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NSLC College Credit Program        School of International Service 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8071 United States

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What to expect

American University is proud to partner with the NSLC to provide NSLC participants with the opportunity to earn college credit from AU. The credit option is available to all NSLC participants regardless of the location of your program.  The course, which is taught online upon returning home, allows students to pursue areas of interest in greater depth with an AU professor. Students may enroll only in the AU course associated with their particular NSLC program.

Prior to your arrival on campus, you will access a welcome letter from your professor by logging in to your myNSLC portal.

On the opening day of NSLC, students enrolled in the AU credit option will create their AU portal account. NSLC staff will show students how to access their course on AU's electronic Blackboard; however, their course will not begin until after students return home. No reading or work will be assigned while students are on campus.

After you return home, students will access instructional material via AU's Blackboard platform at hours that suit their own schedules. This instruction may include lectures recorded by their professor, podcasts, documentaries, and discussion boards. Students will have 30 days from the last day of their on-campus program to complete and submit assignments to their professor.  Extensions are possible, but students must receive written permission from their professor. Professors remain accessible to students for 30 days via email or office hours conducted via Skype. 


American University awards credit based on a minimum of 12.5 instructional hours and 25 hours of independent student work per credit. For the College Credit Option, instructional hours are derived from a combination of experiential learning gained from the on-campus NSLC program and instructional time received through the online course.  AU credit is transferable to many accredited colleges and universities; however, AU recommends that students verify transfer credit policies at institutions they wish to attend. As with AP credits, each college or university maintains its own policies regarding what transfer credit it will accept.


Students will earn a letter grade (A-F) upon completion of the course.  Students do have the option of selecting a pass/fail option. To choose the pass/fail option, you must email the NSLC College Credit Coordinator at before the "withdrawal" date shown on the syllabus. Please note that a grade of Pass indicates performance of no less than a 2.0 on a conventional grading scale. Note that universities may be less inclined to accept transfer credit without a letter grade.

Please be advised that failure to complete assignments may result in failing the course which will be reflected on your permanent college transcript. If no assignments are completed, the student's incomplete status will default to a failed grade.

Late Assignments

Sometimes students have trips or obligations following their return home which prevent them from meeting a course deadline; in such cases, students may request an extension from their professor. Late assignments will not be accepted unless you receive written permission from your professor. Failure to complete assignments may result in failing the course, which will be reflected on your permanent college transcript.


Upon enrolling in the college credit option, NSLC will provide instructions on completing and uploading to the NSLC portal a one-page transcript request form. AU's Registrar will mail your transcript once final grades are posted to students' academic records. The Registrar will send additional copies of transcripts to colleges or universities to which you are applying; however, you must submit an additional transcript form and follow instructions found on the FAQ alumni page. Please be aware that the Registrar will never send your transcript without your permission.


In recognition of the scholastic aptitude and leadership merit of the students selected for NSLC, American University is offering a special reduced tuition rate of $875.

Payments are made directly to the NSLC. Upon acceptance to your program, please log-in to myNSLC and complete the "College Credit" form. For any payment-related questions, please contact NSLC at or call 1-800-994-NSLC (6752).

Withdrawals and Refunds

Please review all Registrar regulations regarding changes to your enrollment. The last day to drop your course and receive a full refund is 30 days prior to the start of your NSLC program. To receive the refund, you must provide written notification of cancellation to the NSLC. No refunds will be provided if a student cancels registration within 29 days of the start of the session.

Any changes to a registration must adhere to the following deadlines and will be subject to the refund policy. Changes made more than 30 days before the start of your AU course should be made directly to NSLC. Changes made within 30 days of the start must be communicated to the NSLC first and then to AU by emailing

Add/Drop a Course

Last day to drop a course and receive a refund
30 days prior to the start date of the AU course
Last day to add a course
Start date of the AU course
Last day to drop a course (without "withdrawal")
5th day of the AU course
Last day to drop a course (with "withdrawal")
23rd day of the AU course 

Change of Grade Type

Last day to change the grade type (e.g., letter grade of pass/fail)
23rd day of the AU course

Program Benefits

  • Earn college credit
  • Enjoy personal instruction from your college professor
  • Gain in-depth insight in a field of interest
  • Bolster your college applications
  • Have an official AU transcript sent to any college to which you are applying