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American University

Program Overview 

Location: Washington D.C.
Culture: Experimental, globally engaged
Neighborhood: Historic urban
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Intermediate - advanced (Progression available)

With a central commitment to independent thinking and experiential learning. American University (AU) has developed into a student-centered institution that values service, leadership, and global engagement. 

Located in a residential neighborhood of Washington D.C., the large campus contains both state-of-the-art facilities and historic buildings. Often considered one of the most beautiful urban college campuses, AU has the advantage of being a close community as well as having easy access to the larger city surrounding it. The 13,000 student population takes advantage of the public transportation that connects them to the rest of the city.

As the country's capital, Washington D.C., is the center of politics and global engagement in the United States. The city is brimming with energy through the countless politicians, activists, global leaders, and other dignitaries that live and work there. This also permeates the social life of D.C., with concerts, lectures, sporting events, and more that take place throughout the year.

Student Profile

International relations and politics are never far from a SAF Scholar who partakes in a program at AU. The urban campus sets a perfect venue to students who want to experience the U.S. capitol firsthand. 

Other Programs at University

Progression Program: Language + Academic Semesters
Internship Only: Washington Semester Program
Academic Program + Internship 

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Spring Semester (January - May)
Fall Semester (August - December)
Academic Year (August - May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

Students must earn a C overall in their progression classes in order to advance to the academic portion.

Program Strengths

One of AU's strengths is its realization of its desire for experiential learning. Students can learn about events and topics in the classroom and see them unfold in the real world as they experience the campus and city around them. 

# of Credits (per term)

SAF Scholars must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours and a maximum of 17.5 credit hours. The majority of students at American University take 15 credit hours. 

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

Scholars submit course preferences for pre-approval at the time of application. Once approved, scholars register for their classes during a set time online. 

Course/Departmental Restrictions

Some courses and departments have limited access based on availability. SAF Scholars are able to take a limited selection of communication courses. 

Graduate Courses



Housing Type

On-campus dormitory


100 Block Meal Plan (7 meals per week + $150 spending money)

Type of Room


Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars have numerous opportunities to get involved in activities and events that occur on campus through the year. With 145 organizations, from the Ballroom Club to the Student Zero Waste Club, students will find something to interest them. AU has a commitment to engagement and social responsibility, which is also demonstrated through their Center for Community Engagement & Service, which allows all students the opportunity to help serve the local and global community through volunteering and other outreach opportunities. 

Life on Campus

AU is an energetic and passionate community that reflects the vibrant capitol around it. The faculty and staff are dedicated to the idea of experiential learning and assisting students in their educational endeavors.

In addition, life on campus is greatly enhanced by the numerous public transportation options. By supplying students with a Metro Pass, AU opens the door for students to quickly and easily access all facets of the United States capital and become an active member of the larger community. 

Last Updated: 1/18/19