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NSLC College Credit Program        School of International Service

NSLC College Credit Program        School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071
NSLC Students

How the Program Works

American University and the National Student Leadership Conference have a unique partnership that enables NSLC participants to earn college credit from AU. AU awards credit based on instruction derived not only from the lectures, simulations, and other experiential learning gained through your NSLC program, but also from a supplemental course taught by AU faculty. Each NSLC program has a unique AU course designed to correlate with your program's area of study. This credit-bearing course is specifically designed to work within the framework of the NSLC program, allowing students to pursue areas of interest in greater depth with an AU professor. Students may enroll only in the AU course associated with their particular NSLC program. 

Read more about the course offered for your NSLC program at Course Offerings. Please note that you have 30 days after returning home to complete all assignments. No work is assigned to be completed during your NSLC program.

Enrolling in the Program

All enrollments and payments for the AU college credit option program are handled by NSLC. For information on enrolling, please click here. For information on tuition, please click here. Before enrolling, students and their parents or guardians must carefully read the information found on the Academic Expectations page. For any questions about enrolling, please email

Course Logistics

Prior to your arrival on campus, your professor will contact your class to welcome everyone to the course. Your professor may give you some short readings that will be discussed before the introductory class is held on campus. 

While attending the NSLC program, students enrolled in the AU credit option will meet with their professor once via Skype at a time that does not interfere with their NSLC activities. At the opening class meeting, you will be given the course syllabus as well as instructions on accessing AU's electronic Blackboard as well as library resources. The introductory class will be held at a time that does not interfere with your NSLC activities. You are not required to submit assignments during your NSLC program.

After you return home, you will access instructional material via AU's Blackboard platform at hours that suit your own schedule. This instruction may include lectures recorded by their professor, podcasts, documentaries, and discussion posts.  You will have 30 days from the last day of your on-campus program to complete your work and submit it to your professor. Extensions are possible, but students must receive written permission from their professor. Professors remain accessible to student questions for 30 days after the on-campus segment.  

For more information on courses, please visit the Course Offerings page on our web-site. 

Although syllabi are not finalized until closer to summer, you may obtain a previous year's syllabus by emailing You may also call the AU credit office at 202-885-2442 if you wish to speak with someone about the college credit option.


If all deadlines are met, students can expect to receive their transcripts by late September. The Registrar will send free of charge additional copies of transcripts to colleges or universities to which you are applying; however, you must submit an additional transcript form and follow instructions found on the alumni page. Please be aware that AU's Registrar will never release any grades or other information about you without your direct permission.