Frequently Asked Questions | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • B.S. Business Administration
  • B.S. Construction Engineering
  • B.S. Energy Engineering
  • B.A. English-Literature
  • B.S. Information Technology
  • B.A. International Studies
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S Civil Engineering
  • B.S. Medical Lab Sciences
  • B.A. Law 
  • B.A. Translation
  • B.S. Software Engineering

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.

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 professionals.

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

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


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

In order to facilitate with students who want to join, AUIS offers different starting dates of classes.
  • Undergraduates classes begin in September and February. 
  • APP courses begin in October/November/February. This is generally when new students matriculate into the university. 
Please review the UG Academic Calendar and APP Calendar.


Minimum requirements vary by year and programs and are published in advance. For more information, please check our programs page and choose your program of interest. 


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.

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.


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.



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 second ten-year accreditation by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period April 2020 through April 2030 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. 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 receive ABET accreditation for Civil and Mechanical Engineering programs. 


On February 23, 2017 - AUIS received full accreditation 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.

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.