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

New and Continuing Student Welcome Reception

Come join us on Wednesday for our event!

Event details Here.


International Student Orientation


On August 26th 2015, ISSS welcomed our new international students to our university in our annual Fall orientation. This year we have a dynamic set of new students ranging from many different backgrounds. As part of our international community at Catholic University of America, we want to welcome all new and continuing international students to a new academic year.


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


Information on the Student
Health Care Guide




No upcoming events.

Fall OPT Workshops

Graduating this December? Questions about OPT, work authorization for off campus employment? F-1 Students are welcome join us!

When: October 8th, 2015
Time: 3pm to 4pm
Place: Pryz 321

When: October 14th, 2015
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Place: Pryz 351

Please RSVP to Gudrun Kendon at and indicate which workshop you will attend.


International Student and Scholar Services
B09 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.


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



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