Terms and Conditions

1. Prospective students of Undergraduate Accelerator Program at American University “UAP” should read these terms and conditions carefully prior to submitting an application. If you are admitted to the UAP you will be bound by these terms for the duration of your Program. In addition to these terms and conditions, as a student at American University “AU” you will be bound by the rules and regulations governing AU, as those may be amended from time to time. These rules and regulations may be found at: www.american.edu/policies/index.cfm.

2. AU and UAP reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time. By accepting these terms and conditions you acknowledge and agree to comply at all times with the then-current terms and conditions, found at: accelerator.american.edu/terms-and-conditions.

3. Application: Students may apply to the UAP (Extended, or Academic), or to the “Pre-Sessional English” (collectively the “Programs”). If you apply to any of these Programs, be sure to use the application that is specific to the Program you select. Each application contains terms & conditions governing the specific Program and you acknowledge that by submitting an application you agree to the terms and conditions of your respective Program. Links to applications can befound here: accelerator.american.edu/undergraduate-accelerator/apply-now.

4. Transfer Credits: Students applying to the UAP with post-secondary college credits are subject to additional requirements. You must disclose any post-secondary college credits at the time of application. If you have taken credit-bearing university-level courses after the completion of high school you must meet the current secondary school required GPA requirements of U.S. equivalent of a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) for transfer consideration. AU may accept up to 60 transfer credits. Vocational and ESL studies are not considered during the admissions review process. Transfer credits must be submitted to an accredited evaluation service (WES, SILNY) as soon as possible after acceptance into the UAP. Transfer credits are articulated after the completion of the UAP and will apply toward academic years 2, 3, and 4; under no circumstances will transfer credits apply to the UAP. You acknowledge that AU and the International Accelerator make no representations and cannot guarantee that post-secondary college credits will be accepted.

5. Admission: If you are admitted to the UAP at AU you will receive a written offer letter with details and instructions on accepting the offer, paying the Program deposit and arriving on campus.

6. Tuition and fees payment: Following payment of the deposit, you must pay the remaining outstanding balance shown on the UAP invoice by the followingposted payment deadline of the Program and semester in which you will enroll:

Extended Accelerator Academic Accelerator Pre-Sessional English
Fall 2017 August 5, 2017 August 5, 2017 August 5, 2017
Spring 2018 December 22, 2017 December 22, 2017 December 22, 2017
Summer 2018 May 3, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 3, 2018

You are responsible for paying the full invoice amount, including any banking or processing fees by the due dates above. The International Accelerator has the right to amend prices due to University actions, governmental actions, or other events beyond its control.

7. Failure to Pay: Failure to pay by your applicable posted payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees, inability to gain access to campus housing and use of a meal plan, and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. If you are unable to enroll due to nonpayment of tuition and fees and you will lose your immigration status and may be deported from the U.S.

8. Cancellation, Change, Curtailment or Withdrawal: You will only be eligible for a deposit refund if you submit documentation of visa denial with written notification to the International Accelerator prior to the move-in date. If you cancel your enrollment prior to your Program move-in date (see table below for the move-in date applicable to you), you may request a full refund of fees, less housing and any other non-refundable fees. After the start of the Program you may be eligible for the partial Program refunds listed in the table below. After the no refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of the Program are nonrefundable.

Intake Semester Last day for Refund 100% Last day for Refund 50% Last day for Refund 25% Begin 0% Refund
Fall 2017 September 11, 2017 September 18, 2017 September 25, 2017 September 26, 2017
Spring 2018 January 29, 2018 February 5, 2018 February 12, 2018 February 13, 2018

Summer Programs:
Refunds for programs that start in the summer are calculated based on the percentage of the class the student attends prior to dropping the class, less any non-refundable fees. Students who attend more than 50% of any class may not drop the class without permission, will not receive a program refund, and will receive a final grade of “W.”Please see the AU Summer calendar at american.edu/summer/summer-calendar-2017.cfm. Cancellations made prior to your Program start date but after your arrival to the U.S. on an AU-issued Form I-20 will be governed under the standard AU student immigration policies. Please refer to the table below for the Program start date applicable to you.

9. Refunds: The International Accelerator will only make refunds in U.S. dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, and will make such refunds in the manner in which International Accelerator was originally paid and to the account of the party or parties who made such payment(s). Refunds will be processed according to the exchange rate in place at the time of the refund. All refunds will be made to eligible parties within 45 days of a written request. No refunds will be issued for dismissal, suspension, administrative separation, voluntary withdrawal, or loss of immigration status.

10. Airport Transfers: Requests for airport transfer service should be made at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival by visiting accelerator.american.edu/flight. Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airport (IAD). The International Accelerator cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than 2 weeks in advance. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, you must call the emergency telephone number published in the Next Steps Brochure to inform International Accelerator staff of the new arrival date or time. Airport transfer fees are nonrefundable.

11. Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan: You are required to commit to areservation in approved International Accelerator housing for the full duration of your program. The housing accommodation costs for your Program include baserent for your assigned unit, as well as management costs, furniture fixtures & equipment, insurance, and other services (“Additional Housing Costs”). Upon arrival, IAP staff will provide you with information on the Additional Housing Costs associated with your assigned room or unit, and you will be asked to sign a housing lease agreement before you move into your accommodations. The housing lease agreement will reflect the base rent only. You must also purchase and enroll in a meal plan upon arrival on campus as required by the Office of Housing and Dining. Payment for housing is due in full two weeks prior to the move-in date (see the table below for your applicable move-in date) unless you are on a payment plan pre-approved by UAP. Late housing payments or failure to pay housing costs may result in additional fees. If you are unable to live on campus you must submit a Housing Waiver Form to UAP when you send yourofficial acceptance to the UAP offer letter. The requirement to live in UAP housing will be waived only in extenuating circumstances. Students under 18 years of age are not eligible to live in UAP Off Campus Program Housing, or on their own off campus unless granted a housing waiver. A housing cancellation charge may apply 30 days prior to your Program’s move-in date. Thereafter, you may receive prorated refund amounts, less a cancellation fee, for your then-current semester up to the no refund date stated in section 8, however, after the no refund date you will be eligible to receive a housing refund for future semesters. You must also purchase and enroll in a meal plan upon arrival.

12. Health Insurance: All international students studying at AU are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government, District of Columbia, and AU requirements. Not all services are covered, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services.

  1. At the time of application, you are required to purchase coverage from an International Accelerator-designated health plan as a condition of enrollment.
  2. You must have a completed a Student Health Center Mandatory Immunization Form documenting proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and German Measles (Rubella) [MMR]; one Diphtheria/Tetanus booster within the past ten years; two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine; series of Hepatitis B vaccine; polio vaccine (if under the age of 18) and the Meningoccocal vaccine. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained here: american.edu/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=39852. You must have completed immunization documentation prior to class registration in order to enroll in any courses.
  3. The cost of health insurance is non-refundable.

13. Academic Resources: All books and learning materials must be purchased upon arrival at AU through the AU bookstore or other recommended sources.

14. Vacation, Holidays, and School Closures: UAP students must adhere to the AU Academic Calendar (american.edu/provost/registrar/academic-calendar.cfm) for holidays and vacations. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations and may be cancelled on public holidays. UAP will not reimburse for classes not offered due to holidays, vacations, weather related closing or school closures due to emergencies.

15. Consecutive Semesters. You must complete your Program in consecutive semesters. Depending on your start date, a summer session may be included inyour Program and is therefore required. This policy extends to any students who successfully complete the Pre Sessional English program in the spring semester and are required to continue into the Extended Accelerator program beginning in the summer semester.

16. Absences: Failure to meet attendance requirements will lead to penalties and grades of FX, FZ and ZX. UAP students with such grades on their transcripts be dismissed or administratively separated with no refund.

17. Program of Study: Upon arrival on campus, you will be required to take anEnglish language assessment test. The results of the assessment test are used to determine placement in the Program that is appropriate for your skill level, which may be different from your originally intended Program. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated, and involve additional costs including tuition and other fees. If you choose to withdraw from the UAP because you do not wish to enroll in the Program that your assessment test results require, the refund terms contained in sections 8-12 will apply to you.

18. Academic Performance: Students are accepted to the UAP with the strict understanding that progression through the UAP and successful completion of any Program will require satisfactory attendance, successful attainment of specified progression criteria (accelerator.american.edu/undergraduate-accelerator/progression-requirements/) and adherence to AU’s Academic Rules and Regulations, which can be found at: www.american.edu/provost/undergrad/undergrad-rules-and-regulations.cfm. To continue in the UAP, you must also be in compliance with the UAP academic standards and progression requirements. You will not be allowed to proceed within UAP and/ or to degree seeking status if you do not meet the criteria for successful completion of your Program. If you are unable to proceed, you may be offered advice on alternatives, including repeating courses or dismissal from AU. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and other fees which may require presenting additional proof of finances.

19. Academic and Student Conduct: AU’s Student Conduct Code provides a framework of standard acceptable behavior for students. You are responsible for complying with AU’s policies, rules, and regulations, which can be found at www.american.edu/ocl/sccrs/upload/AU-Student-Conduct-Code.pdf. You may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of AU’s or International Accelerator’s policies, rules, or regulations, which may result in the revocation of your immigration status. No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.

20. Grievance Procedures, Appeals, or Complaints: You must follow the policy and procedures for filing complaints, grievances, and appeals in a constructive and timely manner by visiting www.american.edu/ocl/sccrs/index.cfm.

21. F-1 Status: The U.S. Government regulations require maintaining full course of study and good academic status while attending school in the U.S. as an F-1 student. Failure to maintain good academic status will lead to loss of your immigration status and may result in deportation.

22. Photography, Filming and Sound Recording: The International Accelerator UAP at American University or its representatives, affiliates, successors and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations, and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the internet. If you do not wish to participate you must advise us in writing and state at the time of the photography or video shooting the wish not to participate. By accepting these terms and conditions you are indicating your consent to use these photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless you follow the above opt-out requirements.

23. FERPA: In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), access to personally identifiable information, including educational records, financial information and, attendance records to student’s parent(s), guardian(s), sponsor(s), sponsorship bodies, and recruiter(s) with information pertaining to their application, academic progress, results and attendance may be granted. A waiver form will be made available for student signature; permissions will remain in effect during the undersigned student’s tenure in the UAP and at AU unless the student submits a written revocation of this permission to AU’s Office of the Registrar.

24. Force majeure: AUand the International Accelerator will not be liable in cases where AU and/or International Accelerator is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes or any other reasons which are beyond AU’s or International Accelerator’s control.

25. Liability: The liability of the International Accelerator UAP at American University, its operator, Shorelight-Capitol, LLC, its parent Shorelight Education, LLC, and their group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to AU, International Accelerator, or the relevant group company by the relevant student for the particular Program. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of the District of Colombia without regard to the choice of law rules. Any legal suit, action or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any right or issues arising out of or related to these terms and conditions, shall be brought exclusively in theUnited States District Court for the District of Columbia. By signing these terms and conditions, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdictions of such courts for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agree to waive any objection to venue being laid therein.

Move-In and Program Start Dates:

Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018
MOVE-IN DATE August 19, 2017 January 9, 2018 June 2, 2018
PROGRAM START DATE August 20, 2017 January 10, 2018 June 3, 2018

1. Prospective of the International Accelerator Master’s Accelerator Program at American University (“MAP”) should read these terms and conditions carefully prior to submitting an application. If you are admitted to the MAP you will be bound by these terms for the duration of your Program. In addition to these terms and conditions, as a student at American University (AU), you will be bound by the rules and regulations governing AU, as those may be amended from time to time. These rules and regulations may be found at www.american.edu/policies/index.cfm.

2. AU and International Accelerator reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time. By signing these terms and conditions you acknowledge and agree to comply at all times with the then-current terms and conditions, found at: accelerator.american.edu/terms-and-conditions/.

3. Application: Students may apply to the MAP for a 1-term program, 2-term program, or to thegraduate Pre Sessional English) (collectively the “Programs”). If you apply to any of these Programs, be sure to use the application that is specific to the Program you select. Each application contains terms & conditions governing the specific Program and you acknowledge that by submitting an application you agree to the terms and conditions of your respective Program. Links to applications and terms and conditions can be found here: accelerator.american.edu/masters-accelerator/apply-now.

4. Admission: If you are admitted to the International Accelerator MAP at American University you will receive a written offer letter with details and instructions on accepting the offer, paying the Program deposit and arriving on campus.

5. Tuition and fees payment: Following payment of the deposit, you must pay the remaining outstanding balance shown on the MAP invoice by the following posted payment deadline of the semester in which you will enroll:

MAP 1&2 Pre Sessional English
Fall 2017 August 5, 2017 August 5, 2017
Spring 2018 December 22, 2017 December 22, 2017
Summer 2018 May 3, 2018 May 3, 2018

You are responsible for paying the full invoice amount, including any banking or processing fees, by the dates above. International Accelerator has the right to amend prices due to University actions, governmental actions, or other events beyond its control.

6. Failure to Pay: Failure to pay by your applicable posted payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. If you are unable to enroll due to nonpayment of tuition and fees you may become in violation of your immigration status, and we will be required to report such violation to the SEVIS database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security; you may lose your immigration status and be deported from the U.S.

7. Cancellation, Change, Curtailment or Withdrawal: You will only be eligible for a refund of your deposit if you submit documentation of visa denial with written notification to the International Accelerator prior to the move-in date. If you cancel your enrollment prior to your Program move-in date (see table below for the move-in date applicable to you) you may request a full refund of tuition and fees, less any non-refundable fees. After the start of the Program you may be eligible for the partial Program refunds listed on the table below. After the no refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of your Program become nonrefundable.

INTAKE DATE Last day for Refund 100% Last day for Refund 50% Last day for Refund 25% Begin 0% Refund
FALL 2017 September 11, 2017 September 18, 2017 September 25, 2017 September 26, 2017
SPRING 2018 January 29, 2018 February 5, 2018 February 12, 2018 February 13, 2018

Summer Programs: Refunds for Pre Sessional English programs that start in the summer arecalculated based on the percentage of the class the student attends prior to dropping the class, less any non-refundable fees. Students who attend more than 50% of any class may not drop the class without permission, will not receive a program refund, and will receive a final grade of “W.”Please see the AU Summer calendar at www.american.edu/summer/summer-calendar-2017.cfm. Cancellations made prior to your Program start date but after your arrival to the U.S. on an AU-issued Form I-20 will be governed under the standard AU student immigration policies. Please refer to the table below for the Program start date applicable to you.

8. Refunds: International Accelerator will only make refunds in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, and will make such refunds in the manner in which International Accelerator was originally paid and to the account of the party or parties who made such payment(s). Refunds will be processed according tothe exchange rate in place at the time of the refund. All refunds will be made to eligible parties within 45 days of a written request. No refunds will be issued for dismissal, suspension, administrative separation, voluntary withdrawal, or loss of immigration status.

9. Airport Transfers: Requests for airport transfer service should be made at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival by visiting accelerator.american.edu/flight . Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airport (IAD). International Accelerator cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than 2 weeks in advance. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, you must call the emergency telephone number published in the Next Steps Brochure to inform International Accelerator staff of the new arrival date or time. Airport transfer fees are nonrefundable.

10. Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan: On-campus housing and meals plans are not required for MAP students. The International Accelerator has limited graduate housing available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact studentservices@auaccelerator.com for assistance. MAP students needing accommodations may choose to live off-campus at The Berkshire Apartments. Students who are interested in this housing option should contact The Berkshire Apartments directly at (202) 362-4200 for availability and costs. MAP students interested in purchasing a meal plan on campus should contact the Office of Housing and Dining at AU (www.american.edu/ocl/housing).

11. Health Insurance: All international students studying at AU are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government, District of Columbia, and AU requirements. Not all services are covered, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services.

  1. At the time of application, you are required to purchase coverage from a International Accelerator -designated health plan as a condition of enrollment.
  2. You must have a completed a Student Health Center Mandatory Immunization Form documenting proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and German Measles (Rubella) [MMR]; one Diphtheria/Tetanus booster within the past ten years; two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine; series of Hepatitis B vaccine; polio vaccine (if under the age of 18) and the Meningoccocal vaccine. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained here: www.american.edu/ocl/sccrs/upload/AU-Student-Conduct-Code.pdf.
  3. The cost of health insurance is non-refundable.

12. Academic Resources: All books and learning materials must be purchased upon arrival at AU through the AU bookstore or other recommended sources.

13. Vacation, Holidays, and School Closures: MAP students must adhere to the AU Academic Calendar (www.american.edu/provost/registrar/academic-calendar.cfm) for holidays and vacations. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations and may be cancelled on public holidays. International Accelerator will not make reimbursements for classes not offered due to holidays, vacations, weather related closings or school closures due to emergencies.

14. Absences: Failure to meet attendance requirements will lead to penalties and grades of FX, FZ and ZX. MAP students with such grades on their transcripts will be dismissed or administratively separated with no refund.

15. Program of Study: Upon arrival on campus, you will be required to take an English language assessment test. The results of the assessment test are used to determine placement in the Program that is appropriate for your skill level, which may be different from your originally intended Program. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated, and involve additional costs including tuition and other fees. If you choose to withdraw from MAP because you do not wish to enroll in the Program that your assessment test results require, the refund terms contained in sections 7-12 will apply to you.

16. Consecutive Semesters. MAP 2 students complete the program in consecutive semesters, excluding the summer semester. Depending on the start date and length of the Pre Sessional MAP program, a summer term may be include in the program and is therefore required.

17. Academic Performance: Students are accepted to MAP with the strict understanding that progression through the MAP and successful completion of any Program will require satisfactory attendance successful attainment of specified progression criteria, and adherence to the AU’s Academic Rules and Regulations, which can be found at: www.american.edu/provost/grad/2015-Grad-Academic-Regs.cfm. To continue in the MAP, you must also be in compliance with the MAP academic standards and progression requirements, which can be found at: american.edu/accelerator and accelerator.american.edu/undergraduate-accelerator/progression-requirements. You will not be allowed to proceed within MAP and/ or to degree seeking status if you do not meet the criteria for successful completion of your Program. If you are unable to proceed, you may be offered advice on alternatives, including repeating courses or dismissal from AU. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and other fees which may require presenting additional proof of finances.

18. Student Conduct: AU’s Student Code of Conduct provides a framework of standard acceptable behavior for students. You are responsible for complying with AU’s policies, rules, and regulations, which can be found at www.american.edu/ocl/sccrs/upload/AU-Student-Conduct-Code.pdf.

19. Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations: you may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of AU’s or International Accelerator’s policies, rules, or regulations, which may result in the revocation of your immigration status. No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.

20. Grievance Procedures, Appeals, or Complaints: You must follow the policy and procedures for filing complaints, grievances, and appeals in a constructive and timely manner by visiting www.american.edu/ocl/sccrs/index.cfm.

21. F-1 Status: The U.S. Government regulations require maintaining full course of study and good academic status while attending school in the U.S. as an F-1 student. Failure to maintain good academic status will lead to loss of your immigration status and may result in deportation.

22. Photography, Filming and Sound Recording: The International Accelerator MAP at American University or its representatives, affiliates, successors and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations, and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the internet. If you do not wish to participate you must advise us in writing and state at the time of the photography or video shooting the wish not to participate. By accepting these terms and conditions you are indicating your consent to use these photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless you follow the above opt-out requirements.

23. FERPA: In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), access to personally identifiable information, including educational records, financial information and, attendance records to student’s parent(s), guardian(s), sponsor(s), sponsorship bodies, and recruiter(s) with information pertaining to their application, academic progress, results and attendance may be granted. A waiver form will be made available for student signature; permissions will remain in effect during the undersigned student’s tenure in the UAP and at AU unless the student submits a written revocation of this permission to AU’s Office of the Registrar.

24. Force majeure: AU and International Accelerator will not be liable in cases where AU and/or International Accelerator is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes or any other reasons which are beyond AU’s or International Accelerator’s control.

25. Liability: The liability of the International Accelerator MAP at American University, its operator, Shorelight-Capitol, LLC, its parent Shorelight Education, LLC, and their group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to AU, International Accelerator, or the relevant group company by the relevant student for the particular Program. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of the District of Columbia without regard to the choice of law rules. Any legal suit, action or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any right or issues arising out of or related to these terms and conditions, shall be brought exclusively in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. By signing these terms and conditions, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdictions of such courts for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agree to waive any objection to venue being laid therein.

Move-In and Program Start Dates:

Fall 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018*
Move-In Date August 19, 2017 January 9, 2018 June 2, 2018
Program Start Date August 20, 2017 January 10, 2018 June 3, 2018

*Summer dates are for the Pre Sessional English program only.