Soon you’ll be on campus. How exciting! There is a lot to consider before you arrive. While moving to a new country can be intimidating, we’re here for you. Follow the four steps below to make sure you have everything in place before you board the plane.

Confused or worried about any of the steps? Email a student ambassador by choosing your region below and we will answer any questions you have!


We have a team of dedicated personal advisors whose job it is to make sure all your questions are answered and to ensure you have a smooth transition to the university.
Before you start on any of the steps below, contact your local personal advisor. Simply select your region of the world below, and send your advisor an email, Skype, WhatsApp, or WeChat message. We look forward to meeting you very soon!






Latin <br/><span>America</span>


Middle East/<br/><span>North Africa</span>

Middle East/
North Africa

North <br/><span>America</span>


Russia/<br/><span>Central Asia</span>

Central Asia

South <br/><span>Asia</span>


Southeast <br/><span>Asia</span>



Tel:+1.202.885.6776WhatsApp:+1.202.591.5835Email Arianna


Tel:+1.202.885.8317WhatsApp:+1.515.231.9181Email Laura


Tel:+1.202.885.6777WhatsApp:+1.618.663.7566Email LeeAnn

Viraja – South Asia (India)

WhatsApp:+91 7028090894Skype+91 7028090894Tel:+91 7028090894Email Viraja

Fatima – South Asia (Pakistan)

WhatsApp:+92 317 414 8887Skype:fatyma.rTel:+92 317 414 8887Email Fatima

Tomi - Africa

WhatsApp: +234.703.414.1021Skype: Tomi AfilakaTel:+234.703.414.1021Email Tomi

Kelly – Central China

QQ:713070180Tel:+ Kelly

Vicky – North China

QQ:1925259247Tel:+86.135.2182.7910Email Vicky

Saranya - (SE Asia exc. Vietnam)

WhatsApp:+66.96.982.0007Skype:awesome.saranyaTel:+66.96.982.0007Email Saranya


WhatsApp:+971.52.352.5795Skype:kate.vlasiuk1210Tel:+971.52.352.5795Email Kate


WhatsApp:+971.52.358.5215Skype:+971.52.358.5215Tel:+971.52.358.5215Email Sarah

Alice – South and West China

QQ:1196954619Tel:+86 15928933132Email Alice

George – LATAM

WhatsApp:+57.301.521.6058Skype:georgelalcantaraTel:+57.301.521.6058Email George


WhatsApp:+57.310.223.8150Skype:sebastian.gh-latamTel:+57.310.223.8150Email Sebastian


WhatsApp:+1.857.529.7237Skype:Jacob MobergTel:+1.857.529.7237Email Jacob


WhatsApp:+91.995.351.0160Skype:arorasakshi187Tel:+91.995.351.0160Email Sakshi


WhatsApp+91.895.004.9050Skypesonam.parashar3Tel+91.999.647.1494Email Sonam


WhatsApp+91.972.501.2676Skype+91.972.501.2676Tel+91.972.501.2676Email Unnati

Hoang - (Vietnam)

WhatsApp:+84.937.225.295Skype:hoangvtb1983Tel:+84.937.225.295Email Hoang

Annie - South China

QQ:654480053Tel:+86.135.7055.0749Email Annie

Jane - West China

QQ:654480053Tel:+86.159.2876.6884Email Jane

Lisha - North China

QQ:654480053Tel:+86.183.1016.8200Email Lisha

Mark - East China

QQ:654480053Tel:+86.158.0062.4575Email Mark

Your Pre-Arrival Checklist

After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:
  1. Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with your personal Enrollment Advisor.
  2. Check that the details on your I-20 are correct (including your date of birth) and make sure your name is the same as it appears on your passport.
  3. Prepare the documents you will need to take to the embassy when attending your visa interview.
After you complete the above steps, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. It requires an interview with the U.S. Embassy and can sometimes take several weeks to schedule.
  1. Complete your Visa Application.
  2. Pay your I-90 (SEVIS) fee.
  3. Visit usembassy.gov to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment, what to expect when you arrive, and the documentation you need to take with you.
  4. Notify your enrollment advisor of the date and embassy of your visa appointment.
  5. Watch these videos to help you apply for your visa and prepare for your interview:
How to Apply for Your F-1 Student Visa
Visa Interview Preparation for Students
You are required to submit all academic documents by July 15.

All official/original academic credentials (original official final transcripts for last four years of secondary education and original certificate of graduation/diploma) along with certified English translations (if applicable) should be sent via courier* to the IAP office in sealed and stamped envelopes directly from the issuing institution. Documents should arrive in our office no later than July 15th in order for fall incoming students to be able to enroll in classes at American University.

TOEFL official electronic results should be sent directly to American University’s ETS account: 5007, in order for I-20s to be issued.

IELTS and PTE official paper results (original) should be sent via courier* to the IAP office prior to arrival at campus: (International Accelerator Program, 4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 532, Washington, DC 20016, USA)

ITEP official secure PDF results should be emailed to mmenius@american.edu prior to arrival on campus.


* recommended for tracking purposes.

When purchasing your ticket to Washington, DC, plan to arrive on or before your scheduled move-in day.

Once you book your flight, visit auaccelerator.com/flight to enter your flight itinerary and confirm your free pickup from either Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Reagan National Airport (DCA). These important details will help the campus team prepare for your arrival and make your big day go as smoothly as possible.

Academic Accelerator Program (AAP)Extended Accelerator Program (EAP)Pre-Sessional English (PSE)MAP
Fall 2018August 18, 2018August 18, 2018August 22, 2018August 18, 2018
Spring 2019January 8, 2019January 8, 2019January 8, 2019January 8, 2019
Summer 2019N/AN/AJune 3, 2019N/A
Making your payment in full two weeks before you arrive will help avoid delays with enrollment.

Before you begin, please make sure you have your offer letter in front of you, as you will need to refer to the information in the letter.

Choose between two ways to submit payment for tuition and fees:

  • Flywire by Peer Transfer: Please visit AU’s flywire portal to complete the transfer process. Please note that you can not use a U.S. credit card or U.S. bank account.
  • Wire Transfer: Find the wire transfer information on your offer letter. When making the transaction, be sure to include the student’s name and birthday.
Please visit the Create MyAU Account page to claim your MyAU account.

Please visit the Create MyAU Account page to claim your MyAU account. Accessing your MyAU Portal will allow you to complete the remaining steps on this list, including submitting your immunization forms and submitting your photo ID.

You will need to complete and submit the following forms before your arrival.
Incoming undergraduate accelerator students are required to take a math placement test before they arrive on campus.

You will need to complete this before you leave your home country. Here are the instructions on how to take the exam.  Please note: this is not required of incoming Pre-Sessional English Program students or Master’s Accelerator students.


All International Accelerator students are required to submit an ID photo through your MyAU Account one month before your move-in date. See here for the photo requirement.

Important note: Any student who does not submit their ID photo before arrival will not be able to have their ID preprinted and will likely not be able to use your meal plan during welcome week (the meal plan is linked to the ID card).



Next Steps Brochure

This useful brochure is full of information on your I-20 paperwork required for your visa, what you should pack, and other tips to prepare you for your arrival to the American University campus.


Immigration Guide

This guide will help you learn more about the process for getting your F-1 visa and arriving in Washington, DC.


Pre-Arrival Checklist

Check off everything on this list to ensure you have completed all the steps before you arrive and bring everything you need to the American University campus.


Orientation Schedule

Here’s an example of what your orientation schedule might look like. During orientation, you will receive a full campus tour, see the sights around Washington, DC, and get to know your fellow international students!


Set Up Your U.S. Phone

You can set up your U.S. phone number ahead of your arrival so that your mobile is up and running the moment you land. Visit campussims.com/register to register your SIM card. Swap out the SIM card on your phone when you arrive in the U.S. to start texting, browsing, and calling immediately.


Academic Calendar

Plan ahead! This calendar tells you when class starts and ends, and when holidays and exams are happening.