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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 above).
  • 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 “Visiting/Non-degree Admissions Application Form” with a 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 in to AUK).

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 Academic Probation and Dismissal policies. Visiting students cannot transfer into the university until all holds are cleared.


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