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International Student Orientation

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. 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.


Check your email for instructions to register for Spring Orientation.

Before You Arrive

  1. Request immigration documents and pay SEVIS fee
  2. Apply for your new F-1 or J-1 Visa
  3. Activate your AU email account and check it regularly
  4. Contact your Academic Advisor & Register for Classes
  5. Register for orientation & contact your school for departmental orientation
  6. Health Insurance & Immunizations
  7. Prepare your Finances: Pay AU tuition & find banks in Washington, DC.
  8. Secure Off-Campus Housing (On-Campus Housing is only available to undergraduate students). 
  9. Prepare for Travel
  10. Check-In at ISSS

Spring 2018 Orientation

January 10, 2018
Kerwin Hall