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International Student Resources

International students in the Graduate School at Hood College can take advantage of the many opportunities available to domestic students. In addition, the Graduate School has a number of special opportunities and resources for its international student population.

International Graduate Student Orientation

Each fall and spring, the Graduate School holds a special International Student Orientation on the Wednesday before the semester begins. The orientation gives international students an opportunity to learn more about the Graduate School and to meet other international students who can provide assistance in navigating through the first week of classes. Attendance is strongly encouraged. Find out more about these informative and interactive sessions on the newly admitted students page.

International Graduate Student Handbook

This handbook provides information on visas, housing, banking, transportation, weather, clothing, school systems and other resources to help with the transition to Hood College and the Frederick area.

Graduate Student Housing

If you are interested in graduate student housing, please contact residence life by email at

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is an important resource for all graduate students, and includes a separate group for international graduate students. The GSA provides information to new students, sponsors programming and social events, and serves as an important liaison to the Graduate School office and the College.

Office of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Programs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Programs is an important resource for international students. While the Graduate School processes the initial I-20 visa forms, the office of multicultural affairs serves as the primary point of contact on visa issues. The office can also provide important information on Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) options.