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International Student Services

The Office of International Student Services is pleased to welcome international students from all regions of the world. International students are a vital and integral part of our campus and community. The Office of International Student Services offers services and programs to help international students transition to their new surroundings, support academic and personal goals and understand cultural adjustment issues.

Programs are planned to enhance a broader understanding of cultural and ethnic issues. Additional services provided by the office include immigration advising for international students in accordance with the regulations set forth by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) such as:

  • I-20 and visa issues
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • I-20 extension and SEVIS transfer
  • Authorized reduced course load
  • Travel signatures
  • Change of status information 



International students seeking advising for the above services must set up an appointment with our Primary Designated School Official (PDSO), Dr. Ted O



Contact & Office Hours:

Apple Building, Room 1

Phone: 301-696-3811


Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hood in India

Hood College in India

Approximately 12.5% of Hood’s graduate student body is international Graduate Student Staff

In April 2019, Christian DiGregorio, Director of Graduate Admissions at Hood College, travelled to India as part of the College's international student recruitment initiative.

  • Academics
  • International Students
  • Partnerships
Hood College Holi Celebration

Hood College Celebrates Holi and the Nepali New Year

A joyful and colorful festival of spring Graduate Student Staff Undergraduate Student

On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, Hood College students and staff from various cultures gathered to celebrate Holi and the Nepali New Year 2076.

  • International Students
  • Student Life
  • Student Engagement
Hood College International Festival

Hood College's International Festival Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Celebrating Hood's Cultural Diversity Graduate Student

Friday, March 29, 2019 marked a day of fun and celebration when Hood College students from different cultures came together to explore their unique heritages at the International Festival organized by Hood College’s Saudi Student Association.

  • International Students