Prepare for success

  • An immersive educational experience with a contextual curriculum bridging language, culture, and academics.
  • AU in the World is a unique course designed for international students that will deepen your working knowledge of life in the United States and give you a comprehensive understanding of the local community and region.
  • Bolster your academic achievement with extra English-language instruction, dedicated workshops, tutoring, academic advising, supplemental instruction, and student support.

The Extended Accelerator Program (EAP) 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 three semesters. Should students require the full four 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 further information.

Entry Requirements

GPA Minimum TOEFL® Minimum IELTS PTE EIKEN iTEP Other standardized tests required
Only one of the scores below required
3.0 (unweighted) 68, no subscore below 14 5.5, no subscore below 5.0 46, no subscore below 42 Pre-1 3.5, no subscore below 3.0 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 have the option to take a post-arrival English language assessment during 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.


Live, Learn, Grow I (OGIS-062) 1
English for Academic Purposes I (ELTA-070) 6
Critical Reading Skills (ELTA-072) 6
Major/electives 3
AUX I (CORE-196) 1.5
Academic Writing (ELTA-101) 3
Culture of U.S. Higher Education (ELTA-160) 3
Major Class 3
Elective 3
AUX II (CORE-200) 1.5
College Writing (WRT-100) 3
Intercultural Understanding (OGIS-130) 3
Major Class 3
Elective 3

Note: Students must earn grade of “C” or better in all Required Courses.  All program students must complete remedial coursework in each term. Courses that satisfy the remedial standard are Live, Learn, Grow (OGIS 062) and ELTA 160. All students must comply with minimum F1 visa course enrollment requirements while in the International Accelerator program. See progression requirements for further information. 

Courses and credits vary depending on advising, availability, and admission term. Students who are enrolled in the EAP are required to take one summer semester.

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Whatever major students choose, they acquire a solid foundation in the liberal arts and pursue in-depth study in their chosen fields.

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