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Today the university is home to more than 1000 international students and scholars representing diverse cultures and viewpoints from over 130 countries. This diversity is also reflected in our faculty and academic programs. American University continues to value international exchange. If you're a student or scholar coming from outside the US, the staff in International Student and Scholar Services is here to support you. We've helped thousands of students from the first steps of learning about AU to processing the official documents needed to settle in. We're dedicated to helping international students and scholars thrive in the AU community. Whatever your question or concern, we're here for you.

Congratulations to all of our graduating international Eagles! This year's graduation looks much different than you imag...
05/09/2020

Congratulations to all of our graduating international Eagles! This year's graduation looks much different than you imagined, but we hope you feel so proud of yourself and are celebrated well for this huge accomplishment!
The ISSS team has been proud to be a part of your AU experience and wish you all the best in your future endeavors! #AUEagles #internationaleagles

Teleworking office pets 🥰
04/30/2020

Teleworking office pets 🥰

Good luck on finals, International Eagles! 🌎🌍🌏You are almost there – you can do this!💫 ISSS is cheering you on! 👏
04/29/2020

Good luck on finals, International Eagles! 🌎🌍🌏You are almost there – you can do this!💫 ISSS is cheering you on! 👏

Our webinars have been quite popular among students, so ISSS is bringing two more on Travel and Reentry ✈️🗺Tune in on Ap...
04/20/2020

Our webinars have been quite popular among students, so ISSS is bringing two more on Travel and Reentry ✈️🗺Tune in on April 23 at 10 AM or 3PM to get your questions answered by ISSS advisors.

Finals are already stressful especially with all that’s been going on. Take a deep breath, take a nap, watch a movie and...
04/15/2020

Finals are already stressful especially with all that’s been going on. Take a deep breath, take a nap, watch a movie and when you are ready, check out @aulibrary and @au_asac online resources to help with your studies during social distancing 💻

Join two virtual panels for international students this Wed, April 15 9-10:30am ET (link: https://american.joinhandshake...
04/13/2020

Join two virtual panels for international students this Wed, April 15 9-10:30am ET (link: https://american.joinhandshake.com/events/478715) & Thurs, April 23 9-10:30am ET (link: https://american.joinhandshake.com/events/478723) AU alumni experienced in searching for jobs in the US as a non-US citizen or outside the US will share:

Trends & observation of current country
Differences between job searching within the US & abroad
Important skill sets to develop and highlight when job searching
Advice on resumes and cover letters
Interviewing, networking, and LinkedIn tips

Hosted by Kogod Office of Career Engagement, open to ALL students!

Did you miss the first ISSS webinar series? Surprise! ISSS webinars are back! Sign up and learn more about CPT & OPT on ...
04/12/2020

Did you miss the first ISSS webinar series? Surprise! ISSS webinars are back! Sign up and learn more about CPT & OPT on April 14th! Another webinar will take place on April 23rd which focuses on Travel, Re-entry, and Visa. You can sign up for one or both through the link in profile.

#throwbackthursday to the 2019 Spring Cultural Festival! 🌍🌏🌎More than 600 AU community members participated in the festi...
04/09/2020

#throwbackthursday to the 2019 Spring Cultural Festival! 🌍🌏🌎More than 600 AU community members participated in the festival for a day of fun in celebration of AU’s diversity. We can’t wait to bring this event back in the future! ⭐️

Until then, stay safe and healthy! @ American University

Your mental health is important! Take some time today to learn a few coping tips from your peers as we navigate the many...
04/08/2020

Your mental health is important! Take some time today to learn a few coping tips from your peers as we navigate the many new changes in our day-to-day life. 🏞📒🏃‍♀️ Find the article here: https://www.american.edu/cas/news/coping-tips-from-au-health-promotion-students.cfm


Seeking more mental health resources? The @aucounselingctr has some great ones! Go to their home page and click “Mental Health Resources on COVID-19” in the box at the top. https://www.american.edu/ocl/counseling/

Co-workers come in more than pet packages - say 👋 to our honorary ISSS team members who have been helping ISSS advisor, ...
04/06/2020

Co-workers come in more than pet packages - say 👋 to our honorary ISSS team members who have been helping ISSS advisor, Yui, and ISSS advisor, James, adjust to the teleworking life!

Shout out to all of our teleworking parents right now – taking care of families and taking care of business! 👏👏👏 #wfh #wfhlife #coworkers

Join ISSS for our second webinar TOMORROW, Friday, April 3! There will be two sessions, one at 9AM and one at 4PM, where...
04/02/2020

Join ISSS for our second webinar TOMORROW, Friday, April 3! There will be two sessions, one at 9AM and one at 4PM, where we will cover all things EMPLOYMENT (CPT & OPT). See you there! 👋💻

As the ISSS staff moved to working from home, we have had to get used to some new ‘co-workers’! 🐱🐶 Meet Omie, Kiki, Mr. ...
03/30/2020

As the ISSS staff moved to working from home, we have had to get used to some new ‘co-workers’! 🐱🐶 Meet Omie, Kiki, Mr. Max, and Blue and Green. They have been working hard keeping ISSS staff company! #wfh #pets

Got questions about visa, travel, employment, and life in general during this uncertain time! ISSS got you covered! Join...
03/29/2020

Got questions about visa, travel, employment, and life in general during this uncertain time! ISSS got you covered! Join our webinar series to talk with ISSS advisors and ask questions you might have at this time! Sign-up to receive a zoom link! 💻https://bit.ly/2wzOXbb

It is Cherry Blossom season 🌸🌸#throwbackthursday to some of our advisors' favorite photos 📸. Although these were taken o...
03/26/2020

It is Cherry Blossom season 🌸🌸#throwbackthursday to some of our advisors' favorite photos 📸. Although these were taken on the Tidal Basin, there are cherry blossoms all over the city with some probably in your neighborhood. Take a social distance conscious walk to enjoy the beautiful views! ☀️

You can also explore the beauty of the cherry blossoms anywhere with this great Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/03/24/cherry-blossom-photos-washington-dc/.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

While we are not physically in the office, ISSS advisors are only one click away! Book an appointment today at isssau.yo...
03/25/2020

While we are not physically in the office, ISSS advisors are only one click away! Book an appointment today at isssau.youcanbook.me, we are ready talk with you!

While we are not physically in the office, ISSS advisors are only one click away! Book an appointment today at isssau.yo...
03/25/2020

While we are not physically in the office, ISSS advisors are only one click away! Book an appointment today at isssau.youcanbook.me, we are ready talk with you!

Are you graduating this semester? 🎓Do you want to apply for Post-completion OPT? 📑Look no further than iEagle. The OPT a...
03/24/2020

Are you graduating this semester? 🎓Do you want to apply for Post-completion OPT? 📑Look no further than iEagle. The OPT application process has moved online! 💻Go to iEagle > click ‘Optional Practical Training (OPT) > click ‘OPT Reporting’ > click ‘OPT Application’ and complete the required e-forms. For more information, go to our OPT webpage here: https://www.american.edu/ocl/isss/optional-practical-training.cfm.



Please note that you must be in the United States to complete this application.

Although our physical office is closed, the ISSS staff is still here for you and now you can book virtual appointments! ...
03/20/2020

Although our physical office is closed, the ISSS staff is still here for you and now you can book virtual appointments! Go to the isssau.youcanbook.me page and choose an advisor and desired appointment time. Please note that all advisors can answer general questions related to travel, immigration status, etc. However, if you have a specific question, please check the advisor’s specialties under their names.
Want to email instead? Our [email protected] is monitored daily by ISSS advisors.
Talk to you soon and stay safe!

For any students that will be or have traveled home for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, please note that you ...
03/20/2020

For any students that will be or have traveled home for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, please note that you do not need a travel signature in order to the leave the United States. However, if you do not have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019, we will issue travel letters closer to your return date to the United States. We will communicate more information about travel letters at a later date.



Please continue to read all ISSS emails for the most up-to-date information. Please also review our website here: https://www.american.edu/ocl/isss/.



Stay safe and healthy!

Please note that there will be an American University webinar today from 4:30-5:30PM EDT with COVID-19 updates for stude...
03/19/2020

Please note that there will be an American University webinar today from 4:30-5:30PM EDT with COVID-19 updates for students. The webinar will cover information related to online classes, residential move out/packing for shipping or storage, student support services, and ongoing community connection and engagement.



Please register for the webinar via the QR code or the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9054176294685932812.



Stay safe!

For the health and safety of our university community, ISSS is temporarily closed but services are still offered virtual...
03/17/2020

For the health and safety of our university community, ISSS is temporarily closed but services are still offered virtually. Please visit our website for helpful information during this time that is updated regularly! If you need to speak with an ISSS advisor, please go to isssau.youcanbook.me and make a virtual appointment! Feel free to DM us here or send us an email with any specific questions. Stay safe and wash your hands!

On this first day of spring break, ISSS wishes Happy Holi🙌🏻🙌🏽😁 The festival of colors, Holi, is the most vibrant of all ...
03/09/2020

On this first day of spring break, ISSS wishes Happy Holi🙌🏻🙌🏽😁 The festival of colors, Holi, is the most vibrant of all Hindu festivals. It makes the end of winter in India and welcomes the spring season. On this festive day, people play with colors, meet and greet one another, and create new beginnings.

With the forecasted temperature going up to 71F (22C), today is the perfect day! How will you celebrate the arrival of spring? #holi #happyholi

Working on-campus is much more than just making money, it is a great opportunity to connect with AU staff and peers, gai...
03/09/2020

Working on-campus is much more than just making money, it is a great opportunity to connect with AU staff and peers, gain new skills, and realize your potential! @aucareercenter is currently looking for Peer Advisors for the 2020-2021 academic year! Apply through the link by March 16!

The mid-term is almost over! Why don't take a break over teas from around the world☕🍵🌎🌏🌍 We will have a variety of teas-...
03/05/2020

The mid-term is almost over! Why don't take a break over teas from around the world☕🍵🌎🌏🌍 We will have a variety of teas--both hot and cold--for you to enjoy along with sweets & snacks! Come to ISSS tomorrow (March 6) between 3-5 pm. Looking forward to seeing you!

Looking for your next great apartment? 👀Look no further than the Off-Campus Housing Fair- TODAY in MGC 2-4 from 4-6PM! 🏠...
03/04/2020

Looking for your next great apartment? 👀Look no further than the Off-Campus Housing Fair- TODAY in MGC 2-4 from 4-6PM! 🏠A great opportunity to meet local rental property staff and landlords. Also, you can fill up on delicious wings – no need to make dinner!🍗🍗

Our first collaborative Global Café—Arabic Café had a great turnout last Friday! Everyone had a such good time thanks to...
03/03/2020

Our first collaborative Global Café—Arabic Café had a great turnout last Friday! Everyone had a such good time thanks to Saudi Student Association and their efforts putting together a fun community event with Saudi coffee, tea, sweets & pastry, presentation, Kahoot quiz, and even VR trip to Saudi Arabia! Participants very much enjoyed learning about Saudi culture! Thank you, SSA for your partnership with ISSS!

International and domestic students alike, this is a great opportunity to meet with other students and celebrate the glo...
03/02/2020

International and domestic students alike, this is a great opportunity to meet with other students and celebrate the global education at AU! AU Student GovernmentCommunity Service Coalition @ausgcsc invites you to International Mixer this Wednesday! Come stop by MGC 247 6-8pm on Wednesday, March 4th!!

Are you looking for a job/internship in Summer 2020? @aucareercenter is ready for you! Explore the many networking oppor...
03/02/2020

Are you looking for a job/internship in Summer 2020? @aucareercenter is ready for you! Explore the many networking opportunities and highlighted job openings.



More information about networking receptions, industry days, and Summer 2020 Internships can be found on your Handshake account. For more information about Handshake, go here: https://www.american.edu/careercenter/handshake.cfm.

⚠️NOTICE: If you have yet to attend a mandatory OPT session and are graduating this semester, the next available session...
02/27/2020

⚠️NOTICE: If you have yet to attend a mandatory OPT session and are graduating this semester, the next available session is less than a week away. On Tuesday, March 3, from 3 to 4:30PM, in Mary Graydon Center (MGC) 245, you will learn about documents, deadlines, reporting requirements, and travel restrictions for your Post-completion OPT.

Please note that this session is only mandatory if you will be applying for Post-completion OPT. Questions? Send an email to [email protected].

‼️Surprise‼️Global Cafes are back! 🎊ISSS & @ssa_audc present Arabic Café! Enjoy Saudi treats and catching up with your i...
02/26/2020

‼️Surprise‼️Global Cafes are back! 🎊ISSS & @ssa_audc present Arabic Café!

Enjoy Saudi treats and catching up with your international peers while learning about Saudi culture and Middle East traditions! ☕️This Friday, February 28, from 3-5PM, in the ISSS Office. See you there!🌎🌍🌏 #globalcafe

Have you been to any AU basketball games this season? 🏀If not, make tomorrow your night to cheer on the Men’s Basketball...
02/25/2020

Have you been to any AU basketball games this season? 🏀If not, make tomorrow your night to cheer on the Men’s Basketball Team, because history will be made by Senior Point Guard, Sa’eed Nelson, for all-time leading scorer in AU Men’s Basketball history. 👏Also, check out other athletics events in the near future for a chance to show your AU spirit. Go Eagles!🦅

Spring Break is just around the corner! If you are travelling outside of the United States, you must have a valid travel...
02/24/2020

Spring Break is just around the corner! If you are travelling outside of the United States, you must have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 ✈️. Don’t have one? No worries - come to the ISSS Office, Butler 410, any time between 9AM and 5PM, Monday through Friday. Safe travels to all!🛫🛬

Let's celebrate Cat Day! ❤️😺An informal holiday in Japan, Cat Day is celebrated on February 22 every year.  Known altern...
02/22/2020

Let's celebrate Cat Day! ❤️😺An informal holiday in Japan, Cat Day is celebrated on February 22 every year. Known alternatively as “Nyan Nyan Nyan Day” - “Nyan” is the equivalent of “meow” and “ni” means “two” in Japanese hence celebrating on 2/22. 😻Did you know that Japan has one of the highest number of cats per capita in the world?

Alyssa and Nicole wanted to show their love on Cat Day with their fur babies. You can visit a local Cat Cafe in the DMV area to get much-needed cat cuddles too!

Attention F-1 students who are graduating this May!🎓 If you will be seeking employment in the U.S. after graduation and ...
02/20/2020

Attention F-1 students who are graduating this May!🎓 If you will be seeking employment in the U.S. after graduation and need employment authorization, make sure to apply for OPT! ISSS is currently accepting OPT applications from graduating students. Haven't attended an OPT info session? The next one is on March 3, 3-4:30PM @MGC 245. Sign up through iEagle!

Interested in self-care and learning practical and applicable self-care techniques? 🌟HPAC and AUCC are here for you! 🌟Ch...
02/19/2020

Interested in self-care and learning practical and applicable self-care techniques? 🌟HPAC and AUCC are here for you! 🌟Check out their upcoming Self-Care Circles in March and April. 🗓These events are FREE with registration and dinner is provided. @auhealthwell @aucounselingctr

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Good evening my fellow internationals. My name is Ann and I am an international student from Kenya at the CAS Human Rights program. I am working on a super cool podcast/youtube project and looking to collaborate with several international students. If you are looking for something to keep you busy(like I am), passionate about social issues and have experience in video editing please dm me for more information. I will also be at the Global Cafe on January 17th if you would love to hear more about this. Thank y'all.
Are you an international student here in the US? I am working on a research project which examines openness to experience as a moderator between personal growth initiative and international student adjustment. It will be super helpful if you can participate in a short online survey and share this with others! There are also gift cards to be won! FB isn't allowing me to post the survey link so drop me a message if you are keen to participate. Many thanks!
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The Confucius Institute U.S. Center is hosting a free film screening and discussion of the documentary 'Beyond the Wall' on November 9th. For more information, please see our Eventbrite:
The Confucius Institute U.S. Center will be hosting a mid-autumn festival celebration this Wednesday. For more information and to RSVP, please see our Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cius-mid-autumn-festival-tickets-38294948221
Hi all, My name is Clara. I'm working on an article about international student access and use of mental health care for The Chronicle of Higher Education. I'd love to hear student's stories of moving to an American university and how you balanced school, social time and work in a new place. Or, if you're just now making that move, I'd love to hear how you're preparing to balance these things and how mental health care fits into that plan. If you would like to talk, please reach out to me here on Facebook or send me an email at [email protected]. I hope to hear from you soon!
A fond farewell... After 17 years in ISSS, today is my last day of work, and I want to say thank you to all the wonderful students, alumni, staff, and faculty who I have had the pleasure to work with. I hope we can stay in touch. Once an eagle, always an eagle!