International Admissions FAQs

At American InterContinental University, we can help you make your dream of earning an American degree a reality. We are committed to helping international students from all around the world receive a meaningful and successful educational experience.

As you prepare to apply for admission to AIU, you will most certainly have questions about the process, our school, classes or degree programs. A few of the most common questions posed by international students appear below. If the question you have is not answered hear, an AIU Admissions Advisor will be happy to provide the information you need.

Does the University require its students to speak English?

Yes. Non-native speakers of English are required to provide proof of English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL or other approved English proficiency assessment) prior to admission or arrival. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for complete information on English-proficiency requirements.

Does AIU accept transcripts from international institutions?

International institutions must be licensed or officially recognized by the Education Department or Ministry of the country where the institution is in operation to be eligible for transfer of credit or degree status. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the sole discretion of AIU.  Because AIU follows strict policies concerning academic integrity, international students with foreign educational credentials must submit authentic foreign academic documents from all upper-secondary and post-secondary educational institutions.

Students with foreign educational credentials will not be accepted for admissions prior to validation that their foreign educational credentials are authentic and meet admissions requirements. Evidence of valid foreign educational credentials can be from a university approved foreign credential evaluation agency, or, in pre-approved circumstances, a written evaluation from a properly trained credential evaluator employed by the university. Any forged/altered academic documents will be retained as property of the school and not returned to the student.

This is required for all transcripts, including transcripts from international secondary schools and/or institutions of higher education, which may require a credential evaluation. The Registrar's Office will ultimately verify and/or certify the institution's eligibility for transfer credit or degree equivalency.

Several credential evaluation services are available to students. Services that are either recognized by AACRAO (Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) or a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc.) are acceptable services. Contact the Registrar's Office for a listing of such organizations. Students are responsible for all applicable fees.

Does AIU offer financial aid to international students?

AIU only offers federal financial aid to U.S. citizens who qualify. However, there are several private loan programs for which you may qualify. We also encourage you to check with the appropriate authorities within your home country for assistance programs that may exist for your benefit.

What types of private loans are available?

All students are encouraged to research outside financial assistance that may be offered through other organizations, such as your company's human resources department. Most public libraries provide publications listing educational benefits offered by agencies throughout the United States.