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Academic Support & Access Center


Academic Support & Access Center
Fax: 202-885-1042
Mary Graydon Center, Room 243

Monday-Thursday 9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m. Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Academic Support & Access Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8027

Campus Programs and Services for International Students

There are many opportunities for international students to enrich their social and personal lives at AU.

International Student and Scholar Services

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office offers several programs to help international and U.S. students meet, mingle, and communicate across cultures.

T.A.L.K. Taking Action to Learn about "Kulture" is a weekly discussion group for international and U.S. students that explores issues relating to culture.  

Road Trip U.S.A. is an organization that plans short trips within Washington, DC, and along the eastern coast of the U.S.  

Counseling Center  

The Counseling Center offers counseling, self-help resources, referrals to private care, workshops, and discussion groups to help students overcome adversity and thrive at AU. In addition, specially-designed programs are available to international students.

Building Communications in a New Culture The Counseling Center offers a discussion group for international students who are nonnative English speakers and are interested in learning to communicate more effectively in a new cultural setting. The group provides information as well as the opportunity to discuss cultural adjustment, communication styles, relationships issues, and career plans.

International Student Support Group The Counseling Center also offers a support group for international students who are interested in addressing and sharing personal experiences that are common to the international student experience, such as adapting to a new culture, making friends, learning a new language, and succeeding in academics. The group is geared to providing support to members.  

Center for Community Engagement and Service

The Center for Community Engagement and Service promotes social justice and civic engagement through volunteerism and community-based research and activities on both a local and global scale. Community service programs are an excellent way to expand horizons and make friends. The Alternative Breaks Program is also administered through the Center for Community Engagement and Service.

Student Activities  

Almost 200 student clubs and organizations are administered through Student Activities. Any student can participate in an existing club or create a new one. There are many clubs that might be of interest to international students.