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Location: Washington, DC
Enrollment: 14,311
Setting: Urban
Type: Private, Co-Ed
City Population: 702,455
Climate: 5.6°C - 30.6°C
U.S. News Rank: #77
International Student Rate: 8.6%

Located in the U.S. capital of Washington, DC, American University is a top-ranked university that provides students like you with high-impact academic coursework, engaging classes and hands-on experiential education.

Why American?

With more than 65+ undergraduate and 20+ postgraduate programs, American University offers highly ranked degrees in business, international relations, public affairs, engineering, the sciences, communications and more.

  • #77 in National Universities —U.S. News & World Report, 2020
  • #14 in International Business —U.S. News & World Report, 2020
  • #82 in Best Value Schools —U.S. News & World Report, 2020
  • 93% of AU graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.
  • 120+ countries represented
  • 30+ global alumni chapters in 160+ countries
  • 6 U.S. presidents have served on AU’s Board of Trustees
Get Involved & Get Engaged
  • 150+ student organizations and clubs to join
  • 14 club sports including baseball, basketball, cycling and soccer
  • 2,000+ participants in recreational sports and 9 student media organizations
Washington, DC: Center of World Affairs

A global city at the heart of American history, Washington, DC, is one of the most visited cities in the world. This culturally minded, diverse city is steeped in American and international politics and is home to 175 foreign embassies and the headquarters of World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund and American Red Cross.

Weather & Climate

Washington, DC, sits on the Potomac River, close to America’s east coast. Summers are hot, winters are chilly with light snow and spring and autumn are moderate.

Around the All-American City
  • #1 Best City for Jobs —Forbes, 2016
  • Visit national landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial, the United States Capitol and the White House
  • Explore the Smithsonian Institution museums, including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African Art, the National Museum of American History and more
  • Enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival in April

As an international student enrolling at a select U.S. News Global Education school, you will have access to exclusive programs and services.

To make your transition as easy as possible, our enrollment counselors set you up for success with:

Application Assistance
  • Streamlined application process
  • Assigned counselor
  • Major/field of study guidance
Pre-Arrival Guidance
  • Visa interview help
  • Prep webinars & checklists
  • Help with required forms
Campus Transition
  • Airport welcome
  • Student & parent orientation
  • Cultural group outings
Academic Support
  • Classes for your academic level
  • English-language & ESL help
  • Tutoring support
Career Growth
  • Career Accelerator Program
  • Internship assistance
  • Job search help
I'm looking forward to
Undergraduate Programs
Graduate Programs
Major Lists
College of Arts and Sciences

African American and African Diaspora Studies

American Studies

Anthropology

Applied Mathematics

Arab World Studies

Arabic Studies

Art History

Asian Studies

Audio Production

Audio Technology

Biochemistry

Biology

Chemistry

Computational Science

Computer Science

Dance

Economics

Environmental Science

Environmental Studies

Foreign Language and Communication Media

French Studies

German Studies

Graphic Design

Health Promotion

History

Jewish Studies

Language and Area Studies:

• French/Europe

• German/Europe

• Russian/Area Studies

• Spanish/Latin America

Languages:

• Arabic

• Chinese

• French

• German

• Hebrew

• Italian

• Japanese

• Korean

• Portuguese

• Russian

• Spanish

• Swahili

Literature

Mathematics

Mathematics and Economics

Music

Musical Theatre

Neuroscience

Philosophy

Physics

Psychology

Public Health

Religious Studies

Russian Studies

Sociology

Spanish Studies

Statistics

Studio Art

Theatre

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Note: Some degree programs may have an additional application or prerequisite requirements. Students should consult with their advisor upon arrival at American University.

School of International Service

International Studies:

• Environmental Sustainability and Global Health

• Foreign Policy and National Security

• Global and Comparative Governance

• The Global Economy

• Global Inequality and Development

• Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture

• Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights

• Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution

School of Communication

Communication Studies

Film and Media Arts

Foreign Language and Communication Media

Journalism

Public Relations and Strategic Communication

School of Public Affairs

Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG)

Justice and Law

Political Science

School of Education

Elementary Education

Secondary Education

Dates & Costs

Students may apply to enter the Undergraduate Accelerator three times during the year: fall, spring, and summer. Students who would like to take additional English-language courses before they progress to their academic careers may enter through AU’s pre-sessional English-language program before progressing to the Extended Accelerator Program.

See the following tables for important dates such as application deadline, move-in date, and program start date. For other questions regarding the American University Undergraduate Accelerator schedule, please email us at: admissions@auaccelerator.com.

Spring 2020

Academic Accelerator Program (2 Semesters)Extended Accelerator Program (3 Semesters)Pre-Sessional English Language Program (1 or 2 Semesters)
Application Deadline*December 1, 2019December 1, 2019December 1, 2019
Move-in DateJanuary 8, 2020January 8, 2020January 8, 2020
Program Start DateJanuary 9, 2020January 9 2020January 9, 2020
Progression intoYear 2Year 2EAP

Summer 2020

Pre-Sessional English Language Program (1 or 2 Semesters)
Application Deadline*March 30, 2020
Move-in DateMay 30, 2020
Program Start DateJune 3, 2020
Progression intoEAP

Fall 2020

Academic Accelerator Program (2 Semesters)Extended Accelerator Program (3 Semesters)Pre-Sessional English Language Program (1 or 2 Semesters)
Application Deadline*July 15, 2020July 15, 2020July 15, 2020
Move-in DateAugust 16, 2020August 16, 2020August 19, 2020
Program Start DateAugust 17, 2020August 17, 2020August 20, 2020
Progression intoYear 2Year 2EAP

*This is the deadline to submit all documents stated on your offer letter and is required for both academic acceptance and I-20 issuance. All necessary items must be received by admissions on or before this deadline or the student will be unable to enroll for the intended semester and will be encouraged to defer enrollment to the following semester. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, as there are a limited number of spaces available.
Note: dates are approximate and subject to change.

Estimated Costs - 2020

Tuition and fees listed vary by program length and are subject to change. Upon completion of the Undergraduate Accelerator year, students enroll as sophomores at AU and pay standard applicant tuition and fees.

Academic Accelerator Program
(2 Semesters)
Extended Accelerator Program
(3 Semesters)
Tuition and Fees*$49,493 – $52,881$58,171 -$58,183
Health Insurance$2,000$2,000
Housing$10,296 – $18,705$14,823 – $25,222
Dining$3,686 – $5,518$5,529 – $8,277
Total$65,475 – $79,104$80,523 – $93,682

Note: A housing preference form will be included with your conditional acceptance offer.

Costs are subject to change. The costs listed represent a range of housing and dining options. For more detailed information on housing and dining, please visit accelerator.american.edu/costs.

All prices listed are in USD.

IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL ENGLISH COURSES BEFORE ENROLLING IN THE INTERNATIONAL ACCELERATOR?

The pre-sessional English language program classes are designed to improve students’ comprehension and ability to take rigorous academic courses in the English language.

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM (1 or 2 Semesters)
Fall 2019 and Spring 2020$9,557
Summer 2020$6,340

Entry Requirements

Academic Accelerator Program
(AAP)
Extended Accelerator Program (EAP)Advanced Academic Accelerator Program (AAAP)Pre-Sessional English Language Program 1 (English Language and Training Academy)Pre-Sessional English Language Program 2 (English Language and Training Academy)
Minimum GPA for Entry3.0 (unweighted)3.0 (unweighted)3.0 (unweighted)3.0 (unweighted)3.0 (unweighted)
Minimum IELTS™ for Entry6.0, no subscore below 5.5.5.5, no subscore below 5.06.5+, With at least one subscore of 5.5 and no subscore below 5.55.04.5
Minimum TOEFL® for Entry74, with all subscores above 15 and at least one subscore below 2068, no subscore below 1480+, with at least one subscore at 18 or 196050
Minimum ITEP for Entry4.0, no subscore below 3.53.5 no sub-score below 3.04.5+ with no subscore below 4.03.02.5
Minimum Eiken for EntryPre-1Pre-12APre-2
Other Standardized Tests RequiredNoneNoneNoneNoneNone

Note: Many degree programs have unique entry and progression requirements based on academic background and performance. Some programs may require a higher grade point average (GPA) for entry and/or progression. Make sure to check the progression requirements for any degree programs you’re interested in pursuing.

All students will take an English language assessment test during their orientation. This test is the primary means for final placement and could vary from the preliminary placement identified in your offer letter. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated and involve additional costs including tuition and other fees.

Major Lists
Kogod School of Business

Accounting (MSA)

Finance (MSF)

Real Estate (MSRE)

Taxation (MST)

College of Arts and Sciences

Art History (MA)

Biostatistics (PSM)*

Biotechnology (MS)*

Chemistry (MS)*

Computer Science (MS)*

Data Science (MS)*

Economics (MA)

Education Policy and Leadership (MEd)

Environmental Science (MS)*

Health Promotion Management (MS)

International Economics (MA)

International Training and Education Program – ITEP (MA)

Mathematics, Information Security (MA)*

Quantitative Analysis (PSM)*

Statistics (MS)*

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – TESOL (MA)

*STEM Designated

School of Communication

Game Design (MA)

School of Public Affairs

Data Science (MS)

Political Science (MA)

Public Administration (MPA)

Public Policy (MPP)

Dates & Costs

See the following tables for important dates such as application deadline, move-in date, and program start date. For other questions regarding the American University Master’s Accelerator schedule, please email us at admissions@auaccelerator.com.

Spring 2020

Advanced MAP 1 semesterMAP 2 semestersPre-Sessional English Language Program 14 weeks
Application deadline*December 1, 2019December 1, 2019December 1, 2019
Move-In DateJanuary 8, 2020January 8, 2020January 8, 2020
Program start dateJanuary 9, 2020January 9, 2020January 9, 2020

Summer 2020

Pre-Sessional English Language Program 14 weeks
Application deadline*March 30, 2020
Move-In DateMay 30, 2020
Program start dateJune 3, 2020

Fall 2020

Advanced MAP 1 semesterMAP 2 semestersPre-Sessional English Language Program 14 weeks
Application deadline*July 15, 2020July 15, 2020July 15, 2020
Move-In DateAugust 16, 2020August 16, 2020August 16, 2020
Program start dateAugust 17, 2020August 17, 2020August 17, 2020

Costs

Tuition and fees listed vary by program length and are subject to change. Upon completion of the Master’s Accelerator, students enter into their postgraduate degree program at AU and pay standard applicant tuition and fees.

Estimated Costs 2019-2020

Advanced MAP
1 Semester
MAP
2 Semesters
Pre-Sessional English
14 Weeks
Tuition and fees$22,302 USD$30,183 USDSpring/Fall: $9,557 USD
Summer: $6,340 USD
Health Insurance$2,000 USD$2,000 USD$2,000 USD
Estimated Living Expenses$7,258-$9,491 USD$14,734 – $18,705 USD$7,258 – $9,491 USD
Total$31,561 – $33,794 USD$46,917 – $50,888 USD$15,598 – $21,048 USD
Tuition after completion of MAP

Kogod School of Business : $1,579 per credit hour; subject to change

All Other Schools: $1,642 per credit hour; subject to change

Note: All tuition, fees, and costs are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Advanced Master's Accelerator Program (AMAP)Master's Accelerator Program (MAP)MAP Pre-Sessional English
Minimum GPA3.03.03.0
Minimum IELTS™6.5, with no subscore below 5.56.0, with no subscore below 5.55.5
Minimum TOEFL®80, with no subscore below 1774, with at least one subscore below 2068
Minimum iTEP®4.9, no subscore below 4.04.0 no subscore below 3.53.5

 

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About American
Location: Washington, DC
Enrollment: 14,311
Setting: Urban
Type: Private, Co-Ed
City Population: 702,455
Climate: 5.6°C - 30.6°C
U.S. News Rank: #77
International Student Rate: 8.6%
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