International Students

As a large and growing global learning community, tied closely to one of the world’s great global cities, it’s natural that international students and scholars from over 90 countries enrich our classrooms and campus culture.

The Catholic University of America has a dedicated team—International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)—here to provide a variety of support services and programs to help international students and scholars thrive. We coordinate educational and cultural programs and events throughout the year to help international students, scholars and families feel at home.

We help you transition and solve challenges related to:

    • Immigration Topics
    • Living in the U.S.
    • Employment and Taxes

Annual Events

International Student and Scholar Services welcomes and assists international students throughout the year. We host several annual events to help you connect with peers, mentors, and professional contacts through the Washington, D.C. community.

  • New and Continuing Student Welcome Reception
  • International Student Orientation
  • Annual Global Fest featuring Embassy row

Intensive English Program

Success in a rigorous academic program, undergraduate or graduate, requires strong language proficiency. We created the Intensive English Program to ensure your success. Experience shows that most applicants come to us with an intermediate proficiency, and typically require two semesters of intensive English language courses. We advise graduates of the Intensive English Program to gradually transition into a full-time course load. You can take a slightly lower load as allowed by your immigration status as you get acclimated. You may also take an additional writing class (ENG 103) or a class on writing and American Literature (ENG 104) — both designed for English language learners.


Summer Intensive Programs

As an international student, you can take advantage of various summer intensive programs. For example, Catholic University offers an intensive 8-week summer program (June 13-August 1, 2016) with a focus on Understanding U.S. Democracy. The program includes intensive academic reading, writing, and vocabulary work at a high level of English proficiency, as well as a series of lectures and field trips to sites in the Washington D.C. area — focused on U.S. history, government, and the legal system. The program is meant for international students who need to bolster their academic English skills and gain background knowledge for future course work in law, graduate, or undergraduate work in political science, business, social work, Canon law, or other course work that assumes U.S. history and government knowledge.


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Contact Us

International Student and Scholar Services
B09 McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
Telephone: (202) 319-5618
Fax: (202)-319-5894
Email: CUA-ISSS@cua.edu
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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