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Peacebuilding & Development Institute

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the application process?

For AU Grad Students, find the courses that most interest you, and register free via the my.american.edu portal. The courses are listed under SIS-619 and can be taken for 1-3 credits each.

For domestic and international practitioners (and non-AU Grad students), download the forms here, and send them to pdi@american.edu. We suggest that you submit applications as soon as possible for you to have more time to obtain a visa and acquire funding. We will then let you know as soon as possible about your acceptance.

Are there scholarships available?

If you are interested in financial aid, we do have a limited amount of scholarships from our own institution. We offer scholarships worth one week's tuition, but require that the receiving participant sign up for and pay for in full for at least one additional week of courses. If you wish to apply for one of these scholarships, please find the Scholarship Application on our website and email it to us when you apply. Successful scholarship applicants will be contacted by our selection panel.

Who should attend the program? Do I qualify?

If you are looking to gain practical experience through hands-on activities and an environment that mirrors field work, the Summer Professional Training Program is right for you! Whether it’s to refresh skills, learn new ones or apply in class knowledge, we provide innovative trainings that will teach about new content in development. Many attendees are master's students or practitioners in development, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding but also study media, youth issues, education, human rights and even more topics.

If I applied for last year's Summer Institute, do I need to reapply again this year?

Yes. Applicants who could not attend the previous year's program for whatever reason should submit new applications for the upcoming program.

What kind of visa would I need to get? Do you provide visa letters?

Our applicants are qualified to obtain B-1 visas for professional training development. We do provide successful applicants to the training program visa letters, but of course cannot assure that the consulate in your country will provide you a visa. See more information on our International Applicants page.

How many courses do I need to take? Is the weekend course required in addition to the day courses?

You have the ability sign up for as few or as many courses as you would like. Each applicant can take up to two (2) weekly courses and one (1) weekend course from May 14-25. The weekend course is not required although has a discounted price.

Are the weekend and/or evening courses required in addition to the day courses?

No. You sign up for as few or as many courses as you would like.

What sort of certification does PDI provide after participating in the training courses?

PDI offers participants to the program certificates of completion for each individual course taken.

How does one pay for our courses?

PDI accepts payment for the courses via wire transfer or check. We recommend that you pay ahead of time and although we will certainly accept payment on arrival your spot will not be secured in your preferred training course until payment has been received.  Because we understand that transferring funds from overseas can be very expensive, we will do everything we can to reserve a space for you in the courses of your choice; however, you may not be place in your preferred course. Details about wire transfers will be explained upon acceptance.

Will I have access to the university library and other resources?

Yes, while participating in the program you will have access to the American University library, internet, and other resources on campus and in the city.