Tuition & Costs

Fall 2020 & Spring 2021
Program Options Tuition Total
8 credits:
4 credit internship course
4 credit WSP seminar
11 credits:
4 credit internship course
4 credit WSP seminar
3 credit AU elective
12 credits:
4 credit internship course
4 credit WSP seminar
4 credit WSP seminar


15 credits:
4 credit internship course
4 credit WSP seminar
4 credit WSP seminar
3 credit AU elective


International Partner Non-Credit
4 credit internship course
4 credit WSP seminar
4 credit WSP seminar
3 credit AU elective


Required Fees
Undergraduate Fee Amount
Technology Fee $120
Sports Center Fee $65
Student Activity Fee (Fall 2020)


Student Activity Fee (Spring 2021)


Metro U*Pass1


1Flat fee for unlimited Metrorail and Metrobus transportation during Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester (estimated savings of over $500 per semester for Washington Semester students) for travel to/from internship sites, guest speakers, site visits, classes on campus, and recreational activities.

Housing Options
Occupants Amount
Single Occupancy Room with community bathroom2 $6,452
Double Occupancy Room with community bathroom $5,048
Triple Occupancy Room with community bathroom3


2Priority for single occupancy housing is given to students approved for disability-related accommodations by American University's Academic Support & Access Center. Please contact the ASAC at or +1 (202) 885-3360 for more information.
3Limited availability for On Campus Triple Occupancy

Meal Plan Rates
Block Count EagleBuck$ Total
All Access 7 Day + 5 Meal Exchanges per week $100 $3,050
175 Block Plan $400 $2,442
100 Block Plan4 $400 $1,588
50 Block Plan5 $100 $695
0 Block Plan $800 $800

4Students living on campus are required to enroll in a minimum of 100-block meal plan.
5The 50-block meal plan and $800 in EagleBuck$ only are only available for students living off campus on their own.

Health Insurance Rates
Coverage Period Cost
Annual (August 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021) $1,952
Fall (August 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020) $814
Spring/Summer (January 1, 2021 - July 31, 2021) $1,139
Summer Only (May 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020) $488

Health insurance is required for all students at AU. The waiver and account activation will become available after the student receives the registration confirmation email. Students with private insurance may waive the AU health insurance to avoid charges; students should submit the waiver prior to the start of the semester to have the charge removed. Students who will not waive the health insurance should activate their AU health insurance account. Students who do not submit the waiver nor activate their account will be auto-enrolled in the plan, which will become active approximately four weeks after the start of the semester.

  • All international students must have health insurance plans with a US carrier who meets the minimum coverage requirements.
  • International students will not be permitted to waive the AU health insurance with insurance from their home country.
  • Travel insurance is not eligible for a waiver.
  • International students must have unlimited medical evacuation benefits and unlimited repatriation benefits.

Tuition Refund Insurance

If you will pay tuition directly to your home school, we recommend that you contact your home school regarding their tuition insurance plan if offered before purchasing AU-affiliated tuition refund insurance.

Tuition refund insurance is optional but recommended. If you will pay tuition directly to AU and are interested in purchasing tuition refund insurance, please review the information for AU-affiliated insurance.

Other Costs to Consider
Expense Amount
Books $200
Student Commuter/ Resident General Parking (semester rate) $506.50

Students should also plan and budget for personal expenses, including medical not covered by health insurance and travel expenses to and from Washington, D.C.

Summer 2021
Option Amount
3-credit Colloquium + Internship $3,800

Scholarships are available. For priority consideration, complete your admissions application first. If you've already been admitted to the program, visit the Scholarships page for more information on how to obtain a scholarship.