American University

Location Washington DC
Established 1893
Famous For Student-centred Research


American University is a  private research university located in Washington, DC. The University comprises eight divisions which are referred to as colleges or schools: College of Arts and Sciences, School of International Service, Kogod School of Business, Professional Studies and Executive Education, School of Communication, School of Public Affairs, Washington College of Law, and School of Education. It offers over 160 programs that include 71 bachelor's degrees, around 87 master's degrees and ten doctoral degrees.

There are over 13,000 students at American University, and a fifth of them are international students hailing from over 141 countries. American University is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities" with high research activity. It is also one of the best universities in the USA for study abroad programs. The university operates three premier programs in Belgium, Spain and Nairobi, apart from having partnerships with other universities across the globe, including the London School of Economics, University of Warwick, Peking University, Sorbonne University, and Balsillie School of International Affairs, among others.

Services for International Students

The Office of Campus Life at American University is home to various departments that work specifically on the student experience, including residence life, diversity and inclusion, community service, student activities, health and well-being, and much more. The Career Centre offers guidance in finding jobs and internships through resume writing, job searches and other services. =


  • 72nd in the US News National Universities Rankings
  • 36th in the Best Undergraduate Teaching category by the US News National Universities Rankings 
  • 701-750th in the world and 131-140th in the U.S. in the 2022 QS World University Rankings
  • 601-800th in the world and 138th in the U.S. in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2023


Housing options are provided by American University through on-campus and off-campus services. Most freshman and sophomore students take the on-campus accommodations, and first-year students are not required to live on campus. The main campus has several residence halls with various housing choices, including apartment-style and suite-style living options.

About Location

As Washington D.C is the capital city of the USA, it serves as the country's biggest economic, political, and cultural centre. The city has an outstanding public transportation system that lets students access various tourist attractions, including museums, restaurants, monuments and much more. The cultural diversity of the city enables international students to find people they can connect to, which also means that they can get internships and job opportunities. 

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