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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 life at AU.

My first impression of student life at AU is that it is very welcoming. No matter what your background is people are happy to introduce you into the very close-knit community at American. Furthermore, there is a myriad of activities you could get involved in, ranging from theatre to soccer to Model UN. Overall, American fosters an encouraging environment in which people from all walks of life can explore their passions and expand their horizons.

American University is very diverse, every time you turn a corner someone is speaking a different language. The university stands for diversity and inclusivity. Students are very focused on academics and are very aware of current issues. The voices of the students are genuinely taken into account. All the professors are experts in their fields as well as amazing human beings. Being in D.C. opens the door to so many opportunities.

The most remarkable thing about AU is its vibrant and socially aware community, with a strong sense of purpose and versatile interests. I am always amazed at how engaged and active students, faculty, and staff are - both on campus and beyond.

What has really impressed me is the school's commitment in guiding and encouraging students to be involved with the school resources and participation in class. In addition, AU's location being in D.C, has allowed students to become engaged in social and political issues in today's society. Furthermore, the diversity that I have seen in the student body has been quite impressive, considering that American University is a predominantly white school. Seeing many international students has allowed me to find my place at American.

"In one word, it would be 'homey.' Despite being 6,000 miles away from home, I know that at the end of every day I have a supportive and loyal base here in DC to call my second family. Whether through the people I meet in my classes, at work, or in the various clubs and organizations I'm honored to participate in, it's difficult not to feel a sense of belonging and importance at AU."

"My first impression of the student life here in AU was that it was really welcoming, open, inclusive, and full of activities since day one. I was well received on campus, not only by the faculty but also by the other new students who were really approachable. For me, it is important to find a sense of belonging, and I felt I found it here. I thought there was a lot to do and choose from."

I think that the best aspect of being a student at American University is being able to have access to all the resources the city and school have to offer. Additionally, at AU I have the chance to explore all my interests whereas back in Italy you don't have the same freedom. Once you choose a major you are required to take classes that strictly relate to it, and if you realize that the major you choose doesn't fit your expectations, it is very difficult to transfer saving credits.

What most impressed me from American University was their effort and commitment to inclusiveness and diversity. When I was in the process of choosing my college, it was crucial for me that people from all over the world and different backgrounds would be in the same place as me. Here in AU, everyone has a story to tell, a different perspective and point of view to add to the table

My first impression of AU was one of finally having found where I belong. After a stressing year in high school figuring out where to go I knew the day I came to AU that U had found the one. Everyone here is very helpful, inclusive and can make your day better. Since day one I felt part of something great and I am confident that I will be able to do great things being part of the AU family.

When I came to American University I was surprised to see all the diverse cultures and communities on campus. My first few days at AU were one of the best because of the great welcoming energy from both the staff and the students. In AU there is always someone to talk to and it is so easy to make new friends because everyone is looking to meet new people as well.

The first day I stepped onto AU's campus, it felt like home already. It felt like a place full of opportunities and the ideal place for me to grow as a person surrounded by supportive faculty and peers. It was warm and welcoming and I was instantly glad to have chosen AU!

The diversity on campus surprised me and this is something I truly value about AU, because it opens new opportunities for everyone.

The students at AU are socially and politically engaged. There are activities ranging from dancing to debate to anything that involves active political participation. Once you get here the opportunities to engage in extra-curricular that are directly enhancing your academic studies, are numerous.

When I first got to AU, it was difficult finding my place on campus. Coming from a relatively homogenous society, I at first experienced culture shock. With time, I started making friends both inside and outside of my classes. I also started to explore DC, sometimes on my own and sometimes with friends, and soon enough, I felt at home. One thing I've come to love about AU is that there are so many opportunities for people to be unapologetically themselves.

During the first few days at AU I was a bit overwhelmed and surprised from the transition. Beginning a new life--the college life--in a different country surely was challenging. Nevertheless, it took me just a week to get used to it. Everyone was very friendly and I always had someone to guide and support me through any difficulty. Overall, college life continues to amaze me on a daily basis through the people I meet and the experiences I encounter.

I was surprised that there are a lot of people from different countries at AU. I have heard various languages on campus. AU has diverse cultures and everyone is very welcoming to the international students.

Although my experience is geared towards the graduate school, there was a sense of belonging I felt when I arrived on campus. The professors and faculty are readily available to help students succeed and the spirit here is more cooperation rather than competition. In addition, there are so many avenues to make friends, meet new people, network and take advantage of what DC has to offer!

As a freshman, I quickly noticed how close-knit the community at AU felt. Whether it was with students from your floor or different campus organizations, everyone finds a community to join. I personally found a community within Chi Alpha Campus Ministries here on campus that made AU feel like home right from the start. I would encourage all prospective and freshmen students to take advantage of all the opportunities AU has to offer because you are bound to cross paths with inspiring and unique people during your time here that will undoubtedly have a huge impact on your career and life.

AU goes the extra mile to welcome international students and ensure that they are comfortable in the college, which is their new home. Student life here is thriving, vibrant and inclusive. Anyone can find people that are like them and share similar interests, as well as find others a part of the diverse community of AU students. Interacting with this community helps broaden one's sphere and increases personal development and growth.

Everyone is welcoming at American University. AU is in a perfect pocket of Northwest DC and it still maintains that campus college feel. I am more than happy with my choice of university for my major of International Relations, and I am excited to see where my future at AU takes me. I know that it will bring countless internships and travel opportunities. With AU's comfortable campus and welcoming atmosphere, I feel right at home and excited to learn.

AU was a very different and eye-opening experience since I was completely new to the United States. Thankfully, AU has a very welcoming environment which allowed to easily settle in and become friends with many people on my floor. Kogod, in particular, allowed me to find people who have a similar business mindset to me and really helped me realize that AU is the perfect place to prepare me for business.

People at AU are genuine, passionate, and hardworking. Both on and off campus, there is always something to do and there are endless opportunities to further develop your interests, skills, and find new passions along the way. As an AU Diplomat, I have the opportunity to meet even more international students with backgrounds and interests from all over the globe. AU has exceeded my expectations and I am excited for what's to come.

Student life here at AU is very busy. Students are constantly involved in extracurricular activities and challenging themselves to try new things. Here at AU, I was able to find a warm welcoming community that supports and encourages me.

My first impression was very pleasant and a heart-warming one. I fell in love with the campus as well as its resources, and with so many opportunities offered; career exploration, conferences, and networking. The professors and the student environment made me feel like home. I felt that I had become part of the big family which is truly supportive and helpful in all situations. I started to feel more confident about being able to reach my academic and future, career goals! Since then, I have promised myself to keep working as hard as I could!

Everyone is so welcoming and there are so many different opportunities and events on campus that allow you to truly submerge yourself into the community here and find someone to call a friend and connect with! At AU, you are able to truly find yourself and begin your own path, surrounding my millions of wonderful opportunities, great people, and an inclusive campus.

Our current AU Diplomat international and US Global Nomad student ambassadors represent the cultural diversity, inclusiveness, and fun spirit of our global community. AU has a long tradition of welcoming students from across the United States and the world to our campus. AU is home to more than 1,530 international students representing diverse cultures and viewpoints from nearly 126 countries. As you make your decision on where to attend school, know that at American University, You Are Welcome Here