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Applying to Special Academic Programs

Thank you for your interest in the special academic programs at American University. Below you will find information on how to apply to each of the special academic programs.

The deadline to apply for a special academic program is January 15, 2019, unless noted otherwise below. Notification of admission to each program will not be released until April 1, 2019 regardless of your application deadline.

Please note, these above dates do not apply to the Sakura Scholars Program. Please see that section below for detailed deadline and notification dates.

To apply, you must complete the AU Honors Program application. Notification of admission to the AU Honors Program will not be released until April 1, regardless of your application deadline.

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To apply, you must complete the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars application. Notification of admission to the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program will not be released until April 1, regardless of your application deadline.

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To apply, you must complete the Public Health Scholars Program application. Notification of admission to the Public Health Scholars Program will not be released until April 1, regardless of your application deadline.

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To apply, you must complete the Politics, Policy and Law Scholars Program application. Notification of admission to the Politics, Policy and Law Scholars Program will not be released until April 1, regardless of your application deadline.

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To apply to the Global Scholars Program, you must complete the program application. Notification of admission to the Global Scholars Program will not be released until April 1, regardless of your application deadline.

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The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship is open to first-year (freshmen) international students applying for the fall 2019 semester. To be considered for the AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship, we strongly encourage you to complete the your scholarship and admission application by the priority deadline of December 15, 2018. We will continue to accept scholarship and admission applications until January 15, 2019.

Learn more about the AU EGL Scholarship.

The Sakura Scholars Program is a joint-degree program between American University and Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto, Japan). Students who apply to American University and are interested in the Sakura Scholars Program will major in Global International Relations. If you are interested in this program, we ask that you indicate your interest by completing a Letter of Interest form.

Please Note: A completed American University application and submission of this form must be received by the Early Decision deadline of November 15, Early Decision II deadline of January 15, or the Regular Decision deadline of January 15.

Learn more about the Sakura Scholars Program.