Office of International Student Services

The University of the District of Columbia is proud to host more than 500 international students from more than 80 countries. UDC’s international students hold visas ranging from F to H to A, and many more. So many of our students are active in our community. They are directly involved in organizations such as the International Student Association, the African Student Association, the Caribbean Student Association, and the Saudi Student Association. For more information on student organizations, please call 202.274.5900, or go to

UDC’s International Student Services staff is well equipped to answer any questions related to your immigration status and other matters pertaining to international study. They dedicate themselves to serving this valued group of students from around the world.

  • Serves F-1 visa international student students an and their families as well as  refugees, DACA and TPS students
  • Provides Immigration advising for F-1 students
  • Facilitates orientation for international students, conducts workshops and other programming
  • Provides academic and personal support to internationals
  • Serves a resource center for not just for students but, faculty and staff as well in order to better serve the international communityInternational Student Services Coordinator

International Student Services Coordinator

Diana Housein Salaita is the International Student Services Coordinator and Primary Designated School Official (PDSO).  She is responsible for immigration campus-wide and collaborates across UDC in order to best serve students.  She is dedicated to working not just with F-1 visa holders, but also with undocumented students. With a Masters degree and ten years working in the field of International Education, she has presented at various conferences, including NAFSA: The Association for International Educators.

A native English speaker, Ms. Housein Salaita speaks two other languages and is learning another. She has lived abroad in Latin America and the Middle East and has traveled throughout the world to amazing places in Europe, the Middle East and Americas and hopes to continue her passion of discovering new places.

How to submit your curricular practical training application
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How to submit your F-1 Program Extension Application

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The information on this website is provided as a service to the international students, faculty, staff, employees, and administrators of the University of the District of Columbia. It does not constitute legal advice on immigration, taxes, or other matters. We strive to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this website or any associated site. Legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. Nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel. Neither UDC nor International Student Services is responsible for any errors or omissions on this website, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.