WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL ACCELERATOR AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY!

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!

CONTACT YOUR ADVISOR

We have a team of dedicated enrollment 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 enrollment 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!
China

China

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

North
America

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

Southeast
Asia

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

South
Asia

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

Latin
America

Africa

Africa

North Asia

Middle East/North Africa

Russia/Central Asia/Eastern Europe

UK and Western Europe

Chris (Southwest)

Tel:+1-508-948-7542WhatsApp+1-508-948-7542WeChat:chris040594Email Chris

Alice (Northwest)

Tel:+1-857-315-8730WhatsApp:+1-857-315-8730WeChataliceqinusEmail Alice

Taha (Pakistan)

Tel:+92-307-333-6878WhatsApp:+92-307-333-6878Skype:tshahid29Email Taha

Ajith (India)

Tel:+91-971-722-2408WhatsApp:+91-971-722-2408Skype:ajitks10Email Ajith

Ekta (India)

Tel:+91-965-001-0409WhatsApp+91-965-001-0409Skypeekta.aneja05Email Ekta

Bibiane (Korea)

Tel:+82-10-7711-6538WhatsApp:+82-10-7711-6538Email Bibiane

Erik (North China)

Tel:+86-185-1136-3010WeChat18511363010Email Erik

Doris (South China)

Tel+86-150-1870-6751QQ2282183545Email Doris

Marianna

Tel:+34-692-46-41-16WhatsApp:+34-692-46-41-16Skype:marianna.zubenko Email Marianna

Chau (Vietnam)

Tel:+84-908-792-892WhatsApp:+84-908-792-892Skype:diemchau.dtEmail Chau

Shayan (Pakistan)

Tel:+92-335-822-0020WhatsApp:+92-335-822-0020Skype:shayanchawlaEmail Shayan

Tel:WhatsApp:Skype:Email

Tomi (Africa)

WhatsApp:+234-703-414-1021Skype:Tomi AfilakaTel:+234-703-414-1021Email Tomi

George

WhatsApp:+57-304-533-6418Skype:georgelalcantaraTel:+57-304-533-6418Email George

Hoang (Vietnam)

WhatsApp:+84-937-225-295Skype:hoangvtb1983Tel:+84-937-225-295Email Hoang

Saranya (Excluding Vietnam)

WhatsApp:+66-96-982-0007Skype:awesome.saranyaTel:+66-96-982-0007Email Saranya

Sakshi (India)

WhatsApp:+91-995-351-0160Skype:arorasakshi187Tel:+91-995-351-0160Email Sakshi

Sonam

WhatsApp:+91-895-004-9050Skype:sonam.parashar3Tel:+91-999-647-1494Email Sonam

Unnati

WhatsApp:+91-972-501-2676Tel:+91-972-501-2676Email Unnati

Viraja (South & West India)

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

Annie (South China)

QQ:1738675071Tel:+86-135-7055-0749Email Annie

Jane (West China)

QQ:713070180Tel:+86.159.2876.6884Email Jane

Lisha (North China)

QQ:18310168200Tel:+86-183-1016-8200Email Lisha

Mark (Central China)

QQ:15800624575Tel:+86-158-0062-4575Email Mark

Vicky (North China)

WeChatvickychen7910Tel:+86-135-2182-7910Email Vicky

Your Pre-Arrival Checklist

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After you receive 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

Other links that international students find useful:

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All International Accelerator students are required to submit an ID photo below 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).

Found on your Statement of Fees

If you are having issues with form submit your ID photo to studentservices@auaccelerator.com

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If you are applying for the Fall Semester, you are required to submit all academic documents by July 15th. If you are applying for the Spring Semester, you are required to submit all academic documents by December 1st. If you are applying for the Summer Semester, you are required to submit all academic documents by March 30th.

All official/original academic credentials (original official final transcripts for last four years of secondary education in sealed envelopes as provided by issuing institution and original certificate of graduation/diploma) along with certified English translations (if applicable) should be sent via courier* to the IAP office. Documents should arrive to our office by one of the three dates listed above, depending on application term, in order to be able to enroll in classes at American University. See below for address:

International Accelerator

4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW

3rd Floor

Washington DC 20016-2143

Phone Number: 202-895-4719

* recommended for tracking purposes.

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

Once you book your travel, visit auaccelerator.com/arrival to enter your travel itinerary and confirm your free airport pickup if required. Airport transfer is available at both Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Reagan National Airport (DCA) airports. These important details will help the campus team prepare for your arrival and make your big day go as smoothly as possible.

For all application and payment deadlines as well as move-in and program start dates, please visit the Important Dates page.

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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.

  • 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.
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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.

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You will need to complete and submit the following forms before your arrival.
Immunization Form FERPA Disclosure Form
Fall July 15th July 15th
Spring December 15th December 15th
Summer May 15th May 15th
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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.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

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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.

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Immigration Guide

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Academic Calendar

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