The University

The University

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is an independent, private, equal opportunity, and coeducational liberal arts institution of higher education. The educational, cultural, and administrative structure, methods and standards of AUK are based on the American model of higher learning. The language of instruction is English.

Established by Amiri Decree 139 in 2003, AUK received its institutional accreditation from the Private Universities Council (PUC)—Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Kuwait, as of February 1, 2006.

AUK offers students a quality education based on an American college model. The faculty, administration, and staff work hard to create a caring environment where every aspect of the student’s development gets attention and support. The course of study is designed to prepare students for the contemporary world where critical thinking, communication skills, and lifelong learning have become imperative. The Liberal Arts education system aims not only to guide the students to fulfill their educational goals, but to also instill effective critical thinking skills that they can apply in their future careers in the fields of their choice.

The AUK faculty is comprised of a highly-qualified group of international academics experienced in the American style of higher education. There are over 114 faculty members at AUK, 81 percent of whom have earned PhDs or terminal degrees. With most class sizes ranging from 10 to 39 students, developing bonds between students and professors is easy.

The American University of Kuwait is a liberal arts institution dedicated to teaching, learning, and scholarship. The university offers programs that provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong learning and professional success. AUK enriches society by fostering an environment that encourages critical thinking, effective communication, personal growth, service, and leadership.

AUK aspires to be a leading university recognized locally, regionally, and internationally for its institutional distinctiveness, academic excellence, and the accomplishments of its graduates.

The AUK community strives to uphold the following values:

  • Freedom of thought, expression, and intellectual inquiry.
  • Respect for individual identity and rights, and cultural diversity.
  • Commitment to high standards of morality, integrity, and social responsibility.
  • Adherence to high professional standards and ethics.

The AUK Campus is located in Salmiya, one of Kuwait's most vibrant areas.

The non-smoking campus has spacious, modern classrooms; computer, science, and language laboratories; an administration building; a state-of-the-art library; and cafes, restaurants, shops, and recreation courts.

AUK offers 24-hour security service to ensure the safety of its community. AUK has a zero tolerance policy towards any physical altercations, the use of alcohol or any narcotic substance, weapons and dangerous materials brought to campus or any University-sanctioned event. Any person found guilty of such behavior is subject to immediate removal from the University.

More information on campus facilities can be found in the University catalog.