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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Application Preparation and Deadlines
Please visit our Deadline Dates page for a listing of our early, regular, and rolling admissions deadline dates.
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
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
Please visit this page for information about the differences between each deadline date.
AUA does not typically offer spring admission at the undergraduate level.
Submitting Your Application
The Fall 2021 application is already available at im.aua.am.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Tuition rates for AUA’s undergraduate programs are listed here.
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.
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.
Please visit points 2 and 3 of our application requirements page for a detailed list of all required admissions exams.
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].
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.
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 Profile. Of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.