International Student & Scholar Services

A Home Away from Home

ISSS Virtual Advising

ISSS is not open for in-person advising in the Fall 2021 semester. Please review the below options for virtual advising.

VIRTUAL WALK-IN HOURS:
NEW Virtual Walk ins Hours will be available starting the week of August 30.
More information about when and how to join the virtual walk ins is available here.

VIRTUAL ONE-ON-ONE APPOINTMENTS:
Students can schedule a 30-minute appointment with an ISSS Advisor through https://isssau.youcanbook.me/. Appointments are currently done via Zoom or by phone. 

OTHER WAYS TO CONTACT ISSS:
International students and scholars can contact ISSS by email at isss@american.edu or by phone at (202) 885-3350 from 9AM-5PM Monday through Friday.

COVID-19 Resources

For more information about AU's operating status, please visit the below webpages.

Fall 2021 FAQs Specific to International Students

AU FAQ on Vaccination Requirements

All other questions can be found on the AU Coronavirus FAQ page here

Scam Alert

Recently, there has been an increased scam threats targeting international students.
Details Here

Incoming Students

Immigration Process

Congratulations on your decision to attend AU! ISSS is here to help you obtain your immigration documents, provide you with orientation upon arrival, and make sure you are adjusting to life in the United States.

Learn about the process

Before You Arrive

Moving to a new country is both exciting and difficult. Our pre-arrival guide is designed to help you prepare for arrival in the United States.

 

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Read the Pre-Arrival Guide

Orientation

International Student Orientation covers important immigration, employment, and cross cultural sessions, as well as academic information specifically of interest to international students.

Attend Orientation

Current Students

Immigration Responsibilities

F-1 and J-1 students are responsible for understanding and complying with immigration law. Advisors in our office are here to help - please stop by ISSS or email us with any questions.

Know your responsibilities

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Get Involved with ISSS

Join your fellow international students and take part in ISSS events on campus!

Explore Activities

Graduating this Semester?

If you are graduating this semester, it is important you understand your options for Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 students and Academic Training for J-1 students.

Learn about OPT

Learn about Academic Training

J-1 Scholars & Student Interns

AU is authorized by the U.S. Department of State to bring exchange visitors to the United States to research, teach, and intern. Learn about the J-1 Scholars & Student Intern program at AU

International students from 119 countries attend AU

This year there are 2,282 international students enrolled at AU

ISSS welcomed 850 plus international students to campus in Fall 2019