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International Undergraduate Admissions
Fax: 202-885-6014

International Undergraduate Admissions
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

This checklist contains requirements for students transferring to American University (AU) under a Guaranteed Admission Agreement, also known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This information is not relevant for general transfers to AU.

*All applicants must have submitted a Letter of Intent by October 1 in order to be considered for admission under a guaranteed admission agreement. Students can enter AU in the fall semester only under these agreements.

Application Deadline: February 1

How to Apply

Applicants apply online using the Common Application, available on the link to the right. To be considered for admission to AU, your application and all supporting documents listed below must be received by February 1.

All MOU Transfer Applicants:
  • Completed Common Application form, including essay and CV/Resume
  • Academic records with official transcripts and certified English translations if applicable, for EACH postsecondary institution attended
  • One or two letters of recommendation (optional)
  • Demonstrated English proficiency (see information below)
  • Completed AU Certification of Finances (AU CFIS) form, available at, showing at least U.S.$59,109 for first year of study and living expenses
  • Bank letter showing at least U.S.$59,109 for first year of study and living expenses*

* Only for non-U.S. citizens who will need a student visa (F or J).

Important: A completed application means that the application form and all other documents listed above, including the AU Certification of Finances (AU CFIS) and bank letter, must be submitted by February 1. Your file will not be reviewed until all of the above materials have been received by the International Admissions Office. Late applications will not be considered.


Minimum Admissions Requirements

Students who wish to be considered for transfer under a guaranteed admission agreement must be in good academic and social standing at all previously attended schools.

Guaranteed admission transfer applicants have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 at their current institution. The following AU academic units have specific minimum GPA requirements:

  • Kogod School of Business: 2.5
  • School of Communication: 2.5
  • School of Education: 2.7
  • School of International Service: 3.0
  • School of Public Affairs: 2.5

Submitting Your Supporting Documents

Important: Please use a courier service (and keep your tracking number) to send supporting documents:

Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001
Tel: +1-202-885-6000

If you have any questions, please contact

Application Form

Complete the application carefully. Please make sure to include your full name (exactly as it is spelled on your passport), date of birth, complete educational history, country of birth, citizenship, current mailing address and a permanent address outside of the United States, even if you currently live or study in the United States.

Application Essay

Address one of the essay topics suggested in the application. Be sure to take the time to prepare a strong essay that reflects your ability to organize and express your thoughts clearly.

Your Academic Records

If you have completed less than one year of full-time academic study at postsecondary institution in the United States or overseas at the time of application (i.e., you have less than 24 semester credits per the U.S. system of higher education), please submit all of the following: 

  1. Your secondary school diploma and academic credentials (official examination results and certificates; transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12; etc.)
  2. Your academic credentials or transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended

If you have completed at least one year of full-time postsecondary academic study at the time of application, submit only your postsecondary academic credentials. No secondary school academic records are required. 

Please have academic records from each secondary and/or postsecondary school you attended sent directly from those schools to American University. These records should be submitted in their original language and accompanied by official English translations if applicable. You may submit certified or notarized copies of your original official transcripts if your country issues only one copy of your academic documents.

Contact with any questions regarding submission of documents.

Advanced Credit for Postsecondary Coursework

Courses completed at accredited postsecondary institutions within or outside the United States may be eligible to receive transfer credit.

Please visit AU's Transfer Credit Guidelines site for more information.

Advanced Credit for Secondary Exams

Students may be eligible to receive advanced credit for exams passed during secondary school. If you took IB, A level, AP, Arbitur, CAPE, or French Baccalaureate exams while in secondary school, visit for full details on AU exam policies.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation for transfer students is required. You will be required to select and assign at least one Academic Evaluator within the Common Application. If you request recommendations outside of the Common Application, they should appear on official letterhead and include your full name and Social Security number (or date of birth) and be sent directly to American University.

English Proficiency

Course work at AU requires strong skills in the English language and academic preparedness. All applicants (including U.S. citizens) whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate a satisfactory level of English proficiency.

Please submit one of the following as proof of English proficiency:

1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • Internet-based test score of 80 or higher*
  • Paper-based test score of 550 or higher

2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

  • Composite score of 6.5 or higher
3. Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • Score of 53 or higher

* To be considered competitive, a 90 iBT score or above is recommended. Sub-scores for each section of the TOEFL should be 20 or higher. IELTS sub-scores should be 6.0 or above.

Please arrange for scores to be sent directly from the testing agency. (TOEFL Code: 5007)

*Note: Some guaranteed admission agreements include provisions for attaining English proficiency through course work at the community college, or through a combination of course work at the community college and at AU upon matriculation. Please refer to the MOU for your institution and discuss your options with your academic advisor.

AU Certification of Finances (AU CFIS) for International Students

Applicants who require a student or exchange visitor visa (F or J) must submit to the International Admissions Office the AU CFIS form and a bank letter showing proof of at least U.S. $59,109 for your first year of studies and living expenses.

Application packets without the AU CFIS form and bank letter will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Transfer-In Form: If you are currently studying in the United States on an F or J visa and decide to attend AU, you will be required to submit the "Immigration Transfer-In Form" before your AU I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued. 

Visit for the AU Cost Guide, sample bank letters, and the AU CFIS and Transfer-In forms.

When Will I Hear?

Your application will be reviewed only after your file is complete. You will be notified in writing of missing documents, but you should also check your application status through the Prospective Student Portal. You will be notified of your admission decision by March 1, along with notification of any Phi Theta Kappa or other scholarship and/or financial aid awards.

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AU Code Numbers

SAT I & SAT II: 5007
ACT: 0648
TOEFL: 5007
AP: 5007

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