AIU Admissions Process: International Students
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1. Connect with an AIU Admissions Advisor.
The advisor will:
- Ask about your goals and interests
- Guide you through the admissions process
- Assist with answering your questions
- Provide information to help you choose a degree program
- Describe what to expect from your classes
- Explain the next steps to take
Call 855-377-1888, , or Request Information to take the first step.
AIU does not do business in the European Union (EU) and does not accept applications from residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of New York, or the European Union (EU).
2. Complete the online application.
The online application is designed to be quick, and easy and there is no application fee. It takes 10-15 minutes to complete and our admissions advisors can guide you through the process if needed.
Be ready to tell us:
- Basic information about yourself
- Where you’ve gone to high school and/or college
- What degree program you’re interested in
If applicable, please also provide:
- College transcript
- Other written verification
Don’t forget to create an account, so you can save your progress. You can start now and return later to finish if necessary.
3. Submit proof of high school graduation or equivalent as well as any college transcripts.
AIU will review earned credits from:
- U.S.-accredited international institutions
- Accredited Title-IV eligible institutions located abroad
- Credits evaluated by acceptable International Credential Evaluators
- Institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
You will have the opportunity to submit these documents during the online application process.
Have your school send the documentation directly to AIU’s Admissions office:
American Intercontinental University
231 N. Martingale Ln.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
See our Transcript Evaluation for more details.
4. Provide proof of English proficiency.
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to provide TOEFL exam results or education records that show you’re proficient in English. (If you’re a native English speaker, you can ignore this step.)
See the English Proficiency page for full details.
Hardware and Software Requirements
Once you're enrolled at AIU, as an online student, you’ll be required to use a computer as part of your studies. Having reliable access to computer and internet are required to be successful in your program. Please view our Hardware and Software Requirements for more details. It's time to get ready for classes to start. Here are your next steps.
5. Learn what prior learning credits you may be eligible to receive.
Although AIU will review transcripts from international post-secondary institutions for credential evaluation, students will need to consult with an external credential evaluation service on their own.
Because of the time it can take for an evaluation to be completed by one of the approved evaluation institutions, AIU recommends students begin the evaluation process at the time of enrollment.
Learn More About Prior Learning Credit
6. Plan how you’ll pay for program costs.
Most types of financial aid in the U.S.—such as federal loans, grants and scholarships—require students to be U.S. citizens or legal residents.
Taking the time to learn about your options can help put an AIU education within reach.
Resources to Get You Started
7. Get to know the Virtual Campus.
This is the hub for all your online AIU classes, so take some time to explore its features before classes start. You’ll receive login information once your AIU admissions documentation is complete.
Call 855-377-1888 for assistance.
8. Participate in the orientation classroom.
Your new student orientation will take place before your first session begins. In it, you can:
- Learn how to use the Virtual Campus
- Explore the online classroom
- Submit sample assignments
- Begin your time-management routine
- Learn how to use AIU’s online tools and resources
Be sure to:
- Check that your Virtual Campus login works.
- Plan for access to a backup computer, if possible, in case you need it.
- Complete your orientation assignments
- Familiarize yourself with intellipath®, our adaptive learning technology that customizes lessons to you
- Bookmark the Virtual Campus in your browser.
Atlanta and Houston Campuses
In the orientation, you will:
- Learn about the AIU education process
- Get to know the campus
- Meet with the Program Chair
- Get your photo ID
- Visit the campus bookstore
- Meet your fellow students
- Explore our Support Services area
- Scope out your classroom
- Verify your class schedule
9. Get ready to start your classes.
Visit the Virtual Campus to stay up-to-date about your upcoming courses. Block out time on your calendar for school and homework, and let your friends and family know you’re pursuing your degree so they can provide encouragement and support.
Atlanta and Houston Campuses
- Stock up on basic school supplies: pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, sticky notes and a backpack or other carrying case. (Other supplies might be needed, based on your courses.)
- Set up a home work environment where you can read, write, research, study and concentrate without clutter or distractions.
- Even though computers are available for use on campus, we recommend that students have a personal computer with internet access and Microsoft Office or similar software.
- Block out time on your calendar for school and homework, and let your friends and family know you’re pursuing your degree so they can provide encouragement and support.
You can also check out these helpful resources to get prepared to go back to school:
Take the next step. Classes Start June 7, 2023
Complete this form and an AIU Admissions Advisor will contact you and provide further assistance.
Classes Start June 7, 2023