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Additional First-Year Programs

Housing & Residence Life offers on-campus and American University-affiliated housing opportunities for many different program participants.

Washington Semester Program

Students in the Washington Semester Program (WSP) are housed at American University's leased apartment building, the Berkshire Apartments, located on Massachusetts Avenue between Nebraska Ave and Macomb St, NW as well as in Leonard Hall, located on main campus. Please note that Berkshire apartments are only a block away from main campus and a mile from the Tenleytown-AU Metro Stop on the Red Line.

Signing Up for Housing

A link to the online application will be sent to students via their AU email account by the Housing & Residence Life office once the application process has opened typically, in mid-April for the fall semester and mid-October for the spring semester. WSP students are only agreeing to housing for the duration of their program. Students who are participating in the program for consecutive semesters will be automatically enrolled in housing for the upcoming semester.

The application and assignment release timeline for WMP students is different than other first-year programs, students should watch for updates directly from their program.

Washington Mentorship Program

Students in the Washington Mentorship Program (WMP) are housed in Leonard Hall, located on main campus.

Signing Up for Housing

A link to the online application will be sent to students via their AU email account by the Housing & Residence Life office once the application process has opened typically, in mid-April. Once you have signed up for University housing, you are committed to living in the residence halls for the full academic year including the fall Washington Mentorship Program semester and the spring AU enrollment semester.

The application and assignment release timeline for WMP students is different than other first-year programs, students should watch for updates directly from their program. Students participating in the WMP England or Greece programs will not complete a full academic year housing application, but will apply for Spring Only housing during the fall semester in anticipation of returning to the AU campus for the spring term.

WMP students are eligible to relocate to other first-year student residence halls during open spring room changes.

Abroad @ AU

For students participating in the Aboard at AU program, university-managed housing is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Students should contact the Abroad at AU (email: abroadatau@american.edu) office to determine their eligibility and chances of being housed by American University. Unless prompted by their program, they should not complete an online application.

International Accelerator Program

Incoming students in the International Accelerator Program (IAP) will secure their housing arrangements through their program directly. Unless prompted by their program, they should not complete an online application.

Undergraduate students who progress from an International Accelerator program to an American University undergraduate program are guaranteed housing on-campus for their first year as long as all application deadlines are met. Students will receive additional information via their AU email account about securing housing for the upcoming semester after their International Accelerator program directly from Housing & Residence Life.