AUIS was excited to host several high school principals for a lunch and discussion in April. The lunch discussion was hosted by AUIS President Bruce Walker Ferguson, and attended by senior faculty members and Chairs of academic departments to exchange ideas and deepen the communication and relationship between AUIS and private and local high schools. AUIS wants to increase its awareness of the impact of the recent economic crisis has had on local high schools, and learn more about how the university could support high schools in their quest to educate Kurdistan’s next generation.
The AUIS Admissions Office welcomes around fifty high schools every year for campus tours and orientation sessions for prospects, mostly over the Spring term, before the enrollment session opens in July. “These visits help build a bridge between AUIS and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) high schools, and serve as an introduction to the distinct education style that AUIS offers to the students,” said Director of Admissions, Rebeen Azad. During the presentation, we also encourage the visiting students to do well at their baccalaureate exams, as stronger students have a higher chance of enrolling at AUIS with much reduced tuition, he explained further. The visiting schools come from different regions of Kurdistan, mostly from Sulaimani, but also from other places like Ranya, Qaladze and Garmyan districts. In addition to these campus visits, the Admissions team has an active outreach policy whereby they visit and give presentations at different schools in the region. This year, the team has already visited twenty schools in Ranya, Qaladze and Koya districts outside Sulaimani. The visiting students attend a comprehensive presentation about the admissions process as well as the different programs at AUIS and the American-style liberal arts education offered at the University. The team also explains the Academic Preparatory Program (APP) that enrolled students have to take before beginning their undergraduate program at AUIS. APP prepares non-native English speaking high school graduates to enter the AUIS undergraduate program by teaching them academic English, critical thinking skills and study habits. View more photos of high school visits on our Facebook page “The campus visits can have a direct impact on enrollment as these students get a chance to familiarize themselves with an education system that they do not know very well. The school teachers and students usually have a very positive feedback because of the comprehensive presentation and Q&A sessions and the fun time they spend touring the campus facilities,” said Azad. The tours are usually given by AUIS students which make them more interactive and informal for the visitors. “AUIS welcomes high schools from all over Iraq and Kurdistan to visit our university. Visits need to be coordinated in advance, this is to make sure that there won’t be conflict with other visits and we can give each school our proper time,” said Azad. Schools can arrange to visit AUIS by sending an email to the Admissions Office at [email protected] or by calling at 0700-461-5555. The next admission cycle for undergraduate studies will begin in July 2016. Visit the Admissions page for more information about applying to AUIS. Watch a short video about the AUIS programs, academics and student life below.