Admission Criteria | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Admission Criteria


The Admissions Office team is here to help you understand the requirements for each program. If at any point you feel lost, please contact us by

admissions [at]
+964 (0)770 461 5555 (Kurdish)
+964 (0)772 773 7388 (Arabic)

You can also check your eligibility in an easy way here. (Please note that eligibility is based on 2023/2024 Ministry requirements)

Each BA program* has entry requirements based on the eligibility scores set by the Ministry of Education. For the Iraqi students, final high school exam results are considered.
Please check the requirements below
For vocational or institute graduates, please contact the Admissions office to confirm the academic requirements relevant to your educational background.

For international school graduates, after your application to AUIS, you will need to equalize your high school certificate at the KRG Directorate of Exams (Azmoonakan office). Your AUIS Admissions Counselor will guide you through this process.

Since AUIS is an American university, all education is done in English language only. Therefore, an English language test is required of all applicants, unless they finished an international highschool. The placement test is done at AUIS, free of charge.

Based on the placement score, students will be either able to start undergraduate program (UG) studies at once or will need Academic Preparatory Program (APP).

English test requirement for UG: 
TOEFL iBT   72
IELTS           6.5

* To learn more about AUIS Academic Programs, please visit Academic Programs


Transfer students go through the same application process, but in addition you need to submit an official university transcript (physical copy) or send a pdf file of the official transcript via email to wala.talib [at] Applicants should allow 1-3 weeks for a response for a transfer credit request.


Studying abroad at AUIS offers students a unique opportunity to experience life in Sulaimani and Iraqi Kurdistan while studying in the American style university that offers quality education in English in a very international community. To date, students from all over the world have completed terms at AUIS. Study abroad is available for regular semesters (fall or spring), a full year, and/or intensive terms (summer or winter).
In order to be eligible for study abroad, you must:

  1. Be currently enrolled as a full-time student at university outside of Iraq
  2. Be proficient in English (either in the form of completed English-language university coursework or official TOEFL iBT, IELTS score)

Transferring Credits 

Transfer of credits varies depending on a student’s home institution. Students interested in study abroad at AUIS should check with their home institution before applying. AUIS’s coursework is detailed in the Academic Catalog. Questions may be directed to admissions [at]

How to Apply

Please contact Ms. Wala Talib, Admissions Record Manager at wala.talib [at] for the details. Please be ready to submit your home institution official enrollment verification as well as proof of English proficiency. Students are not required to equalize their certificates for the Iraqi system in order to be eligible for study abroad.

Academic Programs Highschool – Scientific  Highschool – Literary  Vocational High School- Commerce Branch 5 Years institutes 2 Years institutes
College of Dentistry          
Bachelor of Dental Surgery 87%       87%
College of Pharmacy          
Bachelor of Pharmacy 81%       77%
Department of Business Administration          
BS Business Administration 55% 55% 57% 57% 50%
BS Human Resource Management 55% 55%      
BS Digital Marketing and Social Media 55% 55% 57% 57% 50%
Department of Engineering          
BS Civil Engineering 77%   87%   77%
BS Mechanical Engineering 72%   87%   69%
BS Energy Engineering 72%       69%
BS Industrial Engineering 72%        
BS Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Engineering 72%        
Department of English          
BA Journalism 55% 55%   57% 55%
BA English Literature 60% 60%      
BA Translation 55% 55%   57% English Language-52%
Department of Information Technology (IT)          
BS Information Technology 57%   67% 57% 57%
BS Cybersecurity 57%   67% 57% 57%
BS Software Engineering 72%   82% 77% 69%
Department of International Studies          
BA International Studies 57% 57%      
BA International Relations 57% 57%      
BA Law 62% 62%     59%
Department of Medical & Health Sciences          
BS Medical Laboratory Science 59%       59%