Important: Your application and all supporting documents listed below must be received by the appropriate deadline:
Completed Common Application, 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.$61,157 for first year of study and living expenses *
Bank letter showing at least U.S.$61,157 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. $61,157 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 Recommended deadline is June 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:
Office of Enrollment
3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001
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 include 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:
Your secondary school diploma and academic credentials (examination results and certificates; transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12; etc.) for each secondary institution attended.
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.
Advanced Credit for IB, AP, A Level, OIB English, and CAPE Secondary Exams
Students may be eligible to receive advanced credit for exams passed during secondary school. If you took IB, A level, AP, OIB English or CAPE exams while in secondary school, visit www.american.edu/admissions/examcredit.cfm 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.
AU requires strong English language skills. All transfer applicants (including US citizens) whose first language is not English can prove English proficiency by one of the following testing options:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - TOEFL code 5007
Internet based test (iBT) score of 80 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.
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
ACT English scor of 23 or higher
For students in the DC area: KANSAS AEC Test of English Proficiency, administered by AU: Minimum of 70 on each of the five subsections and a minimum total score of 350.
NOTE: Proof of English proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS, etc., is not required of non-native English speaking transfer applicants who:
Have been educated in U.S. regionally-accredited post-secondary institutions inside or outside the U.S. where English is the only medium of instruction AND where the student successfully completes two English college composition (non ESL) classes with a "C" or higher;
Have graduated 4 years (grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 or equivalent) of secondary/high school where English was the only medium of instruction with no ESL within the past two years in one of the following:
U.S. regionally-accredited high schools inside or outside the U.S.
IB secondary schools inside or outside the U.S.
In the following countries* or in the educational systems of these countries* around the world/regardless of location where English was the only medium of instruction AND no ESL courses were taken.
* English-speaking countries include: UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec).
IMPORTANT: Though English proficiency may be met in one of the above ways, the Office of Admissions may request additional documentation if deemed necessary.
For native speakers of English from the U.S., UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec) who list English as their first language on the Common Application, proof of English proficiency is not required, but may be requested.
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. $61,157 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.