The University

The University

University Culture

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is an independent, private, equal opportunity, and coeducational liberal arts institution of higher education. The educational, cultural, and administrative structure, methods and standards of AUK are based on the American model of higher learning. The language of instruction is English.

Established by Amiri Decree 139 in 2003, AUK received its Institutional Accreditation from the Private Universities Council (PUC) – Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Kuwait, as of February 1, 2006.

Our students will find opportunities to gain professional experiences through our student employment program and internships, develop their creative talents and maintain their personal health and fitness through our extracurricular activities, and learn to become involved members of the community.

The American University of Kuwait is a liberal arts institution dedicated to teaching, learning, and scholarship. The University offers programs that provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong learning and professional success. AUK enriches society by fostering an environment encouraging critical thinking, effective communication, personal growth, service, and leadership.

The AUK community strives to uphold the following values:

  • Freedom of thought, expression, and intellectual inquiry.
  • Respect for individual identity and rights, and cultural diversity.
  • Commitment to high standards of morality, integrity, and social responsibility.
  • Adherence to high professional standards and ethics.

AUK aspires to be a leading university recognized locally, regionally, and internationally for its institutional distinctiveness, academic excellence, and the accomplishments of its graduates.

The AUK Campus is located in Salmiya, one of Kuwait's most vibrant areas.

The non-smoking campus has spacious, modern classrooms; computer, science, and language laboratories; an administration building; a state-of-the-art library; and cafes, restaurants, shops, and recreation courts.

AUK offers 24-hour security service to ensure the safety of its community. AUK has a zero tolerance policy towards any physical altercations, the use of alcohol or any narcotic substance, weapons and dangerous materials brought to campus or any University-sanctioned event. Any person found guilty of such behavior is subject to immediate removal from the University.

More information on campus facilities can be found in the University catalog.