunch time
Book Currently Reading
"Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain
Languages Spoken
Danish, French, a little Spanish, a little Bariba (West African language)
Intl Student Scholar Services
Butler Pavilion - 410B
Contact Info
(202) 885-3351

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  •                                         First Place, International Programming:  3rd Annual Best Practices in International Education NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • American University Staff Performance Award for Service to the Community (2005) individual award and group award for Exploring Intercultural Communication Cluster
  • AU Student Advocacy Center Open Door Award (2002):  Extraordinary Assistance to Students