Partner Profile: American University

Aberystwyth University students have the opportunity to study on a direct exchange at American University located in Washington DC.

Type of link‌: Institutional

Motto: Pro deo et patria

Mascot: Clawed the Eagle

Established: 1914, the opening dedication was given by President Woodrow Wilson.

Number of Students: 

  • 8,123 UG
  • 5,735 PG


American University is located in Washington DC, 20 minutes from the centre of the city. It has a great history of Political Science and students are active citizens both on and off campus, working towards global understanding. The city is teeming with iconic monuments and vast museums and has been voted the 6th best student city in the US. According to "Studying in Washington DC means being right at the heart of US history and politics- the White House, Supreme Court and national monuments and memorials are all located here. When not seeking advice from statues and presidents past, you may enjoy spending time in the pretty and vibrant old port area of Georgetown, seeing an exhibition at one of the 19 museums in Smithsonian group, or engaging in the traditional local pastime of debating politics over a good meal."

Winters in Washington are fairly cold and they do get snow but spring and summer are hotter and humid.


All courses are offered in English. Students from any academic department are eligible to apply at the discretion of their department’s exchange coordinator. There are a number of courses available that are similar to the following departments in Aberystwyth. These include: 


There are a range of accommodation options available. The residence halls are located on the north and south sides of campus. Each room is equipped with cable TV and both wired and wireless network capabilities, a bed, desk and bookshelf and ample storage. Students have the possibility to select roommates and meal plans. American University cannot guarantee places in their accommodation for every exchange student so it is important that you get your application in as early as possible.

Visa Information and other costs

All international and exchange students must apply for a J-1 visa as well as an I-901 SEVIS to study in the US. Both of these documents have fees attached which are liable to change year on year. Attending American University also entails some further costs such as the mandatory student fee and health insurance. The University has published tables for these costs both for one semester and for the whole academic year.

ALL students attending American University MUST have health insurance and be able to prove that they have purchased it. Unless the student arranges an alternative, health insurance is provided automatically by American University and billed to the student. Without the appropriate health insurance, students will not be eligible for a visa.

Getting There

The closest airport to American University is Washington Ronald Reagan International and there are a number of options for travel between the airport and the university campus.‌

How to Apply 

All students wishing to go on an exchange to American University must apply through Aberystwyth University as they must first be nominated by the international office and must go for the second semester of their second year or later. American University has deadline dates for applications for both the spring and fall terms.