After you deposit for the Mentorship in England Program, if you do not have a passport, you will need to apply for one as soon as possible. If you already have a passport, please double check that it does not expire within 6 months of the start date of the program. Students also will want to make certain that their passport is in good condition, as damaged passports can be refused for use (at the airport or upon entry in England). Students who do not have a passport or who need a new passport should apply for one by May 2019.


All students are required to obtain a short term UK study visa prior to departure to England, unless otherwise directed. More information about UK visas and entering the country will be available in May and June 2019.

Note: depending on the country of citizenship, international students may have additional requirements for a visa for the semester in England. We advise you contact the UK Consulate in your country for information about visas and obtaining documentation to travel and study in England.

Travel to England/Pre-Departure Orientation

In September, students will attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation at American University in Washington, DC.

For this two-day orientation, students are responsible for accommodations/hotel costs for the overnight stay in DC for orientation. Students will also be responsible for coordinating their own travel to/from Washington, DC - before the on campus orientation and once they return in December.

The group (students, professor, and advisor) will depart for England from Washington, DC, after the orientation. AU will coordinate the logistics for the group flight, however please note that students will pay for/secure their own travel to England after AU announces the group flight information in early July. The return flight in December will arrive back in Washington, DC, and students will coordinate their own travel from Washington, DC, to their final destination. Students may have the option of changing the December flight back to the US with a flight to their home city (with a fee to the student).

All students living outside of the US at the time of the September orientation will meet with the advisor in country to discuss the orientation topics or will participate via Skype.

Proof of Health Insurance/International Insurance

You will be required to secure international health insurance and to report your coverage information and any medical conditions (via AU forms) to American University and BSU. Students also will be enrolled in AU's emergency medical insurance for international travel. However, the student's own international insurance will be used as their primary policy that will provide coverage overseas, as the AU emergency insurance only covers emergencies during the program dates.


Students are strongly encouraged to disclose and preregister any documented accommodation requests with the American University Academic Support & Access Center (AU ASAC) at (202)885-3360.

Students will need to obtain an official letter from ASAC that will be forwarded to BSU to determine how requested accommodations will be arranged at BSU.


All students participating in the abroad Mentorship Program options are required to complete AU Forms for submission to the Mentorship Program Office in May and June. Failure to complete and submit any forms to AU may result in removal from the program.

These forms include:

  • Program Expectations
  • Consent & Release
  • Passport Information
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Disability Accommodation Request
  • Medical and Insurance Information
  • Student ID Card Photo Submission
  • FERPA Waiver
  • Permission to Travel
  • Visa & Residence Permit Procedure

Students will be provided with more information about the forms and their due dates in May and June.

Visiting AU? Let us know!

We would like to meet you while on campus and share more information about the Mentorship Program. Contact us at 202-895-4936 or You can also sign-up for an American University tour and information session.