Semester Exchange Program

Each semester the LLM Programs welcome a small number of exchange students from several partner institutions around the world. Semester exchange students are eligible to take classes at the law school with other LLM and JD students. The credits will be able to transfer back to the home institution. This program is only open to students from schools with existing signed partnership agreements with American University Washington College of Law. Students must meet the minimum criteria for admission as explained in the partnership agreement and must be a current student in good standing. The Semester Exchange Program will only accept applications from students who are nominated by the home institution's study abroad office. Please contact your study abroad office directly for details and instructions on applying to the Semester Exchange Program.

Application Deadlines


Fall Admission

  • May 1
  • Immigration document processing begins the first week of March

Spring Admission

  • October 1
  • Immigration document processing begins the first week of September

How to Apply


Please submit the following materials directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Submissions can be sent via email to llm@wcl.american.edu with the subject line "Semester Exchange: Home Institution" or by mail to: Office of Graduate Admissions, American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20016, USA.

  1. Semester Exchange Application Form
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Statement of Purpose
  4. Letter of Recommendation or Nomination from the Home Institution
  5. Copy of the most recent transcript
  6. Copy of TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores (except for Canada, Australia, and UK partners)

    A minimum score of 84 (TOEFL ibt), 6.5 (IELTS), or 56 (PTE) is required for admission.

Program Information


Semester Exchange students can select courses from our four residential LLM Programs. Please visit the links below for current course listings. Please note that courses vary by semester. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions with any questions.

Exchange students usually take between 8 - 12 credits (approximately 3-5 classes). Each home institution may also have specific credit requirements. Registration takes place several weeks before classes begin. The Office of Graduate Admissions will communicate with all students regarding registration timeline and procedures.

Visa Information


The last two pages of the Semester Exchange application contain the Certificate of Finances for International Students (CFIS) form. This form and financial documents are mandatory so the law school can request a DS-2019 for the J-1 exchange student visa. If a student will not require a visa, this form is not necessary. NOTE: the law school cannot request the DS-2019 until the student has been admitted by the faculty review committee.

Program Costs


All students are required to demonstrate financial ability to pay for at least one semester of tuition, fees, and living expenses before American University can issue an immigration document. The International Student & Scholar Scholar Services (ISSS) office creates a cost guide each March for the upcoming academic year. Please use the current Semester Exchange Cost Guide for planning purposes. The cost of tuition generally increases between 3-6% each year.

Housing and Living in Washington, DC


Washington, D.C., the center of the nation's legal institutions, is also the nation's legal home, with federal and state agencies, courts, trade associations, public interest groups, international organizations, corporations, and hundreds of private firms. With a lawyer population of 1 in 12, Washington is a lawyer's city unlike any other. The law school is located in the upper northwest edge of Washington D.C., near the Maryland state line. The law school is 15 minutes from the White House, yet it is set within the green boundaries of a residential neighborhood.

Unfortunately, the law school does not offer housing for graduate students. Students are responsible for finding their own housing. The Office of Graduate Admissions provides housing information and an online housing information session to help students.

Applying to the LL.M. Program


Semester Exchange students may be eligible to transfer up to 12 credits from the Semester Exchange program to the full LLM degree at American University Washington College of Law. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions with questions about this option as specific visa regulations and bar exam limitations may apply.

Admitted Students


Admitted students can find the Semester Exchange Admitted Students Packet here. If you have additional questions please email llm@wcl.american.edu or contact your admissions counselor.