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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.

2020/2021 Placement

Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Washington
Population | 6,138,382
Enrollment | 14,311
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 8/24-12/12
Spring | 1/11-5/4

Campus Diversity

White | 46%
Black | 8%
Hispanic/Latino | 10%
Asian | 5%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 4%
Other | 27%


Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
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

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
  • 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
  • Women and Gender Studies


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.75 GPA
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 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 17
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/16/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Recreation Fee $65 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Technology Fee $120 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $506 Semester Plan B Optional
Transportation Fee $136 Semester Plan B 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 $814, if at AU only for the spring the rate is $1139.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/16/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 48% living on campus
  • Double: $5048
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $875
  • Proximity to campus: 5
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
We are not able to provide housing to incoming exchange students in Fall 2020.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $800 declining balance plan.
  • $1588 per semester for 6 meals per week.
  • $2442 per semester for 10 meals per week.
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.

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/16/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1952 Year Plan B 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

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