Apply online using the Common Application. Your file will not be reviewed until all of the materials below have been received by the International Admissions Office:
Completed Common Application, including essay and CV/Resume
Application fee of U.S. $70
Common Application AU Writing Supplement (optional, but recommended)
Academic records for grades 9-12 with official transcripts and certified English translations (if applicable), for each secondary institution attended
Two academic letters of recommendation
Demonstrated English proficiency
Completed AU Certification of Finances (AU CFIS) form showing at least U.S.$61,157 for first year of study and living expenses*
Bank letter showing at least U.S.$61,157 for first year of study and living expenses*
* Only for non-U.S. citizens who will need a student visa (F or J). Financial documents showing less than U.S.$61,157 will not be accepted. All financial documents must be dated within the past three months to be considered valid. Click here for sample bank letters, the AU CFIS and Transfer-in forms, and AU cost guide.
No SAT or ACT Needed! AU does not evaluate SAT or ACT scores for students (including U.S. citizens) graduating from secondary schools outside the United States.
If you plan to begin your studies in August (fall semester):
Early Decision I (ED I)
Early Decision II (ED II)
Regular Decision (RD)
If you plan to begin your studies in January (spring semester):
All spring applicants
For students living outside the United States, we recommend September 1
Submitting Your Application
Important: Please use a courier service (and keep your tracking number) to send your complete application packet to:
Office of Enrollment
3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001
Complete the application carefully. Please make sure to include your full name exactly as it appears in the machine readable section of your passport (check the bottom of your passport page). The first three letters stand for your country of citizenship. Omit those three letters when completing the admission application form. Also include 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.
Your Academic Records
Please have your academic records from each secondary school you attended for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades sent directly from those schools to American University in sealed envelopes. These records should be submitted in their original language and accompanied by notarized English translations if applicable. Include any examination results such as IB, GCSE, GCE, Bagrut, Tawjihi, French Baccalaureate, CAPE, Abitur, Attestat or Secondary School Leaving Certificates.
Certain exam results such as, but not limited to, IB, WAEC, GCE, GCSE and CAPE must come directly to our office from the examination board or authority.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters are required. One must come from a teacher; the second letter may be written by your school's college counselor, your principal or headmaster or another teacher. These letters are confidential. Each letter must be in English. Please have your reference sign or place a school stamp across the sealed flap of the envelope.
AU requires strong English language skills. All freshmen applicants (including U.S. citizens) whose first language is not English can prove English proficiency by one of the following:
Four years of study (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 or equivalent) in U.S.-accredited or IB, CXC or UK curricula (inside or outside the U.S.), where English is the only medium of instruction AND no ESL courses have been taken;
Four years of study (grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 or equivalent) in the following countries* or in the educational systems of these countries* around the world/regardless of location where English is the only medium of instruction AND no ESL courses have been taken.
*English speaking countries include: UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec).
Or via testing:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - TOEFL code 5007
Internet based test (iBT) score of 80 or higher. To be considered competitive, a 90 TOEFL iBT score or above is recommended. Sub-scores for each section of the TOEFL should be 20 or higher.
Paper-based test score of 550 or higher
IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Composite score of 6.5 or higher. Sub-scores for each section of the IELTS should be 6.0 or higher.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 53 or higher
SAT Critical Reading score of 530 or higher
ACT English score of 23 or higher
For students in the DC area: KANSAS AEC Test of English Proficiency, administered by AU: minimum of 70 on each of the five subsections and a minimum total score of 350.
IMPORTANT: Though English proficiency may be met in one of the above ways, the Office of Admissions may request additional documentation if deeded necessary.
For native speakers of English from the U.S., UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec) who list English as their first language on the Common Application, proof of English proficiency is not required, but may be requested.
AU Certification of Finances for International Students (AU CFIS)
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.$61,157 for your first year of studies and living expenses. All financial documents must be dated within the past three months to be considered valid.
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.
Advanced Credit for IB, AP, A Level, CAPE Secondary Exams
Students may be eligible to receive advanced credit for exams passed during secondary school. If you took IB, A Level, AP, the OIB English, or CAPE exams while in school, please visit www.american.edu/admissions/examcredit.cfm for full details on AU exam policies.