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.
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News and Announcements
Visas After Graduation Workshop:
Immigration attorney Art Serratelli will lead a workshop on options for international students who want to remain in the United States after graduating from Towson University. Join us at 3:00pm in PY407 on Tuesday, December 1. Individual consultations with Mr. Serratelli are currently all taken. However, you may contact the ISSO to be put on a wait list.
It's Travel Signature Season:
Are you leaving the US during Towson's winter break? Verify that you have a travel signature on your I-20. If you need a new one, please bring your I-20 to the ISSO as soon as possible so we have time to process it well before closing for the break.
Spring 2016 Orientation:
A preliminary schedule for Spring 2016 New International Student Orientation will be posted here.
For the purpose of travel arrangements, new international students should be in Towson for the week of January 15 to 22*. Look at your personal Form I-20 and be sure to be in the United States before the program start date listed. A variety of social, academic and practical activities are being planned to facilitate your smooth adjustement to life at TU, and in the United States. In December your International Student Ambassador will contact you and be your guide to life as a TU student.
*Friday, January 22 will include an all-day mandatory orientation session for all new international students, from 8:30am to 3:30pm. This session will take place in West Village Common Ballroom A.
The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for Temporary Protected Staus (TPS) due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases (prima facie eligible):
Are not removable from the United States
Can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD)
May be granted travel authorization
For more infomation on Temporary Protected Status please visitUSCIS.
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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. (Graduate courses are numbered 500 or higher.)
Walk-In Hours are held every Tuesday and Thursday! Do you have a quick question for an ISSO advisor but don't have the time to make an appointment? You can stop by the ISSO on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. with your questions. We look forward to seeing you!
New International Students
Welcome new students. Please complete the ISSO SEVIS Exam and Local Address Reporting:
All new F1 students must update their address and complete the SEVIS session with a score of 100% to comply with TU and US policies. Instructions on how to access the tutorial, complete US Local Address reporting, and take the SEVIS exam are provided in the “International Student & Scholar Office (ISSO Orientation) Community” on BlackBoard.
Student LIFE Line
The Division of Student Affairs offers the Student LIFE Line, a telephone line to assist students with any question they may have about the university. LIFE Line is staffed and ready to assist callers Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. After these hours, a voice mail message can be left and will be responded to the next business day. You can also contact us with your questions via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
International Student & Scholar Office
Psychology Building, Suite 408
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252