Study Abroad at American University

United States Northeast Washington, D.C.

With a central commitment to independent thinking and experiential learning, American University has developed into a student-centered institution that values service, leadership, and global engagement. Located in a residential neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the green urban campus contains both state-of-the-art facilities and historic buildings. Beyond its borders lies the nation’s central hub of politics and global non-profits. Here you’ll feel power and influence in the air.

Academic strength: Business, Economics & Finance, Political Science & International Relations
Rankings: Globally Recognized
Languages requirement: English
GPA requirement: Sound academic performance

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.  

SAF's Student Promise

Unparalleled Access

We know your destination and host university inside and out

Total Support

We manage your housing, insurance, application - the entire adventure

24/7 Health & Safety Coverage

Our experts are available around-the-clock for support when you need it

In It For You

As a registered US not-for-profit, it's our mission that drives us

We've Seen It All

For over 70 years we have curated world-class study abroad experiences

Official Associations

Over 300 of the world's best universities trust our study abroad expertise

Geming Liu
“A good way to make friends is to participate in the program held by Abroad at the AU program. We can become friends naturally while working together. Everyone is looking for friends because they are all international students. Just go and say hi first! ”
Geming Liu, Past SAF Student

Unique to AU: The Washington Internship Program

Jumpstart your career by landing a DC internship this fall, spring, or summer! American University is SAF's only host university to offer this unique program. Be part of a global network of doers, thinkers, innovators, and changemakers with a virtual or in-person internship in DC. Gain a competitive edge in the job market after graduation. We'll coach you on: resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, networking, and more!

Internships are available in every area of interest, including:

  • Politics & Government
  • International Affairs & Foreign Policy
  • Business & Economics
  • Non-Profits like Diversity and Social Justice Organizations
  • Journalism, Communications, and more!

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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

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