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A member of Shorelight, American University offer extremely flexible courses. The first two or three semesters are tailor made to allow a smooth transition to the american system. This academic, cultural, and linguistic support is geared towards international students who want to earn a bachelor’s degree or masters in the United States.

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American University is a private university based in Washington D.C. Founded in 1893, it was recently named the most politically active school but the Princeton Review. It’s also one of the best universities in terms of internships and practical teaching. All students have the opportunity to get professional experience during their studies.


American University is a member of Shorelight : a group of universities committed to offering an exceptional student experience for internationals arriving in the United States. Students on this programme have the ability to change their specialty at any moment, and they are assigned to small class sizes for a truly personalized learning exerience. They also receive 24/7 linguistic support. The aim of this programme is to facilitate the students transition to an american university. For the first two or three semestres, these students follow lessons with academic support allowing them to earn university credits. They also participate in programs that allow them to familiarise themselves with local culture.


Courses and Specialties : International Relations, Politics, and Law

American University has a dozen faculties : agriculture, forestry and environment ; architecture and design ; business, finance and economics ; education ; engineering ; law, international relations and politics ; human sciences, language and literature ; music, theater and the arts ; health and sociology ; and science and mathematics.

The most highly regarded programme is the international affairs and foreign policy bachelor’s degree, which is ranked 9th in the world. The law school also has a fantastic local and international reputation.

There are around 13 000 students at the American University, of which 1 370 are internationals from 129 countries. As a top school, entry is competitive.

Joining the American University

The fall term starts in mid to late August depending on the programme. Other starts are available during the year : in summer, in spring, in winter. You can therefore sign up all year round.

To join American University via the Shorelight programme, students must have a bzccalaureat with a 12/20 average, as well as a 5.5 IELTS test score.

A years tuition at American University varies from $44 815 to $53 765, depending on the programme. For accommodation, expect $8000 to $24 000 depending on the type.

Living and Studying in Washington

American University is located in a wealthy neighbourhood in North-West Washington. The campus is safe and has excellent transport links with the city centre. Washington itself is close to New-York and Philadelphia, and is a short flight away from Chicago, Boston, Miami and Los Angeles.

The university has many accommodation options, all of which are close to campus. The superb campus has green spaces as well as sporting and cultural infrastructure, all the ingredients for the perfect student experience.


Moving to the US to study can be a daunting prospect and many students give up before they even get started. This is exactly why the Shorelight programme was created. So if you are keen to study in the US, get in touch with a Study Experience member as soon as possible !

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