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American University Gap Program

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American University's Gap Program will give you an immersive academic experience in Washington, D.C. – with an internship and two college courses.  By taking classes that include site visits and guest speakers, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at international organizations, non-profits, media groups, and global business entities, all while gaining real-world experience with an internship.

The best part of the program is that American University has 70 years of experience mentoring first year and advanced college students who are in DC for internships and experiential courses at AU. The Gap Program and our Summer Institutes for pre-college students take the best of our internship programs and experiential classes to provide you with a once in a lifetime experience.

In addition, the AU Gap will give you an opportunity to experience life on a college campus and in a professional setting, thus providing you with a foundation of skills that can be applied to future studies and careers.

Our semester or year program is an excellent option if you have just completed high school and are searching for a meaningful and challenging experience before formally starting college.  Since it can be year-long or semester gap experience, you can easily combine a semester in AU Gap with another type of Gap experience; or immerse yourself in gaining internship experience for a full-year! The semester/year program is a credit program of 7 credits per semester.

The Summer Institutes are open to rising high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. These programs are two-week, immersive seminars that feature field experts, lectures, simulations, and site visits. These programs are non-credit and open to domestic and international students.  Our summer 2017 topics include Government, Justice, and Law, and an Introduction to the Fashion Business.


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Apply now for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018!

Through August 1, we will continue to accept applications for Fall 2017 on a case-by-case basis due to space availability. Please contact our office if you are interested in the fall semester. 

Applications are being accepted now for spring 2018. Apply by November 3. Start your application today!

American University's Gap Program is proud to be accredited by the American Gap Association.