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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. 

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.

International Graduate Student Association

The International Graduate Student Association (IGSA) is an important resource for new international students. The IGSA provides information to new students, sponsors programming and social events for international students, 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.

Hood English Language Institute (HELI)

Hood College provides intensive English language training at its summer English Language Institute. Students with lower
TOEFL / IELTS scores who successfully complete the HELI will meet the Graduate School’s English language requirements.