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AU Gap Program

AU Gap Program

American University’s Gap Program will provide you with an enriching experience in Washington, D.C. You will build a foundation for academic and professional success, while focusing on skills that can be applied later in college and a career. The Gap Program is an excellent option if you have just completed high school and are taking a year off before starting college.

How It Works

You can enroll in a single semester (either fall or spring semester) or take a year in the program.

Domestic Students: your program plan consists of a seminar course, plus an internship for a 7-credit fall or spring semester. You can also enroll in the summer session consisting of a seminar and research course for 6-credits (no internship is offered during the summer term).

International Students: who require immigration support from American University to obtain an F1 visa to study in the United States, you will take a full course load that includes a service-learning component. You can select from the fall or spring semesters (earning 12 academic credits) or the summer session (earning six credits).

We encourage you to review the program options detailed throughout our website and to contact the program staff at or 202-895-4859 if you have any questions.

Check out the AU Gap brochure!

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Learn more about the AU Gap Program in the brochure!

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