Program Overview

Program Lead: Dr. Shareefa Al-Adwani


The first year of university is an exciting, yet often challenging time for students. Among many things, the First-Year Experience program at AUK is designed to help students transition to a university environment, while also introducing them to the value of a liberal arts education. The FYE program does this by requiring students to take two required courses (University 100 and University 110), and by involving them in extra-curricular activities on campus. By the end of the program, through both didactic and experiential learning, students will have acquired a range of academic, personal, and social skills including developing an appreciation of a liberal arts education, acquiring vital higher-level thinking skills, and ultimately attaining a sense of personal empowerment and academic self-efficacy.

The mission of the American University of Kuwait’s (AUK) Intensive English Program (IEP) is to prepare students seeking admission to the academic degree programs of AUK by enabling them to gain sufficient mastery of the English language and successfully apply the critical thinking skills they need to succeed as students during their undergraduate studies. IEP will achieve its mission by providing quality English language instruction and promoting international, intercultural and self-understanding.

The FYE program hopes to add more campus-wide programs as well as work in partnership with other departments and campus organizations. We aim to develop more community-based opportunities for students to apply interdisciplinary course concepts. By offering more professional development opportunities in the future, we aspire to inspire faculty and staff to promote campus-wide learning.

FYE core values:

  • Individual involvement in academic, social and personal development.
  • Holistic development.
  • Collaboration and teamwork.
  • Creating a safe, constructive, and stimulating campus-wide environment.
  • Active and experimental learning.
  • Integrity, empathy, and responsiveness.
  • Professional growth and development.
  • Community service.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding and an appreciation for the meaning, purpose, and benefits of a Liberal Arts education and demonstrate this by being self-directed, productive students, and members within their community.
  2. Apply a variety of transferable, durable skills needed for success at university level and beyond. Skills include goal-setting, note-taking, test-taking, reading, writing, listening, and presenting.
  3. Critically question and analyze their own physical, emotional, and social behavior to demonstrate awareness between academic well-being and personal choices.
  4. Integrate into the AUK liberal arts culture by attending and actively participating in a variety of co-curricular events and indicate this through reflecting on and summarizing their experiences.
  5. Identify and apply practical strategies for higher level thinking by successfully completing a variety of class assignments and assessments such as: reflections, exams, projects, and presentations.
  6. Examine and construct self-reflective practices and employ effective behavioral strategies conducive to learning and becoming an effective member of the University community.

Students must complete with a grade C- or better in the following courses:

UNIV 100 Essential of Learning (2)[L]
UNIV 110 University, Community, and Citizenship (3)[L]