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A transfer applicant is anyone who has enrolled and begun study at a postsecondary institution after obtaining a secondary school diploma in the United States or in their home country.

Applicants apply online using the Common Application or the Universal College Application. There is a U.S.$70 fee for all applications.

How to Apply

Important: Your application and all supporting documents listed below must be received by the appropriate deadline:

  • Completed Common Application or Universal College Application form form, including essay and CV/resume
  • Application fee of U.S.$70
  • Academic records with official transcripts and certified English translations, if applicable, for EACH postsecondary institution attended
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Demonstrated English proficiency
  • Completed AU Certification of Finances (AU CFIS) form showing at least U.S. $59,780 for first year of study and living expenses *
  • Bank letter showing at least U.S. $59,780 for first year of study and living expenses *

* Only for non-U.S. citizens who will need a student visa (F or J). Financial documents showing less than U.S. $59,780 will not be accepted. All financial documents must be dated within the past three months to be considered valid. Visit this page for sample bank letters, the AU CFIS and Transfer In forms, and AU Cost Guide.

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall (August) Semester

  • Priority deadline for all students: March 1 (preferred)
  • Final deadline for students living outside the United States: May 1
  • Final deadline for students living within the United States: July 1

Spring (January) Semester

  • Spring (January) Semester deadline is November 1
  • For transfer students applying from outside the United States: Recommended deadline is October 1


Submitting Your Application and Supporting Documents

Important: Please use a courier service (and keep your tracking number) to send your complete application packet to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001
Tel: +1-202-885-6000

If you have any questions, please contact

Application Form

Complete the application carefully. Please make sure to include your full name exactly as it appears in the machine readable section of your passport (check the bottom of your passport page). The first three letters stand for the country of your citizenship. Omit those three letters when completing the admission application form. Also inlcdue your date of birth, complete educational history, country of birth, citizenship, current mailing address and a permanent address outside of the United States, even if you currently live or study in the United States.

Your Academic Records

If you have completed less than one year of full-time academic study at a postsecondary institution in the United States or overseas at the time of application (i.e. you have less than 24 semester credits per the U.S. system of higher education), please submit all of the following:

  1. Your secondary school diploma and academic credentials (examination results and certificates; transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12; etc.)
  2. Your academic credentials or transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended

If you have completed at least one year of full-time postsecondary academic study at the time of application, submit only your postsecondary academic credentials. No secondary school academic records are required.

Please have academic records from each secondary and/or postsecondary school you attended sent directly from those schools to American University. These records should be submitted in their original language and accompanied by official English translations if applicable. You may submit certified or notarized copies of your original official transcripts if your country issues only one copy of your academic documents.

Contact with any questions regarding submission of documents.

Advanced Credit for Postsecondary Coursework

Courses completed at accredited postsecondary institutions within or outside the United States may be eligible to receive transfer credit.

Please visit AU's Transfer Credit Guidelines site for more information.

Advanced Credit for IB, AP, A Level, CAPE Secondary Exams

Students may be eligible to receive advanced credit for exams passed during secondary school. If you took IB, A level, AP or CAPE exams while in secondary school, visit for full details on AU exam policies.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation for transfer students is required. You will be required to select and assign at least one Academic Evaluator within the Common Application. If you request recommendations outside of the Common Application, they should appear on official letterhead and include your full name and U.S. Social Security number (if available) OR date of birth and be sent directly to American University.

English Proficiency

AU requires strong English language skills. All applicants (including US citizens) whose first language is not English can prove English proficiency by one of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - TOEFL code 5007
    • Internet based test (iBT) score of 80 or higher.* (Sub-scores for each section of the TOEFL should be 20 or higher.)
    • Paper-based test score of 550 or higher.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • Composite score of 6.5 or higher. (Sub-scores for each section of the IELTS should be 6.0 or higher.)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    • Score of 53 or higher.
  • SAT Critical Reading score of 530 or higher if taken within the last five (5) years.
  • For students in the DC area: KANSAS AEC Test of English Proficiency, administered by AU: Band 2 or higher.

*To be considered competitive, a 90 iBT score or above is recommended. Sub-scores for each section of the TOEFL should be 20 or higher.

NOTE: For international transfer applicants who require an F or J visa:

TOEFL/IELTS is not required of non-native English speakers who are educated in post-secondary institutions that have US regional accreditation, AND where the student successfully completes two English college writing (non ESL) classes.

AU Certificate of Finances (AU CFIS) for International Students

Applicants who required a student or exchange visa (F or J) must submit to the International Admissions Office the AU CFIS form and a bank letter, each showing proof of at least U.S. $59,780 for your first year of studies and living expenses.

Application packets without the AU CFIS form and bank letter will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

These and all other supporting documents must be received by the appropriate application deadline.

Transfer-In Form: If you are currently studying in the United States on an F or J visa and decide to attend AU, you will be required to submit the “Immigration Transfer-In Form” before your AU I-20 or DS -2019 can be issued. 

Visit for the AU Cost Guide, sample bank letters, and Transfer-In forms.

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AU Code Numbers

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ACT: 0648
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