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The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area combines the resources of area universities and colleges. In cooperation with the Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, Trinity Washington University, the University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Maryland, American University offers qualified degree students the opportunity to enroll for courses at any of these institutions.
With the appropriate approvals, undergraduate and graduate degree students may take courses for AU residence credit at one of the above mentioned member institutions, provided the course is not offered at AU. American University students pay the AU tuition rate and students registering for consortium courses at all universities will be billed for any special fees (such as lab fees) for the course.
Consortium registration is available during the first two weeks of classes, unless classes at the visited school begin before AU's classes. Consortium registration can be confirmed only after classes begin at the visited school.
For course eligibility and registration information, contact the student services unit in the Office of the Registrar at 202-885-2208 or email@example.com. Information on the Consortium is also available at the website for Consortium of Universities.
Students must obtain the signature of their advisor and the Dean/Department Chair who represents the field of the intended course (i.e., if wishing to take an economics course at another school, the student must obtain approval from the American University chair of the Department of Economics), and the Dean of their school.
Students are strongly advised to make prior arrangements with the visited school's department or instructor as all course prerequisites are strictly enforced. Students must obtain written permission from the visited institution's department or instructor to waive prerequisites. The visited institution may deny enrollment if permission is not obtained, even if the student has completed American University's registration procedures.
Students registering for consortium courses that require special fees must pay any additional fees at the visited school. (See the Consortium Calendar and the Schedule of Classes published by the visited school.)
Finally, each student must bring the completed Consortium Registration authorization form to the Office of the Registrar, where he/she will be issued a gold-colored consortium registration card by the Consortium Coordinator at the time of registration. Students should show this card to the instructor at the visited school and keep the card with them for identification purposes.