Online Student Experience

Our online programs bring the essential elements of an American University experience to you. Through an online format, our programs provide access and opportunity to those that need the flexibility of pursuing an online degree.

Our commitment to a collaborative, immersive, and personalized learning experience is no different with our online programs and we bring the AU campus to you, no matter where you live. All program features are intentionally designed based on research of what makes online learning successful. We combine advanced technology, hands-on learning experiences, and full access to the American University communities. Here, you’re not an online student, you’re an AU student.

Your Faculty

American University is home to some of the most acclaimed scholars and thought leaders in the world. Students learn from award-winning scholars and policymakers, diplomats, authors, artists, filmmakers, attorneys, scientists and journalists. As teachers who are as committed to learning and meaningful change as you are, they have a personal stake in your academic success.

Your Community

Your unique experiences and background add to the geographic and cultural diversity of the American University community. Connect with your fellow classmates through email, chat and discussion boards; discuss issues with your professors; reach out to staff members for support and assistance; and build relationships you’ll appreciate for years to come.

Getting Started with Online Learning at AU

Our custom-designed online degree programs and certificates are taught by the same prestigious faculty teaching on campus and are as rigorous and fast-paced as face-to-face classes. Just as you would as an on-campus student, you’ll talk about your coursework, work in teams with classmates, build strong connections, ask your instructor questions and turn in assignments, but you’ll do these via email, discussion boards, instant messaging and other interactive online learning tools for your success.

Learning Support Services

At American University, you’ll be online, but you’ll never feel alone. As an online student, you’ll have access to a host of support resources when you need help or guidance, starting with new student orientation to familiarize yourself with the online learning environment. Other services include a 24/7 help desk for technical issues, a student services coordinator, financial aid advisers, and more.