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Graduate Summer Abroad

Spend your summer interning or join an experiential program abroad - Note: All Summer 2021 Programs will be Virtual

SIS organizes a number of short-term, experiential programs abroad and internships abroad each summer. Some programs are faculty-led and others are courses offered at partner institutions abroad where students will be directly enrolled. Program locations change each summer to reflect the needs and interests of the SIS student population. The detailed curricula of the programs make them ideal for students who wish to concentrate on a specific region or topic area. Each one offers ample opportunity to interact with local and regional leaders, conduct field research, and engage in challenging internship positions.

While we are hope to offer our normal summer abroad options in 2022, this year we will offer several virtual courses based off previous summer study abroad programs. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding. 

Summer 2021 Virtual Courses

In May 2021, SIS partner, UPEACE, located in Costa Rica, will offer two, 3-credit courses in a hybrid format which will allow accepted students to participate virtually. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and all applications must be received by April 2, 2021. Please note an advising appointment with an AU Abroad staff member is required to open an application.


How the programs work

  • Students may apply for their program of choice (all programs are competitive and application does not guarantee admission). Some internship programs also require an application.
  • Students are registered for their respective course by SIS OIP for the summer term at the time of registration.
  • Students pay AU tuition and are billed directly through Student Accounts. Financial aid packages can apply.
  • Some programs include a mandatory program fee. Students can learn about whether or not such a fee exists on each program's respective web page.
  • Summer program fees may include supplemental international emergency health insurance, in-countryaccommodations, ground transportation, some meals, site visits and field trips, and internship placement (if applicable). Program specific websites will list any expenses in greater detail.
  • Students are typically responsible for their own airfare, immunizations, visas (if applicable), supplies, most meals, and other personal living expenses while on the program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Status as a graduate student at American University. Non-AU graduate students may only apply to select programs (see program specific pages for eligibility).
  • Good academic and university standing.
  • Approved plan of study. As part of the application process, students should meet with their academic advisors to get approval for the courses they plan to take.

Note: Each program will have additional eligibility requirements listed on its respective website. Please adhere to the specific eligibility requirements before submitting an application.