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About American
Location: Washington, DC
Enrollment: 14,311
Setting: Urban
Type: Private, Co-Ed
City Population: 702,455
Climate: 5.6°C - 30.6°C
U.S. News Rank: #76
International Student Rate: 8.6%

Located in the U.S. capital of Washington, DC, American University is a top-ranked university that provides students like you with high-impact academic coursework, engaging classes and hands-on experiential education.

Why American?

With more than 65+ undergraduate and 20+ postgraduate programs, American University offers highly ranked degrees in business, international relations, public affairs, engineering, the sciences, communications and more.

  • #77 in National Universities —U.S. News & World Report, 2020
  • #14 in International Business —U.S. News & World Report, 2020
  • #82 in Best Value Schools —U.S. News & World Report, 2020
  • 93% of AU graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.
  • 120+ countries represented
  • 30+ global alumni chapters in 160+ countries
  • 6 U.S. presidents have served on AU’s Board of Trustees
Get Involved & Get Engaged
  • 150+ student organizations and clubs to join
  • 14 club sports including baseball, basketball, cycling and soccer
  • 2,000+ participants in recreational sports and 9 student media organizations
Washington, DC: Center of World Affairs

A global city at the heart of American history, Washington, DC, is one of the most visited cities in the world. This culturally minded, diverse city is steeped in American and international politics and is home to 175 foreign embassies and the headquarters of World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund and American Red Cross.

Weather & Climate

Washington, DC, sits on the Potomac River, close to America’s east coast. Summers are hot, winters are chilly with light snow and spring and autumn are moderate.

Around the All-American City
  • #1 Best City for Jobs —Forbes, 2016
  • Visit national landmarks like the Lincoln Memorial, the United States Capitol and the White House
  • Explore the Smithsonian Institution museums, including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African Art, the National Museum of American History and more
  • Enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival in April

As an international student enrolling at a select U.S. News Global Education school, you will have access to exclusive programs and services.

To make your transition as easy as possible, our enrollment counselors set you up for success with:

Application Assistance
  • Streamlined application process
  • Assigned counselor
  • Major/field of study guidance
Pre-Arrival Guidance
  • Visa interview help
  • Prep webinars & checklists
  • Help with required forms
Campus Transition
  • Airport welcome
  • Student & parent orientation
  • Cultural group outings
Academic Support
  • Classes for your academic level
  • English-language & ESL help
  • Tutoring support
Career Growth
  • Career Accelerator Program
  • Internship assistance
  • Job search help
I'm looking forward to
Undergraduate Programs
Graduate Programs
Major Lists
College of Arts and Sciences

African American and African Diaspora Studies

American Studies


Applied Mathematics

Arab World Studies

Arabic Studies

Art History

Asian Studies

Audio Production

Audio Technology




Computational Science

Computer Science



Environmental Science

Environmental Studies

Foreign Language and Communication Media

French Studies

German Studies

Graphic Design

Health Promotion


Jewish Studies

Language and Area Studies:

• French/Europe

• German/Europe

• Russian/Area Studies

• Spanish/Latin America


• Arabic

• Chinese

• French

• German

• Hebrew

• Italian

• Japanese

• Korean

• Portuguese

• Russian

• Spanish

• Swahili



Mathematics and Economics


Musical Theatre





Public Health

Religious Studies

Russian Studies


Spanish Studies


Studio Art


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Note: Some degree programs may have an additional application or prerequisite requirements. Students should consult with their advisor upon arrival at American University.

School of International Service

International Studies:

• Environmental Sustainability and Global Health

• Foreign Policy and National Security

• Global and Comparative Governance

• The Global Economy

• Global Inequality and Development

• Identity, Race, Gender, and Culture

• Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights

• Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution

School of Communication

Communication Studies

Film and Media Arts

Foreign Language and Communication Media


Public Relations and Strategic Communication

School of Public Affairs

Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG)

Justice and Law

Political Science

School of Education

Elementary Education

Secondary Education

Dates & Costs

For the latest application dates and program costs information, please click here.

Entry Requirements

Academic Accelerator Program
Extended Accelerator Program (EAP) Advanced Academic Accelerator Program (AAAP) Pre-Sessional English Language Program 1 (English Language and Training Academy) Pre-Sessional English Language Program 2 (English Language and Training Academy)
Minimum GPA for Entry 3.0 (unweighted) 3.0 (unweighted) 3.0 (unweighted) 3.0 (unweighted) 3.0 (unweighted)
Minimum IELTS™ for Entry 6.0, no subscore below 5.5. 5.5, no subscore below 5.0 6.5+, With at least one subscore of 5.5 and no subscore below 5.5 5.0 4.5
Minimum TOEFL® for Entry 74, with all subscores above 15 and at least one subscore below 20 68, no subscore below 14 80+, with at least one subscore at 18 or 19 60 50
Minimum ITEP for Entry 4.0, no subscore below 3.5 3.5 no sub-score below 3.0 4.5+ with no subscore below 4.0 3.0 2.5
Minimum Eiken for Entry Pre-1 Pre-1 2A Pre-2
Other Standardized Tests Required None None None None None

Note: Many degree programs have unique entry and progression requirements based on academic background and performance. Some programs may require a higher grade point average (GPA) for entry and/or progression. Make sure to check the progression requirements for any degree programs you’re interested in pursuing.

All students will take an English language assessment test during their orientation. This test is the primary means for final placement and could vary from the preliminary placement identified in your offer letter. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated and involve additional costs including tuition and other fees.

Major Lists
Kogod School of Business

Accounting (MSA)

Finance (MSF)

Real Estate (MSRE)

Taxation (MST)

College of Arts and Sciences

Art History (MA)

Biotechnology (MS)*

Chemistry (MS)*

Computer Science (MS)*

Data Science (MS)*

Economics (MA)

Education Policy and Leadership (MEd)

Environmental Science (MS)*

Health Promotion Management (MS)

International Economics (MA)

Mathematics, Information Security (MA)*

Quantitative Analysis (PSM)*

Statistics (MS)*

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – TESOL (MA)

*STEM Designated

School of Public Affairs

Data Science (MS)

Political Science (MA)

Public Administration (MPA)

Public Policy (MPP)

Dates & Costs

For the latest application dates and program costs information, please click here.

Entry Requirements

Advanced Master's Accelerator Program (AMAP) Master's Accelerator Program (MAP) MAP Pre-Sessional English
Minimum GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
Minimum IELTS™ 6.5, with no subscore below 5.5 6.0, with no subscore below 5.5 5.5
Minimum TOEFL® 80, with no subscore below 17 74, with at least one subscore below 20 68
Minimum iTEP® 4.9, no subscore below 4.0 4.0 no subscore below 3.5 3.5
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Washington, DC
About American
Location: Washington, DC
Enrollment: 14,311
Setting: Urban
Type: Private, Co-Ed
City Population: 702,455
Climate: 5.6°C - 30.6°C
U.S. News Rank: #76
International Student Rate: 8.6%
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