School of International Service

School of International Service Welcome Day 1: Getting to Know Your School and Program (Virtual)

Welcome Day 1: March 18, 2023

Welcome to the School of International Service (SIS) Admitted Student Welcome Day 1: Getting to Know Your School and Program event page. We're excited to share the day with you!


Be sure to bookmark this page--or open it in a separate window through the day--so that you can easily follow along with the detailed agenda and join us on Zoom. Additionally, we encourage you to make use of the "Planning Guide" that was included in our previous email to help organize your questions and get the most out of the day's experience.

Welcome to SIS!

What is the student experience like at SIS? Find out from some of our recent alumni.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 18, 2023

Current SIS students from a range of programs will share their experiences, including how they connect and engage with the SIS community, balance full-time work and part-time school, integrate international experience into their program, pursue internships, and more. Students will open up space for asking questions during the session.

Join the panel

Meet in a small group with other newly admitted students in your program and hear from faculty about their research and work in the field. You will be automatically assigned into your breakout room or may select to join your program session directly from the breakout room list.

Join the session

Lunch Break: 12:15-12:30 p.m.
(Zoom meeting will close during this time)

Director of Graduate Academic Advising, Marley Crutcher, will provide an overview of the master’s curriculum that highlights decision-points where you will be able to tailor your program to your own academic interests and professional goals. Marley’s session will provide food for thought that may prompt questions related to your specific program and how to make the best use of the options SIS provides to meet your goals. Take these questions into your advisor’s drop-in session immediately following the group presentation.

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Zoom Setup Requirements

In-Session Display Name

Each time you join or re-join the event, you must rename yourself to [First Name] [Last Name] and [Program Acronym] (for example, "Ann Smith, EPHR"). This is critical to help manage the security of the session, as well as assist you in quickly finding your Program specific breakout rooms.

Quick tip: to update your display name inside the session room, hover over your name on the "Participants" window, select "Rename" or "More" then "Rename" and enter the information above.

Breakout Rooms

We will be using breakout rooms throughout the day to provide an opportunity for smaller group discussion.

To ensure that you can quickly see and select your intended breakout room, check that the Zoom meeting window is maximized on your screen (we suggest joining the event from a laptop or desktop rather than a mobile device).

Please also ensure that you are running the most updated version of Zoom.

Stretch Breaks and In-Session Experience

Stretch breaks are built into the day and we encourage you to use this time to step away from your screen!

Inside the event session, we ask that you leave your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the room host to ensure a smooth audio experience for all. Feel free to turn on your video and utilize the chat box to engage with the session hosts and attendees throughout the day.

Additional Opportunities

Welcome Day 2 - Campus Experience (In-Person)

We're excited to welcome admitted SIS grad students to campus for this half-day, in-person program—the second of SIS's two Admitted Student Welcome Day events—designed to introduce you to the graduate student experience. The day features a welcome brunch with SIS alumni, a career exploration panel, current student "Ask Me Anything" sessions, sample classes, and more.

We hope you will join us to meet your future classmates and members of the SIS community, and explore our beautiful campus in Washington D.C.

► Register for Welcome Day 2

Experience Campus

Virtual Experience

Can't make it in person? No problem. We have several options for you to get a feel of the campus without actually being there in person.

exterior of the School of International Service with 3 sections for Who We Are, Where We Learn, and How You'll SucceedVideo Tours

Hear from faculty, staff, and alumni about what makes SIS unique and how the education you'll receive here is one that will prepare you no matter the career path you choose.

map of American University's campus with little pin dropsInteractive Map

Browse AU's campus with this interactive map. Click in to see more about each building and the population it serves. 

Ready to Enroll?

  1. Create your student account
    1. Go to myAU portal.
    2. Click on "Create your account" near the end of the page and select “I am a Student.”
    3. After reading through the instructions, click on “Start the Account Creation Process.”
    4. Enter your AU ID (located on your admissions letter or reply form), last name, first name, and date of birth. Please leave your social security number and phone number blank.
    5. Enter an initial password for the system to create your account. Write down your username and password.
  2. Pay your deposit online
    1. Log back into the myAU portal using your new username and password.
    2. Under Personalized Links click on Finances Under the Finances link column choose Eagle Service – Financial Information.
    3. Click on the Student Finance Button and proceed accordingly.