Getting Connected


Welcome Tigers! Now that you have arrived, there are a few things outlined below that you need to do on the University Campus. Also listed are recommendations for getting more acquainted with all that our campus has to offer.

Necessary First Steps for International Graduate Students

Check in with Office of International Programs. Immediately upon arrival, all international students must check in at the Office of International Programs (OIP) on the Auburn University Campus. OIP is located on the 2nd level of Foy Hall. If you arrive in Auburn after business hours, please report to OIP immediately upon the next business day.

Get your Tiger Card. As soon as possible, go to the Tiger Card office, located in Room 1330 of the AU Student Center, to get your Tiger Card (student ID). Tiger Card office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:45am to 4:45pm.

Complete Graduate School Orientation. Complete all modules of the online Graduate Student Orientation.

Employment on Campus

Learn about Assistantships/Employment. Many international students have teaching assistantships or other part-time positions on campus. Remember, as an international student, the terms of your student visa status only allow you to be employed on-campus.

If you have already been offered an assistantship: Please check in with your department to determine if any paperwork or further details are needed to begin your employment.

Language Requirements for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs): International students serving as a GTA are required to submit evidence of satisfactory speaking skills (International Graduate Teaching Assistant Certification of Eligibility for Employment form), demonstrated with the following scores:

  • 23 or higher on iBT Speaking Section
  • 7 or higher on the IELTS Speaking Section
  • 4.4 or higher on the iTEP Speaking Section

If minimum scores are not met, the student should successfully complete a course designed to improve oral communication skills of international teaching assistants. If you do not yet meet requirements for a teaching assistantship, you may be able to find an assistantship without the teaching component.

Resources to find on campus employment:

  • Handshake is a resource offered by the AU Career Center. Use your AU login to create and account, then search for on-campus job postings.
  • Check the Graduate School Assistantship Listings
  • Inquire within your department about potential assistantship opportunities.
Campus Life

Get Involved with Campus Life. An important part of transitioning to a new culture can be getting connected with others in your new community. The following are opportunities for you to get connected.

International student organizations. Reference the list below for information about the current active international student organizations at Auburn University.

LogoOrganizationPrimary Contact NamePrimary Contact EmailSocial Media Website
Logo for International Student OrganizationInternational Student Organization (ISO)Sumaiya Islam (President) Facebook
Logo for African Students AssociationAfrican Students Association (ASA)Pilela Majokweni (President) Facebook
AUSSA logoAU Student Service Association (AUSSA)
Chao Jiang
Public WeChat: AuburnSSA
Logo for Bangladesh Students OrganizationBangladesh Students Organization (BSO)Waliul Islam Khan (President)wzk0016@tigermail.auburn.eduFacebookBSO Website
Logo for Chinese Student and Scholar AssociationChinese Student and Scholar Association (CSO)Huitong Shi (President)hzs0052@auburn.eduPublic WeChat: AuburnCSO
Logo for Indian Student AssociationIndian Students Association (ISA)Satvik Reddy (Secretary) FacebookISA Website
Logo for Iranian Student AssociationIranian Student Association (IRSA)Neema Ashou (President) Facebook
Korean Student AssociationKorean Student Association (KSA)Facebook
Latino Student AssociationLatino Student AssociationRafael Rikardo Santos
Logo for Muslim Student AssociationMuslim Students Association (MSA) Facebook
Logo for Nepalese Students AssociationNepalese Students' AssociationMegha Shrestha (President)mzs0130@auburn.eduFacebook
Logo for Pakistan Students AssociationPakistan Students Association Omer
Logo for Saudi Students ClubSaudi Students ClubAbdul Rahman Al Mazyd (President)aza0117@tigermail.auburn.eduFacebook
Logo for Taiwan Student AssociationTaiwan Student AssociationMao-Chia Lin
Logo for Turkish Student AssociationTurkish Student OrganizationOrhan Demir (President)ozd0009@tigermail.auburn.eduFacebookTSO Website
Logo for Vietnamese Student AssociationVietnamese Student Association Christian Nguyen (President)

AUInvolve:  Sign in to AU Involve (use your AU login) to discover student clubs, organizations, and activities.  

Graduate Student Council:  Contact the Graduate Student Council to meet peer leaders and learn how you can have a positive impact on your fellow graduate students.

International Students and Scholars Services: Begin following AU ISSS on Facebook to stay updated on events and announcements important for international students.

Cross-Cultural Programs: Learn about opportunities to engage in cross-cultural exchange and establish new friendships with students and members in the local community.

Auburn Ignited: Experience AU athletic events by getting your Auburn Ignited Card, which provides free admission for students to most AU athletic events (excludes football games).

Help for Specific Needs

Find Help for Specific Needs. Whether during your first few weeks at Auburn University or further in the future, you will likely need assistance regarding a specific concern. Below is a list of various entities within the university system, each designated to assist with certain common student concerns. (You will also find many of these in the resource list of the Graduate Orientation Checklist)

Last modified: July 16, 2018