Association of American International Colleges & Universities

The American University of Iraq Sulaimani


American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is a not-for-profit institution that strives to be a resource to the entire community and for the public benefit.

In 2006, the Board of Trustees of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani set out to establish AUIS as a catalyst for innovation in higher education in Iraq that provides an alternative to the “lecture-memorize-repeat” model of education so prevalent in Iraq and the Middle East. The University offers a comprehensive American-style liberal arts education that develops strengths in critical thinking, the ability to communicate well, a strong work ethic, good citizenship and personal integrity. The University is unique in its role as an establishment of higher learning unaffected by sectarian divides and affiliations where students from every corner of the country, regardless of their ethnic, religious or economic background, are offered an education that has a long lasting impact on their future and the future of the entire region. The value of diversity is emphasized in both the academic and social community at AUIS.

Forty-five students from across Iraq were admitted to the first undergraduate class at AUIS in 2007. The University simultaneously launched a professional MBA program for students planning to study business and leadership at the graduate level. Since its founding, the University has bolstered its academic offerings to include Bachelor’s degrees in business administration, engineering, English and journalism, information technology and international studies, with the requirement for each program balanced by multi-disciplinary core courses in the humanities and sciences. Faculty members hold doctoral and master’s degrees from universities in the U.S. or the UK. The language of instruction is English and AUIS students are required to have English language skills before entering into the undergraduate program. Entering students can develop their English proficiency in the Academic Preparatory Program which is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).


American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Sulaimani – Kirkuk Main Road, Raparin
Sulaimani Governorate
Kurdistan Region, Iraq 46001

Tel: +964 53 511 2000
Fax: +1-202-204-5180


Dr. Bruce Walker Ferguson, President
Tel.: +964 772 773 7391
E-mail: president@auis.edu.krd                             

Ms. Raz Jaff, Director of Protocol
E-mail: raz.jaff@auis.edu.krd