Program Housing

IAP Off Campus Housing

All Undergraduate Accelerator students are guaranteed conveniently located housing as part of their program at the Park Crest Apartments, just over a mile away from campus. Students who live in an approved program residence during their first year are statistically proven to be more likely to complete their degree on time. Undergraduate Accelerator students are required to live in an approved program residence, as it not only helps them succeed in the classroom, but also fully integrates them into the campus community and social network.

Park Crest is located in historic Glover Park, adjacent to both American University and exciting Georgetown. Apartments are fully furnished and include all utilities, cable and WIFI at no additional charge. The complex also features a 24/7 fitness center and emergency maintenance, courtyard with grilling areas, on-site management, and on site laundry.

Please contact the Global Resident Advisors via email for any non-emergency matters. GRAs will check email daily and do our best to get back to you within 24 hours. If you have any urgent matters after hours, you can call them at (240) 794-2620. GRAs will be on call to assist with any emergencies every day from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. On weekdays during business hours, please contact them by clicking on the button below

Zoë

Global Resident Advisor

Zoë is a graduate of AU’s Schools of Communication and Public Affairs where she earned a dual degree in journalism and justice & law. She writes for a local newspaper in Nashville and works at a barbeque farm in her hometown of Gaithersburg, Maryland. In her free time, Zoe enjoys doing puzzles, petting dogs, reading, and weight training.

Ellen

Global Resident Advisor

Ellen is a graduate of AU’s School of Public Affairs where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in CLEG (Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Ellen loves to meet new people and travel. When Ellen is not working, you can find her cooking, hiking, and watching movies!

Your room on campus comes with a free linen pack, which includes:

  • 2 twin size sheets and 2 pillow cases
  • 1 extra-fluffy pillow
  • 1 twin-size comforter
  • 1 twin-size mattress pad
  • 2 all-cotton bath towels, 2 hand towels and 2 washcloths
  • 1 shower curtain
  • 1 bath mat

Apartments are fully furnished and include all utilities, cable and WIFI at no additional charge. The complex also features a 24/7 fitness center and emergency maintenance, courtyard with grilling areas, on-site management, and on site laundry.

Submitting Maintenance Requests

I have something that needs attention from the Maintenance Team at Park Crest.  How do I submit a request?

Please call (202) 337-9511.  Please leave a message with your name and call back number and a Maintenance Technician will call you back.  If you need additional assistance or advice on how best to report a maintenance concern, please click the button below to contact your Global Resident Advisor.

Stay in Summer

Summer 2024 Housing

If you are completing your program at the end of the Spring 2024 semester, you are eligible to extend your housing at a discounted rate.  There are a number of reasons to stay in DC this summer, and the easiest way to find housing is to simply extend in your current space. Please discuss with an ISSS Advisor whether it is possible of you to remain in Washington DC after the completion of your IAP or ACDC program in the Spring.

If you are eligible to stay, click on the button below to learn more about housing options.

Welcome to the American University IAP and ACDC academic support resources page. Here, you can find comprehensive information about your tutor, navigate the university’s academic landscape, and discover how to get assistance from various university offices. Whether you’re looking for academic guidance, tutoring services, or support from other campus resources, everything you need is right here. Dive into the table of contents below to explore all the available options and make the most of your academic journey!

Academic Skills: Managing Group Projects
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Thursday, May 16 — 2:00pm

Are you struggling to find your place in group discussions and projects? Join Alexa Squire as she shares strategies for navigating teamwork and collaborative communication in your classes.

Career Skills: Skill Discovery and Mastery Workshop
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Tuesday, June 6 — 3:00pm

Unleash your professional potential by developing power skills with our career experts, Brittany Chill and Dr. Torrie Kalm.

 

Academic Skills: Citations Made Easy
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Tuesday, June 18 — 1:00pm

Do you want to avoid plagiarizing but aren’t sure how to cite sources properly? Join the Manager of Center for Academic Success, Jennifer Paz, as she teaches you the basics of citation and how to deal with all the details and formatting requirements without losing your mind!

Volunteering and Active Involvement
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Tuesday, June 25 — 1:00pm

Join our career experts, Brittany Chill and Dr. Torrie Kalm to discover the importance of engaging in community volunteer work, getting involved on campus, and how that can impact your internship and job search. Note: IAP students are strongly advised to consult with ISSS before engaging in any volunteer work.

 

Career Skills: Communicating with Confidence Workshop for Graduate Students
Masters Accelerator Program

Wednesday, July 10 –2:00pm

Learn how to navigate professional communication and gain confidence in your public speaking skills with our career experts.

 

Strategic Networking Workshop
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Thursday, July 25 –3:00pm

What is networking? How do you do it? What is an elevator pitch? Find out by joining your career experts Brittany Chill and Dr. Torrie Kalm. 

Academic Skills: Roadmap for the IMRD Method of Research Writing
International Accelerator Program  |  American Collegiate Program

Friday, July 26 –11:00am

In this webinar, join Dr. Fatemeh Bordbarjavidi as she explains the key components of a research article using the IMRD framework: Intro, Method, Results, Discussion [IMRD]. She’ll go beyond the basics to enhance your understanding of research article structures.

Finding your Community at AU
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Thursday, February 1 — 3:00pm
On Zoom (Join Below)

Reaching your Academic Goals
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Thursday, February 15 — 3:00pm
Spring Valley Building, Room 147
Or on Zoom (Click Below)

Resume Building
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Thursday, February 22 — 3:00pm
On Zoom (Register Below)

Academic Writing and APA Citations
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Wednesday, March 7 — 3:00pm
On Zoom (Register Below)

Student Finances
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Thursday, April 11 — 3:00pm
On Zoom (Register Below)

Events & Clubs: Getting Involved at AU
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Wednesday, September 13 — 3:00pm
Spring Valley Building, Room 147

How to Succeed in Class
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Wednesday, September 27
4:00pm, Spring Valley Building
Room 146

Resume Building
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Thursday, October 12  — 4:00 pm
Spring Valley Building, Room 147

Academic Integrity Code
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Thursday, October 19 — 3:00pm
Spring Valley Building, Room 201

Academic Writing & APA Formatting
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Wednesday, November 15— 3:00pm

Financial Literacy for International Students
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Wednesday, November 22 — 3:00pm

The Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) supports the academic development and educational goals of all American University students and is committed to promoting access for individuals with disabilities within the university’s diverse community.

Academic Support Services

Disability Support Services

The Writing Center

The Writing Center is an intellectual home for all American University students. Our consultations are structured to maintain these philosophies as we strive to provide agency and access to all students. Following the National Council of Teachers of English, we believe that “language is powerful, empowering individuals to explore and change themselves and their worlds. We “stand strongly for the use of fact-based reasoning, writing, and communication to build a better, more ethical, more engaged nation,” and AU.

The Writing Center supports American University’s commitment to promoting academic writing skills and student-centered learning for every student. Our cooperative approach offers skilled peer to peer coaching. We maintain distinguished academic standards for ourselves and as an extension, for all writers who visit us. As active scholars, we are dedicated to inclusive excellence, writing and the teaching of writing, and promoting the development of writers across disciplines, genre conventions, and styles.

One-on-one tutoring support for Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Finance, Psychology, and SISU

Tutoring support for Math, Statistics, Computer Science, and Physics.

Academic integrity essentially means “intellectual honesty”: honesty in the use of information, in formulating arguments, and in other activities related to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. It is a core principle that underpins how we live and learn in a community of inquiry.

Undergraduate Accelerator Classes

Masters Accelerator Classes

Frequently Asked Questions

Your academic course schedule is available through the MyAU portal. Once you have created your account and logged in, choose Academics and then Eagle Service – Student Planning. Class details such as the day, time, location, and professor name and email address can all be found here.

For step-by-step instructions on how to see your schedule, please click on the video below

While many professors make grades available in Canvas, the university’s official grades are reported through the MyAU portal

The most common reason that students become locked out of their MyAU portal is due to a required password update. If your password has expired, the AU Helpdesk (helpdesk@american.edu) will be able to help you reset it. To avoid this situation, always update your password as soon as you see the notification letting you know that a password update is required.

Unfortunately no. The IAP requires continuous enrollment.

Undergraduate Accelerator Requirements

The undergraduate International Accelerator Program (IAP) is a non-degree academic pathway program for international students lacking the required English proficiency to be admissible to degree programs at American University (AU). The program is comprised of two distinct tracks: The Extended Accelerator Program track and the Academic Accelerator Program track. Students are placed in a curricular program track based on their English language proficiency level. The Extended Accelerator track is a four-term program during which students earn a minimum of 24 credits transferable to an undergraduate degree. The Academic Accelerator is a three-term program during which students earn a minimum of 24 credits transferable to an undergraduate degree. Within the Academic Accelerator, students with higher language proficiency are placed in the Advanced Academic Accelerator sub-track. Students in all tracks must comply with minimum F-1 visa course enrollment requirements while in the IAP.

In order to successfully complete the program, you must:

  1. Complete all of the required courses in your program with satisfactory grades
  2. Maintain a Grade Point Average above the minimum level
  3. Maintain continuous enrollment
Masters Accelerator Requirements

The Masters Accelerator Program (MAP) is a non-degree academic pathway program comprised of two program tracks: Advanced MAP (AMAP) and MAP. Students are placed in a program track based on English language proficiency.

Students in MAP may select from participating graduate programs offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kogod School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Public Affairs. Students in MAP enroll in at least two (2) degree seeking courses in their graduate school of interest, plus English language coursework through the English Language and Training Academy (ELTA) and the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) department. MAP students are not required to enroll in coursework in the summer term but may be granted permission in consultation with MAP advising.

In order to successfully complete the program, you must:

  1. Complete all of the required courses in your program with satisfactory grades
  2. Maintain a Grade Point Average above the minimum level
  3. Maintain continuous enrollment

Welcome to the American University IAP and ACDC Activities and Programming Page!  Here you can find information about our upcoming calendar of events as well as other ways of getting involved in IAP and AU Community.

National Harbor
International Accelerator | American Collegiate Students

Friday, June 7

Discover the charm of Washington DC’s National Harbor on a delightful trip that offers a blend of entertainment, dining, and scenic views. Explore the vibrant waterfront district, indulge in world-class cuisine, and enjoy the stunning panorama of the Potomac River. Join us for an unforgettable experience where the beauty of nature meets the excitement of the city!

Ice Skating in the Sculpture Garden
International Accelerator Program | American Collegiate Program

Wednesday, February7th
Get your ticket in SVB 532

Join the International Accelerator Program (IAP) for an enchanting evening of ice skating in the heart of Washington DC’s sculpture garden. Experience the thrill of gliding on ice amidst stunning modern sculptures and a picturesque winter setting, perfect for making new friends from around the globe. This magical night promises fun, laughter, and unforgettable moments, all while embracing the diverse cultures of our international student community.

ELTA Valentines Day
Presessional English Students

February 13th, 11:00am
Spring Valley Room 401

Join ELTA staff and IAP advisors for a delightful morning to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Indulge in a variety of delectable chocolates and embrace the spirit of love as you take a moment to join in a fun Valentines-themed Kahoot game!  This warm and festive gathering is the perfect opportunity to spread joy, make new connections, and cherish the bonds of friendship and romance. In collaboration with the English Language Training Academy.

Museum of Illusions
International Accelerator | American Collegiate Students

Wednesday, March 6th
Register Below!

Join IAP for an unforgettable adventure at the Museum of Illusions! Experience a world where imagination merges with reality, as you explore mind-bending exhibits and interactive installations that challenge your perceptions. This trip promises not only a fun outing but also an educational experience, where you’ll learn about the science behind optical illusions and the intriguing ways our brains process visual information.

Kogod School of Business – International Accelerator & Collegiate Workshop
International Accelerator | American Collegiate Students

Wednesday, March 20, 3:00pm
Kogod School of Business, Student Lounge

The Kogod School of Business is hosting a workshop specifically for IAP/ACDC students majoring or interested in Finance, Business, or Accounting. This event is an excellent opportunity for those considering a change in their major to explore these fields further. Participants will gain insights into the resources available to them at KSB, understand the curriculum, and discover future job prospects. The workshop aims to provide comprehensive guidance and support for students navigating their academic and career paths in business-related disciplines. It’s an open invitation for aspiring business professionals to connect with KSB’s offerings and community.

Year 2 @AU
International Accelerator | American Collegiate Students

Thursday, March 21st
11:00am – 2:00pm | Mary Graydon Lobby

The “Year 2 @ AU” event is a unique opportunity for IAP students transitioning into their degree programs, focusing on fostering interactions with academic unit advising. It aims to provide students with a clear understanding of the academic advising resources available to them in the upcoming year. Participants will have the chance to meet and engage with the advisors who will support them through their academic journey. Additionally, the event offers free popcorn!

Workshop for International Students
International Accelerator | American Collegiate Students
English Language Training Academy Students

Thursday, April 4, 3:00pm
Mary Graydon Center, 247

Join the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) office and the Center for Well-Being for an engaging session focused on stress management techniques, sharing the experiences of international students on campus, and discussing how to access mental health services. This event aims to provide a platform for international students to connect, share their stories, and learn about the resources available to them. Experts will offer practical advice on managing stress and navigating the challenges of student life in a new country. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, seek guidance, and build a supportive community. Don’t miss this chance to enhance your well-being and foster connections within the international student community.

Library Scavenger Hunt!
International Accelerator | American Collegiate Students
English Language Training Academy Students

Tuesday, April 9, 3:00pm,
Bender Library, Room 320

The American University Library is inviting International Accelerator Program and American Collegiate DC students to participate in a fun scavenger hunt activity. This event is designed to help students explore and learn about the various resources the library offers. Participants will engage in an interactive and enjoyable way to familiarize themselves with the library’s facilities and services. The scavenger hunt provides a unique opportunity to discover the library’s extensive collections and support services. It’s an engaging and educational experience aimed at enhancing students’ academic journey at American University.

“Mappy” Hour 2
Masters Accelerator Program Students

Friday, April 12th
The Admiral
1 Dupont Cir NW,
Washington, DC 20036

“Mappy Hour” is a Happy Hour event specially designed for international students enrolled in the Masters Accelerator Program (MAP). It serves as a social gathering where students can relax, network, and share their experiences while navigating their advanced studies in a foreign country. The event aims to foster a sense of community and support among the MAP students, offering them an opportunity to connect and build friendships. Mappy Hour provides a casual and welcoming environment where students can enjoy refreshments, cultural exchange, and engaging conversations, enhancing their overall academic journey.  Restriction: Over 21 years old.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival
International Accelerator | American Collegiate Students

Saturday, April 13

Join the enchanting experience at the Sakura Matsuri Street Festival! Immerse yourself in the beauty of cherry blossoms and the richness of Japanese culture with traditional music, dance, and delicious cuisine. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate spring, make new friends, and create unforgettable memories at this vibrant and colorful event!

To participate, please click below to book directly with conference organizers.
Please note that you are on your own to attend this event.

Join ISSS for Cupcakes
International Accelerator | American Collegiate Students

Friday, May 3rd
Butler Pavilion
Room 410
Main Campus

This Friday at 2 PM, the International Student & Scholar Services office (ISSS)  invites you to celebrate the end of the semester with a delightful cupcake gathering! Join them for some sweet treats as we wrap up the academic year. Remember, the cupcakes are available while supplies last and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Best of luck on all of your final exams!

Program Completion Dinner
Completing International Accelerator | American Collegiate Students

Friday, May 3rd
Pizzeria Paradiso, 4:00pm
4850 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Join IAP advisors and staff for a dinner to celebrate your completion of the International Accelerator or American Collegiate program.  This celebration is intended for students completing the program and their guests.  Please sign up below.

National Harbor
International Accelerator | American Collegiate Students

Friday, June 7

Discover the charm of Washington DC’s National Harbor on a delightful trip that offers a blend of entertainment, dining, and scenic views. Explore the vibrant waterfront district, indulge in world-class cuisine, and enjoy the stunning panorama of the Potomac River. Join us for an unforgettable experience where the beauty of nature meets the excitement of the city!

Student Involvement at AU

What’s your passion? Whether it’s social justice, community service, the arts — or, say, frisbee or beekeeping — AU has a home for you. At AU, involvement isn’t an after-thought. It’s how students build skills, make change, and find space to relax and connect. It’s a big part of what makes us a community.

Events in Engage

AU has tons of student-hosted and departmental events on campus. Events can be found on Engage. Simply login to Engage using your AU Portal username and password. Then explore upcoming events on the “Events” tabs or connect with student organizations on the “Organizations” tab.

Welcome to the American Collegiate DC Transfer Events & Activities page!  Here you will find information about upcoming sessions, workshops, programs and activities that are critical for your success as a transfer student.

Transfer Advising

Welcome to the Transfer Advising page for American Collegiate DC. Our dedicated transfer advisors are here to guide you through every step of your transfer journey, offering personalized support and expertise. Whether you’re just starting to explore your transfer options or you’re ready to submit applications, our advisors are available during walk-in hours to assist with all aspects of the process. From selecting the right program and institution, to understanding transfer credits, to navigating application requirements and deadlines, we are committed to helping you achieve a seamless and successful transfer experience. Come meet with us and take the next step towards your academic and career goals.


Cecilia Gou

Senior Student Services Advisor

Walk In Hours:

(no appointment necessary)

Thursdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm; 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Katelyn Hill

Student Services Advisor

Walk In Hours:

(no appointment necessary)

Thursdays: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Navigating the Common Application

1:00pm, Wednesday, March 6th
Spring Valley Building, Room 402
with Jordan Miles

American Collegiate DC

This event is mandatory for those completing their transfer applications on the Common Application.  Please choose one of the available options above. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and get to know Jordan Miles, Assistant Director of International Admissions at American University.

College Navigator
American Collegiate DC

This tool to assist prospective transfer students get information about over 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States – such as programs offered, retention and graduation rates, prices, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety, and accreditation. It’s provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which is part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES).  Using this site, students can search for colleges based on various criteria, including location, program, and major. It also provides detailed profiles for each institution, including information on tuition and fees, net price after financial aid, enrollment statistics, campus security, and more. This makes it a valuable resource for prospective students and their families as they make decisions about their educational future.

Spring 2024 AU Career Center Internship Fair
American Collegiate DC Students

Wednesday, March 27th
1:00pm – 4:00pm

The American University Career Center is set to host its Spring 2024 Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 27, from 1-4 pm ET in Bender Arena. This eagerly anticipated event will feature over 100 top employers, showcasing a wide array of job and internship opportunities for students, recent graduates, and alumni. The fair serves as an excellent platform for participants to engage with potential employers, thereby significantly enhancing their brand awareness and career prospects. Preceding the fair, a week of preparation workshops and events will be organized to equip attendees with the necessary skills and knowledge for a successful fair experience.

Resources for Students Transferring to American University
American Collegiate DC Students

This website is a comprehensive resource tailored specifically for transfer students navigating their transition to American University. It offers a wealth of information, including step-by-step guides on the application process, credit transfer policies, and personalized academic advising to ensure a seamless integration into the university community. Additionally, the site features success stories from former transfer students, providing insights and encouragement to prospective transfers. With dedicated support services and resources, our platform aims to make the transfer experience as smooth and rewarding as possible for every student.

Q&A Session with Columbia University, Dual Degree Program (in person)
American Collegiate DC Engineering Students

Wednesday, September 13th
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Have you heard that American University students from any major have the opportunity to study at Columbia University and receive undergraduate degrees from both their AU major and one of Columbia’s Engineering areas? Chelsie Güner, Senior Assistant Director, from the Columbia Undergraduate Admissions office and Teresa Larkin, the Program Liaison from AU will explain the program more fully and answer any questions you might have.

ACT/SAT Information Session
American Collegiate DC 

Wednesday, October 25
4:00 – 5:00pm
On Zoom (click below to join)

Join Jenna Berk from Applerouth for this important session.  Jenna will help you understand the standardized testing requirements for your transfer application, talking about the ACT and SAT tests.  You will learn more about the tests, content and format.  She will also provide advice on who is best suited to take which test, test prep options and how to navigate “test optional” schools.

Resume Workshop
American Collegiate DC 

Wednesday, October 11
8:00pm – 9:00pm

This workshop will provide you with all the information and tips you will need to create your resume. Your resume is an important part of your transfer application and is required by many school for transfer, including American University! Offered by our partner, Shorelight.

How to Write the Right Essay for Your Transfer Application (in person)
American Collegiate DC 

November 8th, 9:45am, or
November 8th, 2:30pm
Spring Valley Building, Room 402

This event is mandatory for those planning to transfer to American University after completing the American Collegiate program. Please choose one of the options above.  Jordan Miles, Assistant Director of International Admissions at American University, will be back for this important event and will share what American University looks for in their transfer application essays. He will also answer your questions regarding the transfer essay, kicking off your essay writing process!

Navigating the Common App (in person)
American Collegiate DC

November 15th, 9:45 am, or
November 15th, 2:30pm
Spring Valley Building, Room 402

This event is mandatory for those completing their transfer applications on the Common Application.  Please choose one of the available options above. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and get to know Jordan Miles, Assistant Director of International Admissions at American University.

Transfer Fundamentals

Transfer Fundamentals is thoughtfully structured to assist you in identifying and exploring academic majors that resonate with your interests, passions, and career ambitions. We aim to empower you to clearly articulate, both orally and in writing, your intellectual connection and personal affinity to these disciplines. It’s not simply about choosing a degree but understanding why you’re drawn to it, how it aligns with your future aspirations, and being able to communicate these ideas effectively, particularly in transfer applications and interviews. Moreover, this course will provide you with the tools and knowledge to navigate the vast landscape of colleges and universities where you might continue your educational journey. By studying various aspects of potential institutions – their academic programs, student support services, campus culture, location, and financial considerations – you will be equipped to make thoughtful and informed decisions about your transfer.

Events in Engage

AU has tons of student-hosted and departmental events on campus. Events can be found on Engage. Simply login to Engage using your AU Portal username and password. Then explore upcoming events on the “Events” tabs or connect with student organizations on the “Organizations” tab.

Center for Academic Success

A website with access to virtual tutors, career advisors, and online resources to help you throughout your university studies

Do you need to improve your academic skills or study habits? Do you need help preparing for an exam or presentation? Are you confused about CPT/OPT or don’t even know what career field is best for you? Shorelight’s Center for Academic Success has friendly online academic skills and subject area tutors along with expert career advisors to help you with these questions and many more!

Maybe you would also enjoy completing a short eLearning workshop at your own pace? Those are available, too, on topics ranging from Academic Integrity to How to Make American Friends—and everything in between! If you’re short on time, try one of the live or recorded webinars.

Give your learning journey the support you need by signing up for a free account today! Here’s how:

1. Click here or scan the QR code to find our Home page.

learn_shorelight-com

2. Click the orange “Sign up now” button to request access.

3. On the sign up form, type your given name and family name as you are registered at your university.

4. Type any email address (personal or university, etc.). You will need to access your email to verify your address.

5. Create a password with at least one special character and 6-50 characters total.

6. Type your password again. Write it down or save it in your browser.

7. Type the full name of your university, not just the abbreviation. Your status must be checked.

8. Check the box to accept the Terms & Conditions (feel free to read those first).

9. Optional: Sign up for our newsletter by checking the last box.

10. Click the large orange button that says, “Start your learning journey.”

11. You’ll be asked to verify your email address next. In your inbox, you’ll see two emails from us. Open them and click the link to verify your email address. Check your spam folder if you don’t see the two emails.

12. You’ll receive an email within two business days to let you know that your account is approved (or if not, how to fix the problem).

13. Return to the Home page linked above (or in the email) to log in when your account access has been approved.

If you encounter any technical trouble, just use the Live Chat button at the bottom of our Home page.

Pre-Arrival & Orientation

Welcome to American University!

On behalf of the International Accelerator Program team, it is my pleasure to welcome you to American University (AU) community. Located in Washington DC, the capitol of the United States, AU is one of the top-ranked universities in the country. We use DC as our laboratory for learning, providing students with high-impact educational practices that give them the knowledge and experience to succeed. AU students are encouraged to explore their interests and find what they are passionate about. If you are looking for engaging classes combined with hands-on experiential learning, then you have come to the right place! Here at the International Accelerator Program, we will take the time to help you adjust both to the culture of the United States and to life at American University to help you make the most out of your studies. The next few days will be a wonderful adventure, full of exploration, learning and making new friends. I wish you the best in the year ahead, and again, welcome to American University!


 

International Accelerator Orientation

American University – Spring Valley Building – Room 401
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

 August 22 – 23, 2024

*please bring your passport, I-20 and laptop computer

Arrival Day
Wednesday, August 21

Airport Arrival
  • Washington Dulles International Airport(IAD)
  • Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA)

Please arrive any time between 8:00am – 8:00pm

Completion of all the Before You Arrive steps are due on this date.

Day One
Thursday, August 22

Morning Sessions
  • 9:00am – Arrival & Check In
  • 9:15am Director’s Welcome
  • 9:20am – Student Services
  • 10:00am – Your Academics
  • 10:45am – Break
  • 10:50am – Campus Safety
  • 11:30am – ISSS Session
  • 12:30pm Welcome Lunch
Afternoon Sessions
  • 1:30pm – Academic Level*
  • 4:00pm – ISSS Reception (details coming soon!)

*Orientation for each Academic Level (English Program, Undergraduate and Graduate)

Day Two
Friday, August 23

Morning Sessions
  • 8:45am – Gather on Quad
  • 11:30am – Convocation Ceremony
  • 12:15pm– Lunch
Afternoon Sessions
  • 1:00pm – Campus Tour, AUID Office Health Center**
  • 2:00pm – Optional Shopping Trip to Tenleytown Target**

**Optional

We’ve partnered with campusSIMS to help connect you with mobile phone service. Get your US phone number in your home country and have service that’s ready to use as soon as you land. Click here to get your free SIM card.

campusSIMS helps international students get connected with mobile phone service in the US. Through campusSIMS’ exclusive partner Mint Mobile, students can sign up and get their US phone number while in their home country, and have mobile phone service ready to use as soon as they land.

Students can get low-cost, reliable mobile phone service starting at as low as $15 per month that includes:

  • A free SIM card
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • High speed data
  • Nationwide coverage on the fastest, most advanced network

For more information, visit campussims.com.

Health & Wellness

Welcome to the Covid-19 Guide for American University — one of AU’s key coronavirus resources. Here you can find the current guidelines, core protocols, and relevant university websites, compiled into a multi-departmental online guide. Whether you’re a student, faculty member, staff member, or visitor, here’s where to find answers and information quickly.

To schedule an appointment, schedule it online via the student health portal, or call 202.885.3380 and press 1 & 2. When you schedule your appointment online, it allows you to view all available appointments and enables you to select the available appointment.

The Health Promotion and Advocacy Center (HPAC) is the home for student-centered wellness resources at AU, with programs and initiatives to support healthy lifestyles, reduce high-risk behaviors, and empower students to take charge of their own health and lives at AU and beyond.

The AU Counseling Center Services

All of services at the AU Counseling Center are free and confidential, protected by law and ethical standards. Whatever your concerns, a confidential conversation with a Counseling Center clinician is a good place to start. Here are some of the options available to you through the Counseling Center:

Frequently Asked Questions

Students, staff and faculty with a campus presence must participate in regular testing to screen for COVID-19. Testing is mandatory and free of charge. Please note: ONLY those with a campus presence may test; if you are not on campus, you must test with your provider or at a community testing site.

Click HERE for more information.

The Student Health Center remains open for students.

Hours of operation: Monday—Friday, 8 am—5:00 pm

If you’re a student and have health-related questions or concerns, please reach out to the Student Health Center via secure messaging (within the Student Health Portal) and you’ll hear back from your provider within one business day.

To schedule an appointment, schedule it online via the student health portal, or call 202.885.3380 and press 1 & 2. When you schedule your appointment online, it allows you to view all available appointments and enables you to select the available appointment.

Please see more information at
https://www.american.edu/ocl/healthcenter/making-an-appointment.cfm

Schedule an Appointment HERE

Yes! During these trying times, with COVID-19, students are faced with a myriad of issues. The IAP Insurance Provider, Wellfleet, understands that these problems exist and is here to make the lives of students easier. Therefore, they have put these policies in place.

Please click HERE for more information.

Call 833-381-8545 for professional medical advice at any time.
Available to all AU students.
For a list of Urgent Care Facilities near campus, please visit this page: https://www.american.edu/ocl/healthcenter/student-health-center-after-hours-care.cfm

American University Meal Plans

What is a Meal Plan?

A Meal Plan consists of Meal Swipes and Eaglebucks and may be purchased by actively enrolled students. This page provides information regarding Meal Plans at American University, including details about rates, requirements, usage, and terms and conditions.

For additional information and questions, please contact One Card & Dining Services at 202-885-CARD (2273) or email mealplans@american.edu.

Common Questions

All Inclusive Premium ($3065)

This plan provides unlimited TDR visits all days of the week, as well as 3 retail meal exchanges per day, and $100 Dining Dollars. Also includes 10 guest meals, $50 on-campus mobile ordering credit and exclusive event access.

All Inclusive Plus ($2805)

This plan provides unlimited TDR visits all days of the week, as well as 7 retail meal exchanges per week, and $100 Dining Dollars. Also includes 6 guest meals, $30 on-campus mobile ordering credit and the opportunity to buy tickets to exclusive events.

All Inclusive Standard ($2505)

This plan provides unlimited TDR visits five days a week, as well as 5 retail meal exchanges per week, and $100 Dining Dollars. Also includes 6 guest meals, $30 on-campus mobile ordering credit and exclusive event access.  This plan is only open to third and fourth year students.

All Inclusive Basic ($1805)

This plan provides unlimited TDR visits four days a week and $300 Dining Dollars. Also includes the opportunity to buy tickets for exclusive events  This plan is only open to third and fourth year students.

Meal Plans consist of meal swipes and Eaglebucks.

Meal Swipes are the total number of swipes associated with a particular meal plan. For example if a student is enrolled in a 100 Block Meal Plan the total amount of swipes available for that meal plan are 100 Swipes.

A swipe is deducted from a student’s account each time the Meal Plan is utilized. All swipes will expire at the end of every semester. There is no rollover for swipes.

Eaglebucks are dollar amounts added to the meal plan account when a meal plan is purchased. The balance (in dollars) decreases when the student makes a purchase (in dollars) from the account. These are used at on-campus and off-campus dining locations. Additional Eaglebucks can be added ot the account through Eaglebucks.com. Unused Eaglebucks will carry foward throughout a community members tenure at American University.

Meal Exchanges allow a student to use one swipe from their meal plan in exchange for a meal from an AU Dining Retail location. A meal exchange consists of an enrtree, side and a drink.

Meal Swipes and Meal Exchange can only be utilized at dining locations managed and operated by AU Dining. For more information on AU Dining Retail locations visit the AU Dining website.

Minimum Meal Plan Requirements are based on the Housing License Terms and Conditions as agreed upon by Housing & Residence Life. Students living on campus are required to have a minimum 175 Block Meal Plan.

Disability-Related Accommodations
Students who have a disability-related dietary need(s), such as a food allergy that substantially limits their dining experience are strongly encouraged to make the university aware of their accommodation needs as early as possible. To request disability-related dining accommodations, please complete the Getting Started with Disability Accommodations request form.

For more information about accommodations, please visit the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) website titled “Registering for Accommodations,” or contact the ASAC at asac@american.edu or calling 202.885.3360.

Religious Considerations
On occasion, students’ religious observance necessitates consideration academic, housing, or food-related purposes. If you have a need for such a religious consideration, you may submit a request through Kay Spiritual Life Center.

Economic Considerations
The office of One Card & Dining Services does not make exceptions to the mandatory meal policy based on economic reasons.

Please refer to American University’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page that reflect current policies and resources. This page is designed to provide the AU community with up-to-date answers to help you navigate the university’s response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Life after IAP

Undergraduate Accelerator Requirements

The program is comprised of two distinct tracks: The Extended Accelerator Program track and the Academic Accelerator Program track. Students are placed in a curricular program track based on their English language proficiency level.  Students in all tracks must comply with minimum F-1 visa course enrollment requirements while in the IAP.

In order to successfully complete the program, you must:

  1. Complete all of the required courses in your program with satisfactory grades
  2. Maintain a Grade Point Average above the minimum level
  3. Maintain continuous enrollment
Masters Accelerator Requirements

The Masters Accelerator Program (MAP) is a non-degree academic pathway program comprised of two program tracks: Advanced MAP (AMAP) and MAP. Students are placed in a program track based on English language proficiency. MAP students are not required to enroll in coursework in the summer term but may be granted permission in consultation with MAP advising.

In order to successfully complete the program, you must:

  1. Complete all of the required courses in your program with satisfactory grades
  2. Maintain a Grade Point Average above the minimum level
  3. Maintain continuous enrollment
American Collegiate Program Requirements

The American Collegiate is two to four semester program designed to prepare international undergraduate students for rigorous academic study and to transfer to a U.S. institution of higher education. American Collegiate students are required to complete the Program in consecutive semesters, including summer. Students must comply with full-time enrollment requirements as defined through the International Student and Scholar Services. Course selection and load will be selected in consultation with advising.

In order to successfully complete the program, you must:

  1. Complete all of the required courses in your program with satisfactory grades
  2. Maintain a Grade Point Average above the minimum level
  3. Maintain continuous enrollment

International Student & Scholar Services

Get your I-20 from ISSS

Now that you will be finishing your time with the International Accelerator Program, you will need a new I-20 for your degree program. This is because you will be undergoing an F-1 change of level. First, you will need to successfully meet all progression requirements of program. Second, you will need submit required financial documents. Submit the AU Certification of Finances form and supporting financial documents to: isss@american.edu

Health Insurance

The student health insurance that you purchased with the International Accelerator Program is valid for one calendar year. For example, if you entered in Fall 2022, your insurance coverage is valid from August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023. Therefore, you will need to obtain Health Insurance for your next academic year, beginning in August 2023.  The easiest way to get health insurance is simply to renew your IAP Health Insurance Plan.  To do this, simply let us know by sending an email to studentservices@auaccelerator.com. We can extend your plan, or answer any questions you might have.

Some information about your health insurance plan:

Alternatively, you may switch to the university’s default insurance plan.  Information can be found here.

Pay your AU Tuition & Fees

As an international accelerator student, you would have paid for everything before arriving in the US. Housing, dining, tuition, health insurance, etc, and you were billed for the entire duration of your program (1, 2 or 3 terms). Now that you are transitioning to your academic degree program, you will be billed by the Office of Student Accounts for each of these elements on a semester-by-semester basis.

American University Meal Plans

This will depend on where you are living next year. Since on-campus housing options generally do not include a kitchen, if you will be living on campus next year, it makes sense for you to purchase a meal plan. If you will be living off campus next year, you may have your own kitchen and you may not want a meal plan, but you are free to purchase one anyway.

Please see the links below for information about AU Meal plans, as well as how to register for them.

Housing & Residence Life

Are you interested in extending your IAP housing once you have completed the program?  Students who have completed IAP are eligible to continue their housing at discounted rates. If you are interested in this option, please reserve you space today by clicking on the button on the left.

Alternatively, here are some other housing resources to consider:

Academic Support

While you were in the International Accelerator Program, your Student Services Advisor was your “one stop” for all of your questions. Now that you will be progressing to your degree program, there are different offices that can support your different needs.

Job & Career Support

Career Premium

Master the in-demand skills global employers seek that you won’t learn in the classroom. Boost your portfolio — and save money — with certifications and projects that demonstrate your new qualifications and make you a competitive candidate in today’s job market. It all starts with Career Premium! Enroll today for an incredible value: Many bootcamps and courses can range up to $14,000 per course* — but with Career Premium, you can upskill in as many available courses as you like during your studies, all included in your $2,000 Career Premium enrollment fee!

Career Premium Certificates

Designed for computer science, engineering, and business students, each certificate program was inspired by elite university preparatory programs tailored for growing careers. Career Premium student internship projects have included software development, website design, virtual reality, digital content creation, project management, AI, and more at leading employers.

Certification 1 : Design Thinking – develop effective approaches to problem-solving
Designed for business/MBA, computer science, data science, engineering, information systems, and marketing majors

Certification 2 : Social Entrepreneurship** – foster widespread positive change
Designed for business/MBA, engineering, entrepreneurship, finance, and marketing majors

Certification 3 : Global Citizenship** – thrive in diverse environments
Designed for business/MBA, computer science, engineering, finance, and international business majors

Completed internships include

Company Role/Project
Brightsity Digital marketing strategy
Conscious Social media marketing
Ebb&Flo Diagnostics AI/machine learning
Halcyon IQ Website design
Local Grown Salads AWS – LGS ecosystem system design
Personal Banker Technology software development API
Wesco Digital content creation

Credentials + certification prep offered include

Degree Credentials + Certification Preparation Careers
Business Students
  • Agile
  • Scrum
  • PMP
  • Consulting
  • Project Management
  • Marketing
Computer Science Students
  • Java, Python, PHP, C++ , Ruby
  • AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure
  • Software Developer
  • UX Designer
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Systems Architect
  • Video Game Developer
Engineering Students
  • DP-203 Microsoft Exam dp-203
  • Site Reliability Engineering
  • Security Operations
  • Reverse, Social, Chaos and Network Engineering
  • AI Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Product Engineer
  • Data Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer

*Stanford Executive Education Design Thinking Bootcamp
**Endorsed by the University of Peace – UN Charter

On-Campus Employment

This is a benefit available to all students maintaining valid F1 status. It is not necessary to obtain special work authorization from USCIS to work on-campus; however, you must obtain an on-campus employment certification signed by an ISSS advisor to submit to AU Human Resources. Please review the F-1 On-Campus Employment Online Information to make sure you understand all the policies and regulations on this type of employment.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

CPT is a practical training that is performed for academic credit (part of the school curriculum and commensurate to degree level) AND that is required as part of the academic plan or program curriculum from ALL students in the program.  Please note, that you must be enrolled in your degree program for at least two sememsters to be eligible for CPT.  Please see more information about CPT here.

This includes:

  • Required internship, practicum, student teaching or field experience (paid or unpaid)
  • Optional internships for credit (MUST be in student’s major or program of study)
  • Cooperative (Co-op) education programs for credit (MUST be in student’s major or program of study

To learn more about CPT, you can visit the CPT information section on the ISSS website.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a period during which undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 status are permitted by the USCIS to work towards getting practical training to complement their field of studies once they have completed their program of studies.

“Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or after completing their academic studies (post-completion). However, all periods of pre-completion OPT will be deducted from the available period of post-completion OPT.”

To learn more about OPT, you can visit the OPT information section on the ISSS Website.

How can I get a social security number?

You may apply for a social security number ONLY if you have been offered a job on-campus or if you have been granted practical training (CPT or OPT) employment authorization (keep in mind that practical training options are generally not available to new students). An SSN will be given to you for employment purposes only, NOT for purposes such as applying for credit cards, renting an apartment, etc.

If you do have a job offer and need an SSN, you must apply for a social security number through your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. If the SSN is for an on-campus job you must first bring your offer letter to ISSS because an ISSS advisor must sign off on the letter from your hiring department. For the SSA location nearest you, please visit the Office of Social Security and type in your zip code. You may also call 1-800-772-1213 or visit International Students and Social Security. You may download the social security application (Form SS-5) online.

The Career Center at American University

The American University Career Center is here to support your career advising needs.  Please select on one of the links below to access their services.

On campus employment

F-1 and J-1 students who are enrolled full-time and in good academic and immigration standing are eligible to work on-campus part-time (20 hours a week or less) while school is in session and full-time (more than 20 hours a week) when school is not in session or during annual vacation.

There are restrictions for working at third-party service providers on-campus. Please consult with an ISSS advisor.

On campus employment authorization process

  1. Find a Job On-Campus and Get Hired
  2. Request Employment Authorization from ISSS
    1. Log in to iEagle. Submit the On-Campus Employment Authorization e-form under Current Student. ISSS will process your request for authorization and notify AU Human Resources when your authorization has been processed.You must request authorization every semester you work on-campus. On-campus employment authorizations are valid from the first day of the requested semester or term (fall, spring, summer, or winter break)
    2. J-1 students must also obtain an authorization letter from ISSS before reporting to work.
  3. Schedule an Appointment with the University’s Payroll Office.
    1. Follow all instructions available on HR’s website here.
    2. The University’s Payroll Office will provide detailed information about how to apply for a Social Security Card. Please direct specific questions to their office.
    3. Students working on-campus at third party service providers, such as the Campus Bookstore or the IAP office will contact them directly for the tax forms and the employment verification letter.
  4. Schedule an appointment with an ISSS advisor to have your on-campus employment letter signed and stamped by ISSS and apply for a Social Security Card.

Your Student Services Advisor

Your Student Services Advisor is your guide to life and academics in the International Accelerator Program.  They can assist with your course registration, finding academic and language support, concerns about your cultural adjustments, advice on how to become better connected on campus and in Washington DC.  If your question is best answered by another office on campus, your advisor will help you make the connection.

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Cecilia Gou
Senior Student Services Advisor

Cecilia Gou is our Senior Student Services Advisor and works with IAP students in the Extended, Academic and Advanced Academic Accelerator Programs as well as students in the American Collegiate DC Program. Cecilia teaches AUx, and Live, Learn & Grow: Foundations.  She also advises and supports  students enrolled in the Presessional English Program.

 

To schedule a meeting with Cecilia, please click on the button below.

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Katelyn Hill
Student Services Advisor

Katelyn advises students in the Masters Accelerator and American Collegiate DC Program.  She also teaches AU Experience I and Professional Development for graduate students. To schedule an appointment with Katelyn, please click on the button below.

For all other questions for students in International Accelerator and American Collegiate Programs, please email:
studentservices@auaccelerator.com

Center for Academic Success

Academic Skills Tutors

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Alicia Coe

I am Alicia Coe. I have been teaching English for academic purposes and critical writing at several universities in Europe and the United States for 17 years. Apart from teaching, I work as a curriculum developer, a writing consultant for undergraduate and graduate students, a copyeditor, and a Cambridge examiner. I am experienced in teaching international students; therefore, I can provide different learning approaches depending on the cultural background of each student.

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Amanda Wilcox

I am Amanda Wilcox. Originally, I hail from Macon, Georgia where I studied Biology and Spanish at Mercer University. After teaching foreign language for about 5 years, I began a master’s degree at Auburn University. Upon graduating, I continued to teach Spanish at the university and eventually began teaching in the ESL department where I found my calling. I have been involved in teaching, tutoring, and curriculum writing for international students learning English ever since. In total, I have nearly 20 years of experience teaching all ages from young children to adults in an academic setting.

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Mary Diamond

Mary Diamond has been working with university students for the past 29 years. She began her career writing curriculum for student success courses before moving back to her home state of Alabama where she began teaching English writing, literature, and business writing courses for undergraduates. She has also conducted research, managed writing centers for undergraduate and graduate students as well as international faculty, and taught a variety of English language and success courses. She has been working exclusively with international students since 2007 and has enjoyed learning from and with people from all over the world.

Math Tutors

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Dipen Bhuva

Dipen Bhuva is a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Cleveland, and a Masters graduate from Northeastern University in Information Security. He will be happy to help with any problems and solutions related to computer science: Programming, Networking, Server engineering, Cloud, Statistic, Advanced Mathematics and Cyber Security – he is also a certified Network+ by Comptia, Certified Ethical Hacker, RH-11 Expert Hacker, RedHat Server Certified Engineering and Amazon Web Service (Cloud) certified. For his ‘extraordinary dedication and teaching’ he was granted ‘excellent achievement for Graduate Assistantship’ from CSU.

  • Academic writing – generating ideas, organizing, summarizing, paraphrasing, revising/editing
  • Research skills: Finding credible sources and academic articles
  • Understanding academic integrity; avoiding plagiarism
  • MLA & APA citations and format
  • Academic presentation preparation and practice
  • Time management – weekly planning, semester-long planning
  • Reading strategies
  • Note-taking skills
  • Test preparation strategies
  • Class and groupwork participation strategies
  • Discussion skills
  • Grammar rules and practice
  • Academic communication etiquette – emails, office hours, requesting letters of recommendation
  • Business writing – emails, reports, meeting summaries
  • Career development – resume and cover letter writing
  • Building math confidence for students who struggle with math
  • General and Foundational Math help at any level
  • Calculus including Calc 1 and Calc 2
  • Algebra and Linear Algebra
  • Topology
  • Discrete Math
  • Category Theory
  • Algorithms
  • Differential Equations

International Student Loans

Embarking on your educational journey in the United States shouldn’t come with the roadblock of finding a co-signer for financial aid. Shorelight recognizes this hurdle and has proactively partnered with premier financing organizations such as Fly Finance, MPower Financing, and Prodigy Finance. This strategic collaboration eliminates the traditional barriers international students face, such as the need for a co-signer, collateral, or an established US credit history, streamlining your path to securing educational funding.

Find the right loan organization for you on Shorelight.com.

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Discounted Flights

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