International Students & Scholars

We are here to answer the questions of international students about studying and working at Towson University and living in the Baltimore area.

International Students Enjoying a Program
International Students

Towson University is home to nearly 700 international students from over 80 countries and to 30 foreign faculty, exchange scholars, and visiting faculty each year. The International Student & Scholar Office (ISSO) provides documents, services, and programs essential to a culturally diverse academic environment that enhances international learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

News and Announcements

New International Students

All new students need to complete the ISSO SEVIS Exam (with a score of 100%), submit copies of visa, passport and print off of I-94, submit completed ISSO Emergency Form and update local address in Student Center by Wednesday September 7th

All new students must complete the required items to comply with TU and US policies. Instructions on how to access the SEVIS exam and complete US Local Address reporting are provided in the “International Student & Scholar Office (ISSO Orientation) Community” on BlackBoard.


For more information please see the STEM FAQ (PDF)

To request STEM OPT Extension from the ISSO, all students must now complete and submit the new required I-983 form to the ISSO before a STEM Extension I-20 will be issued. Print complete STEM packet here. (PDF)

Information about new STEM rules

Information for students with current or pending STEM extensions


Understanding Academic Integrity and consequences of plagiarism in the American university system. Please click Academic Integrity Frequently Asked Questions  for answers to your questions about academic integrity and plagiarism.

Full-time enrollment reminder:

Undergraduate International students- you must be registered for 12 credit hours each semester (fall and spring).

Graduate international students- you must be registered for a minimum of 9 graduate- level credit- units each semester, and for doctoral students, a minimum of 6 graduate-level credit-units each semester. 

English Language Center students - you must be registered for 18 clock hours per week each term.  

FALL Semester 2016 Walk-In Hours Tuesday 2pm - 4pm and Friday 10am - 12pm! Do you have a quick question for an ISSO advisor? Stop by the ISSO during Walk in hours with your questions. We look forward to seeing you!