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Graduate International Gateway FAQs

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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE/GOAL OF THE GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM?

The mission of Graduate IGP is to prepare international students to be successful in their graduate level courses at American University. IGP provides a rigorous curriculum of prerequisite courses that focus on the academic oral and written skills necessary for international students to succeed. The courses acculturate international students to the norms of American classrooms with the emphasis on developing and honing the following: research and writing skills, critical thinking, effective presentations, class participation and collaborative small group work. Students emerge from IGP confident and prepared to succeed in their graduate level course work.

WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED THROUGH THE GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM?

The Graduate International Gateway Program consists of three courses:

  • Graduate Academic Communication (3 credits)
  • Graduate Academic Research (3 credits)
  • TESL-010: Graduate Student Academic Writing (0 credits)

For more detailed course descriptions, please click here.

WHAT IS THE CLASS SIZE?

The three IGP courses enroll up to 16 students per class. Each student receives extensive individualized instruction tailored to his or her needs and intended program of study. In addition to detailed feedback on coursework, instructors work with students to adjust particular assignments to their needs.

DO THE GRADUATE IGP COURSES COUNT TOWARD A DEGREE?

The three IGP courses do not count toward a degree. They are academic preparation courses that serve as required prerequisites.

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR ADMISSION TO A GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY?

Students who make satisfactory academic progress in IGP (earning a grade of "B" or better in each of the IGP courses) will satisfy the prerequisite course requirements of IGP and be fully enrolled in their AU graduate degree program the following semester.

IF ACCEPTED INTO IGP AS A PROVISION OF ADMISSION, WHAT SHOULD I DO TO ENROLL?

In order to confirm your enrollment in the International Gateway Program, you must read and sign the enrollment agreement with your particular graduate program and send it back with your deposit.

WHAT IS THE NORMAL LENGTH OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM?

The Graduate International Gateway Program is an eight-week summer program. It runs as follows:

  • June 16 - August 7

AS A STUDENT IN THE IGP PROGRAM AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A MERIT SCHOLARSHIP?

Students in IGP are not eligible for merit scholarships.


WHAT VISA DO I NEED TO ENROLL IN THE GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM IF I LIVE OVERSEAS AND NEED A VISA TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES FOR STUDIES?

Students who enroll in the IGP need an F-1 Student Visa in order to enter the United States to study. For more information regarding the visa process please refer to the International Student and Scholar Services website.

WHEN WILL I BE ISSUED THE I-20 FORM IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THE F-1 VISA?

Once you sign and return your enrollment agreement and housing application form along with your deposit, American University will issue the I-20 immigration form and mail it to your home address so that you can schedule an appointment for a visa interview at a United States Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

HOW AND WHEN WILL I REGISTER FOR COURSES?

Once your enrollment agreement and deposit are received, the IGP director, who will serve as your academic advisor, will contact you to complete your course registration.

IS AU HOUSING OFFERED TO GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM STUDENTS?

Yes, it is. Students can obtain AU housing during their summer IGP semester. However, students are only offered housing during the summer and must make other arrangements for the fall semester.

WHAT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES CAN I EXPECT AS A STUDENT IN THE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY PROGRAM?

Students in Graduate IGP have access to all the services and programs provided to students, including use of the University Library, Athletic facilities, student clubs and organizations, the Academic Support Center, and the Counseling Center.

In addition, students are provided an orientation program during the week, prior to the start of classes to ensure that they are familiar with the services and programs at American University.

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING THE PROGRAM?

For further information or assistance, please contact Ken Janjigian, Associate Director of the International Gateway Program at janjigian@american.edu.

Questions?

Ken Janjigian
Associate Director
The International Gateway Program
(202) 895-4919
janjigia@american.edu

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