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Meet our AU Diplomats

Our international and US Global Nomad students come from all over the world to attend American University (AU) in Washington, DC! Read more about their first impressions of AU.

No matter who you are, no matter where you are from, you are welcome here at American University. #YouAreWelcomeHere


AU Diplomat Sledja has been recently recognized for her intercultural and academic achievements.

Sledja Graduation_Spotlight_DC

"As an AU Diplomat I have been able to give back to the international student community by promoting intercultural understanding for which I was honored with receiving the 2022 AU Carlton Savage Award. By serving as an AU Diplomat, I have worked to create connections by celebrating similarities and differences and cultivating mutual respect. Being part of a highly motivated group of volunteer leaders has created tremendous opportunities to meet and learn from people from all over the world."

2020 - 2021

AU Diplomats Zumrud and Lori were recognized for their academic achievements.

AU Diplomat Lori Graduation with Dog

Lori was selected as the 2021 undergraduate commencement speaker for the School of International Service. She was also awarded the Bruce Hughes Award for "a senior who has performed outstanding service to the University community and demonstrated unusual depth and maturity in leadership abilities."

AU Diplomat Zumrud Graduation

Zumrud is the 2021 recipient of the Carlton Savage Award for outstanding service to the AU community. This award is given to the international student who has contributed the most to increasing intercultural understanding at the University. 

Congratulations to both Zumrud and Lori!



When I first arrived at AU, the first thing I noticed was the vast differences yet similarities in cultures. I met 4 people from 4 different continents during the first two days of moving in. And I noticed that almost all of them were very interested in joining clubs and putting themselves out there already. I also noticed many sophomores, juniors, and seniors that were doing the same and also enjoying moments with friends at the quad. People are so open to sharing their experiences at AU that it really makes you feel at home knowing people can relate to some of the things on your mind.

The AU community is passionate and full of zeal; their interests are versatile and everyone has a certain purpose which is extremely inspiring to be surrounded by. I love how caring the faculty is, everyone is accessible; from the staff to the professors. Everyone wants you to feel at home, and eventually, you do.

Fareha is studying abroad during fall 2021 and will be back on campus in January 2022.

American University’s location in the nation's capital attracts students of many interesting and different nationalities and cultures. Students as well as the faculty have a deep appreciation for inclusivity and education that can be seen in all areas of the campus and can be felt throughout the classrooms. The campus itself, with its lush greenery, is a wonder to walk around and has become a place that I enjoy calling home.

When I first came to AU, it was hard for me to adjust to my new environment. But as the time went by, I found people I could connect with and started to socialize more. My classmates are passionate, smart, and hardworking. I love how there are countless opportunities, depending on what you want to do, to develop your interests, skills, and possibilities of finding new passions. As an AU Diplomat, I look forward to meeting and interacting with international students like myself and to sharing our diverse global interests. I also look forward to helping prospective incoming international students have a smooth transition to AU.

Coming to AU, I was able sense a very motivating and hardworking environment immediately with many advisors and upperclassmen ready to help you with whatever interests you. There are endless opportunities and events to help you explore your fields of interests through the many fairs that AU hosts in the first couple of weeks. The AU campus is very convenient as it has everything you could possibly need within walking distance. As an international student, I was able to meet many other students from around the globe through the great number of social clubs that AU offers.

When I first arrived on the AU campus, I felt right at home. It is a campus that has put effort into its landscape, which shows that AU not only wants to provide academic knowledge but also places value on making students feel welcome. AU gives its students all the support needed for success.

I chose AU because of its welcoming, supportive, and inclusive community. I am in SIS, and as a U.S. Global Nomad student from outside the U.S., I have been given multiple resources to set myself up for success in my academic career. AU feels like home. If I had to go back in time and choose a college all over again-- I would definitely choose AU!

Coming to AU was definitely the right decision. Everyone was so welcoming from the beginning, and it was very easy to make friends. I’m grateful to have a campus in the middle of this city. You have the opportunity to discover the city and also be on a campus where everything is so green and feels like its own place.

Starting my life at AU in the online learning environment in 2020 as a first-year student in SIS, I was concerned about how I would be able to integrate myself into the AU community coming from a different country, culture and worldview. To my pleasant surprise, the transition was seamless, and the opportunities to interact and integrate with my peers online, endless! I now stand to learn so much from my peers and in such a unique position, I felt like I wanted to become a representative for this diverse community and let people from all backgrounds know the message of the AU Diplomats – You are welcome here!

Everyone is very friendly and willing to help you. The AU environment is unique, not only to become a well-rounded individual but also a multi-tasking student.

AU is welcoming and inclusive. Overall it is a really friendly place with a palpable sense of community.

My first impression of AU was how beautiful the campus is. I was pleasantly surprised to see so much greenery from grass to trees on one college campus and was reassured that I has made the right choice. Also, with everything on campus in one place, you really get a great feeling of AU’s sense of community and family which is also reflected in the people here.

Everyone is so open and welcoming. As an international student coming from a different culture and country, this has really helped me settle in, immerse myself into the community, and develop myself as a person through AU’s exciting opportunities.

AU fosters a comfortable environment for students to expand their passions. You're always encouraged to take the challenge of something new, and the school makes sure to provide you with the proper instructions.

I began my first semester at AU in the fall of 2020 in an online environment. I’m in the Kogod School of Business. I decided to become an AU Diplomat because I believe that this group helped me make my final college decision and be more comfortable about AU. I now want to help other international students who are going to be in the same position as I was!

After so many weeks of anticipation, I finally set foot at American University. I paused with heartfelt gratitude. It was an idyllic breath of fresh air. The campus was bracingly alive and teeming with changemakers in their own right: Passionate, ingenious, innovative, and imaginative. I was overwhelmed to realize that today I had joined such an extraordinary community.

My first impression when I arrived at AU was that there was a great sense of community—everyone is nice and welcoming. AU staff and my fellow classmates went out of their way to make me feel welcome. I can’t wait to be immersed in opportunities to enhance my academic career and knowledge while being surrounded by such an inclusive campus.

With the city at our fingertips, people are always making time to go on adventures to the national mall, museums, restaurants, and other unique aspects of the city. AU students are politically active and open-minded individuals who I'm lucky enough to call my peers!

As a recent sophomore transfer, my first impressions of American University have so far been fantastic! A few weeks in, I find the classes welcoming and comfortable in size, with the students around me always kind and friendly. I love being in the SIS program and have already learned so much in my classes. I am being challenged academically but feel supported and comfortable reaching out for help if needed. The SIS building is my favorite place on campus as most of my day is spent there; I am lucky to be in such a great facility. I feel optimistic about my decision to transfer to American University and am so happy with the choice I made. I cannot wait to dive deeper into my major and grow as a student at AU.

Stepping onto AU's campus for the first time, my immediate impression was one of awe since I did not expect to see so much greenery and wildlife. (I saw two squirrels, one rabbit, and a red cardinal all in one day!). Having never visited any college campuses prior to move-in, I had no idea what to expect but was pleasantly surprised to see a vibrant, welcoming, and truly beautiful campus. Though seeing so many unfamiliar faces at once was sometimes overwhelming, I made so many new friends within my first hours on campus that I immediately became certain that AU is a place where I belong.

My first impression of AU as an international student was how friendly everyone was. Before coming here I was afraid, as I imagine everyone is, about not making friends, but when I arrived I realized that we were all in the same boat! I remember how happy students looked to be on campus, and the thrill of the new adventure that awaited us.

AU is extremely welcoming and inclusive. The students here are very passionate about their interests and everyone is friendly and understanding (including our lovely faculty). AU is in one of the best locations in the U.S. (in my opinion) and has endless opportunities for students to explore and to take advantage of.

AU is a very liberal school with friendly and kind people. Its beautiful campus is a nice escape from the nearby city and has a large community of international students.

American University is the diverse, liberal, welcoming community I was looking for when I began my application process fall of my senior year. As someone who has never lived in the United States before, I was nervous about the social, political, and cultural shock; nonetheless, the community here at AU as well as the beauty of Washington D.C. have helped me find comfort and pride in my new home.

As soon as I arrived at American University, I knew it was the right place for me. I immediately felt that I was at home instead of just at school. The small yet dynamic campus had everything I possibly needed and more. The weather was perfect, and the campus exceeded my expectations. I was greeted by so many amazing people who now are my closest friends. I quickly noticed how diverse and different every person on campus was, which made me feel included and represented as a U.S. Global Nomad. From my first day at AU, the abundance of opportunities offered confirmed that this was where I wanted to spend my next four years.

Upon arrival everyone was immediately so welcoming and nice. The campus is beautiful any time of day. There is always something to do, from exploring different clubs and organizations to walking around the city and trying all the food options! It's only been a few weeks and I already feel like AU is my second home.

When I first stepped onto the AU campus, I could tell that one day this place would be my home. I felt very comfortable and everyone was so friendly. The campus is absolutely gorgeous.

From first glance I was surprised by how beautiful the campus is; there's so much greenery! I was also really impressed with the School of International Service building. It’s very modern and seems like a good place to study. AU also has plenty of food options. I'm gluten-free and was super impressed by all of the inclusive options for people with allergies or dietary restrictions at all the restaurants on campus and the Terrace Dining Room. Overall, I felt a very welcoming atmosphere and that I matter here at AU. I really believe I made the right choice to attend AU and look forward to my time here!

My first impression of AU was seeing the administration’s commitment to being truly inclusive of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds. The phrase "Global Nomad" really impacted my decision to commit to AU for the next 4 years. I'm so glad I did because I've found my new home!

My first impression of AU was finding a place that is friendly and open-minded, where I was not afraid to be myself. AU’s student life is amazing; there are lots of student organizations and it was very easy to make friends. Additionally, as an international student, I really love being in the city. Washington, DC offers so many things to see and explore. AU is inclusive and friendly and gives its students the necessary resources to be successful.


My first impression of American University was just how pretty AU's campus is! Even though I had visited AU before, actually living and studying here changed everything completely and made me appreciate the campus much more. I appreciate how inclusive and integrated the AU community is, and the strong sense of connection that exists among students. I'm also impressed by how friendly everyone here is and how everyone in the community actively helps each other out.

My first impression of AU was that it was a beautiful campus that I could call home. The environment felt so welcoming and safe that I already knew I'd love every moment I'd spend there. I love the energy that all the students share, and the way I know everyone is there to learn, improve, and grow with others, all while having an amazing time.

My first impression of AU was that it was a very diverse, integrated, and vibrant community. People seemed to be very nice and welcoming, and the campus was beautiful. I loved how the city is so close, and that you can go there easily anytime on the weekends. You can also stay in the academic environment during the week.

I was completely enchanted by the AU’s picturesque landscapes full of life and color when I arrived on campus. The staff during move-in week was extremely helpful and friendly which made the experience ever more exciting. My academic first impressions are that AU means business. Classes started immediately and professors didn’t miss a minute to fuel us with knowledge.

The curriculum in the Business & Entertainment undergraduate program piqued my interest, so I applied ED II and came to AU. I've always admired how AU provides a welcoming environment for people of diverse backgrounds. I had no idea how fantastic this school could be until I arrived and experienced first-hand AU’s personalized services. I am confident that AU will equip me with the tools I need to be successful in both my personal and professional life in the future.

I visited AU for the first time in April and fell in love with the campus and its people. I knew AU was the place where I would spend the next few years. The people here are amazing and it's a very international campus, which makes it even better. American University is truly an incredible university, and I am super happy to be here!

The first time I saw AU I was overwhelmed by the amazing and unique opportunities, campus resources, and the helpful students and university faculty who made sure I felt comfortable and welcomed to my new home. The minute I got to campus I was approached by many different people who offered to help me move in. They also offered food, advice, or just friendly company. This made me feel less alone, and I also felt part of a caring, united community. Even though everything was new to me, AU was home. That feeling became more evident during the first week of classes. AU staff and faculty, especially the professors, are extremely approachable and genuinely care about their students’ well-being and academic progress. I feel honored to be part of this community.

I was a bit nervous to start my first semester last fall 2020 in an online environment. Even though I had finished high school in New York, I was in a French school, immersed in a French environment. I wondered if I would be able to transition to an all-U.S. curriculum and culture, and if I would integrate easily into AU’s community. Once I applied, I began receiving emails welcoming me to AU and telling me about the many opportunities to interact with peers around the world. I felt reassured and at home at AU. I decided to become an AU Diplomat to help future internationals feel welcome no matter where they are from.

You meet so many people from everywhere here at AU! AU is very politically active with such enthusiastic students, staff, and faculty. Everyone’s goal-oriented but also know how to relax and enjoy themselves. AU has the best suburban feel with such easy access into the city, and you always find things to do.

My first impression of American University was completely satisfactory. The number of international students on campus really impressed me. AU’s diversity and inclusion are important concepts that should not be overlooked. I don't regret my decision to attend AU because the academic programs are just as good as I expected. I'm looking forward to making the most of my time here!

My first impressions of AU were definitely positive. I was so overwhelmed with all the warm welcomes I had received and instantly felt at home. AU has a long list of things to do around campus, and I met a lot of people through the various activities and events all around. The people I met were so kind and genuine and interested in where I came from. The passion I saw from all the staff and students lit a fire inside of me, and I'm excited to spend the next four years learning and growing as a person and a student.

When I first got to American University the first impression that I got was an immense sense of a thriving, diverse, and kind community. Walking around campus and going to lectures, at American I felt included and welcomed. The endless list of student engagement activities and clubs allowed me to find my own community at American University with ease.

Our international and US Global Nomad students come from all over the world to attend American University (AU) in Washington, DC! 

No matter who you are, no matter where you are from, you are welcome here at American University. #YouAreWelcomeHere