UNIVERSITY CATALOG
2016-2017



ADMISSION CATEGORIES & REQUIREMENTS


Students accepted at the American University of Kuwait are classified into the following categories:

1: First-Time College Students

First-time students are those who have never attended a college or university prior to admittance at AUK.  First-time students must meet the high school equivalency requirements and the English proficiency requirement.

Meeting the basic requirements does not ensure admission. Some applicants may be placed on a waiting list for admission on a space-available basis. The Office of Admissions will inform wait-listed students of the dates by which they will be notified of a final admission status.

Required Documents:

  1. Personal photo and a copy of the Civil ID/Passport.
  2. Complete Application Form with a non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official high school transcripts complete up to the time of application. See below for Admissions Grade Point Average requirements.
  4. High School Equivalency certified by the Kuwait Ministry of Education.
  5. Proof of English proficiency (official TOEFL or IELTS scores). All applicants must meet the English proficiency requirement for admission purposes (see specific requirements listed above).
  6. Official scores from any accelerated programs such as Advanced Placement (AP), A-Level (IGCSE), French Baccalaureate, or International Baccalaureate (IB).
  7. Typed personal essay composed by the applicant.

University Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements for First-Time University Students:

All first-time university students seeking admission to AUK must satisfy the following minimum high school GPA requirements. The table below provides a list of common high school systems and the corresponding minimum high school GPA or equivalent requirements for admission to AUK.

HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM EQUIVALENCY MINIMUM REQUIREMENT
Government System (Percentage) Not-Required 60%
Government System (Modular) Not-Required 2.00
American System Required 2.00
Arabic Private Required 60% or equivalent 2.00
Bilingual System Required 2.00
British System Required 6 IGCSE with minimum of “D” *
French Baccalaureate or equivalent Required Completion of Baccalaureate required with minimum average score of 12 or 60% cumulative average
Indian System Required Completion with a minimum cumulative average of 60% or equivalent for either:

Higher Secondary School Certificate;
or
Intermediate Examination Certificate;
or
"All India Senior School" Certificate

International Baccalaureate Required Completion of Baccalaureate with 6 subjects (at least 3 at the higher level) and a minimum score of 24
Iranian System Required Completion of degree required with minimum average score of 12 or 60% cumulative average
Pakistani System Required Higher Secondary School Certificate (Part II) required with a minimum average of 40 or 2.00 GPA equivalent

*Ministry of Education Arabic and Religious Studies may each substitute for an IGCSE.

High school types not covered above will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will require at least a passing grade as well as Kuwait Ministry of Education equivalency. Admission to AUK does not guarantee admission to specific programs (refer to program specific admissions requirements section).

Program-Specific Admission Requirements for First-Time University Students:

Admission to AUK does not guarantee admission to specific programs. Certain academic programs require specific types of secondary school certificates. Please see the table below for program specific admissions requirements.

MAJOR TYPE OF HIGH SCHOOL
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Scientific High School
Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering

2. Transfer Students

A Transfer applicant is an undergraduate student who graduated from high school, attended another college-level institution approved by the Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Kuwait, and attempted one or more courses irrespective of credits earned.

Applicants for transfer admissions are divided into three categories:

Category I: those who have earned fewer than 24 credit hours.
Category II: those who have earned minimum of 24 credit hours or a college diploma.

Meeting the basic requirements does not ensure admission. Some applicants may be placed on a waiting list for admission on a space-available basis. The Office of Admissions will inform wait-listed students of the dates by which they will be notified of a final admission status.

Category I: Students Transferring With Fewer Than 24 Credit Hours

Minimum Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 2.00 from all prior institutions.
  • Minimum high school GPA of 2.00 (see table above of common high school systems and the corresponding minimum high school GPA requirements for admission to AUK).
  • Must meet the English language proficiency requirement for admission purposes.
  • Must meet program specific admissions requirements listed below.
  • Only courses taken at institutions certified by the Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Kuwait with a grade of “C” and above may be considered for transfer evaluation.

Required Documents

  • Personal photo and a copy of the Civil ID/Passport.
  • Complete Application Form with a non-refundable application fee.
  • Official high school transcripts complete up to the time of application.
  • High School Equivalency certified by the Kuwait Ministry of Education.
  • Official transcript(s) of college-level courses attempted for each college/university attended. If courses are in progress at the time of application, a final and official college/university transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions upon completion. Candidates are required to disclose all institutions at the time of application.
  • Course descriptions and syllabi for courses to be evaluated for transfer to AUK, or an official evaluation of courses attempted if the transfer institution is not based on the American model of higher education.
  • Official scores from any accelerated programs such as Advanced Placement (AP), A-Level (IGCSE), French Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate (IB).
  • Typed personal essay composed by the applicant.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements for Students Transferring with Fewer Than 24 Credit Hours

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to specific programs. Certain academic programs require specific types of secondary school certificates. Please refer to the table below for program-specific admissions requirements.

MAJOR TYPE OF HIGH SCHOOL
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Scientific High School
Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering


Category II: Students Transferring With A Minimum Of 24 Credit Hours Or College Diploma

Minimum Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative transfer GPA of 2.00 from all prior institutions.
  • Successful completion of high school.
  • Must meet the English language proficiency requirement for admission purposes.
  • Only courses taken at institutions certified by the Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Kuwait with a grade of "C" and above may be considered for transfer evaluation.

Required Documents

  • Personal photo and a copy of the Civil ID/Passport.
  • Complete Application Form with a non-refundable application fee.
  • High School Equivalency and official final high school transcript certified by the Kuwait Ministry of Education.
  • Official transcript(s) of college-level courses attempted for each college/university attended. If courses are in progress at the time of application, a final and official college/university transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions upon completion. Candidates are required to disclose all institutions at the time of application
  • Course descriptions and syllabi for courses to be evaluated for transfer to AUK, or an official evaluation of courses attempted if the transfer institution is not based on the American model of higher education.
  • Typed personal essay composed by the applicant.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements for Students Transferring with 24 Credit Hours or More

Certain academic programs require specific types of secondary school certificates. See the table below for program specific admissions requirements.

MAJOR TYPE OF HIGH SCHOOL
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Scientific High School
Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering


3. NON-DEGREE STUDENTS

The American University of Kuwait may offer non-degree admission to individuals who wish to take courses at AUK for personal or professional enrichment. Individuals admitted as non-degree students are to abide by the following rules and conditions:

  • May take a maximum of 12 undergraduate credits.
  • Must have a high school certificate or higher level of education recognized by the Ministry of Education in the State of Kuwait.
  • Must meet AUK’s English Language Proficiency Requirement (see English Language proficiency requirements above).
  • Are subject to pre- and co-requisite requirements as defined in the AUK catalog.
  • Are held to the same academic and Student Code of Conduct standards as degree-seeking students.
  • Tuition and fees are applicable to non-degree students as they apply to regular students.

Required Documents

  • Personal photo and a copy of the Civil ID/Passport.
  • Complete Application Form submitted with the non-refundable application fee.
  • High School Equivalency and official final high school transcript certified by the Kuwait Ministry of Education.
  • Official transcript(s) of college-level courses attempted for each college/university attended.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (See English Language Proficiency Requirement for Admission in to AUK).

Transferring from Non-Degree Status to Degree-Seeking Status

To apply for degree-seeking status, a non-degree student must meet all AUK undergraduate admission requirements for the semester of intended admission and must submit all appropriate application materials and supporting documents to the Office of Admissions. Students may apply a maximum of 12 credit hours earned in courses passed with a grade of “C” or higher taken in non-degree status at AUK toward a degree program. Non-degree students who earn a GPA below 2.0 while at AUK are subject to the university Academic Probation and Dismissal policies. Non-degree students cannot transfer into the university until all holds are cleared.

4. VISITING STUDENTS

Visiting students who are enrolled in a degree program at another institution and wish to take courses at the American University of Kuwait may visit for up to a maximum of one academic year or attempt up to a total of 30 semester hours. Visiting students are subject to the following conditions:

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a recognized university.
  • Must be in good standing at home institution.
  • Must meet AUK's English Language Proficiency Requirement (see English Language Proficiency Requirements).
  • Are not required to take Math, English, and Arabic placement tests IF their record shows that they have taken equivalent placement tests or courses at their home institutions and accordingly placed in college-level courses.
  • May be exempt from taking placement exams IF they have taken a prerequisite course that is equivalent to AUK prerequisites.
  • Must present an official document from their home institutions (an Academic Advisor's note) indicating they are allowed to take courses at AUK as a visiting student.
  • Must check with the Office of Admissions regarding registering for classes and tuition payment deadlines.
  • Tuition and fees are applicable to visiting students as they apply to the regular students.

Required Documents:

  • Personal photo and a copy of the Civil ID/Passport.
  • Complete Application Form submitted with the non-refundable application fee.
  • Official letter from home institution Academic Advisor (AUK reserves the right to contact your home institution for verification of documents submitted).
  • Official transcript(s) of college-level courses attempted for each college/university attended.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (See English Language Proficiency Requirement for Admission).

Transferring from Visiting Status to Degree-Seeking Status

To apply for degree-seeking status, a visiting student must meet all AUK undergraduate admission requirements for the semester of intended admission and must submit all appropriate application materials and supporting documents to the Office of Admissions. Students may apply a maximum of 30 credit hours earned in courses passed with a grade of “C” or higher taken as visiting student at AUK toward a degree program. Academic history established as a visiting student at AUK carries over when a visiting student’s status changes to degree-seeking. Visiting students who earn a GPA below 2.0 while at AUK are subject to the university’s Academic Probation and Dismissal policies. Visiting students cannot transfer into the university until all holds are cleared.

5. STUDENTS WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE

Students in possession of a Bachelor’s degree may pursue a second Bachelor’s degree in any of the following four degree programs at AUK: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Engineering, or Bachelor of Science. Students must meet all AUK undergraduate admission requirements for the semester of intended admission and must submit all appropriate application materials and supporting documents to the Office of Admissions. Requirements for completing a second Bachelor’s degree are as follows:

  • AUK Graduates
    Students with a BBA degree from AUK may not take a second BBA degree. However, they may take a BA, BE, or BS degree. Students with a bachelor’s degree from AUK are assumed to have met all general education requirements and free electives through their first AUK bachelor’s degree. They are not subject to any further requirements of general education and electives, unless otherwise noted by the Office of the Registrar. They must complete major requirements for the second bachelor’s degree specified by individual program sections in this catalog.

  • Non-AUK Graduates
    Students who have earned their first bachelor’s degree from other institutions must meet all AUK general education requirements. AUK will evaluate coursework from their first bachelor’s degree for possible transfer of courses (Please refer to TRANSFER OF CREDITS). Students from internationally-accredited four year institutions of higher education approved by the Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Kuwait with grades of “C” and above may petition for up to an additional 30 credits. Any general education requirements not satisfied by transfer credits must be taken in residence at AUK. Students holding Business degrees from other institutions may not pursue a BBA degree at AUK. However, they may pursue a BA, BE, or BS degree.

    Students must satisfactorily complete at least the final 30 credits in residence at AUK and fulfill all academic program requirements in order to graduate. Non-AUK graduates are subject to these additional conditions:

  1. Applicants must have earned their first bachelor’s degree from an institution approved by the Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education.
  2. Applicants who have earned their first bachelor’s degree from institutions whose language of instruction is not English must meet AUK’s English proficiency requirements for admissions purposes.

6. Provisional Admission

Students who are currently enrolled in high school or another university/college may receive provisional admission to the American University of Kuwait. In these cases, the students’ undergraduate admission remains provisional, pending the completion of in-progress coursework for the period of one semester only. The following rules apply:

  • If a student fails to submit a certified final transcript, the student's acceptance to the university will be rescinded and s/he will be prevented from continuing studies at AUK until s/he satisfies these requirements.

  • If a student submits a final transcript that no longer meets AUK’s admission requirements, fails to meet the Ministry of Education’s equivalency requirements, or cannot provide a final transcript certified by the Ministry of Higher Education, the student’s acceptance to the university will be rescinded and s/he will be prevented from continuing studies at AUK until s/ he satisfies these requirements.

NOTE: Students who meet the university admissions requirement, but who are missing one subject to be considered in the "Scientific" track may be admitted provisionally to the university. In such cases, the students' admission remains provisional, pending fulfillment of the following requirements:

  • The missing subject is to be taken at Kuwait University, as a non-degree student, and passed with a grade of C or above.
  • The grade will not be calculated in the high school GPA, nor in the university GPA.
  • Students will not be allowed to declare in a major requiring Scientific High School until the fulfillment of the above requirements.

Students who have their admission to the American University of Kuwait rescinded for failing to satisfy these requirements will not be entitled to any refund of their tuition or university fees.

7. DEFERRED ADMISSION

Accepted students may defer admission to the American University of Kuwait for up to one academic year. Students who decide to defer admission to a future semester must notify the Office of Admissions in writing of this decision prior to the first day of classes of the admission semester. Deferred students wishing to matriculate within the initial deferral year must notify the Office of Admissions of their intent by providing a deferral letter as well as updated transcripts in accordance with published admission deadlines. Returning students must meet all AUK undergraduate admission requirements for the semester of intended admission.

8. READMISSION

  • Students who voluntarily withdraw from the American University of Kuwait in good academic standing and are seeking readmission must meet all admissions requirements and deadlines as per the catalog at the time of re-entry.
  • Students dismissed for academic reasons are requested to consult the “General Academic Information” section of this catalog.
  • Students who voluntarily leave the American University of Kuwait while on academic probation may be readmitted but must meet the academic standards listed in the "General Academic Information" section of this catalog, as well as admissions requirements and deadlines as per the catalog at the time of re-entry.
  • Students who have been granted an official leave of absence may resume their studies without applying for readmission if it is still within one academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) of their last enrolled semester.


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