Want to apply to American Access?

Make sure you meet the requirements to be considered for the program. These minimums include both requirements for all applicants and requirements based on your home country.

General Entry Requirements

American Access First Year1 American Access Extended First Year Pre-Sessional English (English Language and Training Academy)
GPA Requirement 2.5 2.5 2.5

After arrival on campus, all American Access students, including those in the Pre-Sessional English program, are administered an English proficiency test. The results of this test will determine the student’s final program curriculum, which might require additional program time and increased costs.

1 Students with a 6.5+ IELTS score will be placed in advanced coursework uniquely appropriate for their language level.

Country-specific Entry Requirements

Please select your region and your home country. We will show you the relevant qualifications needed for students applying from your country.

Sample Curriculum

American Access First Year Curriculum

Required Courses Elective Courses

SPEX 062: Live, Learn, Grow

ELTA 100: Media and Culture Math 15X or higher*

ELTA 101: Academic Writing Skills and/or WRTG 100: College Writing [based on English proficiency]

ELTA 160 Culture of Higher Education in the US

SISU 130: Intercultural Understanding

WRTG 101: College Writing

Major electives (to be selected with academic advising, at least one course)

  • Laboratory Science
  • Computer Science
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics 
  • Math course

General Education Courses (at least one course)

American Access First Year Sample Course Schedule

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

ELTA 160 Culture of Higher Education in the US

Math course*

SPEX 062: Live, Learn, Grow

WRTG 101: College Writing

SISU 130: Intercultural Understanding

Select three (3):

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

Curriculum subject to change. Maximum number of total transferrable credits is 30. Students will be advised on coursework based on choice of major. Credit total may change based on semester of entry, student success, and advising. Depending on the start date and in consultation with an advisor, a summer term may be included in the program and therefore full course of study may be required for the summer term.
*Placement in a math course is determined by the results of a math placement test.

American Access Extended First Year Curriculum

Required Courses Elective Courses

SPEX 062: Live, Learn, Grow

ELTA 070: English for Academic Purposes

ELTA 071: AU and the World

ELTA 100: Media and Culture

MATH 15X or higher*

ELTA 101: Academic Writing Skills

ELTA 160: Culture of US Higher Education

WRTG 100: College Writing

SISU 130: Intercultural Understanding

WRTG 101: College Writing

Major electives (to be selected with academic advising, at least one course)

  • Laboratory Science
  • Computer Science
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics 
  • Math course

General Education Courses (at least one course)

American Access Extended First Year Sample Course Schedule

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. Maximum number of total transferrable credits is 36. Students will be advised on coursework based on choice of major. Credit total may change based on semester of entry, student success, and advising. Students must complete their program in consecutive semesters. Depending on their start date and in consultation with their advisor, a summer term may be included in the program and therefore full course of study may be required for the summer term.

* Placement in a math course is determined by the results of a math placement test.

Our Advising Framework

Our transfer counseling program provides a unique framework for you to explore both academic and professional career options. Our dedicated advisors provide you with the tools and opportunities to make the best choices possible and will personally guide you through the transfer process.

Your program will include:

  • Activity-based sessions to help you identify what motivates you (interests, values, skills, etc.) and align these with your academic and career goals
  • A structure for you to make timely and informed decisions and reflect on the progress you are making

We encourage you to begin exploring options for your Access year at an early stage in the program.  From experience, we know students are often overwhelmed by the thousands of university options. We help you decide where to start and make sure that you keep the process going so you aren’t left behind at the end of your American Access year.

We will provide you with guidance on the realistic options you have and help you explore creative opportunities based on your original thoughts around majors and careers. Your dedicated advisor will make sure that you are aware of any prerequisites and timelines so you can not only transfer seamlessly but also graduate on time.

Month

Workshops & Responsibilities

August

  • New Student Orientation
    • Overview of what students need to know from academics to activities
    • Meet your advisor, Access team, and your student peers
  • Meet Your Advisor
    • One-on-one meeting to discuss academic goals and review course schedule

September

  • Workshop 1: Exploring your major
  • Workshop 2: What is the right college for me?
    • Higher grades will increase the number of college choices for transfer
  • College Presentations: Partner Schools Overview
  • Meet with your advisor

October

  • Workshop 3: The Ins and Outs of Transferring
    • Introduction of the transfer admission process
    • Students who plan to attend an American Access affiliated institution do not need to worry about application submission materials and may skip workshops 5, 6, 7, and 8
  • Workshop 4: Extracurricular Activities
    • Boost Your College Experience and Transfer Application Enhancement
  • Meet with your advisor

November

  • Workshop 5: Preparing your application to transfer
    • Gather and organize application materials
  • Workshop 6: Writing your personal statement
    • Write the first draft of the Personal Statement essay
  • American Access Signature Event: Greater Washington, DC, National College Fair
    • Prepare questions for prospective recruiters and attend the fair
  • Campus Visit
    • Access students will visit an American Access partner school
  • Meet with your advisor
    • Students meet one-on-one with their advisor to assess their academic process and preliminary plans for transfer

December

  • Workshop 7: Composing Your Resume
    • Write your resume
    • Final draft of the Personal Statement essay

January

  • Winter Break
    • Complete all supplemental transfer application materials
    • Review all application materials
  • Spring Semester New Student Orientation
    • A comprehensive overview of what students need to know about academic support, advising and student activities
    • Meet your advisor, the Access team and student peers

February

  • Workshop 8: Major Exploration and the Transfer Admission Application Process
  • Workshop 9: Is My Application for Transfer Ready to Go?
    • Submit applications (deadlines vary)
  • Meet with your advisor
    • One-on-one
    • Discuss academic goals and review course schedule

March

  • Workshop 10: Personal Statement Essay and Transfer Application Enhancement
  • Workshop 11: Life After American Access at American University
  • Campus Visit
  • Meet with your advisor
    • Review academic progress and goals

April

  • Signature Event: Montgomery County National College Fair
  • Workshop 12: Preparing your application for transfer
  • Meet with your advisor

May

  • Workshop 13: Is My Application for Transfer Ready to Go?
    • Final review of application
    • Submit application (deadlines vary)
    • Pay enrollment deposits and other fees
    • Complete I-20 transfer documents
    • Research transfer housing options
  • Access Signature Event: End of Semester and Farewell Party