undergraduate accelerator

about the undergraduate accelerator

The move from high school in your home country to a university in the United States can be challenging—a new language, new ways of learning, and a new home. The Undergraduate Accelerator helps to make this transition easier by combining credit-bearing courses from the first year of your degree with additional support, teaching, and cultural experiences. Small cohorts, hands-on and interactive classes, and community-focused programming combine to help you find success.

The Undergraduate Accelerator is comprised of three distinct program tracks: the Extended Accelerator, the Academic Accelerator, and the Integrated Accelerator. The program that’s right for you will depend on your academic background, level of English-language proficiency, and personal preferences; however, all Undergraduate Accelerator programs offer the following:

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Flexibility
In the U.S. academic model, you can change majors, explore what interests you, and customize your education to pursue your dreams.



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24/7 Multilingual Support
As an Undergraduate Accelerator student, you and your family benefit from support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Help on all matters, large or small, is just a phone call away. You can count on support on all issues, even practicalities such as airport pickup, opening a bank account, and mobile phone registration.
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Dedicated Support Services Team
You can depend on your Student Services Advisor—every Undergraduate Accelerator student has one. The Undergraduate Accelerator provides regular tutoring sessions, dedicated career and academic advisors, and direct access to professors.
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Small Class Size
You will take small, dedicated classes with your cohort to give you greater individual attention and tailored support.


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American Cultural Experiences
Attend an AU Eagles basketball game, go on a tailored tour of the U.S. Capitol and view the original U.S. Constitution, and see a show at the world-famous Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.





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Opportunity to Study with U.S. and International Students
Although you’ll benefit from a curriculum tailored for international students, you will live alongside U.S. or local students and connect with student mentors who are current AU students, American and international. The Extended Accelerator Program, Academic Accelerator Program, and Integrated Accelerator Program are all developed to help international students like you succeed at AU!

Program Tracks

The Extended Accelerator Program (EAP), Academic Accelerator Program (AAP), and Integrated Accelerator Program (IAP) are all developed to help international students succeed. Find your perfect program below.

Integrated Accelerator Program (IAP)

Get more than high marks.

The Integrated Accelerator Program (IAP) is a two-semester program designed specifically for international students with an advanced level of English-language proficiency, but who also want the academic, cultural, professional, and linguistic support they need to thrive at American University. The program features a robust advising and mentorship component as well as priority access to the most exclusive, in-demand courses. You may enter the program in the spring, summer, or fall and progress into year two of your undergraduate education with a full year’s worth of academic credits. Depending on your chosen degree, you may choose elective courses in the humanities, social sciences, or science.

  • For the high-achieving international student, the Integrated Accelerator Program provides an exclusive and academically rigorous freshman-year experience.
  • Priority access to a selection of courses hand-picked by your academic advisor, which are tailored to your interests and career goals. 
  • Find success with coaches and mentors that help ensure you have access to the resources you need to get the most out of your education and your experience in the United States.
  • Expand your network through career preparation and programming that deepens your connection to the University, your fellow students, and potential employers.

GPA Entry Requirement: 3.0
English Language Level: IELTS 6.5+, no subscore below 6.0 / TOEFL 80+, no subscore below 18

 

Academic Accelerator Program (AAP)

Be empowered.

The Academic Accelerator Program (AAP) is a two-semester program designed specifically for students who are ready to succeed in immersive English-speaking classrooms, but who also want the benefit of English-language and student support that will help them thrive. The program curriculum offers a balance of University-wide and AAP exclusive courses, with English-language course supplements that will equip you with the practical, subject-specific vocabulary and skills you need to excel in your coursework. You may enter the program in the spring, summer, or fall and progress into year two of your undergraduate education with a full year’s worth of academic credits. Depending on your degree, you may choose your elective curriculum in humanities, social sciences, or science.

  • Just the right amount of support when you need it. The Academic Accelerator Program features a curriculum designed to accommodate your academic and English-language needs.
  • Credit-bearing courses, so it is possible to earn a full freshman year’s worth of credits while taking courses tailored to your needs as an international student, helping you achieve your academic and career goals.
  • English-language instruction to meet your needs, both socially and academically; for example, you will be prepared specifically for the classes you will take, such as algebra and U.S. history.
  • Integrated with open and closed courses, so you’ll be in some classes with U.S. students and others with your designated AAP cohort.

GPA Entry Requirement: 3.0
English Language Level: IELTS 6.0+, no subscore below 5.5 / TOEFL 74, no subscore below 16

Extended Accelerator Program (EAP)

Prepare for success.

The Extended Accelerator Program (EAP) is a three-semester program for students seeking an immersive English-learning experience. The program gives you a firsthand, practical, and cultural understanding of the American University campus and the Washington, DC area through its contextual curriculum. You may enter the program in the spring, summer, or fall and progress into year two of your undergraduate education with a full year’s worth of academic credits. Depending on your degree, you may choose your elective curriculum in humanities, social sciences, or science.

  • An immersive educational experience with a contextual curriculum bridging language, culture, and academics.

  • From DC to the World is a unique course designed for international students that will deepen your working knowledge of life in the United States and give you a comprehensive understanding of the local community and region.

  • Bolster your academic achievement with extra English-language instruction, tutoring, academic advising, and student support.

  • Benefit from supplemental English language instruction to support your courses, for instance, lab-specific English-language instruction alongside your lab-science course.

 

GPA Entry Requirement: 3.0
English Language Level: IELTS 5.5+, no subscore below 5.0 / TOEFL 68, no subscore below 14

ESTIMATED PROGRAM DURATION

Time to completion varies based on a student’s English-language ability, degree choice, and course load per semester.
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Discover Your Passion

Whatever major students choose, they acquire a solid foundation in the liberal arts and pursue in-depth study in their chosen fields. 

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