Frequently Asked Questions | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the frequently asked questions regarding the following subjects:


What are the programs currently offered by AUIS?

Does AUIS have a pharmacy/dentistry/medical college?

No, unfortunately not. We are a young university and are adding new programs every year, but we cannot commit to announcing the additions of any other programs at this time. For more information about our current academic program offerings, click here.

Does AUIS have any Masters programs?

Yes, we have one. AUIS offers a Master of Business Administration or MBA, with specialization in the areas of Project Management, Finance, Leadership, HR and Marketing tailored for working professional

Does AUIS offer online classes?

AUIS does not currently have online courses.

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Applying to AUIS

How much does it cost to study at AUIS?

Tuition fees are based on merit and so vary from student to student. For more information on the fee structure, click here.

I am a student from outside of Iraq, can I study at AUIS? How?

Yes. Students applying from outside of Iraq must officially equalize their high school certification through the Ministry of Higher Education in Baghdad or Erbil. After the Ministry equalizes their high school record into the Iraqi system, you will receive the equivalent of a Baccalaureate score. 

For details about applying to AUIS an international applicant, please click here.

When are applications due?

Please visit our Admissions Deadlines page to view the application deadlines for early, regular and Spring admissions rounds. 

When do classes start?

Undergraduates classes begin in September of each year. Check the latest Academic Calendar for details.

APP courses begin in October/November of each year.This is generally when new students matriculate into the university. 

Please review the UG Academic Calendar and APP Calendar

What Baccalaureate score do I need to be accepted to AUIS?

Minimum requirements vary by year and programs and are published in advance. You can see the latest AUIS program requirements here.

In 2014, AUIS considered applications for 60.00% and higher.

In 2013-2014, AUIS accepted students with 70% and higher.

In 2012-2013, AUIS accepted students with 62% and higher.

How is tuition assigned?

AUIS has a merit-based, tiered tuition structure. AUIS assigns tuition rates based the Iraqi Baccalaureate score - the higher the score, the lower the tuition rate.

For full information, please refer to the Tuition webpage.

Are additional scholarships available?

Merit scholarships options vary by year and be a limited offer, so please check the website regularly for information on scholarships.

An example of a scholarship is the US Embassy Merit Scholarship open to new students, or the Mary E. Geyer Scholarship which is open to current IT and Engineering students

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Academic Preparatory Program

What is the Academic Preparatory Program?

The Academic Preparatory Program (APP) offers intensive English-language training to prepare students for AUIS’s English-only undergraduate program. Most AUIS students spend at least some time in APP before entering the undergraduate program to ensure their English is of very high quality. Please visit our Academic Preparatory Program page for more information about the program.

What is the nature of the English Placement Test entrance examination?

AUIS relies on an internally designed placement test to determine the English language level of applicants, however  TOEFL IBT or IELTS exam scores can be used to sort students into English levels. More informatoin please visit our English Placement page.

How long does it take to complete the APP program?

Between 1 and 4 terms, depending on which APP level you test into. APP runs 3 terms per year.

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Is AUIS accredited?

AUIS is fully accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Baghdad and Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) has granted the University’s Academic Preparatory Program (APP) a five year accreditation, from April 2015 to April 2020. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. Moreover, AUIS has a Dual Degree program with the University of Arizona which is ranked 52 in the world. Through the dual degree program, students will recieve ABET accredidation for Civil and Mechanical Engineering programs. 

Is AUIS accredited by the Iraqi government?

On February 23, 2017 - AUIS recieved full accredidatation by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Baghdad. AUIS is the first private university in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to receive such accreditation and had worked for several years to meet the Ministry’s accreditation standards.

Is AUIS accredited in Europe?

Each country in Europe handles accreditations differently, but, generally speaking, AUIS’s accreditations should translate to recognition in Europe, particularly Great Britain. AUIS graduates have been accepted to graduate programs across Europe, including the UK, Germany, Sweden, Russia and more.

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