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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 South Korea

Speaks: English and Korean
Major: International Studies (School of International Service)

How has your understanding of 'home' changed since coming to AU?

AU is one of the most diverse colleges in the US and therefore has a huge international community. As an international student, you will find many students who will go through the same experiences, such as home sickness, culture shock, anxiety etc. Knowing you are not the only one who's left home country to experience a new world, you will get more comfortable calling the place you are now in (AU), "a home." It is good to have a place that you can call "home" other than where your family is because you know you’ve expanded your own horizon. 


What's your favorite part about living in DC?

If I have to say one thing about DC, I would say "Hey, come one, it’s a capital city!" There are so many historical and political places that you can explore and you should take advantage of what DC has to offer. If you are interested in international relations, DC is the right place to come since you can get internships and jobs in your dream career.