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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 Year1American Access Extended First YearPre-Sessional English (English Language and Training Academy)
GPA Requirement2.52.52.5

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.

American Access Curriculum

American Access First Year, Advanced/First Year Curriculum

Required CoursesElective Courses

SPEX 062: Live, Learn, Grow

ELTA 100: Media and Culture

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

ELTA 160: Culture of Higher Education in the US

MATH 15X or higher**

SISU 130: Intercultural Understanding

WRTG 100: 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 1Semester 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

Math course**

SPEX 062: Live, Learn, Grow

WRTG 100: 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.

* Students can only complete the program in a fall or spring term.  Therefore, students who start the three-term academic program in the fall, or the two-term academic program in the spring will take the summer term off and return in the fall to complete the program.

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

American Access Extended First Year Curriculum

Required CoursesElective Courses

SPEX 062: Live, Learn, Grow

ELTA 070: English for Academic Purposes

ELTA 071: AU in 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

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 1Semester 2Semester 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.

* Students can only complete the program in a fall or spring term.  Therefore, students who start the three-term academic program in the fall, or the two-term academic program in the spring will take the summer term off and return in the fall to complete the program.

**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 Collegiate 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.

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