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American University

American University Merit Award



American University (AU) is committed to providng academic quality and excellence, ahand-on learing, and to creating an envirnoment that welcomes students from around the world who wish to make a difference. AU offer a limited number of partial merit scholarships to academically qualified international freshman (first-year) students. Talented international master's and doctoral students may qualify for Graduate Merit Awards or stipends through their departments. Applicants should check directly with departments for further information.

Levels of Study:Undergraduate
Field of Study:All
Nationality:Any Region
Location of study:American University, Washington, DC

Award Information

Award Type: Freshman scholarship
Average Amount:$6,000-$25,000
Number of Awards:Varies
Award Coverage:Tution
Award Duration:Up to 4 years


  • Must have outstanding academic credentilas and proof of a rigorous seconday school curriculum.
  • Must submit a completed application essay, two letters of recommendation and your CV/resume.
  • Completed Certification of Finances form (see website), bank letter showing a minimum of $53,615 and $60.00 application fee.
  • Undergraduate applicants must have offical minimum scores on one of the following: TOEFL 550 PBT / 80 IBT; IELTS composite score of 6.5; PTE 53; SAT I Critical Reading scores of 530 or higher; ACT (with Writing Test) scores with an English sub-score of 23.
  • TOEFL is not required of students attending secondary schools outside the U.S. for at least three years (grades 10, 11 and 12), where English is the only medium of instruction. A telephone interview may be recommended instead. The SAT is not required for any student graduating secondary school outside the United States.


  • Award Deadline:January 15 (fall semester only: no scholarship for mid-year admissions)
  • Instructions: Apply for admission online or contact to request application materials. Visit our website at for more information.


American University
Director, International Admissions
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001
: +1 (202) 885-6000
: +1 (202) 885-1025

Enquiry form for Scholarship Programs