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Abroad at AU

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Join our global campus, where hundreds of students from diverse cultures and societies interact with American students, learning from each other and enriching each others' experiences in the U.S. capitol.  Abroad at AU offers the opportunity to study for a semester or a year at American University in Washington, DC.

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AU Abroad

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Earn college credit, learn a foreign language, and participate in international internships — all while you explore a foreign region of the world! AU Abroad offers over 100 programs in 41 countries.

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Career Center

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The Career Center teaches undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni the skills needed to manage their professional and academic pursuits. We provide students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff with expert advising, leadership in experiential education, current employment data and resources, and networking opportunities on and off campus as well as online.

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Frederick Douglass Scholars Program

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Bringing together the best of AU—academic excellence, leadership development, and international engagement—to prepare talented students for the top graduate and professional schools.

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General Education Program

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The General Education Program is at the heart of undergraduate education at American University. It consists of 150 courses arranged into five curricular areas. These curricular areas represent the best efforts of numerous scholars to divide human knowledge and intellectual activity into manageable pieces: The creative arts, traditions that shape the western world, global and multicultural perspectives, social institutions and behavior, and the natural sciences.

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Merit Awards

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Nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships offer students and alumni the means to accomplish a variety of goals, including studying abroad, funding graduate education, and gaining high-level work experience. Advisors in the Office of Merit Awards help students to identify appropriate opportunities and partner with faculty to assist with the application process.

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University College

American University's University College is a unique and challenging academic experience, open only to first-year students, that combines class work with a special residential setting and exciting learning activities in Washington, DC. The program combines the best elements of college life with the vast opportunities for learning and discovery that the city has to offer. The University College first-year seminar creates a stimulating, small-group learning experience: each seminar is limited to about 20 students, which promotes more discussion and interaction than is possible in large lecture classes.

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University Honors Program

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The highly selective University Honors Program fosters advanced scholarly and creative work through small seminar classes and faculty mentoring, with an overall community devoted to academic excellence and life-long learning. Members have the option to major in any discipline at AU, live on an Honors residential floor and participate in a wide variety of Honors events.

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