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    Oct 07, 2022  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
    
American University Catalog 2022-2023

International Accelerator Program (Undergraduate)


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Website: https://accelerator.american.edu/undergraduate-accelerator/

Offered by the Office of Global & Immersive Studies , the undergraduate International Accelerator Program (IAP) is a non-degree academic pathway program for international students seeking to develop the required English proficiency to be admissible to degree programs at American University. The program is comprised of two distinct tracks: Extended Accelerator and Academic Accelerator. Within the Academic Accelerator, students with higher language proficiency will be placed in a sub-track, the Advanced Academic 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 credits transferable to an undergraduate degree. The Academic Accelerator is a three-term program during which students earn a minimum of 24 credits transferable to an undergraduate degree.

Pre-Sessional English


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). PSE IAP coursework includes skills and content-based language training, with academic support and advising offered through IAP. Undergraduate courses are offered at two levels: ELTA Level 4 and ELTA Level 5. For more information, go to https://accelerator.american.edu/undergraduate-accelerator/pre-sessional-english/.

Extended Accelerator Program (EAP)


Extended Accelerator Program (EAP) is a four-term program, which requires successful completion of at least 24 academic credits transferable to a bachelor’s degree at American University. Students may complete the program in as few as three terms. 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: that term is summer and with approval from ISSS and IAP.

Course Requirements


Required (10.5 credit hours)


Complete the following with grades of C or better:

ELTA English and Reading


Complete the following with grades of B- or better:

ELTA (6 credit hours)


Complete the following with grades of B- or better:

Live, Learn, Grow


Note: Students are required to successfully complete two different sections of OGIS-062 Live, Learn, Grow .

Electives (7.5 credit hours)


  • Minimum 7.5 credit hours to be selected with Academic Advising, as articulated in the Accelerator curriculum

Academic Accelerator Program (AAP)


Academic Accelerator Program (AAP) is a 3-term program which requires successful completion of at least 24 academic credits transferable to a bachelor’s degree at American University. Students may complete the program in as few as two terms. 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: that term is summer and with approval from ISSS and IAP.

Course Requirements


Required (10.5 credit hours)


Complete the following with grades of C or better:

ELTA (6 credit hours)


Complete the following with grades of B- or better:

Live, Learn, Grow


Note: Students are required to successfully complete one section of OGIS-062 

Electives (7.5 credit hours)


  • Minimum 7.5 credit hours to be selected with Academic Advising, as articulated in the Accelerator curriculum

Advanced Academic Accelerator Program Sub-Track


Advanced Academic Accelerator Program Sub-Track is differentiated by student enrollment in writing courses. Students may complete the AU Writing requirement prior to progression. Requirements for enrollment in WRT-101  are stipulated within Electives.

Course Requirements


Required (10.5 credit hours)


Complete the following with grades of C or better:

ELTA (3 credit hours)


Complete the following with grade of B- or better:

Live, Learn, Grow


Note: Students are required to successfully complete one section of OGIS-062 .

Electives (10.5 credit hours)


  • Minimum of 10.5 credit hours to be selected with Academic Advising, as articulated in the Accelerator curriculum. Students must attempt to take WRT-101  in the term following successful completion of WRT-100 , unless that term is summer

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