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Academic Support & Access Center

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  • Academic Support & Access Center
    202-885-3360
    Fax: 202-885-1042
    asac@american.edu
    Mary Graydon Center, Room 243

    Monday-Thursday 9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m. Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

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Academic Resources for International Students

Several on-campus resources exist to help international students maximize their academic potential.

Academic Support and Access Center

The Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) has a variety of services for international students, including individual meetings with the counselor, writing assistance in the Writing Lab, and study skills workshops.

Writing Lab

The Academic Support and Access Center's Writing Lab offers approximately 80 hours of appointments weekly with writing counselors who are specially trained to work with international and multilingual students.

Library Reference Staff in Bender Library

Bender Library offers a variety of instructional workshops to support the development of information literacy skills. Students can learn how to do research more effectively using the library's databases and online catalog, how to make proper citations in their writing, how to write a thesis or dissertation, and other such topics. In addition, librarians hold regular office hours for in-depth consultation on individual research questions.

Mathematics & Statistics Tutoring Lab

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers free math and statistics tutoring. The lab is open Sunday through Friday.

Foreign Language Tutoring

The Department of World Languages and Cultures, through Language Coaching Services, offers free foreign language tutors available for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Writing Center

The Department of Literature sponsors a Writing Center, which employs approximately 20 peer writing consultants, some of whom have received training in working with international and multilingual students.

Computer Software Training

The New Media Center, located in Bender Library, offers free technical training for students on a wide range of topics including Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Endnote, DreamWeaver, Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop, iMovie and others. The New Media Center training schedule is available online for AU community members. (Sign-in required.)

Please note: The Writing Center and the Writing Lab are two separate offices providing similar services to all AU students.  The Writing Center is located in Battelle Tompkins 228 and the Writing Lab is located at the ASAC in Mary Graydon Center 243.  If there are no appointments available in one location, please try the other.