American University (AU or American U) is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university in Washington, D.C. Roughly 7,200 undergraduate students and 5,230 graduate students are currently enrolled on the 84-acre campus. The campus is located in in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest Washington. The area is served by the Tenleytown-AU station on the Washington Metro subway line in the nearby neighborhood of Tenleytown.
All exchange students at AU students are required to maintain full-time student status with a course load of 12 credit hours (typically four classes). Students may choose courses from within the university’s schools:
School of Communication courses are restricted due to limited course offerings.
American University offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili.
Abroad at AU students can only enrol in undergraduate level courses (100-500 level). Student cannot take graduate level courses (600 and above). Additional Course restrictions here: http://www.american.edu/abroadatau/courserestrictions.cfm
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, “the District“, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. Interestingly enough, it is not a part of any U.S. state and was formed from land along the Potomac River donated by the states of Maryland and Virginia. Washington, D.C. had an estimated population of 646,449 in 2013, the 23rd most populous city in the United States. Commuters from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs raise the city’s population to more than one million during the workweek. The Washington metropolitan area, of which the District is a part, has a population of 5.8 million, the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country.
DC is a planned city. In 1791, President Washington commissioned French national Pierre L’Enfant to design the new capital. The L’Enfant Plan for Washington featured broad streets and avenues radiating out from rectangles, providing room for open space and landscaping. He based his design on plans of cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Karlsruhe, and Milan. L’Enfant’s design also envisioned a garden-lined “grand avenue” approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) in length and 400 feet (120 m) wide in the area that is now the National Mall.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates the Washington Metro, the city’s rapid transit system, as well as Metrobus. With an average of about one million trips each weekday, Metro is the second-busiest rapid transit system in the country. Metrobus serves over 400,000 riders each weekday and is the nation’s sixth-largest bus system
The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are in the District, including the Congress, president, and Supreme Court. Washington is home to many national monuments and museums, which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall. The city hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, trade unions, non-profit organizations, lobbying groups, and professional associations.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet. The historic Ford’s Theatre, site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, continues to operate as a functioning performance space as well as museum.
Washington is one of 12 cities in the United States with teams from all four major professional men’s sports and is home to one major professional women’s team. The Washington Wizards (National Basketball Association), the Washington Capitals (National Hockey League), and the Washington Mystics (Women’s National Basketball Association), play at the Verizon Center in Chinatown. Nationals Park, which opened in Southeast D.C. in 2008, is home to the Washington Nationals (Major League Baseball). D.C. United (Major League Soccer) plays at RFK Stadium. The Washington Redskins (National Football League) play at nearby FedExField in Landover, Maryland.
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