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International Student Services


Hood College currently has over 250 students from more than 30 countries who contribute to a rich cultural diversity and dynamic fusion of perspectives on campus.


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).

Contact & Office Hours:
Ms. Amani Al-Dajane
Apple Building, Room 1 
Phone: 301-696-3811
Email: pdso@hood.edu

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

Hood College is proud to observe and celebrate International Education Week as part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Hood Parade of Flags

Hood College Celebrates Inaugural International Education Week

Celebrating Hood Cultural Diversity Faculty Graduate School Graduate Student Military Staff Undergraduate Student

Hood College celebrated its inaugural International Education Week (IEW) during the week of November 18 - 22, 2019.

  • International Students
  • Language & International Studies
  • Student Life
  • Student Engagement
Laura Espinosa

Spotlight on GSA President Laura Espinosa

Laura Espinosa, MIS student and GSA President Graduate School Graduate Student

Laura is a native of Columbia and she looks forward to involving more international graduate students in the GSA.

  • Academics
  • Student Life
  • Student Engagement
  • Math & Computer Sciences
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