Below are key dates and deadlines for Fall and Spring.

Key Dates and Deadlines

June 2017
Receive information on class registration and the internship search
You will receive information about class registration and other important registration related documents. In addition, you will receive resources to assist in preparing and perfecting your resume and beginning the internship search.
July 2017
Receive information on your arrival at American University
August 22-23
Students can move in to residence halls
August 24-25
AU Gap Program Orientation
August 28
Internship Fair (morning), Classes begin (afternoon)
September 4
Labor Day Holiday (no classes, university offices closed)
September 11
Last day to make changes to Fall 2017 registration (i.e. add or drop) Last day to drop a course without a "W" recorded on transcript.
September 13
Students must start their internship by this date
September 18
Last day to drop courses for a 50% refund
September 25
Last day to drop courses for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
October 13
Fall Break (no classes, university offices open)
October 20-22
All-American Weekend
November 3
Last day to drop a course (with a "W") or change a grade option (mid-term)
November 22-26
Thanksgiving Break (Dining closes after lunch on Tuesday, November 21 and reopens with dinner on Sunday, November 26, 2017)
December 8
Last day of classes and internships
Early December
End-of-Semester Reception
December 13
Study Day
December 11-18
Final Examinations
Make sure to check the final exam schedule on the American University website, or check with your professor before making travel plans.
December 20
All students must be checked out of residence halls by noon.

The AU Gap Program follows the American University Academic Calendar.

Late November/Early December
Receive information on class registration and the internship search
You will receive information about class registration and other important registration related documents. In addition, you will receive resources to assist in preparing and perfecting your resume and beginning the internship search
January 9-10
Students can move in to residence halls
There will be a Parent & Student Meet & Greet Wednesday afternoon. This is a required event for all AU Gap students and is highly recommended for parents to attend.
January 11-12
AU Gap Program Orientation
January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no classes, university offices closed)
January 16
Internship Fair (morning), Classes begin (afternoon)
January 29
Last day to make changes to Spring 2018 registration (i.e. add or drop) Last day to drop a course without a "W" recorded on transcript.
January 31
Students must start their internship by this date
February 5
Last day to drop courses for a 50% refund
February 12
Last day to drop courses for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
March 11-March 18
Spring Break (no classes, university offices open)

The AU Gap Program follows the American University Academic Calendar.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

Please see Fall and Spring Programs for seminar topic details.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.