Applying to the university will be based on the student's high school degree only and the admission requirements are as followed:-
Students must have a high school degree or a degree equivalent to it.
Students need a percentage of at least 60% or a 2.00 GPA in order to apply to the university
Students with a lower percentage or GPA may apply with the exception of receiving their high school degree plus 4 years of work experience.
Students applying for the Information Technology (IT) program should have a scientific high school degree.
Documents required for applying:-
Applying to the university 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.
- 15 KD non-refundable admission fees.
- Applicants with a GPA or high school percentage lower than 2.00 or 60% should submit a To Whom It May Concern paper from their workplace stating that the applicant has at least 4 years of work experience.
After being submitting the documents to the university, applicants must take two placement tests in English and Arabic. Placement tests will determine the level of English and Arabic students will enroll in.
Students may be exempted from the English placement test if they provide a TOEFL or IELTS Test. Only international TOEFL tests and academic IELTS tests are accepted. International TOEFL tests are taken in three different ways. Paper Based TOEFL (PBT), Computer Based TOEFL (CBT) and Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) and scores differ accordingly.
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.
Arabic Placement test:-
All students 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 of non-native Arabic language maybe be exempted from the Arabic test and will be enrolled in the first level of the Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL111).
Students are exempted from studying these courses based on their test Grades.
- Business Administration
- Information Technology & Computing
- English Language & Literature
Conditions to achieving a bachelor degree:-
- The University applies the credit hour system on all its study plans.
- Students must achieve (128 – 136) credit hours or more depending on the study plan for each department to achieve a bachelor degree.
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.
- A non-compulsory summer semester is also found for students. Summer semesters consist of 8 weeks and intensive lectures are applied in order to finish the curriculum of study.
Students should not exceed a period of 8 years (16 semesters) in completing their bachelor studies.
Academic calendars are determined by the University administration accordingly.
Students are allowed to register a maximum of 21 credit hours and at least 8 credit hours per semester. Freshman students should register at least 12 credit hours. Students with academic probations are not allowed to register more than 16 credit hours. Students may take up to 9 credit hours in the summer semester and 12 credit hours for expected to graduate students.
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 or sometimes 4 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 English courses are attended 5 times a week. Lectures are attended according to the schedule set by the university.
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 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.
Students that have been academically dismissed may re-apply to the university but cannot apply to the academic program they have been dismissed from previously, via applying to Non-Degree student system, after obtaining a prior approval from the university administration and meet the requirements.
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.
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
|F, FF, FC. FCH||0|
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 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.
Grades will affect a students' GPA under any condition until the student manages to retake the course and pass it with a higher grade.
The registration of students will be canceled under these circumstances
Students that apply for withdrawal from the university.
Students that fail to register in any subjects at their first semester of study in the university.
Students that fail to attend three continuous semesters without valid excuses.
Students that receive five continuous academic probations.
Students that fail to attend with or without excuses four semesters of their studies.
Fees and Tuition
|Department||Credit Hour Price KWD|
|General Studies||18.5 KWD|
| IT||25 KWD|
|Business Admin||25 KWD|
Credit hour fees
Books fees are not included in course fees and are set accordingly.
Note: The information provided in this brochure may be changed or updated without any responsibility on the university.