Welcome to American University!

We are excited to welcome you to our beautiful campus. There is a lot to consider and to do before you arrive. Moving to a new country can be intimidating, but we are here to help you through every step of the process. Follow the steps below to make sure you have everything in place before you board the plane.

Contact Your Advisor

We have a team of dedicated personal advisors whose job it is to make sure all your questions are answered and to ensure you have a smooth transition to the university.

Before you start on any of the steps below, contact your local personal advisor. Simply select your region of the world below, and send your advisor an email, Skype, WhatsApp or WeChat message. We look forward to meeting you very soon!

Name: Kate
WhatsApp: +971 52 352 5795
Skype: kate.vlasiuk1210
Kate Vlasiuk Africa & Europe
Name: Sarah
WhatsApp: +971 52 358 5215
Skype: +971 52 358 5215
Sarah Kaiser MENA

Please meet our team:

Name: Isabella
WhatsApp: +57 3197779735
Skype: isajimenez92
Isabella Jimenez LATAM
Name: Sebastian
WhatsApp: +573102238150
Skype: sebastian.gh-latam
Sebastian Garcia-Herreros LATAM
Name: Lorena
WhatsApp: +57 3204789520
Skype: lorenahega
Lorena Henriquez, LATAM
Name: Cristy
WhatsApp: +1.978.885.8339
Skype: Cristy Arias Pena
Cristy US onshore
Name: Anamaria
WhatsApp: +971 52 760 5204
Skype: banamariacristodora
Anamaria Buiculescu – South Asia

Name: Hoang Vo

Tel/Whatsapp: 84 937 225 295

Skype: hoangvtb1983

Hoang Vo vietnam

Please meet our team:

Name: Annie – South China
WeChat: +86 13570550749
QQ: 654480053
Annie Lin South China
Name: Jane - West China
WeChat: gunyixiushang
QQ: 654480053
Jane- West China pic
Name: Lisha – North China
WeChat: +86 18310168200
QQ: 654480053
Lisha Na-North China
Name: Mark - East China
WeChat: +86 15800624575
QQ: 654480053
Mark Sun China
Name: Namthip
WhatsApp: +666 1607 0999
Skype: namthip.sungprem
Line: happynamthip
Namthip Sangprem, South East Asia

Your Pre-Arrival Checklist

After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:

  1. Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with your personal Enrollment Advisor.
  2. Check that the details on your I-20 are correct (including your date of birth) and make sure your name is the same as it appears on your passport.
  3. Prepare the documents you will need to take to the embassy when attending your visa interview.

After you complete the above steps, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. It requires an interview with the U.S. Embassy and can sometimes take several weeks to schedule.

  1. Complete your Visa Application.
  2. Pay your I-90 (SEVIS) fee.
  3. Visit usembassy.gov to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment, what to expect when you arrive, and the documentation you need to take with you.
  4. Notify your enrollment advisor of the date and embassy of your visa appointment.
  5. Watch these videos to help you apply for your visa and prepare for your interview:
How to Apply for Your F-1 Student Visa
Visa Interview Preparation for Students

Other links that international students find useful:

When purchasing your ticket to Washington, DC, plan to arrive on or before your scheduled move-in day. Once you book your flight, visit the pre-arrival page to enter your flight itinerary and confirm your free airport pickup. These important details will help the campus team prepare for your arrival and make your big day go as smoothly as possible.

Making your payment in full two weeks before you arrive will help avoid delays with enrollment. Before you begin, please make sure you have your offer letter in front of you, as you will need to refer to the information in the letter.

Choose between two ways to submit payment for tuition and fees:

  • Flywire by Peer Transfer: Please visit American Access’ flywire portal to complete the transfer process. Please note that you can not use a U.S. credit card or U.S. bank account.
  • Wire Transfer: Find the wire transfer information on your offer letter. When making the transaction, be sure to include the student’s name and birthday.

You will need to complete and submit the following forms before your arrival.

Incoming American Access students are required to take a math placement test before they arrive on campus. You will need to complete this before leave your home country. Here are the instructions on how to take the exam.

Please note: this is not required of incoming Pre-Sessional English Program students.

Helpful Resources


Next Step Brochure

This useful brochure is full of information on your I-20 paperwork required for your visa, what you should pack, and other tips to prepare you for your arrival to the American University campus.


Immigration Guide

This guide will help you learn more about the process for getting your F-1 visa and arriving in Washington, DC.


Pre-Arrival Checklist

Check off everything on this list to ensure you have completed all the steps before you arrive and bring everything you need to the American University campus.


Orientation Schedule

Here’s an example of what your orientation schedule might look like. During orientation, you will receive a full campus tour, see the sights around Washington, DC, and get to know your fellow international students!


Academic Calendar

Plan ahead! This calendar tells you when class starts and ends, and when holidays and exams are happening.