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What to expect

American University is proud to partner with the NSLC to provide NSLC participants with the opportunity to earn college credit from AU. 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.

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.


Students may take the college credit for a letter grade (A-F), if they anticipate transferring the credit to another college or university. However, since this is university-level work, selecting to enroll in the course credit on a pass/fail basis may be a good choice. To choose the pass/fail option you must email the NSLC College Credit Coordinator at before the first day of your NSLC program. Please note that a grade of Pass indicates performance of no less than a 2.0 on a conventional grading scale. Please be advised that failure to complete assignments may result in failing the course which will be reflected on your permanent college transcript. If no assignments are completed, the student's incomplete status will default to a failed grade.

Late Assignments

Late assignments will not be accepted unless you receive written permission from your professor. Sometimes students have trips or obligations following their return home which prevent them from meeting a course deadline; in such cases, students must inform their professor before returning home so they can obtain a brief extension. Failure to complete assignments may result in failing the course which will be reflected on your permanent college transcript.


Please be aware that AU's Registrar will never release any grades or other information about you without your direct permission. The Registrar requires you to submit a one-page transcript request form with your signature each time you request your transcript. At your first class meeting, your professor will provide you with this form along with instructions on completing it. Transcripts will be mailed shortly after final grades are posted to students' academic records. 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. 


American University awards credit based on a minimum of 12.5 instructional hours and 25 hours of independent student work per credit. Instructional hours are derived not only from the lectures, simulations, and other experiential learning gained through your NSLC program, but also from supplemental classes with an AU professor.

AU credit is transferable to most accredited colleges and universities. In recognition of the scholastic aptitude and leadership merit of the students selected for NSLC, American University is offering a special reduced tuition rate of $820 per credit.

Payments are made directly to the NSLC. Upon acceptance to your program, please log-in to myNSLC and complete the "College Credit" form. All payments are made directly through NSLC. For any payment-related questions, please contact NSLC at or call 1-800-994-NSLC (6752).

Withdrawals and Refunds

Please review all Registrar regulations regarding changes to your enrollment. The last day to drop your course and receive a full refund is 30 days prior to the start of your NSLC program. To receive the refund, you must provide written notification of cancellation to the NSLC. No refunds will be provided if a student cancels registration (or reduces the number of credits) within 29 days of the start of the session.

Any changes to a registration must adhere to the following deadlines and will be subject to the refund policy. Changes made more than 30 days before the start of your AU course should be made directly to NSLC; Changes made within 30 days of the start must be communicated to the NSLC first and then to AU by emailing

Add/Drop a Course

Last day to drop a course and receive a refund
30 days prior to the start date of the AU course
Lady day to add a course
Start date of the AU course
Last day to drop a course (without "withdrawal")
Fifth day of the AU course
Last day to drop a course (with "withdrawal")
23rd day of the AU course

Change of Grade Type

Last day to change the grade type (e.g., letter grade of pass/fail)
First day of the AU course