Our History American Intercontinental University (AIU) was founded in Europe in 1970 on the premise that universities should transcend the bounds of the traditional, theory-based approach to education by providing students with a curriculum that can help prepare them to pursue their professional interests in today's globalized, cutting-edge industries. For more than 40 years AIU has offered specialized, flexible degree programs at its campuses in Atlanta and Houston as well as on the award-winning Virtual Campus of AIU Online. Launched in 2001, AIU online was recognized as one of the "Best of the Best" in the Education and Academia category of the 2009 Computerworld Honors Program. In January 2001, Career Education Corporation (CEC) acquired the university. Throughout the years AIU has remained in tune with the increasing competitiveness of industries and developed specialized, focused degree programs in business, accounting, information technology, criminal justice, education and design that can provide students with useful skills and industry-current knowledge.