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WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION DEADLINES?

Application deadlines can be found here.

How many students are Admitted to the AU Gap Program?

We have limited space in the Gap Program for two academic sections per semester. We accept applications on a rolling basis – up to the application deadline date for the program/semester to which you are applying.

WHO TEACHES THE GAP PROGRAM COURSES?

The Gap Program professors are full-time, American University faculty with appointments to the School of Professional and Extended Studies.

What are the Courses Like?

Seminar topics include:

  • American Politics Seminar
    Students will study American government through active learning in the classroom and beyond. Specifically, students will be immersed in both the theory and the practice of American politics through meetings with experts and site visits to political institutions in Washington, D.C. As a result, students will have a better understanding of government, particularly key constitutional principles, the political process, policy-making institutions, civil rights, and current political issues. Offered in fall and spring semesters.
  • Global Business Seminar
    Students will learn about global business as it plays out in an international capital. This seminar immerses students in both the theory and practice of global business through meetings with experts and site visits to such organizations as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Offered in fall semester only.
  • International Affairs Seminar
    Students will learn about international affairs and U.S. foreign policy through the lens of international experts. This seminar immerses students in both the theory and practice of international affairs through lectures, as well as meetings with decision makers and experts in international relations and site visits to organizations such as Congress, think tanks, and embassies. Students will gain a better understanding of the theory and practice of international relations and the process of U.S. foreign policy formulation and implementation. Offered spring semester only.

CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL CLASSES AT AU?

Gap Program students enroll in the classes affiliated with the Gap Program. We cannot offer any AU elective courses beyond what is already offered in the program.

HOW DOES THE INTERNSHIP SELECTION PROCESS WORK?

AU Gap staff will provide you with the tools and resources to secure your own internship. Creating a resume and cover letter, developing interview skills, and searching for internships are key skills you will develop through this experience.

Prior to entering the Gap Program, you are given access to resume builder software and you will work with program staff to fine-tune your resume and cover letter
;After arrival on campus, you will work with the Gap Program team and a professor to refine your search and secure an internship.

You will have access to the School of Professional & Extended Studies Internship Database—the largest of its kind focusing on internships in the Washington, D.C. area. With over 3,000 internships in the database, many employers specifically turn to the School of Professional & Extended Studies at American University for their semester interns. There are internships available in areas of interest ranging from politics and justice, communications, international affairs, psychology, and arts & sciences.

HOW DOES THE INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE HELP STUDENTS?

The internship experience allows you to build your professional skillset, gain real-world experience, and start making professional contacts through the internship and mentored field practicum class. Internships are available in areas of interest ranging from politics and justice, communications, international affairs, psychology, and arts & sciences.

HOW MANY CREDITS IS THE PROGRAM AND DO THE CLASSES TRANSFER?

AU Gap Program students are enrolled in two classes each semester for a total of 7 undergraduate credits or 6 credits in the summer session program.

If you want or plan to use these credits to transfer to another university, the decision about the transferability of credits rests with the university you are joining after the Gap Program. We encourage you to contact the college or university you are planning to attend after the Gap Program to determine the transferability.

CAN GAP PROGRAM STUDENTS USE AU STUDENT SERVICES?

Yes. Gap Program students are non-degree seeking students at AU and have access to AU facilities and activities. These include computer labs, library, fitness centers, resource centers, clubs, speakers, campus events, etc.

CAN STUDENTS BRING CARS?

Gap Program students, like other resident students, are not allowed to bring cars.

WHERE DO GAP PROGRAM STUDENTS LIVE?

Gap Program students are housed on the AU campus in a residence hall. Gap Program students will room with other Gap Program students or other first year students.

IS IT MANDATORY TO HAVE A MEAL PLAN?

Yes. All students living on-campus are required to have a minimum 175-block meal plan. However, students may opt to have a larger 200, 225, or 250-block meal plan. Students living off-campus are not required to have a meal plan.

WHAT ARE THE STUDENT HEALTH CARE OPTIONS?

D.C. law states that all students must have health insurance - through their parents or through AU. If a student has insurance by way of their parent’s plan, they can waive AU Health Insurance through their myAU.american.edu portal.
International Gap Program students must purchase AU health insurance.

ARE GAP PROGRAM STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL AID?

AU Gap Program students have non-degree seeking student status, therefore financial aid is not available. Many students secure private student loans, including non-degree educational loans, to pay for the Gap Program. In addition, students may also choose to participate in the American Payment Plan (APP), which breaks tuition into monthly payments.

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