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Bachelor's and Master's Programs

Study Abroad - Admissions Requirements

The Admissions Committee appreciates maturity, independence, openness to difference, curiosity, and resilience. Applications from undergraduates in good standing at U.S. colleges and universities are welcome. Non-traditional students, post-graduates, and non-matriculated adults are eligible to apply for admission. All applicants must be emotionally, intellectually, and physically prepared for study abroad and must be 18 years of age or older.

The Institute for American Universities (IAU) admits students of any race, color, national origin and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  IAU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information in its administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

Once an application is complete, students can expect a response within 2 weeks. Admission is granted on a rolling basis before the application deadlines outlined below. For questions about an application, please contact our Office of Admissions.

Spring 2022 Update: For the safety and well-being of all program participants, IAU-ACM is requiring all students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in all IAU-ACM programs starting with our J-Term 2022 programs and beyond. Students will be required to submit proof of vaccination to IAU-ACM's U.S. Office of Admissions prior to going abroad. Questions about this policy may be directed to IAU-ACM's U.S. Office of Admissions at enroll@iau.edu.

Aix-en-Provence, France

Applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher to apply. Prior French experience is not required.

Students who are interested in participating in the French Honors Program must submit a French professor email contact in their application that would recommend their participation in the program. French Honors Program applicants also complete a language placement evaluation with their online application. Please note that all French Honors Placement Exams are due within two weeks of the application deadline. Exams received after the deadline run the risk of not being considered for the program and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. When completing the online application, French Honors Program applicants must submit their personal essay in French. 

Paris, France

Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher to apply. 

Students interested in applying to La Sorbonne or L'Institut Catholique de Paris must submit a French professor recommendation and have the permission of their French Department and Study Abroad Office. When completing the online application, Paris Program applicants must submit their personal essay in French. 

Barcelona, Spain

Applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher to apply. Prior Spanish experience is not required.

Students who are interested in participating in the Spanish Honors Program must submit a Spanish professor email contact in their application that would recommend their participation in the program. Spanish Honors Program applicants also complete a language placement evaluation with their online application. When completing the online application, Spanish Honors Program applicants must submit their personal essay in Spanish. 

Madrid, Spain

Applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher to apply. Prior Spanish experience is not required.

Students who are interested in participating in the Spanish Honors Program must submit a Spanish professor email contact in their application that would recommend their participation in the program. Spanish Honors Program applicants also complete a language placement evaluation with their online application. When completing the online application, Spanish Honors Program applicants must submit their personal essay in Spanish. 

Tangier, Morocco

Applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher to apply. Prior foreign language experience is not required.

January Term Traveling Seminars

Applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher to apply. 

J-Term 2022: For the safety and well-being of all program participants, IAU-ACM is requiring all students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in all IAU-ACM J-Term programs. Students will be required to submit proof of vaccination to IAU-ACM's U.S. Office of Admissions by October 1, 2021. An extension of this deadline can be provided to any student who is in the process of becoming fully vaccinated, but all students must be in compliance by no later than November 15, 2021. Questions about this policy may be directed to IAU-ACM's U.S. Office of Admissions at enroll@iau.edu.

Application Deadlines


Summer

Fall

Spring

Aix-en-Provence, France

April 1
May 1 October 1

Paris, France

- May 1 October 1

Tangier, Morocco

April 1
May 1 October 1

Barcelona, Spain

April 1
May 1 October 1

Madrid, Spain

- May 1 October 1

January Term Programs

October 1

Late applications may be considered after the deadlines on a space-available basis and require payment the $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit (for J-Term programs, the non-refundable enrollment deposit is $1,500). 

In addition, late applicants should understand that they run a greater risk of not receiving their student visa in time (if applicable), may be enrolled in fewer of their preferred courses, and may have fewer of their housing preferences met.

Applying to IAU

Students are responsible for submitting the following application materials for all programs:

  • Certification and Release Form - Complete and submit through the online application. 

  • Study Abroad Approval Form - Your study abroad advisor will receive the form automatically via email after you have completed the Education section of the online application.  

  • Unofficial Transcript - Submit directly in your IAU portal. This can be a screenshot of your unofficial transcript from your home university's portal. 

  • Enrollment Deposit - Students who are invoiced directly by IAU for the $1,000 enrollment deposit will submit the first $200 of the deposit with the IAU application. The remaining $800 will be due within two weeks of acceptance. Failure to pay the non-refundable $800 deposit within two weeks may result in a $100 late fee being added to your final invoice. The full $1,000 enrollment deposit will be credited towards the student invoice or in accordance with the billing procedures with the home institution. The deposit can be paid online through IAU's secure Payment PortalIf you are applying to one of IAU's January Term Traveling Seminars, please see below for instructions.
  • Housing Preferences - Complete and submit through the online application.

  • Copy of Passport - Please complete the passport form and submit a scan or photo of your passport through your MyIAU portal. Please note that for all IAU programs your passport must adhere to the following guidelines: it must be in good condition, with a date of expiration at least 6 months after the end of your stay in the Schengen area (Europe), and issued within the past 10 years and containing at least 2 blank pages.
  • Student Photo - Upload your digital photo in .jpg format in your IAU portal. If you are accepted, this photo will be used to create your IAU student ID card and for other administrative and identification purposes. The photo should show your entire face from shoulders up. Please refrain from sending photos with sunglasses, hats or any other accessories that obscure your image. This can be a simple photo taken on your cell phone.

  • Language Questionnaire & Placement Exam - All students are asked to complete the Language Questionnaire and a French or Spanish Placement Exam so that our Language Coordinators can ensure students are enrolling in the best language course for their level of fluency and knowledge of the language. These are merely assessment tools, so there is no pressure to receive a certain score. 

  • Language Proficiency - For international students who are non-native English speakers, English proficiency and/or a TOEFL iBT score of 79 are required.

          January Term students are responsible for submitting the following in addition to the requirements outlined above:

          • Enrollment Deposit - J-Term students are required to submit a $1,500 deposit, divided into two installments. The initial $750 deposit is due with the IAU application (on or before October 1st). Applications will not be considered complete or submitted for review until the deposit has been received. The remaining $750 is due by November 1st.

            The full $1,500 non-refundable enrollment deposit will be credited towards the student invoice or in accordance with the billing procedures with the home institution. The deposit can be paid online through IAU's secure Payment Portal.