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Advanced Standing Credit Transfer

AP courses accepted by AUK are recorded as transfer credits (TR) on students’ transcripts and count towards the total credit hours required for graduation. These transfer credits will not be assigned grades, and therefore will not be factored into students’ grade point average (GPA) calculations. Students cannot receive AP credit for an equivalent course taken at AUK or another university, and AP credit may be removed from a student’s record if subsequent AUK coursework duplicates AP credit course content. Students may earn up to 30 transfer credits at AUK based on qualifying AP exam scores. 

 

It is the responsibility of students seeking AP credit to provide the Office of the Registrar with copies of their official AP score results. In cases where the AP exam has not previously been evaluated by AUK, students must also provide syllabi and other supporting documents pertaining to the AP subject matter so AUK faculty can complete an accurate transfer credit evaluation. For further information, please consult the Office of Admissions. 

AUK awards college credit for students earning A-Level subjects above a minimum of 8 different IGCSE subjects with a minimum grade of “C-” for each subject. Only subjects classified as academic (including arts and creativity group subjects) will be considered for corresponding AUK courses. Contact an admissions counselor for further information. 

IB courses accepted by AUK are recorded as transfer credits (TR) on students’ transcripts and count towards the minimum 124 total credit hours required for graduation. These transfer credits will not be assigned grades, and therefore will not be factored into the students’ grade point average (GPA) calculations. Students cannot receive IB credit for an equivalent course taken at AUK or another university, and IB credit may be removed from a student’s record if subsequent AUK coursework duplicates IB credit course content. 

It is the responsibility of students seeking IB transfer credit at AUK to provide the Office of the Registrar with official copies of their IB diploma and/or certificate transcripts. Students must also provide course descriptions for each of the IB courses they wish to have transferred to AUK. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to provide laboratory notebooks and reports when seeking laboratory credit. 

IB transfer credits will only be accepted under the following conditions: 

  • American high school graduates applying to AUK can transfer up to a maximum of 3 courses earned in IB Diploma Program (DP) or the International Baccalaureate (IB). 

  • These courses are to be transferred only to 100-level courses at AUK. 

  • Transfer conditions are: 

  • A minimum grade of 6 on the standard level (based on IBO grading scale 1-7). 

  • A minimum grade of 5 in the Higher Level (based on IBO grading scale 1-7). 

  • These DP or IB certificates need to be approved and verified by the International Baccalaureate organization. 

The following table exhibits courses that are equivalent to Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus: 

Algebra 2 Algebra 2 – Honors Pre-Calculus Advanced Pre-Calculus Calculus Advanced Calculus
MYP5/Math 10 or
Math Extend- ed or
Algebra2 or
Geometry
IB Math Studies IB1 Studies SL1 or
IB2 Method SL2 or
Applied Math or
IB2 Studies SL2 or
IB Math Studies 2 or
Pre-Cal/Trigonometry or
IB1 Method SLI or
Math 1 IB standard LE or
DP1 Math SL1
DP1 Math HL1 IB1 Math HL1 or
Math2 IB Standard LE or
IB2 Math HL2 or
DP2 Math SL2 or
Applied Math
DP2 Math HL 2
The applicant will be placed in the literary section if s/he has not passed any of the previous modules.

AUK awards college credits for students who have completed the French Baccalaureate or its equivalent with a minimum average score of 10, or 60% cumulative average. Only courses or subjects with a grade of “C-” and equivalent to AUK courses will be given credit. For further information, contact an admissions counselor. 

Students who are currently enrolled in high school or another university/college may receive provisional admission to the American University of Kuwait. In these cases, the students’ undergraduate admission remains provisional, pending the 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 such cases, the students’ 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 a major under the scientific high school category until the fulfillment of the above requirements. 

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. 

  • Students who voluntarily withdraw from the American University of Kuwait in good academic standing and are seeking readmission must meet all admissions requirements and deadlines as per the catalog at the time of re-entry.
  • Students dismissed for academic reasons are requested to consult the “General Academic Information” section of this catalog.
  • Students who voluntarily leave the American University of Kuwait while on academic probation may be readmitted but must meet the academic standards listed in the “General Academic Information” section of this catalog, as well as admission requirements and deadlines as per the catalog at the time of re-entry.
  • Students who have been granted an official leave of absence may resume their studies without applying for readmission if it is still within one academic year (fall, spring, summer) of their last enrolled semester.

AUK evaluates requests for accommodation and access to University programs on a case-by-case basis. Prospective students with disabilities who are requesting accommodations must declare this in the relevant section of their admission application and will be requested to provide specific verifiable documentation to the Counseling Center (CC) at AUK. Prospective students will be informed if AUK has the resources to accommodate their request. 

Failure to comply with disclosure requirements waives the student’s right for evaluation of need for reasonable accommodations. For questions regarding accommodation services, please contact the Counseling Center at Counseling@auk.edu.kw. 

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