Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: September 8, 2020. 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 undergraduate degrees:

» Business (BAB)
» English and Communications (BAEC)
»  Politics and Governance (BAPG) NEW!!
» 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, some 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.

Application Preparation and Deadlines

10. What are the application deadlines?

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

11. Is there an application fee for undergraduate admission?

Yes. All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee which can be paid online through the online application system, bank transfer, or the Electronic Easy Pay Cash Machine located on the ground floor of AUA's Paramaz Avedisian Building. The fees are:

For Armenian citizens, Armenian Special Passport Holders, and Lebanese Citizens – 15,000AMD

For International Applicants – 30,000AMD

12. 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. 

13. Can I apply for admission to AUA’s undergraduate programs even if I am in my final year of high school?

Yes. Just remember that if you are in your final year of high school, you should submit your official diploma and final transcript (attestat) after high school graduation to complete the admissions process. If you are offered admission to AUA, it will be contingent upon submission of these documents (generally an attestat for graduates of Armenia based high schools). 

14. 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

15. 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

16. How soon will I receive notification of my application status?

Applicants who submit complete applications by AUA admission deadline dates typically receive notification of their admission status by email, up to twelve weeks after the admission deadline.

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

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

18. Does AUA offer spring admission?

AUA does not typically offer spring admission at the undergraduate level. For Spring 2021, we will accept applications from transfer applicants who have completed at least 12 semester credits at another university.

Submitting Your Application

19. When will the application be available?

The Fall 2021 application is already available at im.aua.am.

20. 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 check out our list of Admission Events. You may also contact the Office of Admissions 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.

21. 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. 

 

22. Should I provide any kind of proof for my extracurricular activities? And what if I don’t have any proof?

In the extracurricular and volunteer activities section, you should indicate all activities you have participated in the past four years. You are also asked to list awards, fellowships, and/or prizes received and/or leadership positions held within the past four years. If you have any documentation that proves your participation, involvement, or awards received, we advise that you attach them to your online application. However, if you do not have any supporting documents, we encourage you to include these entries in this section, as well.

Finances

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

Tuition rates for AUA’s undergraduate programs are listed here.

24. 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.

25. 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.

Accreditation

26. Is an AUA degree recognized outside of Armenia?
Yes. The American University of Armenia is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001.
27. 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.
28. 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.

Testing

29. 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. 

30. 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.
31. Can I apply to AUA even if my English or math is not good enough?

You should confer with the Office of Admissions, and/or AUA Open Education for advice on the amount of time typically required to improve your English language or math skills depending on your level of proficiency. If you are interested in taking courses, consider AUA’s Open Education department. They offer English language, math, and test preparatory courses and can be reached at +37460 61-27-05, +37460 61-27-06, or +37460 61-27-08 or via email at [email protected].

32. 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 2020. 

Target Test Scores 
Automatic Denial Thresholds
Entering Class Profile

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

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

34. 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 threshhold). 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.

35. 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.
36. Which score will be used if I take a test more than once?
AUA will use the highest valid and official test scores.
37. 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 2021 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 applications requirements may be amended.

38. 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.   

Other

39. Does AUA offer student housing?

Yes. AUA offers limited affordable student housing in a secure, gated area a very short distance away from the University. Located at Sose 36, the dormitory has two floors for male and female students. Each floor offers furnished double rooms ranging from 12 to 16 square meters and shared bathrooms and showers. The dorms come equipped with a small kitchenette on each floor and laundry service is available on site. The dormitory also offers high speed WiFi access. Priority consideration is given to international and non-Yerevan based students.

Once in-class instruction resumes at AUA, the University will open the doors of its newly built student residence in Dzoragyugh, a 25 minute walk from the University. The five story building will house up to 56 students in single, double, and triple occupancy rooms, each furnished with beds, side tables, desks, wardrobes, and a bathroom. The first floor will house a hall for communal activities, a shared kitchen, and a study area. The Dzoragyugh residence will be fully accessible for disabled students. For more information, please visit our Housing page.

40. 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.
41. 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 counties 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.

42. 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.

43. 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 “Es em” and “Pativ Unem” programs.