Admission & Registration

Admission Requirements

 

Applying to the university will be based on the student’s high school degree only and the admission requirements are as followed:-

  • High school percentage of 60% or 2.00 GPA or above.
  • Students with a lesser percentage or GPA may apply with the exception of having 4 years of work experience.
  • Required conditions for each major should be met.
  • Students should obtain a high school certificate in science in order to apply for the Information Technology major.

 

Documents required for applying

Applying will be done online through www.aou.edu.kw. After applying online and receiving pre-acceptance to the university students should submit the following documentation:

 

  • An official copy of the high school transcript or equivalent to it.
  • A high school equivalency paper from the Ministry of Private Education for students that have finished their high schools from outside Kuwait or any private school in Kuwait.
  • Civil ID the original & copy (in effect)
  • Passport original & copy.
  • Non-Kuwaiti students with Kuwaiti mothers should submit a birth certificate and a copy of mother’s civil ID copy.
  • 2 personal photos.
  • Receipt of the on line application
  • 20 KD non-refundable fees.

 

Placement Tests

All new applicants are required to take an English and Arabic placement test. Placement tests will determine which level of study the student will be placed in based on students’ grades.

 

International Tests

Students may be exempted from their placement tests if they provide the University with TOEFL or IELTS tests that are not older than two years and students then will be exempted based on their test scores and the following table:-

Exemption from

IELTS

TOEFL

Paper Based

Computer Based

Internet Based

EL097

3

397

93

30

EL098

4

437

123

41

EL099

4.5

477

153

53

EL111

5.5

513

183

65

EL112

6.5

550

213

79

 

Foreign Students

Foreign students that don’t use the Arabic Language as a primary language may apply for an Arabic as a Foreign Language course instead of the basic Arabic courses through The Student Affairs Department.

 

University English Placement Test

If students do not provide a TOEFL or IELTS test they will be required to take an English placement test at the university. Students who do not take the test for any reason will be placed at the lowest English level automatically.

Students are exempted from studying these courses based on their test Grades.

EL097

EL098

EL099

EL111

EL112

Exempted

0-11

12-34

35-55

56-77

78-99

100-120

 

Arabic Placement test

All students without exception will be required to take the Arabic placement test. Students that do not take the test will be placed in the lowest Arabic level

Students are exempted from studying these courses based on their test Grades.

AR111

AR112

Exempted

0-59

60-89

90 - 100

 

 

Academic Programs

  • Business Studies
  • Information Technology & Computing (ITC)
  • English Language & Literature

 

Conditions to achieving a bachelor degree

In order to achieve a bachelor degree, students must finish 128-136 credit hours depending on their program and study plan.

 

Academic Year

The academic year consists of two semesters split into:-

  • First (fall) and second (spring) semesters consist of 16 study weeks including add and drop period and final examination period.
  • Summer semesters consist of 8 weeks with intensive lectures ( optional ).

Students should not exceed a period of 8 years (16 semesters) in completing their bachelor studies. Students that fail in achieving their bachelor degree in the set period time will be suspended. Students may finish their studies at a period of at least 3 and half years (7 semesters).

Academic calendars are determined by the University administration accordingly.

 

Course Registration:-

Students are allowed to register a maximum of 21 credit hours and at least 8 credit hours per semester. Students with academic probations are not allowed to register more than 16 credit hours.

Transfer Students:-

Students that have transfer credits from other accredited colleges and universities may apply for the equivalency of their credits if they meet the required conditions:-

  • The university or college must be accredited by The Ministry of Higher Education in Kuwait.
  • A grade of (C) and above is required to transfer credits.
  • Students must provide course descriptions for the wanted transfer courses.
  • Students may transfer up to a maximum of 14 credits from the elective courses only

 

Attendance:-

As an open learning university the attendance of lectures differs from subject to subject.

  • Courses with 3 or 4 credit hours are attended once every two weeks. Lectures are attended according to the schedule set by the university.
  • Courses with 8 credit hours are attended once weekly. Lectures are attended according to the schedule set by the university.
  • English language courses with 3 credit hours are attended once weekly and non-credit courses are attended 4 times a week. Lectures are attended according to the schedule set by the university.

Academic Probations:-

Students receive academic probations if their GPA is lower than 2.00 in each separate semester. Students do not receive academic probations in summer courses. Students who have applied for postponement of studies will not receive academic probations in the postponed semester. Students that exceed five academic probations in a row are suspended from the university.

 Postponement of studies:-

Students may postpone their studies for 4 separate semesters. Students should provide reasons of their postponements. Students who exceed their 4 time postponement chances will be suspended. Postponement of study is not permitted for newly admitted students on their first semester of their studies.

Students that do not register for a semester without applying for postponement will be regarded as non-continuous. Students that receive three non-continuous statuses in a row will be suspended.

 

Grading System:-

         The final grade of 100 is equally split between the final exam and courses 

Assessment work.

The 50 grades of the course assessment work are split into 30 for the midterms (MTA) and 20 for the homework (TMA).

 

Grading system Table:-

 

Grade

Points

A

4

B+

3.5

B

3

C+

2.5

C

2

D

1.5

F, FF, FC. FCH, FA,

0

W

Withdrawal

I

Incomplete

 

  • Students must at least receive a D grade in order to pass a course.
  • Students may apply for the delay of their exams providing a reason acceptable by the university administration and an Incomplete Grade (I) will be posted.
  • Students that do not manage to surpass the required class work total will receive a failure for class work grade (FC).
  • Students that do not manage to surpass the required final examination grade will receive a failure in the final examination grade (FF).
  • Students that do not attend the final examination will receive a Failure for attendance grade (FA).
  • Students that are caught in the act of cheating and or breaking any law in the final examination set by the university will receive a failure for cheating grade (FCH)
  • Students that have passed the required final examination requirement and the class work total requirement but did not manage to receive a 50% overall percentage will receive a failure grade (F)
  • Students that withdraw from a course before the set time date by the university will receive a withdrawal grade (W) and their GPA will not be affected.

 

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