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Is AUK Accredited?

Local Institutional Accreditation:
The American University of Kuwait received its Institutional Accreditation from the Private Universities Council (PUC) - Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Kuwait, as of February 1st, 2006.

Program Accreditation:
The Intensive English Program at AUK is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period August 2009 through August 2014 and upholds the CEA Standards for English Language Program and Institutions.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded the American University of Kuwait accreditation of five (5) years to the Business and Economics Division on November 14, 2010. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the Business & Economics Division of the American University of Kuwait meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

The American University of Kuwait was awarded International Program Accreditation from The American Academy for Liberal Education's (AALE) Board of Trustees for its Arts and Humanities Division, Social Sciences Division as well as the University General Education Program for a five (5) year period, ending September 30, 2016. AALE Membership certifies that the institution meets or exceeds the Academy's independently established Education Standards.

If I decide to transfer to a university in the United States, will my credits transfer over?

Students have to work with the university they are transferring to, rather than the university they are transferring from. Every university has its own policies and procedures when it comes to transferring credits. AUK works with students in making sure a smooth transition occurs when looking to transfer to a different institution. However, it is up to the institution in the United States to determine how many credits will be transferred over.

What is the English Competency Requirement?

As instruction at the American University of Kuwait is in English, evidence of English proficiency is required of all undergraduate applicants for admission purposes.

  • A composite score of 70 or above on the TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) with a minimum score of 15 on reading and 17 on writing.
  • IELTS (Academic) score of Band 6.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the UG Accuplacer with a minimum score of 51 on Reading and 4 on Writing.
  • Successful completion of Level 3 in AUK's Intensive English Program (IEP).
Applicants who do not qualify for admission to the undergraduate program due to lack of English proficiency will be considered for admission to the Intensive English Program.
How and when can I take the English Placement Test / apply to the Intensive English Program?

To register for the test, you must submit an application to the Office of Admissions, and then you will be given an appointment for the test depending on the available test sessions. The application requirements are:

  • Personal Essay Information on the topic and format of the essay is provided on the Application Form
  • KD 35 Non-Refundable Application Fee Official High School and College Transcripts: must be certified by Ministry of Education (MoE) in Kuwait, or Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) in Kuwait.
  • The AUK Language Placement Test : to determine in which level the applicant will be placed.
I am a high school graduate, or about to graduate from high school, how can I apply to AUK? What are the requirements?

A First Year applicant is an undergraduate student who has not attended a university or college. Applicants for First Year admission must submit:
  • AUK Application Form
  • Personal Essay
  • KD 35 Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • High School Transcript
    First Year applicants must submit an official copy of their high school transcript. If the applicant is still in the final year of high school at the time of submission of the application, the transcript should include the applicant's coursework, grades, and GPA up until the end of the first semester of that year. Upon graduation from high school all applicants must have their final High School transcript certified by the Kuwait Ministry of Education indicating that it fulfills the Ministry's high school equivalency requirements.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.
What are the admissions requirements for first year applicants from different educational systems?

All First Year students seeking admission to AUK must provide a high school equivalency certified by the Ministry of Education and satisfy the following minimum high school GPA requirements:

Government System (Percentage) Not- Required 65%
Government System (Modular) Not- Required 2.25
American System Required 2.25
Arabic Private Required 65% or equivalent 2.25
Bilingual System Required 2.25
British System Required 6 IGCSE with minimum of "D"
French Baccalaureate or equivalent Required Completion of Baccalaureate required with minimum average score of 13 or 65% cumulative average
Indian System Required

Completion with a minimum cumulative average of 65% or equivalent for either:
Higher Secondary School Certificate;
Intermediate Examination Certificate; “All India Senior School” Certificate

International Baccalaureate Required Completion of Baccalaureate with 6 subjects (at least 3 at the higher level) and a minimum score of 24
Iranian System Required Completion of degree required with minimum average score of 13 or 65% cumulative average
Pakistani System Required Higher Secondary School Certificate (Part II) required with a minimum average of 42 or 2.25 GPA equivalent
I have finished some credits from a university and/or a college; can I apply to AUK and transfer the credits I have earned? I have a diploma degree; can I complete upon my degree and obtain a bachelor at AUK?

A Transfer applicant is an undergraduate student who graduated from high school, attended another college-level institution accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) in Kuwait, and attempted one or more courses irrespective of credit earned.

A transfer applicant must have earned 24 semester hours of college- level work with a minimum grade of "C" or its equivalent, these applicants can get up to 60 transferred credits. Otherwise, the applicant is considered a first year applicant, and can get up to 23 transferred credits. Applicants for transfer admission will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What do I need to apply to AUK as a transfer student?
  • AUK Application Form
  • Personal Essay
  • KD 35 Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • Final High School Transcript and High School Equivalency.
  • Prior University/College Transcript Official transcript of college-level courses attempted for each college attended regardless of whether credit was earned or whether transfer credit is desired. If courses are in progress at the time of application, a final official transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions upon completion.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or AUK's English Placement Test Only transfers who have completed 24 credits and more with a score of C and above in institutions where the instruction language is English are exempted from this requirement.
  • Transfer of Credit: Transfer credit may only be considered if the institution where prior coursework was earned is accredited by the Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education.
I am studying at another university / college and I want to attend AUK to earn some credits and transfer them back to the university/college where I study; can I do this? What are the requirements?

Yes, you can apply as a Visiting Applicant. A visiting applicant is a student who is currently enrolled at another university/college, and who is interested in attending AUK for a limited period of time, which cannot exceed one academic year, before returning back to the other institution. The maximum number of credits a visiting student can take at AUK is 30 credits. Visiting applicants must submit:

  • AUK Application Form
  • KD 35 Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • Proof of Enrollment which is usually a transcript or a visiting form issued from the home institution.
  • List of the classes required to be taken. If the class needs prerequisites, a letter from the student's advisor is needed.
  • Proof of English Competency Requirement Visiting applicants are required to meet the English Competency requirement. The Office of Admissions may require individual visiting applicants who are currently enrolled at a non-English instruction institution to also submit TOEFL scores. Only students who have completed 24 credits and more in institutions where the instruction language is English are exempted from this requirement.
Can I do my Masters wherever I want after graduating from AUK?

Students have to work with the university they are planning to go to and fulfill their graduate degree requirements. AUK works with students in making sure a smooth transition occurs when looking to apply to graduate school. Some examples of institutions that AUK alumni have attended to date include:

  • Newcastle University (Newcastle, Australia)
  • Brock University (Ontario, Canada)
  • American University of the Middle East (Kuwait)
  • American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)
  • Gulf University for Science and Technology (Kuwait)
  • Murdoch University in Dubai (Dubai, UAE)
  • Kent University (Kent, UK)
  • King's College (London, UK)
  • Saint Mary's University (London, UK)
  • SOAS College (London, UK)
  • University College of London (London, UK)
  • University of Essex (Colchester, UK)
  • University of Manchester (Manchester, UK)
  • Florida State University (Florida, USA)
  • University of Chicago (Illinois, USA)
  • University of North Carolina (North Carolina, USA)
What kind of scholarships does AUK offer?

AUK will award a limited number of merit-based academic scholarships; all scholarship applications will be evaluated to decide the most academically deserving applicant. For more information please contact the admissions office.

To learn more about the admissions process and University life, inquiries should be sent to: admissions@auk.edu.kw; or call to speak with an Admissions Counselor at (+965) 2224-8399 Ext: 3148, or mail us at American University of Kuwait, Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 3323, Safat 13034, Kuwait. Applicants are encouraged to complete the online application which can be found on the AUK website at http://www.auk.edu.kw.


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