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Deadlines & Selection Process Application Requirements

The application process to study at another institution is two-fold.  First, students must receive approval to study abroad through AUK, and then apply to the specific university and program they have selected.  All students must meet AUK’s eligibility requirements for study abroad to participate in a study abroad experience (excluding faculty led trips).  Students should review closely the AUK requirements and consider those of the host institution and country before starting the process. 

AUK students must complete and submit the Study at Another Institution – Study Abroad form prior to applying to programs.  Prior to registering for courses at another institution, AUK students must have the above form fully completed and approved.  Further, scholarship students must receive approval from the scholarship provider prior to attending any other universities, and the above form and process require approvals at multiple levels

Application materials vary from program to program, and can require submission largely online and some materials to be submitted in hard copy. All programs ask for official passport information and other official documents.  Some programs also require letters of recommendation from professors, passport photos, and essays/ personal statements.  Students must check the provider’s website for a full list of required materials.

Students applying to AUK Exchange Programs must complete all of the application requirements and submit materials as directed at AUK, and then later as required to the host institutions. Students applying to Non-Exchange Programs should visit the provider’s website to review application requirements and deadlines for the program. 

Exchange Programs Selection Process

Students at the American University of Kuwait must meet the AUK eligibility requirements for study abroad, and those students applying to AUK Student Exchange Programs must also meet the eligibility requirements and admission requirements of the host institution.  Exchange students must be nominated by AUK to the host institution in order to be eligible for an exchange.  Each program has a limited number of seats available annually, which may vary from year to year, and the offerings may not be available each year for every semester.  Do not contact a host institution for information or to apply directly, please direct all questions to the Coordinator of Study Abroad & Student Exchange until selected and directed otherwise.  AUK Exchange Programs criteria, processes, and application requirements are outlined below.

Selection Criteria
In addition to meeting the minimum eligibility requirements, applicants will be reviewed by AUK based on the following criteria:

  • Communication: Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Academic Achievement: Adequate academic background and language proficiency (if applicable), and taking courses that form a logical foundation for the program subject & region.
  • Character and Social Skills: Including patience, flexibility, humor, good will, motivation, responsibility, and an ability to tolerate uncertainty.
  • Self-knowledge and Intercultural Learning: Including curiosity, strengths, weaknesses, a desire for personal growth, and specific intercultural learning objectives.
  • Advance Preparation (Academic and Personal): Possess a high level of initiative, maturity, responsibility, adaptability, and recognition of potential challenges.
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