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International Student & Scholar Office


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.

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


News and Announcements

Current extended processing times!

The ISSO is currently short staffed and experiencing a high volume of student traffic as we work to complete our federal reporting requirements.

If you have an urgent concern, please contact the office to let us know. We apologize for the unusual delays you may encounter and appreciate your patience.

.Diversity Visa Lottery

Online registration for the DV 2017 Program begins on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4).


Special assistance for Nepalese students.

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 visit USCIS.


Understanding Academic Intergrity and the consequences of plagiarism in the American university system. Please click here 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.  (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
410-704-LIFE (5433)

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: .





International Student & Scholar Office
Psychology Building, Suite 408
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone: 1-410-704-2421
Fax: 1-410-704-6040




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ISSO Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm

Walk-in Hours:

Tues/Thurs 2pm-4pm

Appointments upon request

NO appointments or walk-ins on Wednesdays.


OPT Workshop:

Offered every Friday at 3:00 p.m. during the semester in PSY 408.

First OPT workshop for Fall Semester: Friday September 25th.

** The workshop is required for anyone wishing to apply for OPT!






University Police

Closings & News
410-704-NEWS (6397)

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