Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: September 1, 2021. The information on this page is general and may be subject to change. We strongly encourage you to check the website of your preferred field of study as well as the American University of Armenia’s Undergraduate Admissions Policies for detailed information regarding the programs, admissions process, and more.  If your question is not answered in these FAQs, please email the Office of Admissions at [email protected].

Academics

1. What undergraduate degrees does AUA offer?

AUA offers the following undergraduate degrees:

» Business (BAB)
» English & Communications (BAEC)
»  Politics & Governance (BAPG) 
» Computer Science (BSCS)
» Engineering Sciences (BSES)
» Data Science (BSDS)

Each is offered as part of a liberal arts education. We recommend you review these programs in detail on our Academic Programs page.

2. How long does it take to earn an undergraduate degree?
AUA’s undergraduate degrees typically take four years to complete, assuming the typical course load of 5 courses (15 credits) per semester for two semesters per year.
3. What is the language of instruction?
The language of instruction at AUA is English. However, a select number of courses are delivered in Armenian or a foreign language and are noted as such in the course catalog.
4. Will international students who are not proficient in the Armenian language be required to take any courses in Armenian?
No. International students who are not proficient in the Armenian language will not be required to take any courses in Armenian.
5. Do I need to apply to a specific major?

Yes. In your application, you must indicate your preferred field of study under the Academic Plans section. You may also select a second preferred field of study. If denied admission to your preferred major, you may be considered for your second choice major pending space availability. However, we strongly encourage you not to select any majors you are not interested in pursuing.

6. Can I change my major?

Yes. Undergraduate students may petition to change their major during their first two years of study. Petitions will only be considered AFTER the end of the first semester. A change of major is not automatic and depends upon, among other factors, available space in the program applied for and the student’s qualifications and preparedness for the program. Changing majors may require additional coursework and tuition payments and may cause delays in graduation. Please visit policies.aua.am/policy/6 to review the complete Program and Major Change policy.

7. How many courses are required for graduation?

Typically, 40 courses are required for graduation. Approximately 60% of these courses will be in your chosen major while the remaining 40% will be General Education or elective courses.

8. Can I pursue my undergraduate studies as a part-time student?

No. At this time, AUA’s Bachelor’s Degrees are designed for full-time students. Students are typically expected to take 5 classes each semester, most of which will be offered during the day and which will require approximately 45-60 hours of class time and study per week.

9. Is it possible to obtain credit for prior learning for certain courses I have already completed?

Yes, it is possible. If you are interested in transferring credits to AUA, visit our Transfer page for more information and the policy for detailed information, including general approval guidelines.

Finances

1. What is the tuition for AUA’s undergraduate programs?

Tuition rates for AUA’s undergraduate programs are listed here. Once you sign an educational contract, your tuition remains the same for the duration of your studies.

2. I'm not sure I can afford AUA's tuition. Do you offer financial aid?

Yes. AUA believes in need-blind admissions and that your education comes first. We can help you finance your studies.

Citizens of the Republic of Armenia receive an automatic 2,000,000AMD annual subsidy off the total cost of their tuition. In addition, the University offers need-based and merit-based tuition assistance for Armenian citizens that may discount the cost of education by up to 90%. International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships, and in some cases, need-based scholarships.

If you have concerns about the cost of education, visit this page to learn about the various tools available to help support you in financing your education. We also encourage you to visit finaid.aua.am for more information and to contact a Financial Aid Counselor at [email protected] to set up your own personal consultation.

3. When should I submit a tuition assistance application? Do I need to wait to receive an offer of admission?

No!!! If you plan on applying for tuition assistance (available to citizens of Armenia only), you must submit a separate application to the Office of Financial Aid at the same time. So if you plan on applying for our early admissions deadline, you must apply by the Office of Financial Aid’s early deadline. If you apply by our regular deadline, you must apply by their regular deadline. And the same thing for rolling applicants. For more information about financial aid, visit finaid.aua.am. For a list of their deadlines, visit finaid.aua.am/deadlines.

4. I plan on applying for Armenia’s 10 year Special Residency Status. Can I apply to AUA now or should I wait until I have received the special residency?
Yes, you may apply to AUA even if you do not yet have your 10 year special residency status. Please note that you will be charged the international application fee. If you are accepted to AUA, your tuition will be reassessed during the execution of your education contract as long as you have already obtained the 10 year residency status. Please make sure to contact the Office of Admissions with a scan of your special residency status as soon as you receive it. If for some reason there is a delay in receiving your 10 year residency status, please contact the Office of the Registrar to inquire about the possibility of reassessing your tuition.

Application Deadlines

1. What are the application deadlines?

Please visit our Deadline Dates page for a listing of our early, regular, and rolling admissions deadline dates.

2. What is the difference between the various deadline dates?

Please visit this page for information about the differences between each deadline date.

3. What if my SAT/ACT is scheduled shortly after a deadline? For example, I am registered to take the December 4, 2021 SAT (or December 11 ACT). Does that mean I cannot apply for the December 1 Early Admissions deadline date?

This year, we changed the application deadlines for Fall 2022 applicants. We realize these revised deadlines negatively impact those applicants who already registered to take the SAT and ACT. Fortunately, the Undergraduate Admissions Committee will consider the following tests for the following deadlines:

  • Early Applicants - December 4 SAT and December 11 ACT
  • Regular Applicants - March 12 SAT
  • Rolling Applicants - June 4 SAT and June 11 ACT

So, in short, if you take the December 4 SAT or December 11 ACT, we will still consider your application for the Early Admissions deadline. The same does NOT apply for the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic exams. If your English exam test date falls after the deadline date, we will automatically move your application to the next available deadline. And finally, make sure you submit a complete application by the actual deadline.

4. I just received my official score report and am not happy with my score. I am planning on retaking it after the deadline to which I initially applied. Can I move my application to another deadline?

Yes. Just send an email request to [email protected], and we will move your application to the next available deadline. If you plan on applying by the rolling deadline, however, this is not an option. 

But remember that AUA practices holistic admissions. Make sure to review our selection process page here. You’ll see that scoring above our target scores does not guarantee admission to AUA. And if you score below our targets but above the auto denial thresholds, there is a chance you may be considered for conditional admission.

5. Does AUA offer spring admission?

AUA does not typically offer spring admission at the undergraduate level. 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

1. What are the Admissions Requirements?

All requirements are listed under our Application Requirements page as well as in the instructions of the application. Please make sure to review both in detail. 

2. I’m in my final year of high school. AUA’s application requirements list “Proof of High School Graduation.” Does that mean I cannot apply?

No, of course, you can apply. If you are in your final year of high school, you must submit your current, official transcript that includes courses taken for each year of your high school education along with the grades received. More information about this requirement is listed in the application itself. If admitted, you will need to submit your official diploma (typically an Attestat for applicants in Armenia) and final transcript to complete your admissions process. This usually happens in July, before the start of your AUA studies.

3. Does AUA accept GCSE or A-levels as proof of high school graduation?

Yes. The American University of Armenia considers the following as proof of high school graduation:

 - Completion of 8 GCSEs passed with grades C or higher
- Passing of a minimum of 3 A level exams with a C result or better

4. I WILL GRADUATE WITH AN IB DIPLOMA. DO I RECEIVE ANY ADVANTAGES WHEN APPLYING TO AUA?

Yes. IB graduates whose studies are in the English language are eligible for an English Language Proficiency Test waiver. If your IB studies were in English and you are approved for a waiver, you will be exempt from taking either the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic exams.

In addition, you may receive credit for courses you have taken during your IB studies. To do so, you must complete the relevant section in the undergraduate application. For more information on general approval guidelines, transfer specifics, minimum grade requirements, and more, visit our Transfer Credit policy at policies.aua.am/policy/126.

5. Is a recommendation letter required for undergraduate admission?

No. However, if you have a letter that you would like the Undergraduate Admissions Committee to consider, you may upload it under the Attachments section of your application.

6. Is there an application fee for undergraduate admission?

Yes. All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee which should be paid online through the online application system. For any applicant who is unable to do so, s/he may also pay by bank transfer or the Electronic Easy Pay Cash Machine located in the entrance area of AUA's Main Building. The actual fees are listed under Step 7 of our Application Requirements page.

7. Should I mention my extracurricular activities (such as volunteering, sports, music, etc.) if I don’t have documented proof (for example, a certificate)?

Yes. List all your extracurricular activities from the past four years in the relevant section of the online application, regardless of whether you have proof. If you do have documentation of participation, involvement, or awards received, attach them to your online application. Also, read the application instructions carefully. We provide much more detailed information there.

One frequent mistake applicants make is attaching proof of an activity without listing it in their application. Do NOT do this. The UAC will not consider these.

Submitting Your Application

1. When will the application be available?

We anticipate that the Fall 2022 application will launch at im.aua.am on October 1, 2021.

2. How can I get assistance in completing my application?

The Office of Admissions holds periodic Application Help Days to assist you in ensuring you are prepared to accurately complete the Application for Admission to Undergraduate Study. For a detailed list of events, including Application Help Days, please visit our Calendar of Events. We also encourage you to contact the Office of Admissions directly to set up your very own personal consultation. 

While individuals and companies may offer you assistance in completing your application for a fee, we highly recommend you work on completing the application yourself and seek guidance (free of charge) only from our office. Regional and international applicants who are unable to visit the AUA campus can send inquiries to [email protected] or request a phone consultation.

3. To submit my application, do I need to have my official score report(s)?

No, not necessarily. AUA requires applicants to take all required exams by or on the deadline to which they plan to apply (this year, we will also accept the SAT/ACT exams listed here, even if they are slightly after the deadlines). But you must order an official score report to be sent to AUA at the time of your test. So it is completely fine if AUA receives your official score report after the deadline. 

However, if you fail to submit your official score report to AUA (through the testing organization), your application will remain incomplete and may be moved to the next available deadline. See our testing flyers here for details on how to send official test scores to AUA.

4. I submitted my application and just realized I need to make some changes and add some documents. Can I?

It depends. You will not be able to make any edits to your online application after you submit it. However, if the deadline to which you applied has not yet passed, email us your requested updates. We will update them on your behalf.  

Typically, within six weeks of application submission, the Office of Admissions will complete a technical eligibility review. During that review, if we see any missing items, we will give you three business days (from the date of our email) to submit those documents. Make sure you check your emails regularly.  

Changes that you can email us at any time include minor revisions to your personal information. These will not affect your deadline. Other changes (for example adding new activities, test scores, updating essays, etc.) may affect your deadline. When you email us with your requested changes, we’ll let you know if they will result in a deadline change. You can then decide if you want to make those changes or if you prefer to leave your application as is.

Remember to email all requested updates to [email protected]

5. How do I know if my application is complete?

You will know your application is complete via email after the Office of Admissions completes a technical eligibility review of your application. This typically takes up to a month after you submit your application. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to our office. 

 

6. HOW SOON WILL I RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF MY APPLICATION STATUS?

Applicants who submit complete applications by the early or regular deadlines will typically receive notification of their admission status by email up to twelve weeks after the deadline to which they applied. We will notify those applicants who submit complete applications during the rolling deadline by early August.

Selection Process

1. How can I guarantee my admission to AUA?

You cannot. AUA practices holistic admissions. Submitted applications are initially screened for technical eligibility. If complete and eligible, the Undergraduate Admissions Committee conducts a thorough review of each application. This process may include an interview. As admission to AUA is competitive, the committee considers numerous factors as outlined on our selection page

2. I took my exams and am so excited that I reached the target scores. Does this mean I am guaranteed admission?

No. AUA practices holistic admissions. Please visit here for details about this process. We also encourage you to review our 2021 entering class profile highlighted in the same link. As admission to AUA is competitive, study hard and score as best you can.

3. Are high school grades important?

Yes. High school grades are one of the components the Undergraduate Admissions Committee considers in their holistic review of all applications. If you’re nervous that your high school grades are on the lower end, we encourage you to strengthen all other parts of your application. Visit here for more information about our holistic admissions process.

4. I don’t have any volunteering experience. Will this impact my admission?

Volunteering experience is one of the components the Undergraduate Admissions Committee considers during their holistic review of all applications. So having volunteer experience can serve as an advantage. If you don’t have any volunteering experience yet, remember it’s never too late to start.  

5. If I apply to AUA and am denied admission, can I apply again this year?

While we discourage applicants from applying more than once within the same academic year, you are technically able to do so. You will need to submit a new, complete application. However, we strongly encourage you to schedule a meeting with the Office of Admissions to inquire about the reasons for your denial. Keep in mind that it is imperative that you submit a stronger application with new information or evidence that supports your ability to succeed in your studies at AUA. For more information, visit admissions.aua.am/reapplicants.

Testing

1. What tests are required for admission to AUA?

Please visit points 2 and 3 of our application requirements page for a detailed list of all required admissions exams. 

2. I read that proof of math proficiency is optional for Fall 2022 applicants for the English & Communications and Politics & Governance programs. Is this true? And do those applicants who take the math exam receive preference?

Yes, we have made proof of math proficiency (through the SAT or ACT) optional for EC and PG applicants. The Undergraduate Admissions Committee reviews applications holistically. There are numerous factors they consider in their review of all applications. While EC and PG applicants are not required to take the exam for the Fall 2022 cycle, those who do will have one additional factor for the UAC to consider.  

3. Do I have to take the required entrance exams in Armenia?

No. The TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic, SAT, and ACT are international exams. You may take them at any location provided by the testing organization of your choosing.

4. How many times can I take a test and which score will you consider?

You may take any required entrance exam as many times as the testing organization will allow. You will need to check their website for more information. For AUA admissions purposes, we will consider the highest valid and official test score. Before planning to retake an exam, make sure to study hard so that you can improve your score. 

5. How can I ensure AUA receives my official test scores?
For AUA to receive your official test scores, you must ensure you indicate AUA’s institution code either at the time of registration or during the exam. These codes are as follows:      TOEFL iBT – 4151      SAT – 7257      ACT – 6982      IELTS Academic - 40 Baghramyan Ave, Yerevan  IELTS Academic exam results must be sent to AUA directly from the British Council.
6. How do I know if my test score is valid?

Your TOEFL iBT/IELTS Academic score is valid only if your test date was less than two years before your application submission date. Your SAT/ACT test is valid as long as your test date was less than three years before your application submission date. 

7. My test score will expire shortly (for example, in a month). Can I still apply?

Yes, AS LONG AS you submit your application before your exam’s expiration date, keeping in mind our application deadlines.

8. Does AUA have target scores for required entrance exams?

Yes. Please visit the following links for information about our target scores as well as our automatic denial thresholds. We also recommend you review our Entering Class Profile which lists the average test scores received by applicants admitted in Fall 2021. 

Target Test Scores 
Automatic Denial Thresholds
Entering Class Profile

9. I TOOK THE REQUIRED STANDARDIZED TESTS AND SCORED BELOW THE TARGETS. SHOULD I RETAKE?

Test scores, while important, are not the only decisive factors for admission to AUA (unless you score at or below the auto denial threshold). If you have the time and inclination to improve your score, it is up to you. 

If you score above the auto denial thresholds and below the targets, you may be offered conditional admission. Conditions typically include successfully completing AUA Open Education’s Enhancement Course(s) or retaking the relevant exam(s) and scoring at or above the target(s). You must meet the condition(s) stipulated in your Admission Status Letter prior to enrollment.

Check out our Entering Class ProfileOf all students admitted during the most recent undergraduate admissions cycle, the chart lists their mean test scores. As you’ll see, these scores are typically higher than target scores. As admission to AUA is competitive, study hard and score as best you can on your entrance exams.

10. How can I improve my English or math proficiencies on my own?

The internet provides a wide range of free and paid resources to help you prepare for standardized exams. Examples include Duolingo, Khan Academy, Kaplan Test Prep, Number2 Online Education, PrepFactory, SparkNotes, ACT, College Board, ETS, British Council, Magoosh, WizIQ, TestDen, and more.

11. If I have already taken the TOEFL iBT and am scheduled to take the SAT, may I skip the English portion of the exam and only do the math?

Yes. You can choose to skip the English portion of the SAT exam if you already have a TOEFL iBT score and do not intend to use your SAT score for any other university. AUA requires applicants to demonstrate English and Math proficiency. This is normally done through the TOEFL and IELTS for English and SAT and ACT for Math. Applicants who choose to take one of the English language exams and SAT may skip the English portion of the SAT exam – however, this is not recommended. Please also note that by skipping the English portion of the SAT exam, applicants will not be able to use their scores for applications to other universities.

12. I am a high school student in Armenia. Does AUA require the Armenian Language University Entrance Exam?

No. At this time, it is our understanding that students who graduate high school in Armenia in Spring/Summer 2022 will not be required to take the Armenian Language University Entrance Exam as an application requirement to AUA. Should the Law on Higher Education of the Republic of Armenia change, then our application requirements may be amended.

Interviews

1. Are all applicants invited to the interview?

No.

2. When should I expect to be called for an interview?

Not all applicants are invited for an interview. But if the Undergraduate Admissions Committee flags you for an interview, it can take place between 3 - 11 weeks after the deadline to which you applied. Rolling applicants may be called for interviews between 3 - 9 weeks. 

3. If you call me for an interview, do I have to physically come to AUA?

No. The Office of Admissions gives all applicants the opportunity to attend an interview in-person or online. If you receive an interview invite, just make sure to let us know if you prefer an online interview.

4. I can’t attend the interview on the assigned date and/time. What should I do?

If you have a truly justified reason not to attend the interview, email [email protected] to request us to reschedule the date and time of your interview. While we will make every effort to cater to your needs, this is not always possible. So only reach out to us for scheduling conflicts you cannot change. 

5. In what language is the interview conducted?

All interviews are conducted in English.

6. How long is the interview?

Most admissions interviews last for no more than seven minutes.  

7. What will you ask me during the interview?

The interview is a conversation that will help us know you better. Some of the common questions include the following: 

  • Why are you interested in studying at AUA?
  • What do you know about your program of interest?
  • What classes are you interested in taking? 
  • What challenges do you expect studying at AUA?
  • What are your future career goals?
  • What are your interests outside of school? 
  • How do you hope to contribute to AUA’s campus?

We typically do not ask all of these questions above. However, it is also entirely possible that we ask you other questions.

8. I’ve heard that applicants who are invited for an interview have problems with their application. Is this true?

No. An interview invite does NOT signal that there is something “wrong” with your application. More often than not, it’s simply because the Undergraduate Admissions Committee flagged you randomly or has a question about your application. 

9. I’ve also heard that the interview for applicants who have really strong test scores and GPA is just a formality. Is this true?

No. The interview is extremely important and can impact admissions decisions, even if the rest of your application is strong. The most successful interviews are typically a result of preparation.

10. All of my friends have been invited to an interview. I haven’t. Does this mean I’ll get an offer of admission?

Not necessarily. If you are not invited for an interview, you may receive one of the following statuses:

  • Admission
  • Deferral (to the next available deadline)
  • Denial
11. Who is on the interview panel?

The interview panel consists of at least one faculty member and an admissions representative. The interview panel DOES NOT make decisions on admission status. They simply relay information to the Undergraduate Admissions Committee, who makes the ultimate admissions decisions.

Accreditation

1. Is an AUA degree recognized outside of Armenia?

Yes. The American University of Armenia is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wscuc.org.

2. Will graduating from AUA improve my chances of continuing my studies at AUA or abroad?

A U.S. accredited undergraduate degree may improve a graduate’s chances of acceptance to an AUA graduate program or a graduate program abroad.

3. Can students transfer from AUA to another university?

Transferring credits from AUA to another university is no different than transferring credits from any American-accredited university to another university. Students will need to check the other university’s transfer policy.

Other

1. Does AUA offer student housing?

Yes. Please visit our Housing page for detailed information.

2. Where is AUA's faculty from?

AUA’s faculty brings world-class education, teaching, and professional experience to the classrooms and students of the University. They hold advanced degrees from renowned universities including Cambridge, Columbia, Harvard, McGill, MIT, Moscow State, Stanford, Yerevan State, and others. They represent a range of professional experiences including CEOs of leading local companies, entrepreneurs, technology consultants, IT visionaries, media professionals, published authors, government advisors, partners at major global accounting firms, bankers, and more.

3. Do individuals need a Visa to study in Armenia?

Yes. Foreign nationals need valid travel documents to enter Armenia. Individuals must ensure that they apply for and obtain a passport in time to obtain the necessary visas for Armenia. Some countries require that passports have a minimum of six months validity for travel purposes.

Most foreign nationals will be able to obtain a visa at the airport in Yerevan upon arrival for a cost of 15,000 AMD. This single-entry visa is valid for 120 days from your date of entry. You may also obtain a visa from your local Armenian embassy or consulate or via Armenia’s e-visa system.

Notes: AUA issues a letter of invitation for admitted nationals of certain countries to apply for and receive an entry visa to Armenia from Armenia’s diplomatic posts abroad. A list of these countries is posted here
Nationals of some countries are exempt from the requirement of obtaining an entry visa to Armenia. A list of these countries is posted here. Once you are in Armenia, AUA will assist you in renewing your visa.

For more information about the requirements for your country of citizenship please visit Armenia’s Foreign Ministry website's visa page.

4. What if I am admitted to AUA and then called to serve in the military? What options do I have?

If you are admitted to AUA and then called to serve in the military, AUA will provide you with the option to defer your admission for two years. Admitted male students who sign a contract with AUA at the time of admissions can ensure that their annual tuition is fixed at the contract rate. This ensures that tuition does not increase during their studies.

5. Can I receive military deferment from AUA?

According to the Law of the Republic of Armenia on Military Service and the Status of Military Serviceman, universities do not provide military deferment to admitted students. If you are interested in obtaining military deferment, please check with the Ministry of Education and Science for spots allocated to students who have considerable achievements in the fields of education, science, arts, sports, and/or culture and the Ministry of Defense for more information about “Ես եմ (Es em)” and “Պատիվ ունեմ (Pativ Unem)” programs.

6. I’ve heard that AUA has Armenia’s equivalent of a college (քոլեջ). Is this true?

No. AUA does not have a high school or equivalent.

7. Does AUA offer distance learning?

No. However, should the Government of Armenia declare another State of Emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, AUA may be required to transition some of its activities online.