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American University's School of Education receives many applications each year from all over the world, and we understand the difficulties students may have in communicating with universities in a different country. Our goal is to make the admissions process as smooth as possible.

Language Proficiency
Financial Requirements

English Language Proficiency Tests

All international students are required to submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), ╠řthe International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, the Pearson Test of English (PTE),╠řor╠řfrom the Duolingo English Test.


The minimum acceptable scores on the TOEFL exam is 100 for the Internet test (95 for the online Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program). Registration materials for the TOEFL exam can be obtained from US consulates, embassies, binational centers, or the╠ř. Please have scores sent directly to the School of Education. Our TOEFL institutional code number is 5007. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.


The minimum acceptable overall╠ř╠řscore is 7.0.╠řthere is no department code or institutional code for IELTS. Please have scores sent directly to the School of Education ( IELTS scores are valid for two years.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

The minimum acceptable╠řscore is 68. Our PTE institution code is X1Q-GB-05.

Duolingo English Test

Minimum score is 120.

English Language Proficiency Exam Waivers

Applicants meeting the following criteria may request an English Proficiency Exam waiver.

Applicants who have completed a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited university╠řwhose only language of instruction is English,╠řAND the╠řuniversity is located in one of the following countries╠řwhose official language is English: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Malawi, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Saint Maarten, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe.

Official Transcript Evaluation

The transcript evaluation is╠řnot╠řrequired for international applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree in the United States.

All other international applicants are required to complete an official transcript evaluation. Transcript evaluations must be submitted to American University in lieu of the original international transcript.

In order to complete a transcript evaluation, candidates must submit their official transcript(s) to a transcript evaluation agency approved by╠ř. The following transcript evaluators are recommended:

All transcript evaluations must indicate the following:

  • Course-by-course analysis: List of all classes and credits earned
  • Grade point average (4.0 scale)
  • Degree earned: Determine if the degree earned is equivalent to a US Bachelor's degree

Transcript evaluations must be sent directly by the transcript evaluation agency to American University by the application deadline using one of the following addresses:

  • Postal mail address
    School of Education
    Attn: SOE Online Admissions
    4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20016-8081

  • E-mail:

Financial Requirements

All students must be able to demonstrate financial ability to pay for their academic and living expenses before being issued an immigration document. Visit╠řInternational Student and Scholar Services╠řfor program costs.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance for international students is available at American University in the form of merit-based financial awards only. International students seeking merit awards are encouraged to submit a complete application for admission by the appropriate deadline in order to receive consideration for a merit award.

Because the competition for merit awards is very rigorous, an award cannot be guaranteed. Furthermore, most of these merit awards do not cover the full cost of attendance at American University. The School of Education encourages all of its prospective students to seek out other sources of financial assistance from organizations or sponsors. Some organizations are listed below.

Visa Process

Please submit the following documentation to the SOE office of Graduate Admissions to╠ř

  1. A completed╠řCertification of Finances for International Students (CFIS)╠řform. Clearly indicate on the form which type of visa you plan to obtain for your studies with American University (F-1 or J-1) and your current visa type, if applicable. If you are pending U.S. permanent resident or asylum status, please indicate on the form accordingly.
  2. Supporting financial documents demonstrating financial ability to pay for at least one year of tuition, fees, and living expenses according to the current╠řInternational Student Cost Guide. These financial documents will also be required at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate when you apply for your visa. All financial documents must show available funds and must be dated within the past three months in order to be considered valid. Appropriate documents reflecting financial ability are listed╠řhere.
  3. Scanned passport copy (biographic page only).
  4. A completed╠řF-1 Immigration Transfer In Form╠řto release your immigration record to American University (only required of international students who currently hold an I-20 from a different U.S. institution). This form must be completed by both the student and the student's current international student advisor.

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International Student and Scholar Services

American University's╠řInternational Student & Scholar Services office provides support services, including immigration forms, cultural adjustment assistance, pre-arrival and arrival orientation, and advising for personal, social, cultural, career, and employment matters. ISSS is authorized by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service and the US Information Agency to issue and sign the I-20 or DS-2019 forms.