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The complete Application Packet, including all material listed under Admissions Requirements, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Prospective students are encouraged to complete the online application, which can be found on the AUK website at Application Form. Admissions Counselors are available to assist with any questions regarding the application process. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that all required information is completed and sent directly to the Office of Admissions. The Application Form must be completed in full and signed by the applicant, guaranteeing that all information provided is complete, truthful, and accurate. Submission of inaccurate and/or intentionally misleading information on the admissions application may result in the student's acceptance into AUK being rescinded.

Applicants must submit a typed personal essay, written in English, with the Application Packet. More information on the topic and format of the essay is provided on the Application Form. Similar to every other portion of the Application Packet, the personal essay is considered confidential, and will only be read by the AUK Admissions Committee.

All applicants must submit a non-refundable application-processing fee of 35 KWD with the Application Packet. Packets received without the fee will not be processed or reviewed. Only fees paid by check or money order made payable to the American University of Kuwait may be enclosed in the Application Packet envelope. If students wish to pay cash, they may do so at the AUK Finance Department and then submit a copy of their cash receipt with the Application Packet. Scholarship students are also required to pay the admissions application fee..

The complete Application Packet, including all material listed under Admission Requirements, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the published deadline. The Office of Admissions reviews applications as received. Applicants can expect to receive a decision regarding their admission status within four (4) weeks of submitting their complete admissions application.


Once an applicant has been offered admission to the American University of Kuwait, the applicant is required to confirm his/her intention to attend AUK. To confirm attendance and to reserve a seat in the entering class, the applicant must pay a non-refundable 100 KWD enrollment deposit. Tuition deposits are to be paid directly to the AUK Finance Department. The deposit will be credited to the applicant’s first semester tuition amount.

If the enrollment deposit is not received by the AUK Finance Department, admitted students will not be allowed to participate in the Student Advisement and Registration program (SAR). Admitted students that fail to pay the enrollment deposit may lose the opportunity to register for classes.


High School Transcripts
All admitted students will be required to submit an official final transcript from their high schools upon graduation, including any remaining test scores. In addition, all applicants must have their final high school transcript certified and stamped by the Kuwait Ministry of Education indicating that the student has met the Ministry’s high school equivalency requirement. AUK will withdraw the acceptance of an applicant if the final transcript no longer meets AUK admissions requirements or if the applicant fails to provide a final high school transcript certified by the Kuwait Ministry of Education.
One official and stamped copy of an applicant’s high school transcript must be submitted with the Application Packet, which should list the subjects studied, grades earned, and diploma awarded. Unofficial or unsealed copies of transcripts will not be accepted in lieu of official documents. If the transcript is in a language other than Arabic or English, the transcript should be supported with a certified English translation.

Students who are currently enrolled in high school or another university/college may receive provisional admission to the American University of Kuwait. In this case, the student’s undergraduate admission remains provisional, pending 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 this case, the student’s 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 requirement.

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.

Private high school graduates (for high schools in Kuwait), as well as all high school graduates outside of Kuwait, are responsible for securing the high school equivalency certification through the Kuwait Ministry of Education. Kuwait Ministry of Education certified transcripts are never considered expired by AUK. Students graduating from high schools outside of Kuwait must submit their final official transcripts and admissions application by the International Student Application deadline.

University/College Transcript
Applicants who have attended another college or university are required to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended. All transcripts are required, regardless of whether academic standing, grade point average, or coursework is transferable. See TRANSFER STUDENTS  for university/college transfer information.

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