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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

Welcome to Orientation: August 21 - August 23

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 August 21st. Then on Monday and Tuesday (August 22-23) 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 August 20.

Please click HERE if you are a US Citizen Global Nomad

Before you arrive:

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Orientation Week Schedule

Pre-orientation: Saturday, August 20

  • Moving In: Residence halls will open at 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 20 for students participating in International Student Orientation. You can check in directly at the front desk in your residence hall.

Orientation Day 1: Sunday, August 21

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

Orientation Day 2: Monday, August 22

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: Tuesday, August 23

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


International Student & Scholar Services
+1 202-885-3358