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International Student & Scholar Office


Towson University is home to nearly 900 international students from over 80 countries and to over 100 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

Spring 2015 New International Student Orientation

Welcome new students. ISSO is excited to present to you New International Student Orientation week activities.  We have prepared numerous activiteis to help you become acclimated to the USA and TU.  Please cklick the link to the right, under "announcements" to find the tentative schedule.

Also, please read all the reminders below and pay special attention to the ISSO Sevis Exam and Local Address Reporting.  In addition, both the New International Student Orientation as well as the Academic Orientation are required.

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.)

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.

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!







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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New International Student Orientation Week Activities

Tentative Schedule

International Student Academic Orientation


OPT Workshops will resume on Friday March 6th!

OPT Workshop:

Offered every Friday at 3:00 p.m. during the semester in PSY 407.

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








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