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AU High School Summer Scholars FAQs

Students who wish to register for a course should follow instructions on the Apply Now page. A parental/guardian signature is required. Within seven to ten days after completing the application, AU will email instructions on next steps to complete the enrollment.

Students will earn one credit upon successfully completing one course. Students may enroll in more than one course, but they must first obtain program permission by emailing Students may enroll in no more than three courses. Because the nature of instruction is asynchronous and there are no live sessions, students may select courses with overlapping dates.

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA (B average) are eligible to apply. International students with an equivalent GPA are also eligible.

We welcome international students who have demonstrated adequate English proficiency. Students must obtain a minimum score of at least 80 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-IBT). Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students usually take their course for a letter grade (A-F), especially if they anticipate seeking to transfer the credit to another institution. However, the pass-fail grade form can be a good choice, depending on individual circumstances. To change your grade type to pass-fail or for more information, contact

Students should select the course that best suits their interests. Because the nature of instruction is asynchronous and there are no live sessions, it is possible to enroll in more than one course; however, to enroll in more than one course students must obtain program permission by emailing  Students may enroll in no more than three courses. Students should understand that each course will require a minimum of five hours per week, inclusive of watching pre-recorded lectures and assigned videos, participation in online discussion boards, and completing course readings and written assignments.

Payment for your course is due upon registration. Please note that once students are registered in a course, they are responsible for tuition due. Lack of attendance does not equate to automatic withdrawal from a course. In addition, failure to comply with payment schedules may result in a financial restriction being placed on your account which would prevent any future registration or proof of completion of classes, including an official transcript, from being requested. Students will receive additional instructions concerning online payment options once registration is finalized.

During the enrollment process, students will set up their AU student account which will enable them to access their course on AU’s Canvas platform. For questions on accessing Canvas, please email Page Hogan at

Students should refer to AU’s policies for changes regarding registration. For this program, policies regarding refunds and withdrawals can be found here under the heading, “Refund Schedule for Classes with Non-Standard Length.” To make a registration change, please email

All courses in this program are taught by American University faculty. Instructors are committed to your success. They will remain accessible throughout the entire course via email and/or office hours conducted via Zoom or Skype. 

The AU credit course is taught online in a self-paced, asynchronous format, allowing flexibility in completing reading and written assignments on your own schedule. Instructional content may include pre-recorded lectures, podcasts, documentaries, and faculty-led discussion boards. The assignments vary from course to course. All courses will include some readings and recorded lectures. Written assignments range from a research paper or project, discussion posts or blogs, a reflection essay, or a video project. AU faculty remain involved and accessible to students for 30 days via Canvas or office hours conducted via Zoom or Skype.

The credit is transferrable to many universities. However, as with AP credits, colleges and universities have different policies regarding transfer credit. AU recommends that students contact the Registrar of a college or university they are interested in attending to inquire about its policies regarding transfer credit. Please note that at the student’s request, AU will send a transcript and syllabus to universities to help determine the status of transferability.

All your work should be sent in by the due date specified on your syllabus. Course syllabi will give instructions for submitting your work. Students should contact their professor if an extension is needed. 

To receive an official American University transcript, students need to submit a transcript request.  The AU Registrar now uses an outside firm to assist with transcripts. Follow the directions for "New User" through the online ordering system. Note: This process will involve creating an account and submitting a few pieces of information, such as your AU ID or date of birth, so that your record can be located.  If you have questions, please email or call 202-885-2022.