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Life at AUIS

APP FYE Reading Club

This event is part of the First Year Experience Social Activities program run by the Academic Preparatory Program. At this event, Ms. Hayley Sterling will help students develop a love for reading literature.  The event is open to APP students. 

AUIS Prepares Us to Become Global Citizens

Dina Dara Meran, Class of 2014
Four years ago when I graduated from high school, I applied to many universities in Iraq and abroad. I remember being so hesitant about deciding where to go. I also wanted to experience living away from home in a different city and making new friends other than knowing my family’s friends in Erbil. After some weeks, I remember receiving a text from AUIS saying I was accepted. It was late at night, and I ran to my dad excitedly with the news. It was obvious by then that my choice would be AUIS, and I have never regretted that. At AUIS, I did not only learn about international studies theories, Plato’s Republic, economics, world history, physics or journalism; I also had the chance to practice them through internships and activities on campus. AUIS strikes a good balance between theory and practice. AUIS is truly unique in a sense there is always so much going on at campus. There is always an interesting guest lecture, an event organized by a student club, a debate, a match, and all of these helped me grow and opened up so many doors. My best times at AUIS were spent taking part in the activities by the student clubs, especially the AUIS student newspaper,Voice. I enjoyed the bittersweet moments and the teamwork while publishing the newspaper.  I learned to network and make connections at AUIS. My internship experiences during the last four years with the Iraq Oil Report publication, General Consulate of the Republic of Turkey in Erbil, Development Iraq, International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Institute of Regional & International Studies (IRIS) were arranged through AUIS. You always find an AUIS staff member, professor, administrator, or alumnus ready to help - whether it is for a class or a job you need to find, or a personal problem. It was at AUIS that I learned how to give to others, without expecting to receive anything back, especially through volunteer work. And I am proud to say that AUIS taught me the true meaning of citizenship and how to engage with my society. At the same time, just like any other American liberal arts institution, it prepared me to be a global citizen where I can understand the complexity of issues in the world as well.    It was also because of the education I received in AUIS that I could go to the oldest graduate school of international relations in the United States.  Today as I sit in the class, I can make arguments and contribute to the discussions just like any other graduate student. AUIS prepared me well in those four years for graduate school in the United States because of its liberal arts style education. Are you an AUIS alumnus? Do you want to share your share your AUIS journey too? Send it to [email protected] along with one or more good resolution photos. It shouldn’t be more than 500 words, and the email message should be clearly labeled ‘AUIS Alumni Stories’. We would love to hear from you!  

AUIS Makes the Impossible, Possible!

Mahdi Murad hails from the town of Ranya in the Sulaimaniyah Governorate of Kurdistan. He graduated from AUIS in 2014 with a degree in business administration. He currently lives in Amsterdam, Holland where he is working for a well known multinational company. After finishing high school, I was looking for a program that would allow me to focus on more than one field of study. The liberal arts education at AUIS was a great answer to my search. I joined AUIS because I found it a far better choice than any other available to me. Not to mention, AUIS is still the dream university for any student in the region! I achieved so many personal goals that might have been impossible at any other university. I not only majored in business administration, but I also became a journalist, a playwright, and a sports lover through the various extracurricular activities that AUIS offers its students. I believe that the extra knowledge and confidence that I gained, along with my degree, has been really helpful to me in getting hired by one of the most well known international companies around the world – Cisco! After I graduated, I turned out to be a businessman, a journalist, a playwright, and a worldwide traveler who visited more than 30 countries around the world mostly because of AUIS. Therefore, I would like to leave a message to my fellow students and friends in the region and at AUIS. To all AUIS students – I would like to encourage you to always be proud of the name of AUIS and always value what AUIS offers you. Last year, I was just a regular student and my dream was to graduate and get a simple job. Now, in less than a year, I got a job with one of the most competitive international companies in the world. This proves that AUIS makes the impossible possible and you, through AUIS, can easily achieve all your dreams. Respect AUIS, its curriculum, and its professors, because you will only understand how big AUIS is after you graduate! Are you an AUIS alumnus? Do you want to share your share your AUIS journey too? Send it to [email protected] along with one or more good resolution photos. It shouldn’t be more than 500 words, and the email message should be clearly labeled ‘AUIS Alumni Stories’. We would love to hear from you!  

My AUIS Journey

Sivar Qazaz hails from Sulaimani, Iraq. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in business administration from AUIS. She currently works for Kurdistan Save the Children in Sulaimani. In 2007 when the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) first opened its doors to students, I had already completed one year of education at another university, but I decided to quit everything and join AUIS where I saw a brighter future for myself. AUIS taught me more than words written in books. It reshaped my personality and made me a stronger yet more flexible person. It taught me to be free, more open minded and to coexist with others. Above all, AUIS taught me to be more responsible towards my society. AUIS is not a place where students study materials and memorize them for exams. It is a place where leaders are generated. This university is based on a liberal arts education, which means that students are taught to be flexible and adjust to various work fields once they graduate. The university’s strict attendance rules make students strong and capable of facing their tough work routines in the future and to be more committed. The numerous presentations, debates, projects and activities that AUIS offers are what make students effective decision makers and managers. Besides skills, AUIS teaches students to be active members in their society. The first time I learned about volunteer work was at AUIS. It was such an astonishing feeling to be able to make a difference in people’s lives without waiting for any return from them. From that moment, I decided to dedicate what I have learnt from AUIS to serve my society. Once I graduated, I was offered a great opportunity to work for a non-governmental organization that helps children – Kurdistan Save the Children. I’m still working there, trying to make a difference in the lives of children. The unique combination of practical and social lessons that AUIS provides to its students makes it the best place for people who want to have both successful social lives and careers. Are you an AUIS alumnus? Do you want to share your share your AUIS story too? Send it to [email protected] along with one or more good resolution photos. It shouldn’t be more than 500 words, and the email message should be clearly labeled ‘AUIS Alumni Stories’. We would love to hear from you!


Our accommodations offer students a home away from home with completely furnished apartment style housing, including kitchen facilities. AUIS operates separate male and female dormitories. The apartment-style rooms are spacious and provide students with both privacy and social interaction with their peers. The standard and economy options provide double occupancy bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. The building has the capacity to house 426 students.  Both the male and female dorms have dormitory supervisors and student residence assistants who enforce the dorm rules and manage any issues that arise, including disciplinary or maintenance issues.  Questions regarding the university’s dorm policies can be answered by Housing Manager Dastan Chaosh at [email protected]
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