Welcome

We are pleased to welcome you to American University and the Washington Semester Program. You will soon be immersed in the nation's capital-the informational capital of the world and one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States.  This web page will guide you through your next steps as you prepare to join your Washington Semester Program cohort soon.

Steps

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.

Class Registration

After your deposit has been processed, your advisor will contact you with information on how to register for classes. In the interim you can sign up for personalized Internship Advising.

Rules and Regulations

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

Fall and Spring Students

Consent and Pre-Registration Form

Once you have confirmed your course selection, use your myAU username and password to access the WSP Consent & Pre-Registration Form.

After you have successfully submitted this form, our staff will register you for classes according to your responses.

Summer Students

Authorization and Pre-Registration Form

Once you have confirmed your course selection, use your myAU username and password to access the Authorization & Pre-Registration Form.

After you have successfully submitted this form, our staff will register you according to your responses.

Resume Preparation

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. 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.

Online Advising

When

  • 1st Friday in month 10 a.m. (EST)
  • 2nd Thursday in month 1 p.m. (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.

Fall and Spring

Housing Options

Deadlines

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.

Meal Plans

If you are interested in a meal plan, please be sure to indicate your preference on the housing application. You may also apply online through the myAU Portal (under the "Life@AU" heading) starting in late April for the Fall 2017 semester. If you would like a meal plan, you must sign up by August 28. Purchase of a meal plan is required for Washington Semester students housed on campus.

For students not required to purchase a meal plan, AU EagleBuck$ can be used at a number of off-campus eateries as well as on-campus. It is possible to purchase EagleBuck$ without purchasing a meal plan. Unused EagleBuck$ are refundable at the end of the semester; however, unused meal swipes and dining dollars are not refundable.

Visit the Dining Services homepage, for details about current plans and costs.

Deadlines

The housing and meal plan application 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 AU Housing & Dining Services office directly.

Cancellations

Contact Amy Pipher for cancellation information.

Summer 2017

Housing Options

  • Centennial Hall (on-campus)
  • Off-Campus Housing (private and independently arranged)
  • In Centennial Hall, each room shares a private bath with one adjoining room. Actual costs per student will be based on individual move-in/out dates as entered on the housing and meal plan application.

On-Campus Housing Costs

Single occupancy
(per person/per week):
$392.00 weekly / $56.00 daily
Double occupancy
(per person/per week):
$322.00 weekly / $46.00 daily

Meal Plans

Dining Rates estimated per person

These are the only meal plan options available to Summer Students.

50 Block Plan + $225 Eaglebucks:
$800.00
25 Block Plan + $225 Eaglebucks:
$525.00
25 Block Plan + $100 Eaglebucks:
$400.00

Unused meals and/or Eaglebucks can be refunded up to 10 days after student's move-in date as entered on the housing and meal plan application. No cancellation or refund will be granted after the tenth business day. Unused Eaglebucks may be refunded at the end of the semester.

AU Eaglebucks can be used at a number of off-campus eateries as well as on campus, listed here.

If you are interested in a meal plan, please indicate your preference on the housing and meal plan application.

A La Carte Rates

Breakfast:
$8.80
Lunch/Brunch:
$12.95
Dinner:
$14.00

3-Meal Package (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner all consumed within 24 hours): $32.50

Deadlines

The housing and meal plan application will be sent to deposited students in late April. The priority deadline for housing and meal plan application submission is Monday, May 8. All housing and meal plan applications must be submitted by Monday, May 15.

After May 15, housing applications may be accepted based on availability. For questions about housing applications and to make changes to submitted forms, please contact the AU Housing & Dining Services office directly.

Cancellations

Cancellations of on-campus housing received prior to receiving a room assignment and no less than 14 days prior to the check-in date requested on the housing application will receive the $200 cancellation fee assessed to your student account.

Cancellations received after receiving a room assignment but before checking in will cause your application and room assignment to be cancelled and the charges for the room to be replaced with the $200 cancellation fee on your student account.

If you request to cancel your university housing after having checked in, your will be responsible for full payment of the requested length of stay as indicated on your housing application and/or any approved extension exceptions.

Health Insurance Requirements

Washington Semester students must purchase American University Health Insurance or verify that their own alternative insurance meets the coverage requirements listed below.

Purchase AU Health Insurance

Students are automatically enrolled into the American University Health Insurance program after their registration has been processed by the WSP staff.

If you would like to waive the AU Health Insurance because you already have comparable insurance, see instructions below.

AU Health Insurance Premiums

Spring 2017
$1,035
Fall 2017
$780
Summer 2017
$460

AU Health Insurance Benefit Details

Below is American University health insurance information you can use to compare your current insurance with the insurance plan offered by American University:

Overall Plan Maximum
There is no overall maximum dollar limits on the policy
Deductible
$200 In Network; $500 Out of Network
Co-Insurance
80% In Network; 60% Out of Network
Out-of-Pocket Maximum
$6,350 per insured person, per policy year
Pharmacy Benefits
$10 generic, $35 brand, $50 for non-formulary, mail order option
Emergency Coverage Overseas
Included
Medical Evacuation
Included
Coverage while in Washington, DC
Included
Emergency Coverage Overseas
Students can look online at www.uhcsr.com/american to find US providers

If you have been assessed the premium for the student health insurance plan and want to accept the coverage, you can go to https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com/american and click on the link that says “Enrollment Form.” By completing this enrollment form, your coverage will become active on the first day of the student health insurance policy, August 1st, and you will not receive any additional weekly waiver reminder emails. 

If you do not complete this enrollment form and do not submit a waiver, your coverage will not become effective until you complete this form or the waiver database closes on September 22nd and the charge will remain on your student account. You will not be able to print out an insurance card or access pharmacy benefits until September 27th.

Alternate Health Insurance

  • Alternate insurance plans must be provided by a company licensed to do business in the United States, with a U.S. claims payment office and a U. S. Phone number.
  • Company must have a process to remit claim costs to providers within the US.
  • Alternate insurance plans must provide coverage for both in-patient and out-patient medical care in the Washington, DC area, including but not limited to routine care, specialist office visits, diagnostic testing and imaging.
  • Alternate insurance plans must provide for both in-patient and out-patient mental health care in the Washington, DC area.
  • Alternate insurance plans must not limit coverage to Emergency or Urgent medical or mental health care in the Washington, DC area.
  • Alternate insurance plans must not have a maximum dollar limit that the insurance will pay for medical claims.
  • Alternate insurance plans must not exclude coverage for the following:
    • Pre-existing conditions (or the plan must have been in effect long enough that any waiting period has passed).
    • Conditions related to depression, eating disorders, suicide attempts or counseling, and drug or alcohol counseling/treatment.
    • Congenital and non-congenital mental health conditions.
    • Sports injuries, alcohol-related injuries or conditions, pregnancies, eating disorders.

Waive AU Health Insurance

If your plan meets the above requirements, you can waive the AU student health insurance.

  1. Visit https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com/american
  2. Click on the 2017-2018 American University Waiver Form
  3. Enter your AUID number and date of birth
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts and answer the required questions.
  5. Enter the required insurance information and submit your waiver.

The student health insurance premium will be removed from your student account. Once the insurance waiver has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email. It is imperative that you save and print a copy of this email.

Frequently Asked Question

What happens if I tried to enter my AU ID and Date of Birth, but was unable to login to the Waiver System?

If you are unable to enter the waiver system, you can check your account activity under Eagle Finances in your myAU Portal to ensure that you have been assessed the student health insurance charge. If you have recently been assessed the health insurance charge, you may need to wait up to 48 hours to submit your health insurance waiver.

Immunization Requirements

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 below listed 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.

Documenting Your Immunizations

Mandatory Immunization Form

The Mandatory Immunization Form is the only form that will be accepted as proof of vaccination and must be submitted directly to the Student Health Center. Incomplete information or invalid dates on this form will prevent you from being allowed to attend classes.

Form Submission

  1. Please first obtain any needed immunizations.
  2. Then download, print and complete the form below with your medical provider.
  3. Upload your form at american.studenthealthportal.com via Document Uploads, and remember to keep a copy for your records.

Required Immunizations

  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.

The Washington Semester Program offers partial scholarship funding to qualified students to facilitate their participation in our programs. Visit the Scholarships page to fill out the scholarship application and view details about current scholarships and work awards.

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

Home School Billing

Students who pay all or part of their charges to their home school will be sent separate billing instructions and information from Washington Semester Program staff.

Questions about your Bill?

Donna Chapman Williams
Assistant Dean of Student Services
Tel: (202) 895-4912
Email: dchapma@american.edu

Amy Pipher
Student Services Assistant
Tel: (202) 895-4983
Email: spexsstudentservices@american.edu