Changing Academic Level of Study

This information is for those individuals who are changing from one level of study to another at American University, i.e. BA to MA degree, MA to PhD, etc.

To change your level of study, follow the procedure outlined below. Present the items together in the order given. Keep a photocopy of each item for your records.

1. Gain acceptance to an academic program that is a different level from your current program, i.e. MA to PhD

2. Submit proof of financial support (bank statement, scholarship letter, affidavit of support, etc.) to ISSS.

3. Bring current I-20 from American University to ISSS to be copied.

ISSS will issue an I-20 with a new level of study approximately two weeks after you submit the items above.

After you register full-time for classes and check-in on your International Student & Scholar Profile, ISSS will issue a “continued attendance” I-20 and contact you for pick up. Please note that the change of level process is not complete until you have received a “continued attendance” I-20.

If you are traveling, please notify the front desk staff so your I-20 can be issued as you should travel with the change of level I-20.

For more information please contact ISSS at (202) 885-3350 or isss@american.edu.