American University Academic Program

Academic
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

Since its founding in 1893, American University has been a global center for research and academic excellence. In Washington, D.C., one of the most influential cities in the world, the internationally recognized private university has a history of distinguishing itself as a leader of change. Its beautiful urban campus, home to state-of-the-art facilities and historic buildings, is known for its intimate community spirit.

Visit the capital’s most time-honored and historic attractions

Practical course-related trips into the city’s unique political culture

Teaching in state-of-the-art facilities in historic buildings

Live in the hometown of prominent politicians, activists, and leaders

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
Advanced
GPA Requirements:
3.00
Academic Level:
Undergraduate
Academic Strengths:
Biological & Physical Sciences, Business, Economics & Finance, International Business, Math, Political Science & International Relations, International Relations
Housing:
On-campus dormitory
Visa Required:
Maybe
Credits:
12 units

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WHAT STUDENTS SAY

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The American University dining hall turned out to be better than I could have ever expected.  

American University SAF Alumni

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About the University

American University

With the student at its heart, American University is a global center for research and academic excellence. Since its foundation in 1893, the private university in one of the most influential cities in the world has celebrated the traditions of American life—service and duty—in the seat of government. This internationally recognized institution has a history of distinguishing itself as a leader of change and encourages students to make a difference. Alongside its student population of 13,000, you enjoy a close community spirit in what is one of the most beautiful urban campuses, with stunning historic buildings, as well as state-of-the-art facilities.

Learn more at American University's official website.  

Academics

American University's Academic Approach

One of AU’s strengths is its realization of its desire for experiential learning. You can learn about events and topics in the classroom and see them unfold in the real world as they experience the campus and city around you. If you want want to work internationally there are countless opportunities in D.C. and at AU.

The university and its professors are well connected to many prominent businesses, politicians, and industry leaders. You should get to know your professors, as letters of recommendation from this institution will provide invaluable opportunities in international sectors.

 

Courses

There are several important points to note about the courses and processes at this university. 

Course Pre-Approvals

When you apply to this program, you need to submit course preferences for pre-approval at the time of application. During the pre-approval process, you may be asked to provide additional documentation of pre-requisites for some courses. Once approved, you will register for your classes during a set time online. You may only register for classes you have been pre-approved for.

Foreign Language (Non-English) Courses

If you're interested in taking a foreign language (non-English), you need to take a placement test or show valid proof of current language levels.

Course Restrictions

You are eligible to take any undergraduate course you are qualified to take. However, some majors give preference to degree-seeking students. Therefore, availability is limited for the following subject areas:

  • Sciences (Biological, Genetics, Physics)
  • Communications
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Telecommunications

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university - and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

To prove your language proficiency, you will need to provide one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • PTE: 59
  • TOEFL iBT: 85, with a minimum sub-score of 20 in every band

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Fall 2022

Program dates:
Mid August - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
26,880

Fall 2022 + Spring 2023 Internship (Credit) (WSP)

Program dates:
Mid August - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
56,520

Fall 2022 + Spring 2023 Internship (Non-Credit) (WSP)

Program dates:
Mid August - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
45,260

Fall 2022 + Spring 2023

Program dates:
Mid August - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
49,640

Spring 2023 + Fall 2023

Program dates:
Mid January - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
52,630

Spring 2023 + Fall 2023 Internship (WSP)

Program dates:
Early January - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
60,100

Spring 2023 + Fall 2023 Internship (Non-Credit) (WSP)

Program dates:
Early January - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
46,560

Spring 2023

Program dates:
Mid January - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
28,330

Housing Information

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Off-Campus Apartment

As part of the immersive all-American experience, the SAF program fee includes a shared room with a shared bathroom, kitchen, common area, and laundry in an apartment off-campus.

The off-campus apartments come furnished with a bed, couch, chairs, bookcase, closet, dresser and desk as well as free Wi-Fi.

The SAF Program fee is based upon a double room in an off-campus apartment. SAF program fee does not include break stay housing or include early arrival housing.

About Washington D.C.

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Why Washington D.C.

The White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court: Washington, D.C., is where history is made and unfolds. The American capital is an extraordinarily inspirational setting to explore politics and international relations and experience a rich, deeply cultured social life abundant in politicians, global leaders, and other dignitaries.

Learn more about Washington D.C.

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Commonly Asked Questions About Studying Abroad

Commonly Asked Questions About Academic & Concurrent Programs

Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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