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.

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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.



To help you apply the skills you will develop in online master’s programs from the School of International Service, you will receive LinkedIn Premium Career access, allowing you to:

  • Send direct messages to job posters to make an impression before you apply.
  • See who’s viewed your profile in the last 90 days and how they found you.
  • Use Applicant Insights to apply with confidence and see how you compare to other applicants.
  • Learn in-demand skills through access to online courses taught by industry experts.
  • Receive instant access to salary insights without sharing your personal data.
  • Practice for job interviews through interactive interview preparation.
  • Obtain expert feedback to help you optimize your resume.


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.


International Relations Online students are full members of both the American University and School of International Service communities. We make it our mission to offer the highest-quality support throughout the entire student experience, from initial contact all the way through graduation and beyond:

During the admissions process, you will have a dedicated admissions counselor who will answer any questions you have about the program, the application, and the admissions process.

Upon your admission to the program, you will be assigned a dedicated advisor who is available to meet with you one-on-one throughout your program and who will act as your go-to resource for guidance and support.

Once you enroll, you will be able to work with our Student Services team, who will assist you with academic support, course planning/advising, and community engagement, no matter your level of technological expertise.

As an International Relations Online student, you will have access to American University assets including, career services, library resources, student benefits, and access to university events and speakers.

When you graduate, you will be invited to participate in the on-campus graduation ceremony where you will join students from both the online and on-campus programs as you celebrate your accomplishments.

After graduation, you will join the American University and School of International Service global alumni networks, which connect you for life to other graduates who are serving communities around the world.

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