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American University - International Accelerator

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Washington, District of Columbia
Private not-for-profit
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About American University - International Accelerator

For students seeking a rewarding and rigorous pathway program located in Washington, D.C., American University - International Accelerator is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the U.S. and 123 countries.

With a pathway focus, international students can expect:

  • Guided help adjusting to U.S. college life, including classes designed for international students.
  • Free airport pickup, greater attention in smaller classes, and language and academic help.
  • Authentic U.S. college experiences and local American cultural activities.

Academics: Small Classes, Big Results

More than 92% of recent American University - International Accelerator graduates are employed or getting an additional degree within six months of graduating. Your time at American is an important first step in a long, successful career.

The Numbers

  • One of the Top 100 Universities in the U.S.
  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Home to nearly 1,830 international students from 123 countries.
  • 7,000+ undergraduate and 4,000+ graduate students.
  • 65+ bachelor’s programs and 70+ master’s degrees.
  • 91% of undergraduate students and 54% of graduate students participate in an internship.
  • 94% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

Studying in Washington, D.C.

From sports stadiums and theaters to beautiful parks, Washington, DC has everything you need. Located on the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States, Washington, DC is a short trip away from many other major cities, which are quickly accessible from any of the region’s three airports. The District of Columbia enjoys four seasons, with cherry tree blossoms in the spring, warm summers, beautiful foliage in the fall, and mild winters.

Pathway for the International Student

Adjusting to college life in the U.S. can be challenging. To make your transition as easy and productive as possible, the Undergraduate Accelerator at American University - International Accelerator is a one-year program that sets you up for success with:

  • Academic, English-language, and cultural support.

  • College credit towards your AU degree.

  • Access to exclusive courses and cultural events.

The Extended Accelerator Program is a four-term program during which students earn a minimum of 24 credit hours transferable to an undergraduate degree. The Academic and Integrated Accelerator Program are three-term programs during which students earn a minimum of 24 credit hours transferable to an undergraduate degree.

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International Accelerator Program

The IAP is comprised of three distinct program tracks: The Extended Accelerator, the Academic Accelerator, and the Integrated Accelerator. Students are placed in a program track based on English language proficiency level. IAP helps to ease the transition for international students to American University - International Accelerator by combining credit-bearing academic courses from the first year of the degree with additional support and experiences.

IAP helps students strengthen academic reading, writing, and oral communication skills while fully immersing them in the U.S. academic culture. In addition to the IAP academic coursework, students receive support from a comprehensive advising program that includes individualized support plans and a first-year experience course taught by program advisors.

Students interested in the American University - International Accelerator Program must have scores of 5.5+ on the IELTS, and 74+ on the TOEFL.

Student Life at American University

Safe, Welcoming & Exciting

At American University - International Accelerator, you don’t even need to leave campus to find amazing art, live performances, and political activism. Of course, explore DC and you’ll find a global city ready to inspire, entertain, and educate.

Highlights of the student environment:

  • A beautiful, safe campus near the upscale neighborhoods and embassies of northwest DC.
  • Home to nearly 1,830 international students from 123 countries.
  • Past guest speakers include President Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, and Deloitte, LLP representatives.
  • 150+ student organizations and clubs, including the Global Politics Student Association.
  • 14 sports teams, including football/soccer, basketball, and volleyball.
  • 11 community and apartment residence halls to choose from and many on-campus dining locations that serve international cuisine.
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