Abroad at AU | Living Costs

Estimated Student Fees*


Mandatory Student Fees (1)


Rent/Housing (based on Double Occupancy per semester)


Meal Plan (2)


Estimated Living Expenses




Health Insurance Plan (AU Plan) (3)


Personal (telephone, dining, clothing, laundry, entertainment, copy services)


*Cost estimates are based on 2015-2016 academic year and subject to change. Generally there is a 5% increase in costs each year.

1. If a course requires a lab fee, this amount will be added to mandatory student fees.

2. Cost shown is based on the 175-Block Meal Plan. Any student living on campus must be enrolled in a meal plan. 

3. Fee reflects 2015-16 cost. American University requires all full-time students to have health insurance. You should carry valid proof of insurance at all times during your stay in the United States. Unless you complete a health insurance waiver form, you will be billed automatically for the American University insurance plan, which provides low-cost and comprehensive coverage.

Important Additional Costs

Students must be able to meet the following costs as they apply to their particular situation:

  • Travel expenses between home country and Washington DC, and during vacation periods
  • Large purchases (such as computers, furniture, etc...)
  • Medical expenses not covered by health insurance (eye care, dental care, or medical problems developed before arriving at the university)
  • Food and housing during school holidays (refer to the Housing and Dining Services website under Quick Links for more information)