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The Mentorship Program is a fall semester, non-degree program open to students who have been admitted to AU for the spring semester. The Mentorship Program in England is an option for students to study in England for the fall, and take a combination of AU and Bath Spa University (BSU) courses prior to formally starting their degree program in the spring. American University and the School of Professional & Extended Studies is offering this program in partnership with Bath Spa University. Mentorship in England students will be enrolled in three courses taught by AU (Intercultural Understanding, Introduction to College Inquiry, and College Writing).

The students take two courses taught by BSU (Economics & Globalisation, and Visions of Business & Leadership) as a cohort. As a non-degree student in the fall semester, Mentorship Program students have the opportunity to pursue an international experience and earn college credit before matriculating to AU in the spring.

The official deadline for reserving a spot in the Mentorship Program is May 1, 2017. Please note that space in the Mentorship Program in England has limited capacity and the program may fill before the May 1 deadline. To reserve a spot in the Mentorship Program for the fall and AU in the spring, you will need to complete an AU Enrollment Agreement and Housing Application form (making sure to select the Mentorship Program box located on this form), submit a $600 deposit to AU for the spring, and then submit an additional $1,000 deposit to reserve a spot in the Mentorship Program in England. Your space in the England Program will not be reserved until the program receives the additional $1,000 deposit.

The Mentorship Program in England will maintain a waitlist if the program reaches capacity. Students interested in the waitlist for the England option must still secure their spot in the Mentorship Program for the fall semester and AU in the spring by completing the Enrollment Agreement, selecting the Mentorship Program box on this form, and submitting the $600 deposit for the spring semester.

If you are accepting AU’s offer of admission to start in the spring semester (without the fall semester Mentorship Program), you also have until May 1, 2017 to place your deposit.

The Mentorship Program in England can have up to 24 students. Deposits are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Mentorship Program in England has limited capacity, and the program may fill before the May 1 deadline. Note, that you will not make the enrollment list for this program until the Mentorship Program Office receives the additional $1,000 deposit for the England Program.

You can find a breakdown of the cost of the program. The tuition, room, partial board, and fees are billed directly through American University. Additional expenses may include: food, transportation (to/from Washington, DC; the flight to/from England; and transportation in country), books and school supplies, entertainment and social activity expenses.

Since the Mentorship Program is a non-degree seeking program, financial aid is not available for the Mentorship Program. Financing options for your fall semester as a non-degree seeking student in the Mentorship Program are available at american.edu/financialaid/washmentorship.cfm (see Alternative Credit-Based Loans on the right side). Although students may receive financial aid packages for the spring semester, this aid cannot be applied to fall semester studies in the Mentorship program.

Concerning financial aid packages, please contact an undergraduate financial aid officer in the Office of Financial Aid at 202-885-6500.

The AU Mentorship professors are full-time, American University faculty with appointments to the School of Professional & Extended Studies. The College Writing professors hold appointments in the College of Arts & Sciences. The academic and conduct program advisor, who will be in England with the cohort, is an employee of American University. The BSU professors are faculty with appointments to Bath Spa University.

There are three courses taught by AU professors and two courses taught by BSU professors. The three AU courses are: Intercultural Understanding, Introduction to College Inquiry, and College Writing. Intercultural Understanding is a combination of lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and experiential learning activities using England as a classroom. This course counts toward AU’s General Education Area 3. In Introduction to College Inquiry, students use different research methods to analyze contemporary issues and controversies while utilizing the various resources available at BSU and in Bath, England. This course counts as an AU elective credit. The College Writing course is offered online. The course prepares students for the writing required throughout their academic career. This course counts toward AU’s writing requirement.

BSU professors teach two courses: Economics and Globalisation, and Visions of Business and Leadership. Economics and Globalisation is an introduction to modern economic analysis and its policy implications. This course counts as ECON-100: Macroeconomics and General Education Area 4 at AU. In the Visions of Business and Leadership course, students will learn models of entrepreneurship and leadership, and learn how these models play out through different aspects of an organization, and through different kinds of organizations. This is equivalent to an AU MGMT-100 level course. View a sample week schedule.

In the Mentorship Program in England, students take 5 courses, for a total of 15 credits. Three courses are taught by AU professors, and two courses are taught by BSU professors. All courses are taken with the AU cohort.

All credits and grades received in the fall semester will transfer to a student’s American University record and appear on their AU transcript. Provided students successfully complete a 15 credit course load (or bring in AP or IB credit), they will not be behind other freshmen.

Intercultural Understanding and Economics and Globalisation count toward AU’s General Education requirements. College Writing counts toward AU’s writing requirement. Introduction to College Inquiry and Visions of Business and Leadership count as AU electives.

Please note that students who enroll in the Mentorship Program in England must abide by the policies, regulations, and codes relating to student behavior at American University and Bath Spa University. Any student who violates these while in the Mentorship Program will have their spring admission offer reevaluated. The GPA earned in fall semester will be the student's starting GPA for the spring semester. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to meet the standard for satisfactory academic progress. If a student earns below a 2.0 for the fall semester, they will start the spring semester on Academic Probation.

Yes. However, this is something students should wait until October/November to discuss with their degree program advisor.

In November, the AU advisor who is with the cohort in England will coordinate advising and registration for the students’ spring semester enrollment at AU in Washington, DC, as well as registration for spring semester campus housing. In addition, the advisor and professor will facilitate transition meetings for the cohort, so students are reacquainted with campus services, activities and curriculum plans as they join AU in DC in spring semester.

In January 2018, following move-in but prior to the start of classes, you will attend an American University January Orientation to help expand your knowledge of AU, its colleges and majors, the campus, and working with your new academic advisor and of course exploring Washington, DC.

Students have access to the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) on AU's campus. Students who would like to request accommodations for their time in England will preregister and initially request accommodations through AU's ASAC. Once students receive information from AU's ASAC regarding approved accommodations, they will then work with the Mentorship Office and the partner university in order to request accommodations for the semester abroad.

Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that facilities or support services will be available at each location abroad in the same range and quality as on the AU campus.

Mentorship Program in England students will have access to BSU facilities and activities. These include computer labs, library, fitness center, resource centers, clubs, speakers, campus events, etc. Specifically, BSU’s Student Support Service has practitioners on staff that offer counseling and guidance to students. For students with disabilities, BSU also offers guidance and practical support to students. Additionally, BSU has a Writing and Learning Center that offers academic writing, reading, referencing and digital literacy assistance to students.

In September, students will have a mandatory pre-departure orientation at American University in Washington, DC. This is a two-day orientation for students and parents. If students are living outside of the US at the time of the orientation, they are still required to attend the pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC and travel with the group to England.

Please note that students will be responsible for accommodations/hotel costs for the overnight stays in DC for orientation. Students will also be responsible for coordinating their own travel to/from Washington, DC before the on campus orientation and once they return in December.

Students will have an on-campus orientation at BSU to introduce them to campus, student services, BSU staff, and increase their familiarity with the city.

The group (students, professor, and advisor) will depart for England from Washington, DC, after the AU orientation. AU will coordinate the logistics for the group flight, however please note that students will pay for and secure their spot on this flight to England after AU announces the group flight information in early June. The return flight in December will arrive back in Washington, DC, and students will coordinate their own travel from Washington, DC, to their final destination.

All students should make sure their passport is up-to-date and does not expire within 6 months of the start date of the program. Students also will want to make certain that their passport is in good condition, as damaged passports can be refused for travel use (at the airport in the U.S. or upon entry in England). Students who do not have a passport or who need a new passport should apply for one by May 1.

All students in the program will apply for a Short Term UK Study Visa in order to participate in the Mentorship Program in England. This visa allows students to study in the UK for the length of the program. Students will receive more information about the visa process in May. Students who may travel to the UK prior to the start of the Mentorship Program in England should contact the Mentorship Program office in May to discuss the logistics and timing of obtaining their visa.

Mentorship in England students live on-campus at BSU in suite-style residence halls. The residence hall consists of suites with single bedrooms, shared bathrooms, a shared kitchen, and a communal area for 8 students. Note that each student will receive a linen pack (sheets, towels, pillow, comforter), however students may also shop for room items once they arrive in England. Also note that each suite kitchen will have plates, eating and cooking utensils, pots/pans and one week of groceries upon arrival, so students will have several days before they need to shop for meals.

A meal plan of one meal per day in the campus cafeteria is included, and students will be responsible for their other meals (using the residence hall suite kitchen or on campus). The program professor and advisor will reside in Bath and have offices on the BSU campus for regular advising meetings with the students and classes. Over the summer, students in the program will receive more information about the residence hall, what items to pack, and other information.

Students are assigned to a housing suite with other students in the Mentorship in England cohort. Mentorship in England students live together in the same residential suite, however all rooms are singles.

Bath, England has a population of 176,000 residents, of which 20,000 are college students. It is famous for the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, once home to author Jane Austen, and is a UNESCO World Heritage City. It is a cultural hub with music and comedy venues, festivals, museums, and great restaurants.

Included in the cost of the program are a day trip to Stonehenge and tour of Salisbury as well as a weekend trip to London. Students have the option to participate in additional excursions offered through BSU clubs and activities. Past trips have included: Cardiff (Wales) and Dublin (Ireland). Students will have the opportunity to participate in BSU’s Clubs and Activities Fair when they arrive to learn more about these opportunities.

DC law and American University policy 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. See more information about the Student Health Center and insurance requirements.

Mentorship in England students will need to have their own international insurance to be used as their primary policy that will provide coverage overseas. Students will also be enrolled in AU's Emergency Medical Insurance for international travel. However, this only covers students during the program dates and in the country of the program site (and is for emergencies only). While at BSU, Mentorship in England students will have access to the campus medical center, which is staffed by doctors and nurses. To use this service, students will need to register with the Medical Service when they arrive on campus. All study abroad students are required to have private health insurance for their time outside the US (see AU policy and DC law stated above). Students at BSU for the semester will be able to access the NHS (National Health Service), but will need to pay for services. Emergency treatment and mental health services are all free for everyone.

The tuition insurance is an optional tuition refund plan for students and parents. This private insurance program enhances American University's published refund policy, helping minimize financial losses should students suffer serious illness or accident that results in withdrawal from AU before the semester is completed. The insurance policy is elective and covers 75% of tuition. It does not cover the room, board, and excursion fees for the Mentorship Program in England.

The Bath Spa University Chaplaincy is represented by chaplains from the Anglican (Episcopalian), Catholic, and Methodist denominations. The Chaplaincy provides a unique, confidential space where worshipers and inquirers of all faiths can come and chat and spend time working through any issue they may have. They run a Soup Lunch every Thursday at noon that raises money for the WaterAid charity. If you are looking to connect with other faiths, you can contact the Student Support Team who can provide contact information and places for the Bath and Bristol areas.