American University English Language Pathway Program

Program Suspended
Language Pathway
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
Multi 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.

150+ student-run societies or organizations, so here’s a club for everyone

Beyond the classroom cultural trips and political experiences

Learn with locals in state-of-the-art facilities in historic buildings

A city brimming with political and cultural energy

Program Advisor

Student Counselor 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:
Language Prerequisite Level:
GPA Requirements:
Academic Level:
Academic Strengths:
Biological & Physical Sciences, Business, Economics & Finance, Math, Political Science & International Relations
On-campus dormitory
Visa Required:

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As SAF Scholars, we live the same as regular students. We explore cultural differences, broaden our perspectives, and try university life in another country. Your English will improve with the professors' help and by talking with the people around you.

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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.  


American University's Academic Approach

The English language program at AU welcomes you as an active member of the campus and local community. As a SAF Scholar, you progress to another AU program in the spring semester, so this language program helps you prepare for the academic rigors of your future academic pursuits. As the program is progression only, you will be able to immediately apply your advanced language skills next semester.

If you 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.



To progress from the language program and apply for academic classes, you must receive at least a B grade in every level 6 course.

Classroom Hours Per Week

In your 18 hours per week, you cover:

  • Academic Discussion
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Writing and Grammar
  • Level-based elective

*SAF program fee tuition rate is based upon enrollment in 18 hours of language instruction per week.

Language Levels

There are three levels. You take a placement test during orientation to allocated you to the appropriate course level, from intermediate to advanced. Each level is one semester. You are expected to be able to speak, read, write and understand simple sentences.

Elective Courses

Depending on your language placement level, you will be automatically enrolled in a course related to US or Washington, D.C., culture:

  • Level 4: Life and Culture in Washington D.C.
  • Level 5: American TV and Culture Studies
  • Level 6: American Film and Culture Studies

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 can use any of the following: For progression to the American University Washington

Internship Program:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: 70

For progression to the American University Academic Program:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: 75

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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.

Housing Information


Off-Campus Apartment

As part of the immersive all-American experience, the SAF program fee includes a shared room in an apartment off-campus.

*Housing is subject to availability. For specific questions regarding housing please contact SAF.

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.

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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


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.

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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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