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International Student & Scholar Services


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

International Freshmen (First Year) Orientation

International Freshmen (First Year) Orientation

Welcome to Orientation: January 11 - January 13

International Student Orientation covers important immigration, employment, and cross cultural sessions, as well as academic information specifically of interest to all international students beginning at American University, on January 11. Then on Thursday and Friday (January 12-13) you will join the U.S. freshmen students for the Eagle Summit Orientation. This program will give you the chance to learn important information for your studies, as well as to meet your new U.S. classmates. Families are encouraged to attend orientation with their new students.

Students and families should plan to arrive by the morning of January 10.

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Before you arrive:

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Orientation Week Schedule

Pre-orientation: January 8, 9 & 10

  • Moving In: Residence halls will open at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 8th. You can check in directly at the front desk in your residence hall.

Orientation Day 1: Wednesday, January 11

International Student Orientation
  • Passport Clearance
  • Director's Welcome
  • Legal & Immigration Transition
  • Sociocultural & Academic Transition
  • Welcome Lunch for Students & Parents
  • Online Immigration Check In

Orientation Day 2: Thursday, January 12

Freshmen Fundamentals
  • Freshmen Fundamentals Check In
  • Taking Flight: Your Transition to AU
  • Orientation Group Caucus
  • Lunch
  • Academic Welcome from your School or College
  • Your Health at AU
  • Life in the Residence Halls

Orientation Day 3: Friday, January 13

Freshmen Fundamentals
  • Career Fundamentals
  • Academic Meetings
  • AU Community Showcase


International Student & Scholar Services

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