The AUIS Advantage | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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The AUIS Advantage

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani prepares its students and graduates for success and leadership in a rapidly changing and global world.

Over 650 alumni flourish as professionals and graduate students in top schools and organizations in Iraq, United States and Europe.

The cadre of AUIS alumni are a distinct point of pride for the University. Renowned American author and journalist Thomas Friedman called AUIS “Iraq’s Best Hope” in his feature for the New York Times after his visit to the University as commencement speaker in May 2014. 


AUIS now has over 650 alumni, most of them working internationally and all over Iraq and its Kurdistan Region. The AUIS education makes these young men and women highly desirable employees in international relief organizations, multinational corporations, and local companies and businesses. AUIS graduates work primarily in the private sector, an exception in a region in which public sector employment still dominates career paths. According to a 2016 survey, more than 82 percent of AUIS’s undergraduate alumni are employed by the region’s top private companies or pursue advanced degrees at prestigious universities in the United States and Europe.

Alumni career success is supported by the AUIS Career Services Center, which has expanded its operations over the years to offer resume, cover letter, and interview training, and has established relationships with most companies operating in Iraq and its Kurdistan Region. The Center holds an annual career fair that is attended by dozens of leading corporations, multinationals and NGOs seeking to hire new talent from the region. 

According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Career Service Center of 57 alumni, 69 percent of AUIS graduates have full-time employment across Iraq and the region and are working in cities from Erbil, to Baghdad, to Beirut and beyond; three percent are employed part time and 10 percent are enrolled in graduate studies in the U.S., Europe and Iraq.

Some of the places where AUIS graduates work include:

Ernst and Young

General Electric
Korek Engineering 

Qaiwan Group
Byblos Bank
Standard Chartered Bank
American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
International Committee of the Red Cross 
Norwegian Refugee Council 

United Nations Development Program

AUIS graduates are also successful entrepreneurs, with some of them running successful start-up businesses (advertising, restaurants, IT solutions) and non-profit organizations in Iraq and KRI. 

The average wages of an AUIS graduate are higher than the market average in the area. According to the latest AUIS survey, graduates’ wages average US $1,771 per month, which is a five percent increase from the average salaray reported in 2015 ($1,676.8) despite the financial crisis in the region. 

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AUIS graduates are able to pursue graduate studies in top institutions in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. 

Our graduates have won prestigious scholarships to study for their graduate degrees; including the British Chevening Scholarship, Abdus Salam scholarship, the Ibn Khaldun DAAD scholarship, Open Society Foundations grant, as well as Fellowship opportunities. They have been admitted to top universities globally, including:

Harvard University
Johns Hopkins University
Syracuse University

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
London School of Economics
Texas A&M University
Erasmus University, Netherlands
Lund University, Sweden


What do our graduates say?


The Student Services Office undertakes an annual survey of AUIS graduates to assess the current employment, education, and life status of AUIS graduates from the undergraduate program.