The following three items are only required from students who need a student visa (F or J):
Financial documents showing less than U.S.$70,231 will not be accepted. All financial documents must be dated within the past three months to be considered valid. Our International Student & Scholar Services office provides 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.
Your application and all supporting documents must be received by the respective application deadline.
Early Decision I (ED I): November 15
Early Decision II (ED II): January 15
Regular Decision (RD): January 15
All spring applicants October 1
For students living outside the United States, we strongly recommend September 1
Important: Please use a courier service (and keep your tracking number) to send your supplemental application materials to:
Office of Enrollment
4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW STE-218
Washington, DC 20016-8001
Important: Alternatively, you can submit your Bank Letter and the AU CFIS form electronically via the Future Eagle Portal or fax to +1-202-885-1025. There is no need to mail hard copies if you choose to electronically upload or fax your documents.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please have your academic records from each secondary school you attended for the U.S. equivalent of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades sent directly from those schools to American University in sealed envelopes or via the Common Application or Coalition Application. 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, French Baccalaureate, CAPE Units One and Two, 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.
Two letters are required. One must come from a teacher; the second letter may be written by your school's university counselor, your principal or headmaster or another teacher. These letters are confidential. Each letter must be in English. Counselors/teachers can upload recommendation letters directly onto the Common Application or Coalition Application. If sent by courier mail, 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 and U.S. Permanent Residents) can prove English proficiency by one of the following:
Important: Though English proficiency may be met in one of the above ways, the Office of Admissions may still request TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores or other additional documentation if deemed necessary.
Note for Native Speakers of English: For native speakers of English from the U.S., UK, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Canada (except Quebec), Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, and these countries in the Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands) who list English as their first language on the Common Application, proof of English proficiency is not required, but may be requested.
Applicants who require a student or exchange visitor visa (F or J) must submit to Office of Admissions the AU CFIS form (completed by applicant and parent) and a letter (not a bank statement) issued by a bank showing proof of at least U.S.$70,231 for your first year of studies and living expenses. All financial documents must be dated within the past three months to be considered valid and must be submitted by the application deadline date.
Application packets without a bank letter and the AU CFIS form and bank letter will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
Please visit the International Student & Scholar Service's guide on financial documents for the AU Cost Guide, sample bank letters, and Transfer-In forms.
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 Unit Two exams while in school, please visit Credit by Exam page for full details on AU exam policies.
If you have already graduated from secondary school at the time of application, please submit a short statement describing your activities since graduation.