American University

American University

Address : 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, USA

Contact : +1 202-885-1000  Email :

About American University, Washington, USA

American University (AU or American) is a private, nationally ranked university in Washington, D.C., United States, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, although the university's curriculum is secular. The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on February 24, 1893 as "The American University," when the bill was approved by President Benjamin Harrison. Roughly 7,200 undergraduate students and 5,230 graduate students are currently enrolled. AU is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. A member of the Division I Patriot League, its sports teams compete as the American University Eagles. AU's 84-acre campus is designated as a national arboretum and public garden that has a rich botanical history. 
American's main campus is located at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues at Ward Circle in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest Washington. The area is served by the Tenleytown-AU station on the Washington Metro subway line in the nearby neighborhood of Tenleytown.
AU was named the most politically active school in the nation in The Princeton Review's annual survey of college students in 2008, 2010, and 2012. American University is especially known for promoting international understanding reflected in the diverse student body from more than 150 countries, the university’s course offerings, the faculty's research, and from the regular presence of world leaders on its campus. The university has six unique schools, including the well-regarded School of International Service (SIS), currently ranked 8th in the world for its graduate programs and 9th in the world for its undergraduate program in International Affairs by Foreign Policy, and the Washington College of Law


Courses Offered by American University

Under Graduate Program

  • Accounting
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Arab World Studies
  • Art History
  • Audio Production
  • Audio Technology

MBA Program

  1. Duration: 21 Months, 4 Semesters
    Schedule: Daytime, weekday classes
    Curriculum: Immersive; complete the core in the first year, electives in the second
    The conversation with Kogod's Full-time MBA (FTMBA). Students gain knowledge and skills in both domestic and global business through experience and interaction with clients, professors, business leaders, and fellow students, both inside and outside of the classroom.

    Students may pursue a consulting focus through a predetermined sequence of courses, or may choose to explore the other exemplary business-focused electives Kogod has to offer, in topics from marketing to entrepreneurship to finance.

    Internships, career development, and volunteer opportunities through the Kogod Center for Career Development and K-LAB (Kogod Leadership & Applied Business) will ensure you graduate with a deep network of contacts from the AU community and beyond.

MS Program

  1. In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have adequate undergraduate preparation or experience in computer science. Students entering the program without the appropriate background will be expected to take certain undergraduate courses as a prerequisite. Applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test. 

Admission Process at American University

Are you ready for the academic, professional, and cultural experience of a lifetime? As an international applicant to the Washington Semester® Program, you can spend a semester or an academic year in the dynamic, cosmopolitan city of Washington, D.C., where you will have access to some of the most influential people and organizations in the world. Upon completion of your program, you will receive an American University transcript with 12 credits which may fit into your degree program at home.

Through an intense, experiential seminar, you will have the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience through an internship at a local organization and meet the movers and shakers of Washington, D.C. An advanced-undergraduate program, the Washington Semester® Program attracts not only undergraduate students, but also early graduates, graduate students, and young professionals. Studying and living with students from across the United States and around the world, you will build lifelong friendships in a dynamic university community!

*International Students already studying in the U.S., should visit Admission Requirements for US Students.


Applicants must be at least in the second semester of their second year of college at the time of participation.

Washington Semester® Program applicants from overseas universities must submit the following application documents:

Washington Semester® Application
Official University Transcripts
Letter of Recommendation or Nomination from a member school
Proof of English Fluency: As proof of English fluency, we accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson's Test of English (PTE). Minimum scores* for admission to the Washington Semester Program are:
Paper Based TOEFL: 550
Internet Based TOEFL: 80 (Minimum of 18 on Speaking & Listening)
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 59 
Applicants who do not quite meet the minimum scores may gain conditional admittance to the Washington Semester® Program, based on first completing a semester on the International Gateway Program.

The School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS) helps international students every step of the way in applying for a J-1 visa. Please click here for more information on immigration and international student life at American University.


Member School Rates: International applicants from member schools should email our office or check with their home institution representative regarding established tuition rates.

Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation (MSFF) Scholars: In partnership with the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation (MSFF) and the American University School of International Studies (SIS), funding is available for eligible applicants to participate in two consecutive semesters of the Washington Semester® Program. Interested candidates may apply here.

AU Washington DC Facilities and Infrastructure

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