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What type of student joins ITEP?

ITEP students are a diverse range of people interested in working in the field of international education both in the US and abroad. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds which include education, business, international development, international finance, international relations, sociology, and technology, among others. All students have significant experience working in the field, whether in the US or abroad. US and international students bring to the classroom an international perspective gained from working, studying, and living abroad.

How many students are in the program?
There are currently approximately 40 students enrolled in the program.

Is there financial aid or scholarship money available?
Students interested in financial aid should apply through American University's financial aid office. There is a limited number of merit fellowships awarded each year and applicable candidates will be contacted by the ITEP office. Please note that although ITEP has a rolling admission policy, the deadline to be considered for a merit fellowship is February 1. Students may also consider applying for a job with the University to receive tuition remission. The Career Center maintains the National Scholarship Directory.

What are the requirements to apply?
In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, preference is given to applicants who have a minimum of six months' intercultural and/or international experience. Applicants are also requested to submit two letters of recommendation from persons able to evaluate the applicant's potential for graduate study in international training and education and their intercultural experience. All students whose first language is not English must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. 

How do I apply to the ITEP Program?
Please visit the graduate admissions webpage for detailed information on how to apply to the program. ITEP accepts new students at the start of the fall semester and the spring semester each year. 

What is the program schedule?
Full-time students can finish the program in two years. Part time students will naturally take longer depending on their course load. There are limited courses offered during the summer. Most students work full time while pursuing their degree and to accommodate them, all classes are scheduled after 5:30 p.m. Most classes meet once a week for two and a half hours, starting either at 5:30 p.m. or 8:10 p.m.

What are some other opportunities available in addition to coursework?
Many students pursue internships, both paid and unpaid, both for credit and not for credit, to supplement their coursework with work experience. The career center is available to assist students in finding internships. Most students also work either full or part time. Some students also complete an optional master's thesis to supplement their coursework with significant research experience.

How do the concentrations work?
Students find that many of the trends and issues in international education and development do overlap. Our program offers a flexibility in allowing students to focus on a region or thematic issue that is of interest to them. Faculty try to touch on both development and cultural exchange in the course work for this reason. Students can choose to focus on a specific concentration, such as, international development education, international exchange, global education, and global health; or they can create one that is specialized to them, like higher education. Each concentration provides students with a framework around which to structure their program. Students have the option to take courses from other schools at American University or at other Universities within the consortium to fulfill their ITEP course electives.

What is the average class size?
Classes range in size from 12 to 25 students.

What kind of jobs can ITEP alumni expect to get after graduation?
Please see our alumni profiles page to see the many exciting things our ITEP alumni are doing!

Feel free to contact us at any time with more questions or to be put in touch with faculty and current students to learn more about ITEP.


International Training and Education Program
School of Education
Spring Valley Building
Suite 476
4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

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For more information specifically about the application for admission and financial aid, please call the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admission Office at 202-885-3620.

ITEP is currently recruiting students for Spring 2017 and Fall 2018 admission. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Students interested in learning about ITEP are invited to attend the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies Open Houses offered once each fall and spring semester. To learn more, email

We are also happy to schedule personal visits for any individuals interested in learning more but unable to attend an open house. To plan your visit, email