American University – International Accelerator

International Accelerator

Why study at just any American university when you can study at the American University? See for yourself why so many international students choose this program in the U.S. capital city.

Welcome to International Accelerator at American University!

Why study at just any American university when you can study at the American University? See for yourself why so many international students choose this program in the U.S. capital city.


This diverse city on the eastern coast of the U.S. is a hotspot for politics, activism, international culture, and more. Plus, it’s easy to visit New York City and other exciting cities, too.

  • Capital city of the United States of America.
  • Home to hundreds of international non-governmental organizations, embassies, and corporations like Lockheed Martin and Marriott International.
  • Population of 710,000+ people, with approximately six million people in the metropolitan area.
  • Average temperature of 6° Celsius in winter and 30° Celsius in summer.
  • A national center for museums, art, music, theatre, sports, and other culture.
  • Close to two international airports and a domestic airport.


More than 93% of recent AU graduates are employed or getting an additional degree within six months of graduating. Your time at American is an important first step in a long, successful career.

  • One of the Top 100 Universities in the U.S.
  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
  • 7,000+ undergraduate and 4,000+ graduate students.
  • 71 bachelor’s programs and 87 master’s degrees.
  • 91% of undergraduate students and 54% of graduate students participate in an internship.
  • 94% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.


At AU, you don’t even need to leave campus to find amazing art, live performances, and political activism. Of course, explore DC and you’ll find a global city ready to inspire, entertain, and educate.

  • Beautiful, safe campus near the upscale neighborhoods and embassies of northwest DC.
  • Home to nearly 1,830 international students from 123 countries.
  • Past guest speakers include President Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, and Deloitte, LLP representatives.
  • 150+ student organizations and clubs, including the Global Politics Student Association.
  • 14 sports teams, including football/soccer, basketball, and volleyball.
  • 11 community and apartment residence halls to choose from, and many on-campus dining locations that serve international cuisine.


Graduates of American University include Princess Iman of Jordan, Shawn Wang (Chief Financial Officer at Baidu), Liliana Ayalde (U.S. Ambassador to Brazil), and Ayman Mohyeldin (news correspondent for Al Jazeera English).

The Ultimate International Student Experience 

Adjusting to college life in the U.S. can be challenging. To make your transition as easy and productive as possible, the Undergraduate Accelerator at American University is a one-year program that sets you up for success with:


Choose from two Undergraduate Accelerator options for just the right amount of support. And in the U.S., you can customize your education and change which degree you study.

Dedicated Support

Make your transition easy with academic, tutoring, career, and personal support from trained advisors. We’ll even pick you up when you arrive at the airport.

Small Class Sizes

Receive more individual attention and customized support with fewer students in your classes. Some of your courses are exclusively for international students like you.

American Cultural Experiences

Get to know your new city by going to fun events with the Undergraduate Accelerator group. For instance, going to an American Eagles basketball game or getting a custom tour of the U.S. Capitol.

Live, Learn, Grow

Gain the knowledge you need for daily life at AU and the learning skills required in U.S. classrooms, with this core Undergraduate Accelerator course.

Personalized Guidance

Save time and avoid stress thanks to advisors ready to help you and your family. We’re there every step of the way, from applying to the program, to getting your visa, to registering your mobile.

Washington, DC

From sports stadiums and theaters to beautiful parks, Washington, DC, has everything you need. Located on the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States, Washington, DC, is a short trip away from many other major cities, which are quickly accessible from any of the region’s three airports. The District of Columbia enjoys four seasons, including cherry tree blossoms in the spring, warm summers, beautiful foliage in the fall, and mild winters.


$50,000—$60,000 Year

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Top Programs

Business, International Business, Public Affair

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Type of School


  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    City, Suburban
  • Accreditation and Certification

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment
  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 70+ , IELTS: Band 5.5+

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