Universities in Washington, D.C.

American University


University Information

Location: Washington D.C.
Founded: 1893
Undergraduate Students: 8 000
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Private research institution 
Website: www.american.edu 

About the University

American University is located in the U.S. capital, Washington D.C.  This campus is a private, co-educational, liberal arts curriculum campus with Methodist affiliation.  AU is known for their political activism.  Since 2006, American University’s students have been recognized three times by Princeton Review as the most politically active in the nation.  There is a student-faculty ratio of 13:1 and 95% of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.  It’s a vision for the twenty-first century, but it’s grounded in ideals that go back to John Fletcher Hurst and the dream of a university that makes a difference in the lives of its students, its community, and the world.

Excerpt from American University’s website.

TOEFL: 90/120 with at least 20 in each section

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

All full-time students, students living in university-sponsored housing at American University, and students with an F1 or J1 visa are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan.  This plan costs $851 (semester) $2,040 (year)

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students.  If you are interested in living on-campus, please contact Housing and Dining Programs by email.  Access to housing for international students is very limited.

Cost: $3,693.00 – $7,464.00* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information.

Off-campus Housing: Housing in the Washington, D.C. area can take time to find.  For this reason, AU encourages all students planning to live off-campus to come to Washington, D.C. before your orientation program begins, to locate a place to live.  Please visit their housing site for off-campus housing ressources.

Cost: $6,000.00 per semester (estimate)

Mandatory Fees (technology fee, Sports Center fee, activity fee, Metro pass): $331 (semester), $662 (year)


The average budget per month is: $1,500-$1,850

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $10,935 (semester) $22,208 (year)