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Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
Fax: 202-885-3354
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


from Uzbekistan

Speaks: English and Russian
Major: International Relations (Kogod School of Business)

What's your favorite part about living in DC?

My favorite parts about living in Washington, DC are limitless opportunities for students to develop their career, the diversity, and the convenient location.The Washington, DC area is home to people of different nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and beliefs.  This makes it a very interesting place to live and meet new people. Students who study and live in DC have a great opportunity to start building their career and advance/gain new skills through various internships in the federal government and/or private sectors. Also, the convenient location of DC makes it easy to take a day trip to popular destinations such as Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia. It's also only a few hours' drive to the mountains and the ocean.

What are some differences between your academic life here and at home?

The U.S. offers students a truly unique opportunity to explore many academic fields before choosing a certain profession, an option that is not easily available in many other countries. Also, in the U.S. colleges students are expected to have their own opinion on different issues and are encouraged to challenge the professors and other students. This practice is not common in many other countries and students are generally expected to accept whatever is taught to them by their professors as is and not to express their disagreement openly.