Office of the Registrar

Consortium Registration Guidelines

For class schedule information and course descriptions refer to the Consortium of Universities.


1. Students who wish to enroll for a consortium course may do so during the first two weeks of classes. Only if classes start at the consortium school prior to the start date at American University will an exception be made.

2. To participate in consortium cross-registration, students must be eligible for enrollment at American University and accepted in a degree program. Non-degree students are not permitted to take courses through the consortium.

3. Students are not permitted to register for courses through the consortium which are offered at American University. Neither undergraduate or graduate students are permitted to enroll for courses whose content are substantially the same as courses offered at AU.

4. Credits earned through the consortium are considered residence credits and thus fulfill academic requirements of the University (excluding General Education, University Mathematics, and College Writing requirements).

5. Courses that do not carry degree credit at the visited school will not be counted for degree credits at American University. American University will not honor credits earned through consortium cross registration for any course that is considered a non-credit course.

6. Auditing courses through the consortium is not permitted.

7. Independent study projects, tutorial, institute courses, off campus courses, and non-credit courses are excluded from consortium cross-registration.

8. Faculty/Staff tuition remission does not apply to courses taken through the consortium. However, with the approval of the respective Dean, graduate students awarded fellowships may use their tuition remission towards consortium registration.

9. Students will be charged the American University tuition rate for consortium courses. All special fees for consortium courses must be paid by the student at the visited school.

10. Students are expected to follow the regulations governing academic integrity and personal conduct at visited institutions.

11. Students enrolled at two or more Consortium institutions are not eligible to participate in Consortium registration at those institutions.


1. The Consortium Registration Authorization form must be completely filled out with both the AU consortium course number and the visited school’s complete course number, including section number and correct course title.

2. Students must obtain the signature of their advisor and the Dean/Department Chair who represents the field of the intended course (i.e., if wishing to take an economics course at another school, the student must obtain approval from the American University chair of the Department of Economics).

3. Students are strongly advised to make prior arrangements with the visited school’s department or instructor as all course prerequisites are strictly enforced. Students must obtain written permission from the visited institution’s department or instructor to waive prerequisites. The visited institution may deny enrollment if permission is not obtained, even if the student has completed American University’s registration procedures.

4. Students registering for consortium courses that require special fees must pay any additional fees at the visited school. (See the Consortium Calendar and the Schedule of Classes published by the visited school.)

5. Finally, each student must bring the completed Consortium Registration authorization form to the Office of the Registrar, where he/she will be issued a gold-colored consortium registration card by the Consortium Coordinator at the time of registration. Students should show this card to the instructor at the visited school and keep the card with them for identification purposes.