Information for International Students Considering AU

Information for International Students Considering AU

September 9, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


EVELYN LEVINSON: Hi. My name is Evelyn Levinson. And I’m the director of
international admissions at American University
in Washington, DC. I’m very excited to have
this opportunity to give you a quick overview of who we
are and the kind of student that we’re looking
for and hopefully to get you interested in
looking at American University and perhaps applying this year
or in the future, depending how old you are right now. We are located in Washington DC,
which is the capital of the US, in a neighborhood where all
of the embassies are located. So it’s a very elegant,
safe neighborhood. And we are a campus
that provides all of the support for
students for living, studying, sports, food– everything in one area. We’re not a very big
campus physically. And you could walk
across campus if you wanted in about six minutes. But usually because you will
have had the opportunity to make so many friends– we are a University
of community– you will be engaging and
speaking to a lot of people from around the world and across
the United States every day when you go back and
forth on our campus. We have about 13,000 students,
where 8,000 are undergraduates and they live on campus
at the beginning for sure. We have students from
126 different countries from Albania to Zimbabwe
and everything in between. That is, about 11%
of our population is not from the United States. But if you happen to
have a US passport and you grew up all
of your life or part of your life outside the US and
are graduating from ACS now, you are, for
American University, what we call a US global nomad. You have the rights of
an American citizen. But your experiences, your
education, your culture are very global. And we welcome you to AU as
our US global nomad population. That is about another
300 students at AU. So we have students from
around the world, students from all 50 states, and we
embrace four main values at AU– inclusiveness, diversity,
tolerance, and respect. We’re looking for a student
who’s a really good fit for AU because we know you
have a lot of choices. There are over 4,500
universities and colleges in the US. For us, what we
are looking for is a student who is
well-rounded, who is a hardworking student,
who has worked hard for all of 9th grade, all of
10th grade, all of 11th grade, and hopefully also
for all of 12th grade. We want students to
have strong academics. And we will be looking also
at predicted IB and certainly rigor, how hard you work and
not just the cumulative GPA, or Grade Point Average. So 9th grade, 10th
grade, 11th grade count. Predicted IB counts. And that is one of the things
that we are looking for. The other thing that
makes a good fit at AU is your character, your
leadership, your volunteerism, your community service. We hope that, at
a school like ACS, you will come with a
lot of opportunities that you got here to be involved
in MUN or the cooking club or the dance club
or the business club or the environmental
club at your school and that you will
come to my university and engage in those as well. We’re looking for students who
are passionate about making a difference in the world. And looking at your CV,
or your Curriculum Vitae, gives us a sense of the kinds
of activities and interests that you have. So in addition to
good grades, we are also looking
at students who are committed to
positive civic change and are involved in things. We are also looking at
excellent communication skills in English. And that usually is
proved through the IELTS exam or the TOEFL exam. But if you have been at
ACS for all four years, we would believe that
the curriculum that you have been given here
is enough to allow us to waive the TOEFL or
the IELTS requirement. But if you went to a Greek
school for ninth grade and then transferred to ACS,
we would require TOEFL or IELTS from you. So excellent
communication skills doesn’t end with the testing. We’re going to be
looking at the way you write us essays, the way you
write your writing supplement, the way you write
your emails to us– the tone, the spelling,
the punctuation. We really assess your
communication skills in English. That’s important too. So we want a student who’s
a good communicator, who’s a good student, hears
about something, wants to make a difference,
and who’s going to come to AU and be what we hope is a mover
and shaker and make us proud one day when you
graduate from AU as well. We have over 200 clubs
and organizations at AU. And you the student are the
one that starts those clubs. So if you have an idea for
a club that we don’t have, you can start a club at AU. We want you to be involved. When it comes to sports, we are
NCAA Division 1 patriot league. And we have 14 varsity
clubs and 30 clubs and intramural level
of sports as well. We are also a
university that wants you to study abroad
and see the world and become a global citizen. So coming from Greece
to the US will already be a study abroad experience. I call it abroad
abroad, abroad squared. We want you to see
something else. And we have over 120
exchange programs in 40 different countries
of the world where you could spend a semester as
our student in another country. Whether it’s Europe or Australia
or Dubai or Beijing or South America, we want you
to be our student and get a global experience. We also have top
internship opportunities at American University. Our career center is number
10 in the United States. So we do internship
fairs where 150 employers come to our campus twice a year,
fall and spring, to meet you, the student. So you are able to meet folks
from the World Bank or the IMF or the embassies or
the performing arts or the business world
or the science world. And you can get that experience
before you graduate from AU. 90% of our students
will graduate with at least one internship. And I have had students who
have had up to five internships before they graduated
from our university. 92% of our students are employed
and/or in graduate school within six months of graduation. We do truly know success at AU. Now, what are some of
the majors you can study? We have five faculties,
what we call schools. We have the School of Business. And we have majors in
entrepreneurship, real estate, IT, international
business, business and international relations,
accounting, marketing, finance, business and the
entertainment industry. If you are a DJ and you
want to run MTV Greece, this would be the degree that
you might want to pursue at AU. So business is one
of our faculties. We have the School
of Communications where filmmaking,
journalism, print, or broadcast journalism, social
media, strategic communications and PR. We’re in the top five
in the United States today in our School of
Communications and Film. Our School of
International Service, we are in the top 10
in the United States for International
Studies is what we call it at AU with a lot
of different concentrations. Our School of Public
Affairs is a faculty that has a focus on US
politics– justice, law, society, US political science. And there is also a faculty
with top 10 rankings in the US. Our College of Arts and
Sciences has almost everything in the liberal arts, humanities,
social sciences, and sciences. We have neuroscience. We have public health. We have biology. We have chemistry. We have biochemistry. We have dance. We have musical theater. We have drama. We have chorus. We have economics. We have psychology. We basically have
just about everything. But what we do not
teach at AU, we do not have engineering
departments. We do not have
architecture departments. So we have five faculties. And we have our
School of Law, which is more at the
postgraduate level, which is also in the top 6 in the US. So we are in a safe
neighborhood in Washington. We’re near all the embassies. We are a real campus. But what’s important
about AU is we are a campus of
community, students who come together
to connect and try to make a difference together. That feeling of being welcome,
of being part of a greater opportunity to make a difference
is, I think, what sets us apart from a lot of other schools. There is a lot of
diversity, a lot of support, opportunities, small classes– average 23 students to a class. First-year students,
19 students in a class. And student-faculty
ratio, 11 to 1. You are never taught by a
teaching assistant at AU. You are taught by a professor. So the quality of the
experience that we offer inside the classroom,
the quality of the experience outside the classroom through
internships, study abroad, research opportunities
for undergraduates starting after your
first year, all of this is to give you the best
liberal arts and sciences feeling in a research university
in the capital of the US and in a safe environment. I hope we’ll have a
chance to see many of you apply in the future and a
chance to meet with you. The one other important
element to keep in mind at my university is that
sincere, demonstrated interest counts at AU. You could be the best
student in the world. But you may not be the
good fit student for us, because we don’t see that
you have shown us interest. We don’t see that you really
understand who we are. Your essays will have to
address who we are at AU and why you want us at AU. Being in Washington, DC is
not a sufficient answer. So I hope you’ll
do your homework. I hope you do your research. And I look forward to being
in touch with many of you in the future. Thank you so much. [MUSIC PLAYING]