I am not a current graduate student, but I am an alumnus or alumna of the university. May I participate as an auditor?
The College’s dean’s office is not able to register alumni auditors, but alumni audits under very similar conditions may be arranged through the Office of Alumni Affairs.
I am not affiliated with American University, not currently admitted to a graduate program, or I am a student of a Consortium member school. What options are open to me to take language classes?
The discounted audit program is open only to current graduate students at American University. Visiting students are encouraged to register under “non-degree status,” but are billed at the full tuition rate. Interested non-degree students should contact AU Central. Students from member schools of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area cannot participate through this audit program, but may be able to register for AU language courses through their own schools. Contact your Consortium representative at your home institution.
How many language audits may I take?
Only one audit per student per semester is permitted. Successful auditors are encouraged to continue taking additional language audits in subsequent semesters as their schedules and as open seats permit. There is currently no limit to the number of sections or number of languages you can study during your time as a graduate student.
I want to take a foreign language not offered at American University. Can I audit at the discounted rate at another member school of the Washington Consortium?
Unfortunately, only foreign language courses taught at American University are considered part of this program.
English is not my native language. May I take English courses through this audit program?
English language courses are not eligible for audits under this program.
What options are available for auditing subjects other than foreign languages?
Currently this audit program is limited only to foreign language courses at American University.
I won’t be able to attend class every day it meets, or I will arrive late to class each night. Will this be a problem?
You are responsible for regular attendance like any other member of the class. If you have problems attending class, bring them to the attention of the instructor beforehand. Late arrivals and regular no-shows are a disruption to normal classroom activities and can result in removal from the class with our without tuition refund.
Can I just register on my own, using the regular course number and selecting “audit” as a grade option?
No. By registering for a standard course number, you are agreeing to take the class at the full tuition rate. The current graduate student tuition (as of fall 2013) is $1,440.00 per credit hour. Language courses run from 3 to 5 credit hours per semester. Only by registering through the College of Arts & Sciences dean’s office can you secure the discounted tuition rate.
I want to use this class to fulfill my Tool of Research requirement. If my advisor agrees, may I do this?
No. By specific arrangement with the Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) and the Office of the University Registrar, these audits cannot be used as a substitute for a Tool of Research examination. For some languages, most frequently French, there may be discounted classes offered, usually in summer, which can be taken to satisfy a Tool of Research. Look for FREN-020 or SPAN-050 in the schedule of classes, or check with WLC or with the College’s dean’s office for more information.
Can I attend class during the first week of the semester if I am not officially registered yet?
The current policy of the College and the Department of World Languages and Cultures is that you cannot attend class until you are formally registered as an auditor (usually the second week of the semester).
Do I need to buy the textbooks for my class?
The terms of your participation in the class are made by agreement between you and your professor. In most cases, you will need to purchase the textbook or other materials in order to take part in classes. Because your audit registration cannot be confirmed until the second week of the semester, auditors are strongly encouraged to pay particular attention to textbook return policies at the Campus Store and to avoid marking or damaging texts until registration is confirmed. The bookstore and the university take no responsibility for texts that cannot be returned in the event your audit is denied or canceled.
I can no longer take part in this class. Can I drop it?
You can drop your audit class on your own via the myau.american.edu portal or through your academic advisor. The same deadlines governing add/drop of credit-bearing classes apply for audits, including deadlines to drop to receive full or partial tuition refunds.
How do I know what level of a language I should take?
Students without previous knowledge of a language should start with the elementary language courses. Students with prior instruction can contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures (202-885-2381) to learn how to take a placement exam in the language of their choice.
The course section I want to audit ends in an “S”: for example SPAN-136-001S. What does this mean?
Section numbers that end with the suffix “S” are classes taught in foreign countries through American University’s AU Abroad programs and are not eligible for audit.
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