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American University Catalog 2017-2018

International Accelerator Program (Undergraduate)


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The undergraduate International Accelerator Program (IAP) is a non-degree academic pathway program that aims to improve English proficiency and academic readiness in preparation for degree-seeking admission to American University. The program is comprised of three distinct program tracks: The Extended Accelerator, the Academic Accelerator, and the Integrated Accelerator. Students are placed in a program track based on English language proficiency level. IAP helps to ease the transition for international students to American University by combining credit-bearing academic courses from the first year of the degree with additional support, teaching, and cultural experiences. The Extended Accelerator Program is a four-term program during which students earn a minimum of 24 credit hours transferable to an undergraduate degree. The Academic and Integrated Accelerator Program are three-term programs during which students earn a minimum of 24 credit hours transferable to an undergraduate degree.

IAP helps students strengthen critical academic reading, writing, and oral communication skills while fully immersing them in the U.S. academic culture. In addition to the IAP academic coursework, students receive support from a comprehensive advising program that includes individualized academic support plans and a first-year experience course taught by program advisors. Students in IAP have the opportunity to take coursework in undergraduate schools and departments across campus including the English Language and Training Academy (Undergraduate) , the School of Professional & Extended Studies School of Communication , School of International Service  and the College of Arts and Sciences . Upon successful completion of the IAP curriculum and meeting progression requirements, IAP students may transfer to American University as degree-seeking students. IAP students are required to enroll in coursework each semester or term, including summer.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all Required courses. All students must take a non-remedial course, such as SPEX-062 , in each term while enrolled in the International Accelerator Program. All students must comply with minimum F1 visa course enrollment requirements while in the International Accelerator Program.  

For more information, contact 202-885-6986, email admissions@auaccelerator.com, or go to http://accelerator.american.edu/undergraduate-accelerator.

Pre-Sessional English


The Pre-Sessional English (PSE) International Accelerator Program (IAP) is a non-degree intensive English program offered in partnership with the English Language and Training Academy (Undergraduate)  (ELTA) through the School of Professional & Extended Studies . PSE IAP coursework includes skills and content-based language training, with academic support and advising offered through ELTA and IAP. Undergraduate courses are offered at two levels: ELTA Level 4 and ELTA Level 5. For more information, go to http://accelerator.american.edu/undergraduate-accelerator/pre-sessional-english/

Academic Accelerator Program (AAP)


The Academic Accelerator Program is a three-term program which requires successful completion of at least 24 credit hours transferable to a bachelor's degree at American University. Students may complete the program in as few as two semesters. Should students require the full three terms to complete requirements for successful progression, students may enroll in a reduced course load in their final term if all other program requirements are met. For more information on the progression standards, go to http://accelerator.american.edu/undergraduate-accelerator/progression-requirements

Course Requirements


Required


Complete the following with grades of C or better:

Electives


Complete 12 credit hours from the following or other approved courses, including at least one General Education course and at least one major elective:

Extended Accelerator Program (EAP)


The Extended Accelerator Program is a four-term program which requires successful completion of at least 24 credit hours transferable to a bachelor's degree at American University. Students may complete the program in as few as three semesters. Should students require the full four terms to complete requirements for successful progression, students may enroll in a reduced course load in their final term if all other program requirements are met. For more information on the progression standards, go to http://accelerator.american.edu/undergraduate-accelerator/progression-requirements

Course Requirements


Required


Complete the following with grades of C or better:

Electives


Complete 9 credit hours from the following or other approved courses, including at least one General Education course and at least one major elective:

Integrated Accelerator Program (IntAP)


The Integrated Accelerator Program is a three-term program which requires successful completion of at least 24 credit hours transferable to a bachelor's degree at American University. Students may complete the program in as few as two semesters. Should students require the full three terms to complete requirements for successful progression, students may enroll in a reduced course load in their final term if all other program requirements are met. For more information on the progression standards, go to http://accelerator.american.edu/undergraduate-accelerator/progression-requirements.

Course Requirements


Required


Complete the following with grades of C or better:

Electives


Complete 15 credit hours from the following or other approved courses, including at least one General Education course and at least one major elective:

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