Get more than high marks

  • For the high-achieving international student, the Integrated Accelerator Program provides an exclusive and academically rigorous freshman-year experience.

  • Priority access to a selection of courses hand-picked by your academic advisor, which are tailored to your interests and career goals.

  • Find success with coaches and mentors that help ensure you have access to the resources you need to get the most out of your education and your experience in the United States.

  • Expand your network through career preparation and programming that deepens your connection to the University, your fellow students, and potential employers.

The Integrated Accelerator Program (IAP) is a three-term program which requires successful completion of at least 24 academic credits transferable to a bachelor’s degree at American University. Students may complete the program in as few as two semesters. Should students require the full three terms to complete requirements for successful progression, students may enroll in a reduced course load in their final term if all other program requirements are met. Visit our progression requirements page for more information.

Entry Requirements

GPA Minimum TOEFL® Minimum IELTS PTE EIKEN iTEP Other standardized tests required
Only one of the scores below required
3.0 80+, no subscore below 18 6.5+, no subscore below 6.0 54+, no subscore below 50 1 4.5+, no subscore below 4.0 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 on 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.

Sample Coursework

Required Courses Elective Courses
  • Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX-062)
  • Culture of U.S. Higher Education (ELTA-160)
  • Math 15X or higher*
  • College Writing (WRTG-100)
  • Intercultural Understanding (SISU-130)
  • College Writing (WRTG-101)
  • Electives (to be selected with academic advising, as articulated in the Accelerator curriculum; at least one course)

Note: Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses. All program students must complete a non-remedial course, such as Live, Learn, Grow (SPEX-062), in each term while enrolled in the International Accelerator Program with a grade of “P.” All students must comply with minimum F1 visa course enrollment requirements while in the International Accelerator program. See progression requirements for further information.

*Placement in a math course is determined by the results of a math placement test.

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