Admissions

FAQ

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 American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) Board of Commissioners has awarded the American University of Kuwait international accreditation for the following disciplines: Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and the University General Education Program.
  • The BE degree program in Computer Engineering is accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.
  • The BE degree program in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.
  • The BSc degree program in Computer Science is accredited by the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. 
  • The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has awarded AUK full accreditation for its Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree programs under the College of Business and Economics.
  • The Intensive English Program (IEP) at the American University of Kuwait is accredited by CEA.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Design (concentration in graphic design) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
 

 

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.

As instruction at the American University of Kuwait is in English, evidence of English proficiency is required for all applicants seeking undergraduate admission. Proof of English proficiency is demonstrated by one of the following:.

  • A composite score of 60 or above on the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) with a minimum score of 13 on the reading and 14 on the writing sections of the exam. TOEFL scores should be no more than two years old at the date of application and an official score report must be submitted. To have an official TOEFL score sent to the Office of Admissions, AUK’s official Designated Institution Code (8444) must be included in the appropriate place on the TOEFL exam paper.
  • A Band score of 6.0 on the IELTS (Academic), with a minimum score of 6.0 on the Reading and 5.0 on the Writing sections of the Exam.
  • Completion of the UG Accuplacer with a minimum score of 225 on reading and 250 on writing.
  • Successful completion of Semester 2 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.

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.

First-time students are those who have never attended a college  or university prior to admittance at AUK. First-time students must meet the high school equivalency requirements and the English proficiency requirements. Applicants for First Year admission must submit:

  • Personal photo and a copy of the civil ID/passport. 
  • Complete application form with a non-refundable application fee. 
  • High school equivalency and official final high school transcript certified by the Kuwait Ministry of Education. 
  • Proof of English proficiency (official TOEFL or IELTS scores). All applicants must meet the English proficiency requirement for admission purposes (see specific requirements listed above). 
  • Typed personal essay composed by the applicant. 
  • Official high school transcripts complete up to the time of application. 
  • Official scores from any accelerated programs such as Advanced Placement (AP), A-Level (IGCSE), French Baccalaureate, or International Baccalaureate (IB). 
All first-time university students seeking admission to AUK must satisfy the following minimum high school GPA requirements. The following table provides a list of common high school systems and the corresponding minimum high school GPA or equivalent requirements for admission to AUK.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SYSTEM EQUIVALENCY MINIMUM REQUIREMENT
Government System (Percentage) Not Required 60%
Government System (Modular) Not Required 2.00
American System Required 2.00
Arabic Private Required 60% or equivalent 2.00
Bilingual System Required 2.00
British System Required 6 IGCSE with minimum of “D” *
French Baccalaureate or equivalent Required Completion of Baccalaureate required with minimum average score of 12 or 60% cumulative average
Indian System Required Completion with a minimum cumulative average of 60% or equivalent for either: Higher Secondary School Certificate; or Intermediate Examination Certificate; or “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 12 or 60% cumulative average
Pakistani System Required Higher Secondary School Certificate (Part II) required with a minimum average of 40 or 2.00 GPA equivalent

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.

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.

 

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)

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 www.auk.edu.kw.