American University (AU) has a well-deserved reputation as a global university, with more than 1,000 international students from 140 countries, many award-winning faculty members engaged in international scholarship and research, and a curriculum notable for its wide array of courses with international themes. Many of the university's academic programs are rated among the best in the United States. A distinctive feature of many programs is their close integration with Washington-based organizations and decision-makers, both governmental and non-governmental. This university is committed to public service, diversity, and experiential and interdisciplinary learning. it is located in northwest Washington, at the top of Embassy Row and close to downtown. The campus is in a beautiful residential neighborhood where many diplomats live. It is one of the safest areas in Washington, DC. and offers easy access to the metro.
Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, is a truly dynamic cosmopolitan city with many points of interest. Students can tour many of the federal buildings in the city, such as the US Capitol or the Supreme Court. Most museums here are free, and there are dozens to see! Some of the most beautiful sights of the city are the war memorials and presidential monuments. Students can enjoy concerts at the Kennedy Center, festivals on the National Mall, the National Zoo, the nightlife of Georgetown and Adams Morgan, the many parks and bike trails, and the mountains and beaches located only a few hours away. Summers are hot and humid. Winters are chilly and snowy!?
Sophomores encouraged to apply; must have at least 60 credits by program start date
Must not be in graduating semester (last semester).
Must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
No TOEFL needed.
Length of Stay:
One or two semesters.
Program Fees and Costs:
Exchange students pay AUS tuition fees for the full course load (12-16 credits). Any additional costs including housing, lab fees, meal plans, books and insurance will be paid directly to the host university. View living costs here: https://www.american.edu/ocl/housing/housing-rates.cfm
AU offers housing accommodation on campus for students who apply and pay the required fees before the deadline. Off-campus housing is also a good option. To view housing options visit the website: http://www.american.edu/abroadatau/studentlife.cfm
Students must apply to the US Embassy/Consulate to obtain their J1 Exchange Visitor Visa. They must make an appointment and follow up with the required documentation, such as the letter of acceptance and bank statement. See https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/forms/ds-160-online-non-immigrant-visa-application.html
for complete information on Visa application process.
All exchange students must have valid health insurance coverage during their stay abroad. In order to ensure that all international students meet health insurance requirements, effective Fall 2019, all international students similar to US students must have health insurance plans with a US carrier who meets minimum coverage requirements to ensure compliance and avoid students facing major financial and health hardships because of inadequate coverage. Students will no longer be able to waive the AU health insurance by having an overseas plan.
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, US-based insurance plans are required to provide coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, provide coverage for essential health benefits (including emergency care, mental and substance abuse treatment, preventative care, and laboratory services), along with banning annual and lifetime coverage caps. However, policies purchased by international students do not always carry these mandates. These international plans frequently exclude routine care, mental health, and substance abuse treatment and only provide coverage for emergency situations. Students from certain countries cannot obtain policies that include mental health and substance abuse treatment since this type of treatment is illegal in their home country. Additionally, some international plans require students to pay out of pocket for healthcare costs and then submit receipts for reimbursement since the carriers do not have a claims mailing address in the United States. Many students also submit waivers with insurance from their home country which does not provide coverage in the US.
All students are required to take a course load of 12 credit hours, which means 4 classes in a semester. They can choose courses from any of the five university's schools: School of International Service, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Public Affairs, Kogod School of Business, and School of Communication.
In general, here are some course restrictions:
- Students cannot take Graduate level course work (600 and above). They can only enroll in undergraduate level courses (100-500 level).
- Enrollment in courses which require admission to special programs is not permitted.
- Furthermore, there are some school restrictions that students must pay attention to - see below.
The School of Business at AU is AACSB-approved. Students can take their general education (humanities, etc.), free electives and Business electives (MJR or MIN electives). Students can take major or required courses during their study abroad semester after getting the approval from SBA at AUS. Please note: in the Kogod School of Business, abroad students are not allowed to register into these specific class sections:
- KSB 255: Strategic Business Communication
- Any 500 level accounting courses
- MGMT 458: Business Policy and Strategy
- FIN 465: Derivative Securities
- FIN 575: CFA Level I Intensive Review
- MKTG 412: Advertising & Promotion Campaigns.
There are no CAAD courses for AUS students available at AU.
Mass Communications majors will be offered very limited courses.
Students may only select from the list here of "allowable courses" from the School of Communication.
There are no CEN courses for AUS students available at AU.
Abroad at AU students may apply and look for unpaid and non-credited internships at various businesses or organizations in their free time. If interested, see http://www.american.edu/abroadatau/internships.cfm
for more information.
Students must fill out the AUS course permission form to get their courses approved by the Associate Dean of their school and the Registrar. Upon approval, students students will also be informed the grades required to transfer credits. Students must achieve the minimum grade as indicated on the form in order to receive course credit (requirements for credit transfer vary by program). Each study abroad case is subject to approval.
AUS students on grants/scholarships must obtain approval from the Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships before starting a semester abroad at a host university. In cases where the AUS student pays tuition directly to AUS for study abroad, the student will continue to use their AUS grants and AUS-funded scholarships for that semester abroad. These students should speak with the Financial Grants and Scholarship Manager for more information. Students sponsored by an organization outside of AUS are responsible for making arrangements with their sponsor.