Programs : Brochure
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: AU applicants only
Students should not begin the process with a non-AU program already in mind. Students who are uncertain whether or not a program at an AU Center Abroad can meet their academic needs are required to schedule an appointment with an AU Abroad advisor to discuss their options. If the student had a particular regional interest, he/she should meet with the AU Abroad advisor who covers that region. During this meeting, the AU Abroad advisor will review all available options at AU Centers Abroad with the student; if no option meets the students’ specific academic needs, the AU Abroad advisor will assist the student in identifying an appropriate program that is not offered at an AU Center Abroad. After this meeting, the advisor MAY open the Summer Permit portal and the student may make the application.
The application deadline is March 15th.
In order to be approved, the petitioning student must document that the non-AU program:
Meets the student’s academic needs in a way that no AU Abroad program can;
Offers a sustained experience directly interacting in a single culture; and
Meets AU’s academic quality standards and learning objectives.
Students studying away on Permit status are not enrolled in AU courses and therefore cannot receive any AU institutional aid during that time. Students should consult with their financial aid advisor to find to if other funding options are available. AU will charge an administrative fee of $1000/summer to any student who participates on a program abroad via a Summer Permit to Study Abroad when the Permit has been granted and is processed by the Office of the Registrar.
Students will receive transfer credit for work completed on their program. Students should note that AU academic regulations state that "grades for transfer are not recorded on the American University permanent record, and they are not computed in the student's grade point average, though approved courses will count in the total number of courses needed for graduation."
The student must request that a transcript be sent to the Office of the University Registrar for appropriate recognition of credit. The student is eligible for automatic readmission to American University according to the provisions on the Summer Permit to Study Abroad.
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