Congratulations and Welcome!

We are excited to welcome you to Graduate Professional Studies and the American University community! This web page will guide you through your next steps as you prepare to join us.

Steps: Fall 2017

To enroll in the Washington Semester program, please submit your enrollment deposit of $400 online:

  1. Create your myau.american.edu account using your AU ID, which can be found in your acceptance email.
  2. Login to your myAU portal account and go directly to Eagle Finance. Pay your deposit by e-check or credit card.

Please note that this deposit is nonrefundable and will be held in your student account to be credited toward your tuition.

Rules and Regulations

All students must adhere to the American University Academic Integrity Code and Graduate Student Regulations. Please make sure to review this information before courses begin.

GPS Pre-Registration Forms

Please use your myAU username and password to access the GPS Registration Forms.

Your registration forms must be received in order for your registration to be processed.

As your Graduate Professional Studies semester approaches, it is helpful to understand how your schedule will work while in the program.

There are three different components to your weekly schedule: your seminar, internship or research course, and flex days.

Seminar and Class Days

Your program seminar is held on one day each week. You should plan to have 9:00am-4:00pm reserved on your assigned day for your seminar experience, which will include classroom lectures, site visits, and guest speakers. It is possible that you will be on campus during this time, but it is also likely that you will be out in the city depending on the week.

Please note: you will not be meeting this entire time but the time is blocked off to allow flexibility in your professor scheduling of your class. Your professor will provide you with a weekly schedule.

For students participating in the Diplomacy, Defense, & Development program, your class is on one evening each week from 5:30-8:00pm. Your skills institutes and guest speakers will be spaced throughout the semester during this time slot.

Elective courses are held on different days specific to the individual course, but all electives are held after 5:00pm to accommodate your seminar class and internships.

Internship Days

Students participating in the internship option are expected to intern at minimum 3 days per week. The specific week days assigned to intern will be shared with you closer to the start of the semester.

On the same day as your seminar course, you will have the biweekly internship course for all program concentrations from 4:05-5:20pm. This course only meets a few times throughout the semester.

Flex Day

You will also have one day in your schedule set aside as a Flex day. Many students use this as an additional day to intern. Others use it to work part-time jobs, set up informational interviews, attend networking or think tank lectures, or just as a day dedicated to school work.

Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) students have the option of living in university sponsored housing in the Berkshire Apartments near American University's campus or finding living accommodations on their own.

Berkshire Apartments

American University does not offer on-campus housing for graduate students. AU does offer university sponsored housing at the Berkshire Apartments, affectionately known as "The Berks". All Berkshire apartments are double occupancy. Berkshire Apartment floor plans are available online.

Rates for Berkshire Apartments

Studio (double occupancy)
(per student/semester)
$5,842
Small One-Bedroom (double occupancy)
(per student/semester)
$6,489
Medium/Large One-Bedroom (double occupancy)
(per student/semester)
$7,464

*Rates are based on AY 2017-2018

To request University housing in the Berkshire apartments, please fill out the online Housing Application. Housing applications are only being accepted for the Fall 2017 semester at this time.

Registration for housing for the Fall 2017 semester will be sent to deposited students in mid to late April.

The priority deadline for housing for the Fall 2017 semester is June 1. After June 1, housing is based on availability. For questions about housing applications & to make changes to submitted forms, please contact the Housing & Dining Services Office directly.

Off-Campus Housing Options

Many students choose to find their own housing in DC or stay with a friend or family member in the DC area. To assist you with finding off campus housing, AU has a website set up with housing options, a message board to help you find roommates, and other resources. Visit the Off-Campus Housing Site to get started!

Remember Washington, DC, is broken into quadrants. American University is located in the Northwest part of the city. Each neighborhood in DC has its own unique culture. To learn more about each neighborhood, please review the AU Off-Campus Housing Resources.

If you have any questions about DC neighborhoods and recommended areas to live, please don't hesitate to ask the Graduate Professional Studies office at 202-895-4859 or email gps@american.edu.

American University requires all full-time students, all students who live in AU housing, and all international students with F-1 and J-1 visas to carry personal health insurance. Students in these required categories (including Graduate Professional Studies students) are automatically enrolled in the AU student health insurance plan offered by United Healthcare Student Resources.

If you have any questions regarding student health insurance benefits, you can contact United Healthcare Student Resources at 1-800-767-0700.

If you are covered under another comparable health insurance plan, you can waive the university-sponsored student health insurance plan by submitting a waiver. If you choose to submit a waive, you will need to:

  1. Enter your 7-digit AU student ID number and your date of birth to enter the site.
  2. Answer questions regarding your current health insurance coverage and also provide the name, phone number, policy number, and the name of the policy holder for your current health insurance coverage; when you complete the process, you'll see whether your waiver was accepted or denied.

For the fall 2017 semester, the Health Insurance Waiver will be available in mid June and should be submitted prior to orientation on August 24. For more information on the university health insurance plan or the waiver process, please visit the AU Health Center website.

All students, under age 26 (except for students who meet statutory requirements for exemption based upon religious or medical reason) must provide proof of the following immunizations prior to registration.

Students from overseas should note that all required vaccinations will need to be up-to-date before enrolling in American University, even if the stated vaccinations are not required in your home country.

Submit your Immunization Record


You may submit your records via one of the following:

  • Upload the immunization record from your physician's office on the student health portal
  • Email immunizations@american.edu
  • If you do not have a copy of your immunization record please have your physician complete the Immunization Form. This form must be signed and stamped by your physician.

Required Vaccinations

  1. One Tetanus and Diphtheria booster given within the past ten years. (Tdap is recommended.)
  2. Two vaccinations against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), given after age one and at least 30 days apart.
  3. Two vaccinations against Varicella (Chickenpox) given at least 30 days apart, or a history of Chickenpox verified by titer results. DC requires two doses of the Varicella vaccine regardless of the age the student was first vaccinated.
  4. Three vaccinations against Hepatitis B, dose 2 given thirty days after dose 1, dose 3 given four months after dose 2.
  5. Any first year student living in university sponsored housing must be immunized against Meningitis or sign a waiver stating they have read and understand the risks of the disease and do not wish to be immunized.
  6. Any student under the age of 18 must show proof of being vaccinated against Polio.
  7. If you have received immunizations that do not fall into the immunization schedule above (for instance receiving an immunization a week early or a month late) you will need to provide proof results showing immunity.

Religious or Medical Exemption

  • Religious exemption is allowed if a religious leader provides a detailed letter indicating that the immunizations violate his or her parishioner's religious beliefs.
  • Medical exemption is allowed if a medical professional provides a detailed letter indicating that immunizations are medically inadvisable.
  • Both kinds of letters should be addressed to the President of American University, as head of the institution and emailed to immunizations@american.edu.

We are excited to welcome you to Washington, DC for the Fall 2017 semester! This page will regularly be updated with information regarding orientation and your arrival on campus as the information comes available.

Save the Date for Fall 2017 Orientation Activities


August 23
International Student Orientation
August 24
Graduate Professional Studies Orientation
August 28
Internship Fair (morning), first day of AU classes (afternoon)

Please note: Dates are tentative at this time but students should plan their arrival in DC based on the Fall 2017 Key Dates. Updated information will be communicated to students via email and mail throughout the summer.

As you prepare for the fall semester, please reference the Fall 2017 Checklist to complete all required information before you arrive in August.

If you have any questions regarding your upcoming semester, please contact our office at 202-895-4859.

Prepare Your Resume

Our office will provide tools to assist you in finding an internship. To begin your internship search, you will need to first prepare/update your resume and email it to gps@american.edu. The average employer spends 5-7 seconds reviewing a resume, so it is important that yours is sharp, clean, with no typos, and represents your experience and skills.

Explore Our Internship Database

Start exploring the Internship Database and apply for internships.

Get Online Advising

When

  • 1st Friday in month 10 a.m. (EST)
  • 2nd Thursday in month 12 p.m. (noon EST)
  • 3rd Wednesday at 2 p.m. (EST)
  • 4th Tuesday at 9 p.m. (EST)
  • 5th Monday at 10 a.m. (EST)

How

Please RSVP 24 hours or more in advance.

Join the weekly meeting and/or call +1 (626) 521-0013 use Access Code/Meeting ID: 876-264-165

What

Each weekly online internship advising session will start with a 5-10 minute presentation about career development and internships. Then, students can ask questions about internships. Topics will vary based on season, trends, interests, and programs.

Students admitted to Graduate Professional Studies will be automatically considered for partial scholarships. In addition, we offer a limited amount of additional scholarship funding. To be considered for additional scholarships, please complete the scholarship application.

Dean's Ambassador Scholarship

Students in this category must demonstrate a high level of academic achievement (3.5 GPA or higher), community engagement, extracurricular activities, honors, and potential contribution to their academic field of study while enrolled in the School of Professional & Extended Studies.

Program of Study Scholarship

Students in this category will be deemed scholars within their program of study. Students must have an average to above average GPA (3.0 or higher*). They must demonstrate moderate to high financial need, and should have contributed in some way to their field of study.

SPExS Leadership Scholarships

Leadership Scholarships can be awarded in a variety of financial assistance including in the form of Tuition, Room & Board (including meal plan coverage) scholarships, and/or Work Awards. The dollar amount will vary based on funding and need. The Scholarship Committee expects students to have a 3.0 GPA or higher* and demonstrated leadership experience.

  • Education Award: Awarded to students that are the first in their immediate family to attend a college or university. Students applying for an Education Award should desire a future career within their program of study.
  • Advancement Award: Awarded to underrepresented populations. This award is provided to increase diversity and opportunities for students from these populations within the School of Professional & Extended Studies. Students attending specifically designated colleges such as historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Hispanic-serving institutions are encouraged to apply. Students applying for an Advancement Award should desire a future career within the program of study.

Science, Health, and Technology Scholarship

Awarded to students pursuing study in the areas of Science, Health, and Technology. Special consideration is given to applicants from underrepresented or underserved populations including women, though all students are encouraged to apply.

*Exceptions may be made for students below 3.0 GPA that have demonstrated need.

  1. Please log into EagleService using your myAU username and password.
  2. For additional instructions, you may view a video tutorial.


Steps: Spring 2018

To enroll in the Washington Semester program, please submit your enrollment deposit of $400 online:

  1. Create your myau.american.edu account using your AU ID, which can be found in your acceptance email.
  2. Login to your myAU portal account and go directly to Eagle Finance. Pay your deposit by e-check or credit card.

Please note that this deposit is nonrefundable and will be held in your student account to be credited toward your tuition.

Rules and Regulations

All students must adhere to the American University Academic Integrity Code and Graduate Student Regulations. Please make sure to review this information before courses begin.

GPS Pre-Registration Forms

Please use your myAU username and password to access the GPS Registration Forms.

Your registration forms must be received in order for your registration to be processed.

As your Graduate Professional Studies semester approaches, it is helpful to understand how your schedule will work while in the program.

There are three different components to your weekly schedule: your seminar, internship or research course, and flex days.

Seminar and Class Days

Your program seminar is held on one day each week. You should plan to have 9:00am-4:00pm reserved on your assigned day for your seminar experience, which will include classroom lectures, site visits, and guest speakers. It is possible that you will be on campus during this time, but it is also likely that you will be out in the city depending on the week.

Please note: you will not be meeting this entire time but the time is blocked off to allow flexibility in your professor scheduling of your class. Your professor will provide you with a weekly schedule.

For students participating in the Diplomacy, Defense, & Development program, your class is on one evening each week from 5:30-8:00pm. Your skills institutes and guest speakers will be spaced throughout the semester during this time slot.

Elective courses are held on different days specific to the individual course, but all electives are held after 5:00pm to accommodate your seminar class and internships.

Internship Days

Students participating in the internship option are expected to intern at minimum 3 days per week. The specific week days assigned to intern will be shared with you closer to the start of the semester.

On the same day as your seminar course, you will have the biweekly internship course for all program concentrations from 4:05-5:20pm. This course only meets a few times throughout the semester.

Flex Day

You will also have one day in your schedule set aside as a Flex day. Many students use this as an additional day to intern. Others use it to work part-time jobs, set up informational interviews, attend networking or think tank lectures, or just as a day dedicated to school work.

Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) students have the option of living in university sponsored housing in the Berkshire Apartments near American University's campus or finding living accommodations on their own.

Berkshire Apartments

American University does not offer on-campus housing for graduate students. AU does offer university sponsored housing at the Berkshire Apartments, affectionately known as "The Berks". All Berkshire apartments are double occupancy. Berkshire Apartment floor plans are available online.

Rates for Berkshire Apartments

Studio (double occupancy)
(per student/semester)
$5,842
Small One-Bedroom (double occupancy)
(per student/semester)
$6,489
Medium/Large One-Bedroom (double occupancy)
(per student/semester)
$7,464

*Rates are based on AY 2017-2018

To request University housing in the Berkshire apartments, please fill out the online Housing Application. Housing applications are only being accepted for the Fall 2017 semester at this time.

Registration for housing for the Fall 2017 semester will be sent to deposited students in mid to late April.

The priority deadline for housing for the Fall 2017 semester is June 1. After June 1, housing is based on availability. For questions about housing applications & to make changes to submitted forms, please contact the Housing & Dining Services Office directly.

Off-Campus Housing Options

Many students choose to find their own housing in DC or stay with a friend or family member in the DC area. To assist you with finding off campus housing, AU has a website set up with housing options, a message board to help you find roommates, and other resources. Visit the Off-Campus Housing Site to get started!

Remember Washington, DC, is broken into quadrants. American University is located in the Northwest part of the city. Each neighborhood in DC has its own unique culture. To learn more about each neighborhood, please review the AU Off-Campus Housing Resources.

If you have any questions about DC neighborhoods and recommended areas to live, please don't hesitate to ask the Graduate Professional Studies office at 202-895-4859 or email gps@american.edu.

American University requires all full-time students, all students who live in AU housing, and all international students with F-1 and J-1 visas to carry personal health insurance. Students in these required categories (including Graduate Professional Studies students) are automatically enrolled in the AU student health insurance plan offered by United Healthcare Student Resources.

If you have any questions regarding student health insurance benefits, you can contact United Healthcare Student Resources at 1-800-767-0700.

If you are covered under another comparable health insurance plan, you can waive the university-sponsored student health insurance plan by submitting a waiver. If you choose to submit a waive, you will need to:

  1. Enter your 7-digit AU student ID number and your date of birth to enter the site.
  2. Answer questions regarding your current health insurance coverage and also provide the name, phone number, policy number, and the name of the policy holder for your current health insurance coverage; when you complete the process, you'll see whether your waiver was accepted or denied.

For the fall 2017 semester, the Health Insurance Waiver will be available in mid June and should be submitted prior to orientation on August 24. For more information on the university health insurance plan or the waiver process, please visit the AU Health Center website.

All students, under age 26 (except for students who meet statutory requirements for exemption based upon religious or medical reason) must provide proof of the following immunizations prior to registration.

Students from overseas should note that all required vaccinations will need to be up-to-date before enrolling in American University, even if the stated vaccinations are not required in your home country.

Submit your Immunization Record


You may submit your records via one of the following:

  • Upload the immunization record from your physician's office on the student health portal
  • Email immunizations@american.edu
  • If you do not have a copy of your immunization record please have your physician complete the Immunization Form. This form must be signed and stamped by your physician.

Required Vaccinations

  1. One Tetanus and Diphtheria booster given within the past ten years. (Tdap is recommended.)
  2. Two vaccinations against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), given after age one and at least 30 days apart.
  3. Two vaccinations against Varicella (Chickenpox) given at least 30 days apart, or a history of Chickenpox verified by titer results. DC requires two doses of the Varicella vaccine regardless of the age the student was first vaccinated.
  4. Three vaccinations against Hepatitis B, dose 2 given thirty days after dose 1, dose 3 given four months after dose 2.
  5. Any first year student living in university sponsored housing must be immunized against Meningitis or sign a waiver stating they have read and understand the risks of the disease and do not wish to be immunized.
  6. Any student under the age of 18 must show proof of being vaccinated against Polio.
  7. If you have received immunizations that do not fall into the immunization schedule above (for instance receiving an immunization a week early or a month late) you will need to provide proof results showing immunity.

Religious or Medical Exemption

  • Religious exemption is allowed if a religious leader provides a detailed letter indicating that the immunizations violate his or her parishioner's religious beliefs.
  • Medical exemption is allowed if a medical professional provides a detailed letter indicating that immunizations are medically inadvisable.
  • Both kinds of letters should be addressed to the President of American University, as head of the institution and emailed to immunizations@american.edu.

We are excited to welcome you to Washington, DC for the Fall 2017 semester! This page will regularly be updated with information regarding orientation and your arrival on campus as the information comes available.

Save the Date for Fall 2017 Orientation Activities


August 23
International Student Orientation
August 24
Graduate Professional Studies Orientation
August 28
Internship Fair (morning), first day of AU classes (afternoon)

Please note: Dates are tentative at this time but students should plan their arrival in DC based on the Fall 2017 Key Dates. Updated information will be communicated to students via email and mail throughout the summer.

As you prepare for the fall semester, please reference the Fall 2017 Checklist to complete all required information before you arrive in August.

If you have any questions regarding your upcoming semester, please contact our office at 202-895-4859.

Prepare Your Resume

Our office will provide tools to assist you in finding an internship. To begin your internship search, you will need to first prepare/update your resume and email it to gps@american.edu. The average employer spends 5-7 seconds reviewing a resume, so it is important that yours is sharp, clean, with no typos, and represents your experience and skills.

Explore Our Internship Database

Start exploring the Internship Database and apply for internships.

Get Online Advising

When

  • 1st Friday in month 10 a.m. (EST)
  • 2nd Thursday in month 12 p.m. (noon EST)
  • 3rd Wednesday at 2 p.m. (EST)
  • 4th Tuesday at 9 p.m. (EST)
  • 5th Monday at 10 a.m. (EST)

How

Please RSVP 24 hours or more in advance.

Join the weekly meeting and/or call +1 (626) 521-0013 use Access Code/Meeting ID: 876-264-165

What

Each weekly online internship advising session will start with a 5-10 minute presentation about career development and internships. Then, students can ask questions about internships. Topics will vary based on season, trends, interests, and programs.

Students admitted to Graduate Professional Studies will be automatically considered for partial scholarships. In addition, we offer a limited amount of additional scholarship funding. To be considered for additional scholarships, please complete the scholarship application.

Dean's Ambassador Scholarship

Students in this category must demonstrate a high level of academic achievement (3.5 GPA or higher), community engagement, extracurricular activities, honors, and potential contribution to their academic field of study while enrolled in the School of Professional & Extended Studies.

Program of Study Scholarship

Students in this category will be deemed scholars within their program of study. Students must have an average to above average GPA (3.0 or higher*). They must demonstrate moderate to high financial need, and should have contributed in some way to their field of study.

SPExS Leadership Scholarships

Leadership Scholarships can be awarded in a variety of financial assistance including in the form of Tuition, Room & Board (including meal plan coverage) scholarships, and/or Work Awards. The dollar amount will vary based on funding and need. The Scholarship Committee expects students to have a 3.0 GPA or higher* and demonstrated leadership experience.

  • Education Award: Awarded to students that are the first in their immediate family to attend a college or university. Students applying for an Education Award should desire a future career within their program of study.
  • Advancement Award: Awarded to underrepresented populations. This award is provided to increase diversity and opportunities for students from these populations within the School of Professional & Extended Studies. Students attending specifically designated colleges such as historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Hispanic-serving institutions are encouraged to apply. Students applying for an Advancement Award should desire a future career within the program of study.

Science, Health, and Technology Scholarship

Awarded to students pursuing study in the areas of Science, Health, and Technology. Special consideration is given to applicants from underrepresented or underserved populations including women, though all students are encouraged to apply.

*Exceptions may be made for students below 3.0 GPA that have demonstrated need.


Your student bill will be available through Eagle Service, found on your myAU portal in the "Personalized Links" section under the "Finance" Category. Your bill is due on the first day of classes, January 16. For more information on how to pay your student bill, please visit the Student Accounts website

You may also sign up for a payment plan to breakdown your student bill into monthly payments. There are several variations of the monthly payment plan available. The last day to enroll in a payment plan for the Spring 2018 semester is February 15.


Questions?

Lana Knox
Associate Director of Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate Programs
(202) 895-4859
knox@american.edu