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American University Gap Program

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American University’s Gap Program offers you an immersive academic experience in Washington, D.C., both in the classroom and through an internship. By exploring academic coursework, combined with site visits and guest speakers, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at international organizations, non-profits, media groups, and global business entities, all while gaining real-world experience with an internship. 

AU Gap gives you the opportunity to experience life on a college campus and in a professional setting, providing them with a foundation of skills that can be applied to future studies and careers.

The AU Gap Program is an excellent option if you have just completed high school and are searching for a meaningful and challenging experience before formally starting college. You can enroll in a single semester (fall or spring) or a full-academic year in the program.

How It Works

Your program plan consists of a seminar course in American Politics, International Affairs, or Global Business, plus an internship. The program is 7-credits for the fall or spring semester. At the end of your experience, you will have an AU transcript detailing your academic record, which can be used for your college applications or possible transfer into a program to which you may already be accepted.

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

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American University's Gap Program is proud to be accredited by the American Gap Association.