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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the cancellation of the "Special Semester"


      1.  Will there be orientation as originally planned?

       The orientation session scheduled for this week will be moved to the start of the spring semester in late March.

      2.  Will there be housing in the spring semester?

       Female dorms are being prepared for the spring semester and will be on the international campus. Construction has already started. Male              dorms will be ready in late October. If you are on scholarship with male dorm funding please contact Student Affairs.

     3.   What about my scholarship funding?

       We are working with our scholarship partners on the funding. If you have been making steady progress toward your degree (approximately 30        credits per year) you will not have any funding concerns and we are committed to seeing you complete your degree.

     4.   Where will classes be held in the spring?

       Classes will be held on the main campus for undergraduate students and on the International Campus for the MBA program.

     5.   Will registration reopen for the spring semester so I can arrange my new schedule?

        Registration for the spring semester will reopen later this month so students can adjust their spring schedule.

     6.  Will the classes be online?

       The classes will be held in the classroom.

     7.   Will campus be open for students before the spring semester?

       The campus is still undergoing security enhancements and when additional improvements are completed we will resume campus activities.

       I was going to graduate this summer but now will not be able complete my degree requirements (only 24 credits or less needed to graduate).

       The Office the Registrar will work with advisers to identify solutions. Please reach out to your advisor so they can help you make plans.

       Will you cancel the spring semester too?

       We are continuously assessing the feasibility of a March opening and will announce in the coming weeks. We are committed to a spring                  semester!

      8.    Will financial aid be available be available in the spring?

       The university will follow the standard financial aid process and it will be available in the spring and fall semesters.

        If you have additional questions please contact a Student Affairs Representative at +93 (0) 796 739 084 –                      

        Sunday through Thursday from 9:00am – 4:00pm. 









  1. What is the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF)?
    • AUAF is the only private, not-for-profit, independent university chartered under the Afghan Constitution and Ministry of Higher Education of the Afghan government. It was founded in 2006 by Dr. Sharif Fayez, a former Minister of Higher Education. AUAF is dedicated to providing a world-class higher education that prepares students from Afghanistan and the region to be tomorrow’s leaders. The university promotes an atmosphere of tolerance, hard work, intellectual rigor, and freedom of expression. AUAF also has a Board of Trustees.
  2. Why are you called the American University of Afghanistan?
    • AUAF is an Afghan university that uses the American-style academic curriculum, which is why we use the word ‘American’ in our title.
  3. Is AUAF a religiously-affiliated institution?
    • AUAF in an independent, Afghan institution with no religious affiliations, though the university respects Afghan religious and cultural values and offers places of worship for our Muslim students, faculty, and staff.
  4. Does AUAF teach religion?
    • AUAF offers courses in Islamic studies every semester. The university does not teach any other religions.
  5. Are there places to pray on campus?
    • AUAF has a masjid, as well as a number of designated prayer rooms, on both its West campus and International campus, with separate prayer spaces for both men and women. We are currently fundraising to build a new, large masjid on the new International campus.
  6. What degree programs are offered at AUAF?
    • AUAF offers undergraduate degrees in business administration, information technology and computer science, political science and public administration, and law. AUAF offers a master’s in business administration with concentrations in finance, accounting, and management, and a master’s in education program is currently offered exclusively to Ministry of Education employees as part of a special program. A range of professional development courses in English, business, and finance are offered through AUAF’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). We are consistently adding new undergraduate and graduate programs.
  7. What extracurricular activities are offered at AUAF?
  8. What is the difference between graduate courses and Professional Development Institute (PDI) courses?
    • The PDI offers non-degree courses. Only short-term certificate courses, as well as a range of tests, are offered through the PDI. Graduate programs offer master’s degrees in business administration and education.
  9. Who works and teaches at AUAF?
    • AUAF students are taught by over 50 outstanding international and national faculty members who hold masters and doctoral degrees from the world’s finest universities. AUAF has a truly international faculty and staff, with over 15 countries represented.
  10. Who can apply to AUAF?
    • Any individual can apply for admission at AUAF, regardless of gender, politics, ethnicity, religious beliefs, family wealth, or connections. To be admitted, students must meet AUAF’s admission requirements. Students in our undergraduate, masters, and professional development programs come from all 34 provinces of the country. AUAF is truly a national university, with a diversity of students. One of the university’s main objectives is to enroll students from all 34 provinces.
  11. What is AUAF’s code of conduct for students?
    • AUAF’s code of conduct for student behavior is based on the principles of respect, civility, ethics, morality, and integrity. Behavior that is disrespectful to others, and against Afghan cultural values and Islamic values are not tolerated and violations are taken seriously. Detailed information can be found in the Student Handbook.
  12. What is the honor pledge that students are required to sign?
    • First year students are required to sign AUAF’s honor pledge, which states: ‘On my honor, I will uphold the values of the American University of Afghanistan: Respect, Civility, Ethics, Morality, and Integrity.
  13. Is AUAF an accredited institution?
    • We have been accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) in Afghanistan for our first six years, and are now in phase 2 of the MoHE’s new accreditation process. The Ministry of Higher Education has led this new accreditation process with the hopes to bring the educational standards of all universities in Afghanistan to an international level. AUAF is also currently in our fourth year of review with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), a regional accreditation association in the US, and are awaiting a site visit from the agency when the opportunity arises. For more information, visit the Center of Excellence and Quality Assurance.
  14. What is the language of instruction at AUAF?
    • Undergraduate and MBA programs are taught completely in English. The MA in Education program and PDI courses are taught in Dari, Pashto, and English.
  15. Are financial aid and scholarships available?
    • Yes, AUAF offers financial assistance, scholarships, and a work-study program. Scholarships are offered through third parties to masters, undergraduate, and Foundation Studies Program students. Financial aid is only available to undergraduate students. You can find more information and learn how to apply here, or contact the Student Finance office at st.finance@auaf.edu.af.
  16. What are admissions requirements?
    • To be admitted to AUAF’s undergraduate program, you must be a high-school graduate, take the English Pre-Test, and achieve a certain score on the TOEFL test. To schedule a test, go here. Once admitted, students are then required to take three different placement tests: math, IT, and English.
    • To be admitted to AUAF’s MBA programs, you must have achieved a certain score on the GMAT or GRE and TOEFL exams, and hold a Bachelor’s level degree from a recognized institution. We also accept equivalent scores in IBT and IELTS. For more information, visit here or contact Dr. Patrick Asea at pasea@auaf.edu.af
  17. How do I apply for admission?
    • If you have already taken the English Pre-Test and TOEFL and passed, please find instructions here for applying. Contact Jamshid Hakimi in the Admissions department at jhakimi@auaf.edu.af if you have questions, or Dr. Patrick Asea at pasea@auaf.edu.af for questions regarding the MBA program.
  18. What are the fees and tuition?
    • Find the latest tuition and fees here.
  19. What if I don’t meet the requirements?
    • If you do not meet the English language requirements, the Professional Development Institute offers English language courses to help you improve your English. You can reapply at a later time.
  20. Does AUAF have an alumni association?
  21. Are there currently any employment opportunities at AUAF?
    • You can find a list of current employment opportunities at AUAF here, with instructions on how to apply. Contact jobs@auaf.edu.af with questions.
  22. Where can I find AUAF on social media?