The Impact of Coronavirus on Admissions to AUA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

AUA’s Office of Admissions is receiving numerous inquiries from applicants concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We understand that many applicants have been adversely affected, leading to a great deal of anxiety. The American University of Armenia continues to monitor the situation and places the health and safety of our community first. The University has prepared answers to the most commonly posed questions. If you have a question not answered here, please email us at the contacts listed below. At this time, the changes listed below will only affect applicants applying for the Fall 2020 (Summer 2020 for MSM) cycle.

Graduate Inquiries [email protected] 
Graduate Certificate Inquiries [email protected]
Undergraduate Inquiries [email protected]
Study Abroad and Summer Program Inquiries [email protected]


1. How is AUA responding to the Coronavirus outbreak?
The University, including the Office of Admissions, is closed starting March 16. We will reopen our doors when the Government of Armenia advises accordingly. Current students have had classes transitioned to an e-learning, online format. Please see the University’s Coronavirus Health Alert for more information.

2. Is AUA open for visitors?
Unfortunately, no. Effective March 16, the Office of Admissions has temporarily suspended all recruitment events, information sessions, open classes, campus visits and in-person admissions counseling sessions. While we regret that we cannot welcome prospective students and their families to campus, we feel this closure is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our community. 

In the meantime, we recommend you view our 360 degree tour. If you are an applicant with questions about the application process, we can set up individual consultations online or you can email your inquiries to the contacts above. 

3. Has AUA changed its admissions deadlines due to the Coronavirus outbreak?
The Coronavirus outbreak will not affect anyone who applied by the early admissions deadline. For applicants who plan to apply by the regular and rolling deadlines (including those deferred to these cycles), we are closely monitoring the situation as it relates to test cancellations. Please continue to visit this page for updates. 

Undergraduate Applicants:
Application deadlines will remain as posted on our website: March 31, 2020 for regular admissions, June 15, 2020 for rolling admissions (pending space availability). Rolling applicants who submit complete applications will have their applications reviewed by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee in the order that they are received.  

Given the current suspension of required entrance exams, AUA is working to offer alternatives to the English language proficiency and math proficiency exams. Applicants should strive to take the SAT or ACT and TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic if available. Should these exams not be offered given the state of emergency impacting the world, AUA will offer the following alternatives:

  • English Language Proficiency: an AUA-designed English assessment consisting of an interview and writing sample
  • Math Proficiency: an AUA-designed math assessment to be determined. 

More information about the scheduling of these assessments will be available at the end of April. 

Graduate Applicants: 

Deadlines:
Application deadlines have been moved to April 30, 2020 for regular admissions and July 1, 2020 for rolling admissions (pending space availability and not available to MSM applicants).

English Language Proficiency:
Given the current suspension of required entrance exams, AUA is working to offer an alternative to the English language proficiency exam. While you should strive to take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic exams, we understand this may not be possible given the state of emergency impacting the world. As such, AUA will offer the in-house designed English assessment consisting of an interview and writing sample. More information about the scheduling of this assessment will be available at the end of April.

Graduate Standardized Exams:
Given the current suspension of required entrance exams, AUA is waiving the GRE/GMAT and LSAT for all Fall 2020 applicants. However, please take note of the following:

Applicants unable to take the GRE/GMAT exams:
You must prepare a document detailing some math and statistical concepts (for example measures of central tendencies, correlations, derivatives, etc.) you have covered in your previous education and attach it to your application. Please note that you will be questioned about them in more detail during your interview. If you have already submitted your application, please send us this document as soon as possible but no later than April 30, 2020 to [email protected]. Please title this document “Math and Statistical Concepts”. Note this is not required from PSIA applicants. 

Applicants unable to take the LSAT:
Be ready to answer logical questions during your admissions interview.

Certificate Applicants: 

Deadlines:
Application deadlines have been moved to May 1, 2020 for Early Enrollment and July 1, 2020 for Regular Enrollment.

English Language Proficiency:
Given the current suspension of required entrance exams, AUA is working to offer an alternative to the English language proficiency exam. While you should strive to take the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic exams, we understand this may not be possible given the state of emergency impacting the world. As such, AUA will offer the in-house designed English assessment consisting of an interview and writing sample. More information about the scheduling of this assessment will be available at the end of April.

Graduate Standardized Exams:
Given the current suspension of required entrance exams, AUA is waiving the GRE/GMAT for Summer/Fall 2020 certificate applicants applying to the Finance or Data Analytics programs. If you do not take the GRE or GMAT, you must prepare a document detailing some math and statistical concepts (for example measures of central tendencies, correlations, derivatives, etc.) you have covered in your previous education and attach it to your application. Please note that you will be questioned about them in more detail during your interview. More information is available in the application instructions at im.aua.am

4. I’m not able to fulfill all of my application requirements. Can I still apply?
The online application at im.aua.am is fully functional. We still expect that applicants submit their applications per the deadlines posted on our website. However, we understand that fulfilling all parts of the application process (required entrance exams, transcripts, diplomas) may be difficult at this time, so the Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Committees will remain flexible and review delayed application materials on a case by case basis. For questions related to required admissions exams, please read the Q&A directly above. 

5. When will AUA’s Office of Admissions re-open to the public?
Unfortunately, we do not have an answer to this question at this time. We are following the advice of Armenia’s Ministry of Health to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Currently the government has declared a State of Emergency through April 14. Once the Government establishes that it is safe for universities to operate, we will re-open our doors. Stay tuned to our Facebook page where we will post this and other important announcements.  

6. Since AUA is currently closed, how can I submit my tuition assistance application?
Please submit your completed tuition assistance application via email to [email protected] per the established deadlines. Make sure that your application includes all required documents as listed in the tuition assistance application or checklist. However, if you are not able to obtain documents due to the Coronavirus pandemic (for example income statements, ACRA reports, etc.), not to worry, the Office of Financial Aid is flexible. They will accept those at a later date. For any additional questions, please email [email protected].