Monday, August 12, 2013

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT] International Admissions at American University (AU)

[Source: American University]

As a leading university in the U.S., American University (AU) offers a classic, U.S.-style comprehensive liberal arts curriculum. The university is committed to public service, diversity, and experiential and interdisciplinary learning. It is based on a centralized, multi-purpose campus combined with unparalleled opportunities for students. At AU they put their learning into practice through internships and public service in the country's capital city of Washington, D.C.

AU also has a well-deserved reputation as a global university, with over 1,300 international students from 130 countries. Many award-winning faculty members are engaged in international scholarship and research. Many AU programs are closely integrated with organizations and decision-makers around Washington, D.C.

International Undergraduate Admissions

Application Checklist

  • Completed Common Application form, including CV/Resume
  • Common Application AU Writing Supplement
  • Academic records for grades 9 – 12 with official transcripts and certified English translations if applicable
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • Demonstrated English proficiency
  • Completed AU Certification of Finances form and bank letter showing at least U.S.$59,109 for first year of study and living expenses
  • Application fee of U.S.$70 

No SAT or ACT Needed! AU does not evaluate SAT or ACT scores for students (including U.S. citizens) graduating from secondary schools outside the United States.

Early Decision I and II

AU’s Early Decision (ED) Plan is an option for first-year students if AU is their first choice university. The benefit is an early admissions notification. If you sign an ED agreement, you are agreeing to enroll at AU if admitted. You may submit applications to other schools before receiving an admissions notification from AU. However, once admitted to AU, you must submit a tuition deposit and withdraw your applications to all other colleges and universities.

English Proficiency

Course work at AU requires strong English language skills and academic preparedness. All applicants whose first language is not English are required to take one of the exams listed below.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • Internet-based test score of 80 or higher
    • Paper-based test score of 550 or higher 
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • Composite score of 6.5 or higher 
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    • Score of 53 or higher 

Conditional Admission Opportunities for First-Year Students

The Academic English Program (AEP) is a semester long residential program for first-year applicants with strong academic secondary school achievements who require additional support with English language skills. AEP is an intensive English program with 20 hours of in-class instruction per week.

The International Gateway Program (IGP) is a 14-credit, semester-long academic bridge program designed specifically for freshman applicants who have strong academic achievement but who the international admissions team has determined could benefit from more support in academic writing, reading, and oral communication skills in English in order to be successful in their undergraduate degree program at AU.

You cannot apply for AEP or IGP. Instead, the Office of Admissions will identify you once your AU application and all supporting documents (including proof of English proficiency) are complete and reviewed, and will extend a conditional offer of admission to either AEP or IGP for fall or spring semester.

AU Scholarships for International Freshmen

American University offers two primary types of scholarship opportunities for international students:

American University’s merit awards for international students are partial, not full, scholarships. They are highly competitive and based on a combination of outstanding academic achievement, excellent communication skills in English, leadership, volunteerism and community service. No separate application form or process is needed to be considered for AU merit scholarships.

The American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship (AU EGLS) covers all billable expenses to AU and is available for ONE outstanding international first year freshman student who is dedicated to positive civic and social change. Please visit American University’s international admissions website for more information.

International Graduate Admissions
*Graduate Admissions’ decisions are made by each school or program and the following requirements may vary.

Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Financial Requirements
  • Immigration Process, Procedures and Requirements 
*Please see the Graduate Admissions Requirement Chart (Ex. College of Arts and Sciences).

Financing Graduate School

Talented international master's and doctoral students may qualify for Graduate Merit Awards through their departments. These awards range from twelve credits to full tuition each year. Stipends may also be available. Applicants should check directly with departments for further information. American University has established two general categories of awards to assist graduate students: Graduate Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships.

Graduate International Gateway Program

The Graduate International Gateway Program (IGP) is a semester-long, academic bridge program designed specifically for first-year graduate students who have strong academic achievements, but could benefit from more support in academic research, writing, reading, and oral communication skills.

You cannot apply directly for IGP. In order to participate in IGP, you must apply to one of American University’s graduate schools and receive an offer of admission from that graduate school.

Links & Resources

Go to Part 1 -- American University (AU) International Student Life and Support

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