All students pay American University tuition for all AU Abroad programs, while undergraduate students pay full-time tuition and graduate students pay on a per-credit basis. All students pay tuition on a per-credit basis for summer programs.
In addition to AU tuition, students pay a $500 non-refundable deposit for Fall and Spring semesters and a $300 non-refundable deposit for Summer programs. This deposit is paid upon admission to AU Abroad and is needed to guarantee your place within your Program or Partner. The deposit is later credited towards the student's program fee on their AU student account. **Special note for academic and calendar year students**: After the initial deposit is paid, academic and calendar year students who withdraw from their program will be charged a $500 early withdrawal fee in addition to any expenses incurred on their behalf prior to the date of withdrawal from the program.
Deposit deadlines are established in the acceptance e-mail you will receive from AU. You should anticipate that you will be required to submit your deposit 7 - 14 days from the day you receive your acceptance e-mail. Please refer to your e-mail to determine the exact due date for your deposit.
AU Abroad Deposit Form
Fees for AU Abroad programs may cover the costs of housing, meals, books, local transportation, excursions and orientation, depending upon the site. Fees for direct enrollment programs tend to cover administrative fees, pre-departure mailings, transcript translation and orientation. All program fees include limited emergency insurance coverage provided by American University. This insurance is valid while the student is on-site for the exact program dates ONLY. Students traveling outside of the host site for non-program purposes, or remaining on-site after the program completion date, are not covered under the aforementioned policy. Every student must have their own health insurance with international coverage. Program fees are charged per semester, so academic year and calendar year students will be charged twice, once in the first semester and again in the second semester.
Costs not covered by Program Fees
Students will often pay living expenses, such as housing and meals, directly to the Partner institution or local representative. Costs generally not covered in the program fees include international airfare, transportation within the country, health insurance, and visa fees where applicable. Miscellaneous costs are the responsibility of each participant.
Detailed program cost estimates for a specific program can be found on that program's brochure page and by clicking on the "budget sheet" link.
AU students pay tuition, program fees, and any additional fees (technology fee, etc.) according to the same schedule as is established for studies in Washington. Students enrolled in the AIP (American Installment Plan) should pay by installment, according to the contract. All other students should pay immediately upon receipt of the bill. American University will mail bills during the late spring for summer programs, in the summer for fall programs and at the end of the fall semester for spring programs.
In the event that a student elects to withdraw from AU Abroad, he/she must notify AU Abroad immediately in writing. The request to withdraw from AU Abroad will be effective on the date that written notification is received by the AU Abroad office. However, the student will be responsible for any expenses incurred on his/her behalf prior to the date of withdrawal from the program; these expenses are non-refundable.
**Tuition refunds in this program do not follow the standard refund policy as outlined in the American University Schedule of Classes. No refunds are guaranteed after the program start date and depend upon the terms of any/all contracts between American University and affiliates of its AU Abroad programs. **