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Location | Washington
Population | 671,803
Enrollment | 13,019
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 8/26-12/14
Spring | 1/21-5/7

American University

Washington, DC

2 home placement spots available in Spring 2026 semester only (no fall 2025)
Students from over 120 countries make up a cosmopolitan & diverse campus
#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 our nation's capital.

Helpful Information

A limited number of spots are available for Spring semester only. Housing on campus is not guaranteed, students may need to find their own off-campus housing. No guarantee to enroll in desired courses. Students must have flexibility in course registration.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Closed
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Most Competitive
Understand Chances of Placement


RegistrationClosed Programs
School of Communication: Film & Media, Public Relations & Strategic Communication, Journalism, Communication Studies

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 - #9 in undergraduate programs by Foreign Policy
  • Political Science - #10 among public affairs schools by US News & World Report
  • Business Administration - A top-ranked, AACSB-accredited institution
  • International Business - #7 in undergraduate program by US News & World Report

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, African American Studies, American Studies... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Spring Only
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 accept on Home Pay
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/06/24

Finances Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 17

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Recreation Fee $65 Semester Home Mandatory
Health Service Fee $1381 Semester Home Mandatory
Technology Fee $120 Semester Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $506 Semester Home Optional
Transportation Fee $136 Semester Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

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 spring semester rate is estimated at around $1381.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/06/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1500
  • Proximity to campus: 5
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
We can not guarantee student housing on-campus. Students may be able to apply for campus housing, but should be prepared to find their own housing off-campus. Students can search for off-campus housing via the off-campus housing site: https://www.american.edu/ocl/housing/off-campus-housing-services.cfm; or furnished apartments with all utilities included can be contracted through TurnKey Housing. Information is given to admitted students about these resources.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $800 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
Students who live off-campus are eligible to enroll in a meal plan if they wish. Students who live on campus must have one of the All-Inclusive meal plans. More information about meal plans can be found: https://www.american.edu/ocl/onecarddining/mealplan.cfm


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/06/24

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1381 Semester Home 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. Spring rate is estimated around $1381.

- 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 at: https://www.american.edu/aucentral/about-student-health-insurance-plan.cfm

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,381 per semester.


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/aucentral/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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