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International Students

AIU celebrates its diverse student population. We believe international students bring uniquely global perspectives to our learning community.

Admission Process FAQs

Why AIU?

At American InterContinental University, you have flexible learning options that include our online, Atlanta, or Houston campus.

We offer bachelor’s degree programs in the fields of business, information technology, healthcare, criminal justice and accounting. If you wish to expand your knowledge or deepen your expertise, consider our master’s degree programs. AIU offers master’s degree programs in business, healthcare management, information technology, and education.


At American InterContinental University’s Houston location, you'll find a beautiful campus with updated facilities, a Learning Resource Center, and a variety of accessible student lounges, computer labs and group-work areas. This campus is located at the heart of the city's business community in the Westchase District.

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Access education in this thriving, culturally diverse, business-oriented city. On the weekends, take a bike ride, or catch a sports game just 20 minutes from campus. You may also wish to explore Atlanta’s contemporary art museum.

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Studying without leaving your country is another option with an online program offered by American InterContinental University. AIU’s online programs offer options that work around you, and allow you to read, listen to, or watch our customized course content from any web-enabled device.

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Admissions Process

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 EU residents seeking to enroll at the University.

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.

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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 – Transcript Processing
PO Box #68009
Schaumburg, IL 60168

See our Transcript Evaluation for more details.

4. Provide proof of English proficiency.

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to show that you’re proficient in English before you’re admitted to AIU. You can do that by submitting either test scores or proof that you’ve completed certain coursework. (If you’re a native English speaker, you can ignore this step.)

See the English Proficiency page for full details.

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.

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.

International Student FAQs

Processing of your admissions application is dependent on 1) submission of all required documents and 2) meeting the admissions requirements for the degree program you are applying for. It is very important to email your International Admissions Advisor with this information as soon practical so that we can help you complete the enrollment process in a timely manner.
AIU has multiple start dates throughout the year. Contact your International Admissions Advisor for the start date that works best for you to achieve your educational goals.
For those students who need to obtain a student visa (F-1) to study in the United States, we will send an Immigration and Naturalization (INS) I-20 form and instructions on how to obtain a student visa. The INS I-20 form will be used to present evidence to the American embassy that you have been accepted as a student at American InterContinental University and that you are eligible for a F-1 visa. For those students who are already in the US on a student or other type of visa, we will give you special instructions as the process is different.
You can apply for student visa 120 days before the date of enrollment indicated in the I-20 form.
Students who have already entered the United States on an I-20 and who are transferring from another school must have all the necessary documentation up-to-date and ready to submit to their AIU International Admissions Advisor. In addition to the regular requirements and documentation necessary for enrollment at AIU, we will also need a copy of your most recent I-20 and transcripts from the previous school.
AIU does not assist international students with finding a sponsor. Finding a sponsor is something you would need to secure on your own. AIU participates in a variety of grant and scholarship programs for the benefit of students that can be viewed here.
At this time, we only offer federal financial aid assistance to eligible US citizens and eligible non-citizens.
In addition to your International Admissions Advisor, the Designated School Official (DSO) in either Atlanta or Houston will work directly with you throughout your time at AIU. You will be introduced to the DSO once you complete the admissions process.
The Study in the States website offers free U.S. government resources that explain the rules and regulations governing the international student process.

AIU International Student Grant

Offered at Online, Atlanta, Houston

In recognition of the variation in local economic conditions around the world, AIU has established a grant in order to assist eligible international students from select countries interested in attending a degree program at AIU. To be eligible for the International Student Grant, a student must be referred by a third-party that has a written agreement with AIU, complete the eligibility attestation form, and allow for verification of eligibility, which may require the student to submit documentation confirming that they are a resident of an eligible country. Students who are eligible to receive Title IV funds are not eligible for this grant. Students must adhere to the AIU General Grant and Scholarship Conditions. The grant, which is subject to availability, is applied to tuition, fees and course materials and will be awarded proportionately over each applicable academic year. Tuition grant percentages may vary by country. Interested students should contact the Education Alliances Center at to determine the grant percentage for which they may qualify.

AIU does not do business in the European Union (EU) and does not accept applications from EU residents seeking to enroll at the University.

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Classes Start October 25, 2023

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