Global opportunities

Why study at just any American university when you can study at the American University? See for yourself why so many international students choose this school in the U.S. capital city.

Washington, DC:
Diplomacy & global culture

This diverse city on the eastern coast of the U.S. is a hotspot for politics, activism, international culture, and more. Plus, it’s easy to visit New York City and other exciting cities, too.


Capital city of the United States of America.


Home to hundreds of international non-governmental organizations, embassies, and corporations like Lockheed Martin and Marriott International.


Population of 670,000+ people, with approximately six million people in the metropolitan area.1


Average temperature of 3° Celsius in winter and 25° Celsius in summer.


A national center for museums, art, music, theatre, sports, and other culture.


Close to two international airports and a domestic airport.

Small classes, big results

More than 92% of recent AU 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.


One of the Top 100 Universities in the U.S. 2


12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.


7,000+ undergraduate and 3,000+ graduate students.


65+ bachelor’s programs and 70+ master’s degrees.


90% of undergraduate students and 57% of graduate students participate in an internship.


94% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

Student life:
Safe, welcoming & exciting

At AU, 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.


Beautiful, safe campus near the upscale neighborhoods and embassies of northwest DC.


Home to nearly 1,400 international students from 150+ countries.


Past guest speakers include President Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, and Deloitte, LLP representatives.


200+ student organizations and clubs, including the Global Politics Student Association.


14 sports teams, including football/soccer, basketball, and volleyball.


11 residence halls and many on-campus dining locations that serve international cuisine.

Famous AU alumni

Graduates of American University include Princess Iman of Jordan, Shawn Wang (Chief Financial Officer at Baidu), Liliana Ayalde (U.S. Ambassador to Brazil), and Ayman Mohyeldin (news correspondent for Al Jazeera English).

1 U.S. Census Bureau
2 U.S. News & World Report

Your first choice for a first-year experience.

The International Accelerator for American University makes it easy to adjust to life in a new school, city, and country. Learn more about how we can help you succeed:
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