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The American University of Kuwait places special emphasis on quality education that is rooted in the liberal arts philosophy and based on the American model of higher education. Applicants are considered on the basis of their educational qualifications regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, disabilities, or national origin. Admission to the American University of Kuwait is competitive, based on evidence of potential for successful performance, and on availability of space in the entering admissions class.

AUK is particularly interested in attracting students who have demonstrated academic achievement and seriousness of purpose, and who recognize the value of a broad educational experience as an important component of their personal and professional development.

The admission requirements include various measures of English language proficiency, standards based upon the performance established by applicants in their previous educational experiences, high school grade point averages, and scores on available standardized tests.

The minimum standard required for admission to AUK includes (1) a high school grade point average of at least 2.00 (Please see ADMISSION CATEGORIES & REQUIREMENTS for information on GPA requirements for transfer students), and (2) English language proficiency as determined by AUK (see 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.

AUK serves:

(1) Kuwaiti nationals and expatriates living in Kuwait who seek higher education based upon American standards and models but grounded in the local cultures and traditions;

(2) International students who may wish to study at AUK on a full-time, part-time, or intermittent basis, whether for cultural enrichment or for other reasons.

Each semester, the Office of Admissions will evaluate all qualified applications and extend offers of admission to academically-deserving applicants. The following criteria are considered by the Office of Admissions during the admissions decision-making process:

  • High school courses and grades;
  • English proficiency;
  • All previous college level coursework;
  • Personal essay;
  • Extracurricular activities; and
  • Comparison of an applicant's overall competencies against those of other applicants.

All applicants must abide by the application deadlines for full consideration.

The Office of Admissions is responsible for admitting all undergraduate (first year and transfer) and Intensive English students to the university. With the exception of government and AUK scholarship students, students have the choice of enrolling on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 credit hours and maximum of 18 credit hours per semester), or on a part-time basis (less than 12 credit hours per semester). Visiting and non-degree students are also eligible for admission to the American University of Kuwait if they meet the admissions requirements.

The institution has very limited resources to allocate for scholarships, work-study programs, and other forms of financial assistance. Therefore, students are expected to be able to manage the expenses associated with an education at AUK.


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