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Abroad at AU | About American University

As a leading university in the United States, American University (AU) offers a classic U.S.-style comprehensive liberal arts curriculum based on a centralized, multi-purpose campus combined with unparalleled opportunities for students to put their learning into practice through internships and public service in the country's capital city of Washington, DC.

AU also has a well-deserved reputation as a global unviersity, with over 1,000 international students from 140 countries, many award-winning faculty members engaged in international scholarship and reserach, and a curriculum notable for its wide array of courses with international themes. A distinctive feature of AU's many programs is their close integration with Washington-based organizations and decision-makers as well as government entities. The university is committed to public service, diversity, and experiential and interdisciplinary learning.

Fast Facts about American University

  • AU is a private, coeducational, liberal arts curriculum, doctoral institution
  • AU is methodist affiliated
  • AU has a student to faculty ratio of 14:1 and average class size of 22.5 students
  • AU has five colleges within its university: College of Arts and Sciences; Kogod School of Business; School of Communication; School of International Service; School of Public Affairs
  • AU has an undergraduate population of 6,023 (Fall 2008)
  • AU has students from 144 countries and all 50 states
  • 1,575 students major in international studies - the largest US undergraduate program
  • 55 percent of students have studied abroad
  • 80 percent of undergraduates participate in a co-op or internship
  • AU has 23 faiths, including Bahai, Buddhist, Christian (Catholic and Protestant), Hindu/Vedic, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian Univeralist

See more about AU by looking at the Discover AU and Virtual Tour pages.