Senem Bakar

Director, International Student & Scholar Services
International Student and 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 on international education exchange. She is active in NAFSA leadership: Association for International Educators as the Chair of the Embassy Dialogue Committee (EDC). In addition to chairing the EDC of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In addition to chairing the EDC, she also serves as a mentor for NAFSA Region 8 and is on the Trainer’s Corps for J1 Exchange Visitor Regulations and Foreign Credential Analysis. She serves on the scholarship selection committees of the Boren, Fulbright, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and the U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship Program. Senem has been interviewed by the US Department of State, various sections of the VOA, NBC, ABC, WETA, WAMU, NPR and several foreign media on international education matters. Senem researched and delivered numerous presentations at regional, local, national, and international conferences on topics relevant to international education. Prior to joining International Student and Scholar Services, she managed international admissions and recruitment at AU for 8 years, often traveling to Europe, Middle East and North Africa to market the university. She has published an International Cookbook through AU to raise funds for international students who are in need of emergency funds and, researched and developed a reentry transition workshop for international students returning home after graduation. She has a published a CD Rom by Rosetta Stone for Turkish Language teaching.
  • Degrees

    MA in Economics; Catholic University of America, Graduate Certificate in Cross Cultural Communication; American University, BS in Economics and Finance; Ankara University, Elementary Teaching Degree; Turkey
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    University Club

    Book Currently Reading:

    “Istanbul” by Orhan Pamuk which looks at the city from historical and cultural perspectives

    Languages Spoken:

    Turkish, native English, fluent Turkmen-Azeri, advanced

  • Intl Student Scholar Services
  • Butler Pavilion - 410A

  • (202) 885-3352
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers for US Department of Critical Language Scholarship by CRCIS

    Scholarship Selection Board

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Issues surrounding international students and scholars, cross cultural communication and crisis management.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Staff Performance Award, AU


Rosetta Stone Turkish Beginners

Selected Publications

Tales of Taste International Cookbook

Professional Certifications

·         Elementary Teaching

·         Mediation Training

·         Targeted Selection

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