The Catholic University of America

Welcome to International Student and Scholar Services

A division of the Center for Global Education, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) supports the academic mission of the University by promoting international educational exchange within the University, to federal agencies and to the world.

Our Mission

ISSS seeks to:

  1. Ensure university compliance with applicable immigration-related regulations while facilitating the legal entry and transition of foreign students and scholars.
  2. Advocate on behalf of the foreign students and scholars both within the university and to federal regulatory agencies to ensure that they are afforded every opportunity to complete their educational objectives.
  3. Provide opportunities for intercultural education and exchange by providing educational and cultural programs that foster greater understanding and appreciation for other cultures and traditions.

Partner Programs 






News and Highlights

Follow this link to view important end of semester reminders.


The Center for Global Education and International Student and Scholar Services held a special farewell celebration for our graduating international students and departing exchange students on Thursday, April 23.  Students and faculty celebrated the completion of a successful academic year with music, fellowship, and a good old-fashioned BBQ!

View pictures from the event.


Fifth annual Global Fest featuring Embassy Row a great international festival!


Information on the Affordable
Care Act

This FAQ is developed to provide information about the Affordable Care Act related to F and J students and scholars status.




International Student and Scholar Services
315 McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064

Telephone: (202) 319-5618
Fax: (202)-319-5894

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Summer Hours:
May 29 - August 14
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

After hours, in the event of an emergency needing immediate assistance, please call 202-319-5111



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