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American University

Washington, DC

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  1. Average undergraduate class size of 23
  2. Students from over 120 countries make up a cosmopolitan & diverse campus
  3. #5 Most Politically Active Students (Princeton Review)

About This Campus

American University is a student-centered research institution located in Washington, DC, with highly-ranked schools and colleges, internationally-renowned faculty, and a reputation for creating meaningful change in the world. Our students distinguish themselves for their service, leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities. At AU passion becomes action; students actively engage in the world around them; and the leaders of today train the leaders of tomorrow. Students choose a personalized curriculum of theoretical study and experiential learning, taught by faculty in courses that take them from the classroom, to the nation’s capital, and all around the globe.

Location Information

Our 90-acre campus is strategically located in a beautiful residential district of Washington, DC. The campus—an accredited arboretum—combines the advantages of a traditional college setting with the energy, culture, and opportunities of a global capital city. Relax with your friends on our grounds one moment; take an impromptu trip to the National Mall the next.

Helpful Information

Students register with sophomore students. No guarantee to enroll in desired courses. Students must have flexibility in course registration.

2022/2023 Placement

Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Washington
Population | 6,138,382
Enrollment | 14,001
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 8/30-12/18
Spring | 1/10-5/3

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 13%
Black | 9%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 15%
Two or more | 5%
White | 55%
Other | 3%
International | 12%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Communication: Public Relations & Strategic Communication, Journalism, Film & Media

Students cannot take any courses that require admissions to a special program, such as Honors, University College, Mentorship or Washington Semester. Please see all course restrictions here: https://www.american.edu/abroadatau/academics.cfm Incoming students register with sophomores. Students cannot be guaranteed registration in preferred courses. It is important that students have flexibility in the courses they take and are able to take classes outside of their major.

Notable Academic Programs

  • International Studies/International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Business Administration
  • International Business

Study Abroad Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Environmental Sciences
  • European Studies
  • Finance/Banking
  • French
  • German
  • Global Studies
  • Government
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Performance and Directing
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Russian
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Visual Arts
  • Women and Gender Studies


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.75 GPA
  • "None."
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, N/A computer or 85.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/28/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 17

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Recreation Fee $65 Semester Home Mandatory
Technology Fee $120 Semester Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $506 Semester Home Optional
Transportation Fee $136 Semester Home Mandatory

Important Notes: Incoming exchange students must pay their own Recreation (AU Sports Center) fee and Transportation fee (Metro UPass). The Metro UPass gives students unlimited access to public transportation for the semester. The Health Insurance fee is automatically charged to any student enrolled at AU. Students may only have this charge removed if they meet all the requirements and submit proof of having insurance that meets or exceeds the requirements for health coverage at AU. The amount above is for the full academic year. If only at AU for the fall the rate is $826, if at AU only for the spring the rate is $1156.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/28/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 48% living on campus
  • Double: $5048
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $875
  • Proximity to campus: 5
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
On-campus housing cannot be guaranteed. Students will be provided with housing application instructions in April for Fall semester and late October for Spring semester. To view more information about campus housing visit: https://www.american.edu/ocl/housing/residence-halls.cfm

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $800 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
Except for the declining balance meal plan, the two block meal plans above also provide $400 Eaglebucks which can be used to purchase items at establishments on campus. There is also a list of off-campus restaurants that also accept Eaglebucks.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/28/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1981 Year Home Pay Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
- All full-time students, residential students, and students on F1 and J1 visas at AU must have insurance that provides comprehensive coverage in Washington, DC. If you're in a required category, you will be enrolled automatically in AU's student health insurance plan. This premium is charged to your student account.

- If you have another insurance plan that provides comprehensive coverage in Washington DC, you may request a waiver and, if approved, the charge (e.g. the health insurance premium) will be removed from your student account.

- After you submit your waiver request, it will be reviewed and a decision made within 5 business days. Please be aware that approval is not automatic. You will receive an email when your waiver decision has been made.

- Further information can be found on the FAQ site: https://www.american.edu/ocl/student-health-faq.cfm

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance


  • Health records due by: 8/21/2021
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Hepatitis B
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: Covid-19
  • Immunization: Varicella required; recommended are HPV and Meningitis B

Other Health Related Comments
Students who wish to ask for a waiver of the AU student health insurance must ensure they have appropriate coverage and submit the waiver request by the stated deadline: https://www.american.edu/ocl/healthcenter/health-insurance-waiver-information.cfm

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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