AUAF Academy

The Academy Program is offered by the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) at its main campus in Kabul. This challenging daytime program is established to prepare students in English language proficiency, academic integrity, and entry-level math skills to complete a degree at AUAF. The classes fulfill the essential role of equipping university students, in all degree programs, with the various language communication proficiency skills and with cultural awareness in a global community. The Academy Program helps students meet the varying academic and cultural needs associated with pursuing any major at the University. Students will learn an appropriate mix of academic, as well as functional English, whilst integrating study skills to support learning and growth.

The program is divided into two semesters (one academic year). The courses employ traditional and blended teaching/learning techniques to help students master the English Language, a semester of math, and computer science. The two levels of the Academy are Intermediate and Advance and students test into each level as they prepare for their undergraduate studies. Students need to maintain 70% or higher with no failing grades to continue in the program (a 2.0 semester and cumulative GPA which includes non-credit/developmental courses). Since this is a merit-based program, students are not able to retake courses to improve their academic standing. Students' progress is reviewed throughout the semester, and they need to maintain a minimum attendance and/or academic standing requirement in order to remain in the program.  

Classes are held five days a week during the morning hours and include English, math, learning skills, and communication courses. Students have access to all the campus academic facilities and cafeteria during normal operational hours. These courses will help prepare students to enter the university as an undergraduate student. 

Course topics include:

  • Projects, including speeches and presentations, are taught each semester.
  • Students are introduced to the English language and the focus is on everyday use.
  • Students continue to focus on the fundamentals of social English and apply what they learn to daily conversation.
  • Students work on strengthening written and conversational skills in an academic setting through reading and listening.
  • The focus of the class shifts in the second semester towards advanced academic content based on the skills of reading and writing.
  • The English courses focus is on formal and advanced reading, writing and conversation skills.
  • The Math courses focus on preparing students for science, math, and analytic thinking.

Requirements and how to apply:

  • Fulfill the university's language requirements
  • English Placement Test administered on the AUAF campus
  • TOEFL Test administered in Kabul and regionally: 440+ or above scores of PBT; 42 or above scores of IBT; 5.0 or above scores of IELTS. (iBT and IELTS scores are accepted upon presentation of an official score report from an accredited center).
  • Fill an AUAF Academy application form
  • Attach an attested high school diploma (Color photocopy)
  • One passport size photo
  • Tazkira or Passport (Color photocopy)

For more information and/or application materials please contact Admissions at or call 0797 200 400 / 0794 800 400.

Our next admission cycle for this program is fall 2019 (late August 2019) - admissions are now closed for the spring 2019 semester for the Academy Program. We will recruit for the fall 2019 semester starting in June 2019. 

Financial aid is limited in this program and is merit-based. Eligibility for continued financial aid is assessed from semester to semester based on academic standing. 


Costs for each credit (including developmental courses) is 14,800 Afs/credit for the 2018/2019 academic year. New tuition rates will be in place for fall 2019 and spring 2020. A typical semester for the tuition of 15 credits would be 222,000 Afs in the 2018/2019 academic year. Transportation, dorms, and meals are not included in the tuition pricing. 

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