Academic Advising Center

Academic Advising

General Guidelines

Academic advising assists students in selecting courses, enhancing academic performance, setting academic goals and planning for timely graduation. Academic advising also helps students understand and interpret academic policies and guidelines. Each semester, students are required to meet with their academic advisors to discuss course selection and to receive a RAC (Registration Access Control) number. Students are then responsible for registering for courses online.

Undeclared Students

All first-year, new transfer undergraduate students, and IEP risers are assigned to the Academic Advising Center (AAC) for advising. Scholarship students are required to seek advising from the AAC based on their scholarship defined major.  

Declared Students

When a student completes 60 credits of undergraduate coursework, s/he is required to declare a major. All declared students are assigned a faculty advisor based on the student’s major and advisor’s availability. If a declared student is on academic probation, s/he is advised by the AAC until s/he returns to Good Standing. Major Declaration forms are submitted to the AAC, forwarded to the relevant academic department and processed by the Registrar’s Office. Scholarship students are required to declare their major in accordance with their scholarship defined major.

Student Learning Outcomes

Through their academic advising experience at the AUK, students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to make effective decisions concerning their degree and career goals;
  • Develop an educational plan for successfully achieving their goals and select courses each semester to progress toward fulfilling that educational plan;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of the general education requirements;
  • Use the resources and services on campus to assist them in achieving their academic, personal and career goals;

Good advising programs do not just happen. They are the result of carefully developed institutional plans and commitments to improving advising services for students (Noel-Levitz). Therefore, the advising program at the American University of Kuwait is modeled after the core values, standards and guidelines established by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

The AAC Academic Retention Advisors are responsible for encouraging the academic success of at-risk students by providing individual academic counseling, identifying student needs and trends, and implementing programs designed to promote student persistence. The retention advisors develop and maintain appropriate files and records and work with the faculty to benefit at-risk students. Students in academic jeopardy are required to participate in the programs defined by the retention advisors.

For more information please refer to the Academic Probation Policy in the online Academic Catalog.

Who are the Peer Academic Leaders (PALs)?

The Peer Academic Advising program is comprised of high achieving students who assist undeclared students in understanding how to navigate the university system.

This service was created to provide a mutual connection between existing and newly admitted students. Peer Academic Leaders offer support in areas of educational planning, course selection, academic support, and academic information during newly admitted as well as regular students' advising and registration periods. Peer Academic Leaders serve undeclared undergraduate students only and are guided by the AAC PALs Supervisor.

What is the purpose of this program?

  • Help new students understand AUK's academic advising process.
  • Encourage continuing AUK students to pass on their academic advice and knowledge to newly admitted students.
  • Enhance peer advisors' knowledge on academics, policies and procedures, academic support, and other services related to academic advising offered by AUK.

What are the PALs learning outcomes?

Peer advisors will learn…

  • Leadership Skills
  • Mentorship Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Responsibility
  • Importance of Punctuality/Attendance

What are the rewards and the incentives of this program?

  • Develop resume.
  • Make new friends and relationships among students, staff, and faculty.
  • Get involved in campus life.
  • Improve your own academic success!
  • Belong to a close-knit and supportive team of fellow peer leaders.
  • Achieve high-profile recognition on campus.
  • Become experts in academic advising.
  • Salary of KD 2.5 per hour (all hours are to be approved by PALs Supervisor prior to commitment.)
For more information on the PALs program contact the AAC at ext. 3241 or email us:


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