Please pardon our appearance as we rebrand from American Access to American Collegiate at American University.

Prepare Here So You Can Succeed Anywhere.

Are you a high-achieving international student? Then American Access is the first-year experience for you.

This unique program lets you start at the highly-ranked American University in Washington, DC. Get the academic, cultural, and English-vocabulary support necessary to succeed at competitive U.S. universities. Then transfer as an undergraduate student to the school that’s best for achieving your academic goals.

American Access highlights:

  • Earn 30+ academic credits.
  • Ease into the culture of a U.S. university.
  • Benefit from one-on-one transfer admissions counseling.
  • Find your best-fit college or university.
  • Be supported throughout the transfer process.
  • Access to a selection of great universities.1

How It Works

American Access

Attend American Access at highly- ranked American University

  • U.S. capital city of Washington, DC
  • 2 to 3 semesters of degree credits
  • English, academic, and cultural support

Seamless Transfer

Receive guaranteed acceptance to one of our partner universities*

  • Apply to your choice of U.S. universities
  • Knowledgeable admissions counselors
  • Impartial advice and assistance

Best school for you

Complete your bachelor’s degree without delay

  • Supported transition to your new university
  • Transfer up to a full year of academic credits
  • Stronger English proficiency and academic skills

* Once you successfully complete the American Access program, you will be advised on applying to transfer universities. You are assured admission to at least one Partner or Affiliated University, but only if you meet the Partner or Affiliated University’s progression criteria. Please see terms and conditions for more details.
American University academic building

Host Institution: American University

Spending your first year in the American Access program at American University offers great benefits for international students. For instance, student services advisors will help you adjust to the rigorous U.S. academic environment. Plus, you can experience living in one of the U.S.’s most vibrant and international cities: Washington, DC.

Small classes:
Receive more personal attention with an average class size of 23 students.

Earn academic credits that transfer to your next university.2

Enjoy museums, entertainment, and local and international food.

Love American University?
AU welcomes and encourages highly-qualified students who successfully complete the American Access program to apply as transfer students. Take advantage of the streamlined admissions process and your knowledge of campus to apply as a transfer student into AU your sophomore year.

Did you know? American University has more than 1,400 international students from 144 countries.