Prepare Here So You Can Succeed Anywhere.

Are you a high-achieving international student? Then American Access is the first-year experience for you.

This unique program lets you start at the highly-ranked American University in Washington, DC. Get the academic, cultural, and English-vocabulary support necessary to succeed at competitive U.S. universities. Then transfer as an undergraduate student to the school that’s best for achieving your academic goals.

American Access highlights:

  • Earn 30+ academic credits.
  • Ease into the culture of a U.S. university.
  • Benefit from one-on-one transfer admissions counseling.
  • Find your best-fit college or university.
  • Be supported throughout the transfer process.
  • Access to a selection of great universities.1

How It Works

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Attend American Access at highly- ranked American University

  • U.S. capital city of Washington, DC
  • 2 to 3 semesters of degree credits
  • English, academic, and cultural support

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Receive guaranteed acceptance to another Top-100 partner university1

  • Apply to your choice of U.S. universities
  • Knowledgeable admissions counselors
  • Impartial advice and assistance

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Complete your bachelor’s degree without delay

  • Supported transition to your new university
  • Transfer up to a full year of academic credits
  • Stronger English proficiency and academic skills

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Host Institution: American University

Spending your first year in the American Access program at American University offers great benefits for international students. For instance, student services advisors will help you adjust to the rigorous U.S. academic environment. Plus, you can experience living in one of the U.S.’s most vibrant and international cities: Washington, DC.

Small classes:
Receive more personal attention with an average class size of 23 students.

Flexibility:
Earn academic credits that transfer to your next university.2

Culture:
Enjoy museums, entertainment, and local and international food.

Love American University?
Take advantage of the streamlined admissions process and your knowledge of campus to apply as a transfer student into AU your sophomore year.

Did you know? American University has more than 1,400 international students from 144 countries.

Sample Curriculum

American Access First Year

Semester 1 Semester 2

SPEX 062 Live, Learn, Grow

ELTA 160 Culture of Higher Education in the US

ELTA 101 Academic Writing

ELTA 100 Media and Culture

One major or general elective course

Math course*

SPEX 062 Live, Learn, Grow

WRTG 100 College Writing

SISU 130 Intercultural Understanding

Select three (3):

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics 
  • Math course
  • One major or general elective course

Curriculum subject to change. Students will be advised on coursework based on program track.
Maximum number of total transferrable credits is 30. Credit total may change based on semester of entry, student success, and advising.

*Students will be place into a math course based on placement testing.

American Access Extended First Year

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3

SPEX 062 Live, Learn, Grow

ELTA 070 English for Academic Purposes

ELTA 100 Media and Culture

ELTA 071 AU in the World

Math course*

SPEX 062 Live, Learn, Grow

SISU 130 Intercultural Understanding

ELTA 101 Academic Writing

ELTA 160 Culture of Higher Education in the US

Select two:

  • Laboratory Science
  • Computer Science
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Open elective course
SPEX 062 Live, Learn, Grow

WRTG 100 College Writing

Select four:

  • Laboratory Science 
  • Computer Science
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics   
  • Math sequence course
  • Open elective course

Curriculum subject to change. Students will be advised on coursework based on program track.
Maximum number of total transferrable credits is 36. Maximum credits may change based on semester of entry, student success, and advising.

*Students will be placed into a math sequence based on placement testing

Why Choose American Access?

Begin at a Top-Tier University

Begin at a Top-Tier University

Start your studies at American University, named a Top-100 University by U.S. News & World Report.

Live in the Capital City of the U.S.

Live in the Capital City of the U.S.

Enjoy the culture, comfort, diversity, and opportunity of Washington, DC, while adjusting to life in the U.S.

Enjoy Academic and Language Support

Enjoy Academic and Language Support

Improve your English-language skills while earning degree credits you can transfer to your next school.2

Receive Expert Transfer Advice

Receive Expert Transfer Advice

Find the best top-ranked university for you with help from a U.S. News-certified admissions counselor.

Benefit from Streamlined Admissions

Benefit from Streamlined Admissions

Enjoy pre-approved acceptance to one of our partner universities, or apply confidently to other transfer schools.

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The best place to start your U.S. education.

With the American Access program at American University, all of Washington, DC becomes your classroom. You’ll find inspiration, cultural growth, and a unique mix of American and global cultures in the U.S.’s capital city.

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1 Once you successfully complete the American Access program, you will be advised on applying to transfer universities. You are assured admission to at least one Member/Affiliated University, but only if you meet the Member/Affiliated University’s progression criteria. Please see terms and conditions for more details.

2 Each transfer university makes their own decision with potential transfer credits. American Access can not guarantee that all credits earned in the program will transfer to the student’s next university.