The Process

Step 1: Choose a school.


Browse our partner colleges and universities, or use our search tool to find your best fit by location, degree program, and more. Note that you may apply to more than one school.


Step 2: Schedule a pre-admission interview.


Schedule your interview by completing the form on this website. Representatives from American University Connect and the university you select will contact you to schedule your interview. The pre-admission interview is a requirement for admission to any university in American University Connect. It is structured to help assure that the university you select meets your needs and you are a good fit for the university.


Your pre-admission interview should take place no later than the beginning of your junior year in high school.


Step 3: You will be notified of your acceptance.


You will be notified of your acceptance to a university by formal letter from them. Upon acceptance to any AUC university, you will be charged a $500 US acceptance fee. The letter will detail the next steps for you, including letting the university know of your intent to attend there. The formal acceptance letter will also include a Form I-20. This form and your acceptance letter are needed to apply for your student VISA for entry into the United States.


Step 4: Prepare to attend college in the United States.


In your senior year of high school, prepare to travel to the United States by securing a VISA.


All students must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee to attend college in the United States. This fee is $200 U.S. It can be paid here. Be sure to pay this fee and get a receipt at least two weeks before your VISA interview.


Apply for a VISA to travel to the United States at your designated U.S. Embassy or Consulate. (See a guide to applying for your VISA.)


The information on your Form I-20 should match exactly all your other paperwork. Make sure your passport is valid for at least one year after your intended entry to the United States.


Most colleges require a full payment of tuition, fees, and insurance for the first year before you get to the United States.



Step 5: Travel to the United States.


You may enter the United States no more than 30 days before your college start date. Be sure to hand-carry all needed documents when you travel to the United States. Do not pack them in checked luggage. These documents include your Form I-20, your college acceptance letter, your passport, and your VISA.


To maintain your student status in the United States, you must enroll in a full course of study within 30 days of arriving in the United States and make progress toward your education objective.

The Interview Makes a Difference

Pre-admissions interviews allow you to discuss your academic goals and find your best university fit.


Schedule an Interview