Student Experience


American University’s online programs take advantage of a state-of-the-art online learning platform to deliver face-to-face weekly classes. As a student, you will collaborate with accomplished peers from around the world and study with AU faculty who are some of the leading voices in the international affairs community.

If you live close to the American University campus in Washington, DC, you have the opportunity to take up to a quarter of your courses on campus — allowing you to expand your network and learn from your professors in person.

Live Classes  |  24/7 Access  |  Small Class Sizes


American University professors work with a team of content developers to turn traditional lessons into interactive multimedia assignments that can be completed anywhere, anytime throughout each week. These assignments are designed to expand on the week’s in-class lessons and prepare you for the next live session with your professor. You can access this self-paced coursework online or download it to a mobile device to eliminate the need for an Internet connection.


As an International Relations Online student, you will join a community of classmates and alumni who are dedicated to making a difference in an ever-changing and complex global environment. The online learning platform facilitates close personal connections with professors and peers from all over the world, and our global alumni network keeps students connected with graduates who have gone on to become some of the most influential forces serving the global community. Get started now.


As an International Relations Online student, you will be granted a WeWork Global Access membership. This includes access to any WeWork office space (located in 60+ countries around the world) and all WeWork amenities—including work stations, Wi-Fi, power outlets, printing and copying, lounges and kitchens, private phone booths, refreshments, and on-site support staff. You are also welcome at all WeWork meetups and events and workspaces available through the WeWork app or website.

The WeWork membership provides you with a quiet place to work or study while on the road, and a location to meet up and network with fellow students around the world.




One of the unique differences of American University’s online programs such as the Master of Arts in International Relations is that our programs offer the opportunity to connect with classmates and faculty in person, as well as through the interactive online platform. Part of that interaction comes in the form of our on-campus immersion in which you will travel to Washington, D.C., to engage with the AU community, meet the students and instructors you study with each week, participate in intensive learning exercises, and experience the inner workings of high-performing international relations organizations in the nation’s capital. Learn more about immersion experiences.



American University’s online programs offer dedicated support services beginning the moment you request information about the program. Admissions counselors assist you through the application process; our Student Services team provides you with technical, academic, and career guidance; professors work with you one-on-one; and our alumni association provides resources and networking opportunities to enhance your career.
“I'm proud to help students take the next step in their careers through AU's top-ranked School of International Service. The personalized, one-on-one support our Admissions Team provides helps connect students with the program that's right for them.”

Sarah Prince, Senior Admissions Manager, International Relations Online