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Your Experiential Learning Journey

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Experiential learning – the process of learning by doing –is deeply integrated into an AU education. Apply what you learn in the classroom by immersing yourself in real-world experiences that enhance your knowledge and build skills for future success. AU provides opportunities for all students- from first years through to graduate students– to forge your own path and select experiences that will best prepare you for what comes next.

First Year Experience

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Intro to College Life

American University Experience (AUx) introduces you to college life and the resources available on campus so you can begin to consider your future experiential learning opportunities.

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Think Like a Scholar

In your Complex Problems seminar—part of AU Core—you examine a variety of perspectives and practice thinking like a scholar. You’ll have unique out-of-class experiences and in-class discussions with field experts.

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Live, Learn Together

In a Living-learning community (LLC), you live in a residence hall with other students who have a common academic interest or shared identity. LLCs also bring you exciting social experiences to enhance your first year of college.

Sophomore Year Through Graduate School

Choose Your Path

AU fosters your active learning by providing different types of learning experiences that empower you to be a responsible, engaged citizen. You have flexibility to choose your experiences with faculty and staff support.

Career Readiness

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Explore your current or intended career field through internships and supervised practical experiences. Apply what you have learned in class through hands-on job experience while earning credit in most situations. In 2022, 86 percent of AU undergraduate students and 48 percent of graduate students participated in an internship.

Student Leadership

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Develop skills for future success by engaging with one or some of AU’s hundreds of student-led organizations. You may also develop leadership skills as teaching assistants in the classroom,  living-learning community program leaders,  or as academic program peer mentors.

Global Experience

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Whether you want to immerse yourself in a semester or year-long study abroad program, short-term study abroad through your academic program, or service oriented travel through an Alternative Break, globally-focused learning opportunities are available for all students.

Research

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Undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students complete research through faculty-guided assistantships, clinics, field work, labs, and more. Whether in the classroom or out, you have many chances for creative and scholarly pursuits. 

In the Community

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AU students serve the community through new student activities like Explore DC, and math and literacy tutoring through DC Reads. You may also receive academic credit for service-learning. Our Center for Community Engagement and Service connects you with community-based learning opportunities.

In the Classroom

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Many classes feature unique experiential learning labs. Using Washington, DC as an extension of the classroom, you’ll have opportunities to visit government agencies, cultural institutions, and non-profit organizations to see real-life applications of what you’ve learned in class.

Experiential Learning Opportunities at American University

Find out more about individual undergraduate and graduate experiential learning opportunities at AU by scrolling through our database or using the search box. Notice something missing from the list? Reach out to us at learnbydoing@american.edu.

Program Database
Program School Dept Program Level Program Type Description
No-Credit Internships AU CC Any Career Readiness Apply lessons learned in the classroom to professional settings with unparalleled access to internships in Washington, DC.
Capital CoLab Digital Technology Credential AU CC Undergrad Career Readiness Gain digital technology skills important to employers and your future career with this credential.
On-Campus Student Jobs AU HR Any Career Readiness Develop your career skills through part-time work in AU offices and departments on campus.
Tech Safari CAS Grad Career Readiness Learn about tech innovation through this guided experience in Silicon Valley, California.
Carmel Institute CAS Undergrad Global Experience Participate in Russian-focused cultural events and conferences and apply for grants to study Russian language and history.
The Game Studio CAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Gain invaluable experience working on real-world game projects.
Public Health Scholars CAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Enter an accelerated, interdisciplinary three-year course designed for highly motivated first-year students.
CAS Leadership and Ethical Development Program CAS Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Confront ethical challenges and learn leadership skills with seminars and community-based learning opportunities.
Humanities Truck Fellowship CAS Grad Research Facilitate collaborative community-based research, scholarship, and exhibitions, and share your findings.
Design and Build Lab CAS Any Research Immerse yourself in this maker space for digital fabrication, rapid prototyping, and experimentation.
Inequality, Social Justice, and Health Lab CAS Any Research Investigate structures of inequality that impact public health, using this knowledge to promote health equity.
Neuroscience Labs CAS Any Research Take part in active research programs spanning topics including addiction, decision-making, development, memory, and nutrition, among others.
Psychology Labs CAS Any Research Participate in a variety of research and clinical training opportunities, including scholarly analysis and internships.
Multiscale RECIPES for Sustainable Food Systems CAS Any Research Help advance the science needed to make our wasteful food system sustainable, equitable, and resilient.
The Playful City Lab CAS Any Research Investigate the power of playful tactics to advance equity, strengthen the sense of place, and build strong communities.
Institute for IDEAS CAS Grad Research Get involved in research and creative work involving immersive technologies—virtual, augmented, mixed, and extended reality.
Center for Media and Social Impact CAS Any Research Bridge boundaries among scholars, social justice groups, and media producers, and communicators with stories for social change.
Robin Mathias Annual Research Conference CAS Any Research Present original research, scholarship, and creative work before colleagues, faculty, and friends.
Kogod BU Los Angeles Internship Program Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Intern in Los Angeles for a semester while taking courses in your business and entertainment major.
Kogod WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Complete core, specialization, or elective courses for a semester or a year in Vallendar, located on the famed Rhine River.
Kogod WHU Graduate Summer Institute Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Study international business, corporate strategy, or finance in this program designed for MBA and MS students.
Kogod WHU Summer Undergraduate Business Program Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Attend a summer course taught in English on the business, political, and cultural environment in Europe in Vallendar, Germany.
Kogod Programs: France EDHEC Business School Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Study for a semester in Lille, France, taking courses in English or French.
Kogod Zurich University of Applied Sciences Kogod Undergrad Global Experience Study in Winterthur, Switzerland, for a semester.
Kogod Sweden MSSM Global Consulting Program Kogod Grad Global Experience Consult with corporate clients on-the-ground in Stockholm as part of this required course for MSSM degree candidates.
Kogod Case Competition Kogod Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Examine an issue faced by an organization and work with fellow participants to recommend solutions to its leadership.
AU Center for Innovation Kogod Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Develop an entrepreneurial mindset, conduct market research, acquire financing, manage cash flows, and grow your ventures.
Kogod in Practice Kogod Any Career Readiness Kogod in Practice encompasses a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including pro bono projects and Kogod Co-ops that bring résumé-worthy hands-on experiences to all Kogod students and to students across all AU schools.
Student-Managed Investment Fund Kogod Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Gain real-world experience in securities analysis and portfolio management.
Alternative Breaks Program—Domestic Student Affairs Undergrad Global Experience Develop and implement programs driven by social justice issues during school breaks in the US and abroad.
Community-Based Courses Student Affairs Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Take courses with learning objectives and projects that are connected to collaborations with partner nonprofits.
Community Service-Learning Program Student Affairs Undergrad Service Learning Deepen your understanding of DC through a free experiential learning add-on attached to a course you are already taking.
Explore DC Student Affairs Undergrad Service Learning / Student Leadership Experience your new home by serving DC nonprofits and exploring neighborhoods, history, and culture.
President's Volunteer Service Award Student Affairs Any Service Learning / Student Leadership Serve a minimum of 100 eligible volunteer hours to earn the President's Volunteer Service Award.
DC Reads Student Affairs Undergrad Service Learning / Student Leadership Be an education advocate as you tutor and mentor students with community-based organizations that support DC public schools.
Eagle Endowment Grant Student Affairs Any Student Leadership Apply for a grant and a year of mentorship to make change through a DC community-based service project.
Student Organization Leadership Student Affairs Any Student Leadership Participate in leadership opportunities in student government organizations, clubs, media, and fraternities and sororities.
First-Year Orientation Leaders Student Affairs Undergrad Student Leadership Help prepare and support first-year and transfer students as they start their AU journeys.
CDI Student Dialogue Facilitator Student Affairs Undergrad Student Leadership Facilitate intergroup and intragroup student dialogues about a range of identity topics.
Washington Semester Program OGIS Undergrad Career Readiness Experience DC as you earn credit with program-specific seminars, elective courses, and structured internships.
DC Internship Gap Year OGIS Undergrad Career Readiness Work in a professional setting while you take seminars, optional electives, and an internship course.
Belgium and Kenya: Transcontinental Politics, Policy, and Practice OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Examine current issues confronting the European Union and Africa through academics and an internship.
Belgium: European Union in Action OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Learn about the European Union and NATO through classes with decision-makers, internships, and field trips.
Belgium: Graduate Brussels Summer Internship OGIS Grad Global Experience Intern for credit with organizations and businesses in Brussels while pursuing academic requirements with AU Brussels faculty.
Belgium: Undergraduate Brussels Summer Internship OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Participate for credit in a full-time English-speaking internship with an organization in Brussels.
Belgium and Spain: SIS Global Scholars OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study contemporary and historical international relations issues and conduct independent research in Belgium and Spain.
Belgium and Spain: SPA Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study the historical and contemporary perspectives of public policy and legal issues in Belgium and Spain.
Spain: Art History (Summer) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Learn about the creative forces that shaped the Mediterranean region, explore Madrid's museums, and earn AU Core credit.
Spain: Clashes and Alliances of Mediterranean Civilizations (Fall) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Dive into Mediterranean history, culture, and politics with courses, homestays, internships, and excursions by AU Madrid.
Spain: Global and Public Health Issues in Spain and Europe OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study the health systems of Spain and the Mediterranean and improve your Spanish with a semester in Madrid.
Spain: Graduate Summer Internship OGIS Grad Global Experience Use your advanced Spanish language skills as you immerse yourself in the unique aspects of the Spanish workplace.
Spain: Iberian Experience (Spring) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live, study, and intern in Madrid while you travel the Iberian peninsula to experience its culture, politics, and history.
Spain: Intensive Spanish (Spring) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience life in Madrid as you learn Spanish with AU Madrid-organized courses, homestays, and cultural excursions.
Spain: Madrid Business Program OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses in English or Spanish at one of Spain’s premier business schools and at AU Madrid.
Madrid: Spain: Madrid Summer Language Program OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture as you study abroad with a summer term at AU Madrid.
Spain: Transforming Arts Institute in Madrid OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in Spanish at a premier performing arts school with housing, field trips, and potential internships through AU Madrid.
Spain: Undergraduate Madrid Summer Internship OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Use your advanced Spanish language skills as you immerse yourself in the unique aspects of the Spanish workplace.
Spain: Universidad Pontificia Comillas—Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study independently along local Madrid university students using your advanced Spanish language skills.
Spain: Universidad Pontificia Comillas—ICADE Business School OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Use your very advanced Spanish language skills as you enroll directly in a premier business school in Madrid.
Kenya: Environment and Human Health OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study human responses to environmental changes through coursework and internships in Nairobi and rural Kenya.
Kenya: Graduate Summer Internship OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Intern with Kenyan-run organizations and businesses while pursuing academic requirements with AU Nairobi.
Kenya: Politics of Identity and Development in Africa OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live in Nairobi and explore history, politics, development, gender, and international relations via courses and excursions.
Kenya: Public Health OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Intern at a Kenyan-run public health organization while pursuing academic interests at AU Nairobi.
Kenya: Undergraduate Nairobi Summer Internship OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live in a vibrant Nairobi neighborhood, intern five days a week, and attend seminars that complement the internship.
International Accelerator at American University OGIS Any Global Experience Develop the English proficiency needed for admission to AU while you partake in DC cultural experiences.
AU Cornerstone Wroxton College (UK) OGIS Any Global Experience Explore your field of interest at Wroxton College and experience UK culture as a first-year student.
Argentina: Universidad Torcuato di Tella OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take Spanish classes with local Argentine university students in this independent study abroad program.
Armenia: Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (American Councils) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in the Russian language with courses taught in Russian in Armenia.
AU Cornerstone: Madrid SIS Scholars OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Jumpstart your international education as a first-year student with support of AU Madrid faculty and staff.
Australia: James Cook University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live and study in North Queensland as you explore UNESCO World Heritage listed rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.
Australia: New York Film Academy, Gold Coast OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study filmmaking and do production work with renowned Village Roadshow Studios in this hands-on intensive program.
Australia: University of Melbourne OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Australian education system firsthand at a university campus in the heart of Melbourne.
Australia: University of New South Wales OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Australian education system firsthand at a university acclaimed as a teaching and research powerhouse.
Australia: University of Queensland OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Australian education system firsthand at a park-like campus five miles from Brisbane.
Austria: Vienna Music (IES) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Choose from a wide selection of courses in English or German that focus on music and European culture and society.
Brazil: CET Brazil Social Justice and Inequality OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Understand Brazil from a local perspective with a combination of courses taught in English and Portuguese.
Canada: Killam Foundation Fellowship OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Attend a Canadian university through this nationally competitive fellowship.
Canada: National Student Exchange OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at the collegiate level in Canada through the National Student Exchange.
Chile: Santiago Program OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take classes in Spanish in this structured program with internship, homestay, and field trip opportunities.
Chile: Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Chilean education system firsthand by taking classes taught in Spanish at a Santiago university.
China: CET Beijing OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in the culture as you improve your Chinese language skills in China’s capital city.
China: CET Shanghai OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in Chinese culture in Shanghai as you partake in English-speaking courses and an optional internship.
China: Chinese University of Hong Kong OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience this cosmopolitan city at the crossroads of Asia through study abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
China: City University of Hong Kong OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience this cosmopolitan city at the crossroads of Asia through study abroad at the City University of Hong Kong.
China: G-MEO China Program OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in Chendu, China, in an English language, US-style learning environment.
Costa Rica: Universidad Nacional (IFSA) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica, with its outstanding natural environment.
Czech Republic: CET Prague OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study business and economics, Central European studies, or Jewish studies in Czech Republic capital.
Czech Republic: Film Production in Prague (CET) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Master the filmmaking process and the medium of 16mm film as you work in a group to create a short film.
Denmark: DIS Copenhagen OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study off the beaten path as you participate in an academically-themed program of courses and tours throughout Europe.
Ecuador: Rehearsing Change (Pachaysana Institute) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in the Ecuadorian Amazon as you practice your Spanish skills and explore global challenges on the local level.
England: BU London Internship Program OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Combine an internship with courses that examine an academic area in the context of the UK’s history, culture, and society.
England: IES London Internship Program OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Explore contemporary London and the global impact of Britain on Western culture with an internship and courses at IES London.
England: King's College London OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live and study with King's College London students at campuses in the heart of the UK's capital.
England: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take part in the great theatrical tradition of Britain as you work and study with its leading actors and directors.
England: London Health Practice and Policy Program OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take health studies courses and participate in a required service learning placement in UK capital.
England: Oxford University—Lady Margaret Hall OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at Lady Margaret Hall at one of the most renowned academic institutions in the world—Oxford University.
England: Oxford University—St. Anne's College OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at St. Anne's College at one of the most renowned academic institutions in the world—Oxford University.
England: Queen Mary University of London OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live and study with other university students at the only London institution with a residential campus.
England: SOAS—University of London OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study abroad with the largest concentration of Africa, Asia, and Middle East specialist faculty in the world.
England: The London School of Economics and Political Science OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Be a general course student at one of the most prestigious institutions in the heart of this multicultural city.
England: University College London OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take upper-level courses at one of the most prestigious institutions in England.
England: University of Exeter OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in a small British city in the countryside along the beautiful coast of southwest England.
Finland: University of Helsinki OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Finnish education system firsthand while taking classes taught in English.
France: API Grenoble OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in French with language and civilization courses.
France: API Paris OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Gain a full semester of college credit in this international center of commerce and culture.
France: IFE Paris OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study and intern in Paris, where students are conducting significant research across many fields.
France: MICEFA OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in French life and Parisian culture while studying with support from an intercultural office.
France: Sciences Po Lille OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses on political science, international relations, and French language, all taught in English or French.
Germany: Berlin Language and Area Studies (IES) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Use Berlin’s urban landscape to enrich your academic focus as you take all your classes in German.
Germany: Frankfurt School of Finance and Management OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Expand your business experience in the state-of-the-art facilities of one of Germany's largest finance departments.
Germany: Freie Universitaet Berlin European Studies Program OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study and explore Berlin for a semester, earning up to six credits of German at any level from beginning to advanced.
Germany: Junior Year in Munich OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in the German language for a semester or year with the support of a study abroad coordinator.
Greece: American College of Thessaloniki OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in small, American-style classes on the beautiful shores of the Aegean Sea.
India: Buddhist Studies (Carleton College) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study the Buddhism theory and practice among more than 40 Buddhist temples within a largely Hindi and Muslim community.
Indonesia: Gadjah Mada University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at this Indonesian public ivy league research university, the oldest and largest institution of higher learning in Indonesia.
Ireland: Trinity College Dublin OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study on a handsome 40-acre campus in the heart of Ireland's capital.
Ireland: University College Dublin OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself at an Irish university campus with strong courses in law, business, the sciences, psychology, and more.
Israel: Tel Aviv University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience the Israeli education system while taking classes taught in English with other study abroad students.
Israel: The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Learn from courses in diverse environmental fields, a peace-building and leadership seminar, and more.
Israel: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live in a setting surrounded by history and take classes in Israel's largest international program.
Israel: University of Haifa OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live in the north of Israel along the coast, experiencing the Israeli educational system firsthand.
Italy: John Cabot University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Choose from a wide variety of courses at this private liberal arts college, which conducts its entire program in English.
Italy: The American University of Rome OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Enroll directly, choosing from a wide variety of courses and participating in extracurricular campus activities.
Japan: Keio University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in the international program or intensive language program at this university with six campuses across Greater Tokyo.
Japan: Nanzan University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience Nagoya, a major cultural and economic center, for a semester, summer language program, or full year.
Japan: Waseda University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in the vibrant heart of downtown Tokyo for a full year or spring semester.
Jordan: CET Academic Programs OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Improve your Arabic language skills with support from a community of devoted staff, faculty, local neighbors, and partners.
Kazakhstan: Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (American Councils) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Learn Russian in Kazakhstan through courses taught in the language.
Kenya: Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study archaeology and environmental science in remote desert locations in rural northwest Kenya.
Korea: Ewha Womans University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience Seoul's rapid industrialization, technological development, and beautiful and rich traditional culture.
Korea: Yonsei University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Get a broad introduction to Korea in its Asian and world setting with classes taught in English at this Seoul university.
Latvia: Learn Russian in the EU OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Immerse yourself in the Russian language as you live and study in Latvia.
Mexico: Universidad de las Américas Puebla OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses taught in Spanish while living and studying in Cholula, a suburb of Puebla, Mexico.
Morocco: Area and Arabic Language Studies (AMIDEAST) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses taught in English on Arabic and Morocco in its Muslim, Arab, African, and Mediterranean contexts.
Morocco: Regional Studies in French (AMIDEAST) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses taught in French on Arabic and Morocco in its Muslim, Arab, African, and Mediterranean contexts.
Netherlands: Leiden University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take courses alongside Dutch and other international students in the Hague.
Netherlands: University College Maastricht OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take interdisciplinary courses in Maastricht alongside students from the Netherlands and other parts of Europe.
New Zealand: The University of Auckland OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take classes directly enrolled at this New Zealand university as you immerse yourself in the country’s largest city.
New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take classes directly enrolled in this New Zealand university as you immerse yourself in the country’s capital city.
Northern Ireland: Queen's University Belfast OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Choose from a suite of courses in Belfast, Northern Ireland, including renowned courses in peace and conflict resolution.
Poland: Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Experience Polish culture while learning from regional experts about European politics, economics, and societies.
Scotland: The Glasgow School of Art OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Develop your artistic abilities at a well-ranked UK school of art that offers studio immersion in many fields and mediums.
Scotland: The University of Edinburgh OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Spend a semester or year of study in the cultural, historical, and political center of Scotland.
Scotland: University of Glasgow OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take classes from a diverse selection alongside local students in Glasgow, known for its fantastic arts and music scene.
Singapore: Yale-NUS College OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Live and study at this small liberal arts college founded by Yale and the National University of Singapore (NUS).
Spain: Art History (Summer) OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Spend six weeks in Madrid taking a Mediterranean art history course for credit toward AU Core requirements.
Spain: Undergraduate Madrid Summer Internship OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Intern in Madrid, experiencing unique aspects of the Spanish workplace while immersed in the language.
Taiwan: CET Taiwan OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Take intensive language classes in Taipei and intern in Chinese and English-speaking environments.
Taiwan: National Chengchi University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study on a large, modern campus in Taipei at one of Taiwan's leading universities.
United Arab Emirates: American University of Sharjah OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Gain insight into life in the Emirates as it attempts to combine traditional culture with modern economic development.
United States: National Student Exchange OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study at one of 160-plus member colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Wales: Aberystwyth University OGIS Undergrad Global Experience Study in a charming, coastal town in Wales, integrating with Welsh students in a wide array of course areas.
SIS Graduate Programs Practica SIS Grad Career Readiness Conduct program and policy analyses working in teams with clients, including US and international government agencies.
SIS Skills Institutes SIS Any Career Readiness Translate theory into practice in these intensive workshops taught by experienced international affairs practitioners.
Global Scholars SIS Undergrad Global Experience Live, study, and intern in the US capital while a student of another domestic or international university.
Sakura Scholars SIS Grad Global Experience Earn a joint bachelor of arts in global international relations with AU and Ritsumeikan University in Japan.
Abdul Aziz Said Peace Scholars SIS Undergrad Global Experience Advance the celebrated SIS professor’s life’s mission through studying peace, conflict resolution, and interfaith dialogue.
SIS Graduate—American University of Rome SIS Grad Global Experience Study in a beautiful villa on the right bank of the Tiber River, choosing from three master's degrees.
SIS Graduate—Freie Universität Berlin SIS Grad Global Experience Pursue a master of arts program in international relations from Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Potsdam.
SIS Graduate—Korea University SIS Grad Global Experience Prepare for leadership roles at Korea University Graduate School of International Studies international relations program.
SIS Graduate—Korea University Dual Degree SIS Grad Global Experience Pursue a degree in an SIS major field and earn up to 15 credits in your second year by studying at Korea University.
SIS Graduate—KU Leuven SIS Grad Global Experience Spend a semester nestled in Leuven's city center at Belgium's oldest university, a 45-minute train ride from Brussels.
SIS Graduate—Norwegian University of Life Sciences SIS Grad Global Experience Choose from English-language graduate programs focused on food sciences, development, and environmental studies.
SIS Graduate—Peking University SIS Grad Global Experience Train in international studies, international political economy, and diplomacy on a campus with traditional Chinese architecture.
SIS Graduate—Peruvian Diplomatic Academy SIS Grad Global Experience Study diplomacy and international affairs with up-and-coming Peruvian diplomats.
SIS Graduate—Ritsumeikan University SIS Grad Global Experience Study international relations in the northwestern corner of Kyoto, near Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Ryoanji Rock Garden.
SIS Graduate—Ritsumeikan University Dual Degree SIS Grad Global Experience Earn a dual graduate degree, spending your second year studying in English or Japanese at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.
SIS Graduate—Sciences Po SIS Grad Global Experience Study politics and international affairs in Paris among elite students from all over the world.
SIS Graduate—The Graduate Institute Geneva SIS Grad Global Experience Study the major global, international, and transnational challenges facing the contemporary world.
SIS Graduate—University for Peace SIS Grad Global Experience Study at the United Nations University for Peace in a global community within a beautiful nature reserve in Costa Rica.
SIS Summer Abroad—Cambridge, UK SIS Grad Global Experience Explore the role of the intelligence and security agencies in a democratic society, applying principles to cutting-edge problems.
SIS Summer Abroad—Geneva, Switzerland SIS Grad Global Experience Study how international organizations protect human rights and humanitarian action, health and environment, and global migration.
SIS Summer Abroad—Tbilisi, Georgia SIS Grad Global Experience Gain broad knowledge of the Black Sea-Caspian region and its current security, political, and economic environment.
SIS Summer Abroad—UPEACE Program SIS Grad Global Experience Take intensive summer classes on a beautiful nature reserve in Costa Rica while networking for an international career.
SIS Undergraduate—Korea University SIS Undergrad Global Experience Study international affairs in Seoul at a progressive, globally conscious institution while immersed in Korea's unique culture.
SIS Undergraduate—Ritsumeikan University SIS Undergrad Global Experience Improve your Japanese language skills, learn more about Japanese culture, and meet people from all over the world.
SIS Undergraduate—Ritsumeikan University Dual Degree SIS Undergrad Global Experience Earn two degrees: one from American University and one from Ritsumeikan University.
SIS Undergraduate—Sciences Po SIS Undergrad Global Experience Study politics at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris's main campus or one of six region-focused campuses across France.
Olson Scholars SIS Undergrad Research Pursue advanced research work in international studies as you enter your sophomore year at the School of International Service.
SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium SIS Undergrad Research Organize and lead a day of educational exchange of international affairs student research.
LA Intensive SOC Any Career Readiness Meet LA-based entertainment industry professionals and alumni via site visits, panel discussions, and social events.
New York Career Intensive SOC Any Career Readiness Connect with alumni and professionals working in NYC communications, including hosted events with major media organizations.
Dean's Internships SOC Undergrad Career Readiness Represent the School of Communication, strengthening ties with host partners via real-world assignments with future job pathways.
Alumni Mentorship SOC Any Career Readiness Pair with School of Communication alumni who help you navigate your career path from the classroom to professional world.
Center for Environmental Filmmaking Student Projects SOC Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Create innovative films and media that raise awareness, represent diverse voices, promote solutions, and inspire action.
Classroom in the Wild SOC Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Expand and improve your photography and filmmaking skills in this open workshop.
Investigative Reporting Workshop SOC Any Research Work with experienced journalists to hold the powerful accountable through original, data-driven investigative reporting.
Urban Teachers Teacher Preparation/MAT Partnership SOE Grad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Accelerate student achievement, disrupt systems of inequity, and improve the life outcomes of children in urban schools.
Teacher Pipeline Project SOE Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Explore dual enrollment opportunities in education courses, full scholarships, and coaching for new teachers.
SPA Professional Development Series SPA Undergrad Career Readiness Prepare for a career as a public affairs professional with faculty-guided, small-group weekend workshops.
Sine Institute of Policy & Politics: Student Associates SPA Any Career Readiness Assist Sine Fellows with designing, planning, organizing, and executing their seminar series.
Women and Politics Institute: WeLead Campaign Training Program SPA Undergrad Career Readiness Encourage women to get involved in politics with practical training and research facilitation.
Center for Data Science: Student Fellows SPA Any Career Readiness Focus on 21st-century data production, analysis, and storage with events, research, and academic journal support.
Center for Environmental Policy: William K. Reilly Scholars and Interns SPA Grad Career Readiness Get training and mentorship as an environmental leader through the William K. Reilly Fund.
Center for Environmental Policy: Environmental Careers Network SPA Any Career Readiness Learn about environmental policy work through interviews with non-academic career environmental professionals.
Hertie School Exchange Program SPA Grad Global Experience Study public affairs and public policy at the Hertie School in Berlin, Germany, for one semester.
European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute SPA Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Immerse yourself in an introduction to the art and craft of lobbying in the European Union.
Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute SPA Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Take advanced workshops conducted by lobbying professionals and attend the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute.
Campaign Management Institute SPA Grad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Train for participation in local, state, and federal political campaigns.
Politics, Policy and Law Scholars SPA Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Work closely with School of Public Affairs faculty who teach and publish in the areas of politics, policy, and law.
Lincoln Scholars Program SPA Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Take small seminar classes on foundational texts among intellectually and politically diverse students, scholars, and faculty.
Key Executive Leadership Programs SPA Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Develop skills, knowledge, and values needed by public and nonprofit leaders.
SPA Analytics and Management Institute SPA Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Learn a variety of skills including mapping, regulation compliance, and policy writing for a general audience.
Data Science MS Practicum SPA Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Gain analytical expertise and creative problem-solving skills to succeed across multiple industries, academia, and government.
Justice, Law, and Criminology MS Practicum SPA Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Gain a holistic understanding of issues and institutions across the social sciences, law, and the humanities.
Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy MS Practicum SPA Any In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Approach security issues through development of strategic security solutions at federal, state, and local levels of government.
Center for Data Science: Institute for Data Science and Big Data SPA Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Participate in faculty-mentored data science research opportunities
SPA Leadership Program SPA Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Gain the experience, skills, and knowledge needed for a leadership role in public service via this 15-credit course of study.
Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore Project SPA Grad Research Assist with locating, transcribing, annotating, and publishing the letters of the two US presidents.
Public Affairs and Policy Lab SPA Undergrad Research Seek advanced research experiences in collaboration with a School of Public Affairs (SPA) professor.
Women and Politics Institute: Gender on the Ballot SPA Any Research Be involved in research that contributes to the national dialogue on gender and politics.
Center for Environmental Policy: Research Assistants SPA Any Research Contribute to research that informs and educates future environmental leaders and promotes more sustainable and innovative practices.
Justice-Related Initiatives (Justice Programs Office) SPA Grad Research Contribute to assessing and rectifying racial and ethnic disparities in government and the court system.
Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research: PhD Grant Workshop SPA Grad Research Attend a workshop about pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships and other funding opportunities for School of Public Affairs PhD students.
SPA Undergraduate Research Symposium SPA Undergrad Research Present original scholarly and creative work before colleagues, friends, and faculty.
Peace and Violence Research Lab Fellowship SPA Any Research Get support for research on topics related to peace and political violence.
Metropolitan Policy Center Graduate Research Assistants SPA Grad Research Work with center faculty to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges.
Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research Opportunities SPA Any Research Partner with faculty as you advance public policy research that addresses today's pressing issues.
The Public Purpose Graduate Journal SPA Grad Research Write and edit for this print and online journal of public affairs, politics, and public policy.
The World Mind Undergraduate Policy Magazine SPA Undergrad Research Contribute cutting-edge analyses and lead production of this international public policy publication.
Clocks and Clouds Undergraduate Research Journal SPA Undergrad Research Contribute political science, international, or public policy articles to this undergraduate research journal.
Center for Environmental Policy: Projects and Workgroups SPA Any Service Learning / Student Leadership Work with faculty and staff on projects aimed at improving US environmental governance.
Project on Civil Discourse: Peer Facilitators SPA Undergrad Service Learning / Student Leadership Guide and support AU community members who wish to develop as listeners, speakers, and learners.
AU Cornerstone DC UEAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Gain workplace experience, expand your network, and acquire knowledge that gives you an edge in the job market.
AU Honors UEAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Participate in unique experiential learning opportunities and apply for funding for special projects and paid leadership positions.
University College UEAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Join this living-learning community for first-year students.
Complex Problems Seminars UEAS Undergrad In-Classroom / Curricular-Driven Partake in unique co-curricular experiences that take you off campus or bring area experts to the classroom.
Complex Problems Program Leaders UEAS Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Mentor new AU students, helping them to integrate learning experiences both inside and outside of their Complex Problems seminar.
Community-Based Research Scholars UEAS Undergrad Research Participate in community-based research through responsible and meaningful community-engaged service and learning opportunities.
Summer Scholars and Artists Program UEAS Undergrad Research Receive funding to conduct full-time research that demonstrates the potential for significant scholarly or creative work.
Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities UEAS Undergrad Research Apply for funding to support your own research.
Honors Student Student Advisory Council UEAS Undergrad Student Leadership Serve in an advisory capacity to the AU Honors Program and organize social events for the Honors community.
AU Experience Peer Facilitators UEAS Undergrad Student Leadership Serve as a role model and mentor as part of American University Experience first-year courses.
Investigative Broadcast Journalism (COMM 420 or 620) SOC Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course models real world experiences in broadcast news. Students create a portfoilio of packages including TV, investigative journalism, interviews, use of camera. This course mostly reports stories in DMV but also travels along the east coast.
Quantitative Methods for Journalists SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This class teaches students how to build and analyze databases from a journalist point of view. Students learn how to request and analyize data, find a story within the data, pitch the story, write the lead, and create a reporting plan for how they would write the story.
How the News Media Shapes History (COMM 270) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven After time in the classroom, students apply their learning in a hands on history project, working in digital archives to generate original research projects.
Digital Skills (COMM 305) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Students are given a camera and learn to go out and use it. Students start with still photography with access to cameras from AU's extensive inventory of professional equipment. In the classroom students work on photography skills where every class is hands on learning camera fuctions, shooting opportunities, and edit photos. Students also have an opportunity to learn pod casting and video technology while completeing a project needed in the community.
Reporting (COMM 320) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This section offers news writing assements, where students partiicpate in DC community event. Student attending are responsible for getting the full story, including interviewing attendees on the record. Students cover speeches, panel discussions or news conference events. The philosophy of teaching this class is to building skills- first find news on campus, then broaden the story scope through experiences. Students also learn Solutions Journalism where they focus on a societal issue with a possible solution to it. In addition to writing about issue, students also investigate what people/orgs are doing to solve.
Digital Audio and Podcast Production (COMM 385) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Students find community stories, gather sound, write copy, produce audio, voice a track, and digitally edit stories to be able to produce a resume reel of audio stories; students also produce weekly newscast with rotating jobs as producer, anchor, editor, reporter, or writer.
Advanced Reporting (COMM 425) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course focuses on students covering, developing, and creating a beat that focus on local issues of national importance. Students earn expertise and portfolio pieces that help build a strong resume to secure a job in journalism. The beats in the past have ranged from environmental issues, reproductive rights, transgender homelessesness, social justice, and more. Students develop skills to showcase expertise, creativity, and how to sequence different parts of reportingio. Students also publish their stories in on campus or local publications and hear from journalists.
Backpack Video Journalism (COMM 432 or 632) SOC Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Over the course of the semester, students will find stories, pitch, write, shoot, edit. Stories are real and found in the community, nonprofit, or other. real stories.
Global Journalism: Issues and Trents in the 21st Centrury (COMM 445 or 645) SOC Any In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Students conduct interviews with artist exhibiting in African Photo Festiva, through a partnership with the creater of the Abija in ivory coast, Africa.
Journalism Capstone (COMM 462) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven Culminating experience in undergrad degree. Using their projects from other courses, students will develop an online career portfolio professional that employers can look at. Students will also produce an in depth journalism project (traditional print, mini doc video, podcast, investigated project, radio realated). This project is broken down into milestones just like real world/in the field. Students work on nonfiction narative writing (ie longer piece, mag writing), a signature piece for their portfolio and get published.
Advanced Broadcast Production (COMM 487) SOC Undergrad In-Classroom/Curriculuar-Driven This course is like a full TV newscast: Start the day with a clean slate, go into a pitch meeting, send out students to report, and by the end of class, they will do a news cast. Depending on circumstance/news of the day, they've even gone as far as Puerto Rico ie to cover/follow huricanne stories.

 

Graduation

What comes next? Six months after graduation, 90 percent of AU students report they are working, in graduate school, or both. Yet, AU’s support doesn’t stop when your studies are complete. You still enjoy access to campus benefits and resources like the AU Career Center, and you can network, connect, and collaborate with fellow alumni through the Alumnifire online community.