The Structure of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
The structure of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani:
The structure of AUIS is designed to fulfill the University's mission. AUIS students begins with the Academic Preparatory Program (APP), then the undergraduate Core program, and then the major which are offered in ten different undergraduate programs of study for students, and its operations are organized into six different departments by subject. 

Academic Preparatory Program (APP) - Accredited by The Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA)
The Academic Preparatory Program (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.
All applicants to the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani must take an English placement test upon admission. Scores on these exames, based on the English requirements, determine placement. About 90 percent of students will require English training before joining the academic program and they receive this training from the Academic Preparatory Program. The program strengthens students' English language skills and provides them with the student success training and intellectual tools they need to not only do well but to thrive in the academic program. 

Core Program 
Why Does AUIS Have a Core Program?
The strong Core Program at AUIS makes it unique among Iraqi universities. In his acclaimed recent book In Defense of A Liberal Education CNN host and bestselling author Fareed Zakaria argues that technology and globalization have increased the value of a liberal education (knowing how to write, how to speak your mind, and how to learn) as routine mechanical and even computing tasks can be done by machines or workers in low wage countries. The best jobs of the future will go to people who combine creativity, curiosity, and social skills with technical, scientific or professional education. This is what the Core Program at AUIS does – it gives students in professional programs, such as Engineering, IT and Business, a strong background in English and the humanities, and makes sure that social science and English majors have acquired basic scientific, mathematical and computer skills.

What is the AUIS Core Program? 
The AUIS Core Program is the common curriculum in the Liberal Arts that all AUIS students take. Students take courses in the Core Program throughout their undergraduate career, but the majority of such courses are taken in the first few semesters. The first goal of the Core Program is to provide a foundation of knowledge and reasoning to help students as they proceed with their major studies, their careers and the rest of their lives. Another goal is to promote broad learning and teaching that crosses the borders between disciplines, so that students with a degree from AUIS possess many of the strengths of the educated mind. Educated minds know more clearly what they think and why they think it. Knowing what one is talking about is so complex – mathematicians do it one way, and historians another – that one can only learn the general habit by knowing the language and methods of the disciplines to a critical minimum. Liberal education at AUIS requires all students to take foundational courses in the humanities, the social sciences and math and natural sciences, so that they learn to love learning for its own sake, and acquire skills that make possible lifelong learning. Progress towards this goal builds true self reliance, and is the ultimate aim of the Core Program.

Undergraduate Programs:
The undergraduate program at AUIS is organized into five academic departments by subject.
These academic departments offer majors which are the student's primary program of study and define the degree that will be earned by each student upon graduation.
AUIS undergraduates have the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplines before choosing their major. Each student is required to declare his or her major degree program in the third semester of undergraduate studies in the Academic Program. AUIS students also have the option of pursuing a secondary course of study in addition to their degree program. 

1. B.A. English-Journalism
Students who choose the English-Journalism Major will acquire dexterity in traditional and emerging media. All good writers begin as good readers: student-journalists will steep themselves in literature so that they may begin to intuitively understand the standards to which they aspire. Our program emphasizes individual field-work as a primary vehicle, allowing students to cultivate their own interests as they learn all the necessary skills. The English Journalism Major balances theory with practice.

2. B.A. English-Literature 
The Bachelor of Arts in English-Literature provides students with an opportunity to read and think deeply about a range of literature written in the English language, not just as critics and theoreticians, but also as educators. Not only will students explore and enjoy various texts, they will develop powerful analytical and theoretical tools that can help prepare them for a variety of careers. Moving out from a foundation in the discipline, students will begin to understand English literature and language through electives, guided in their choices by a designated faculty adviser. The program offers an array of elective courses in creative writing, translation, journalism, and drama, as well as literature. Finally, students will write a senior thesis, which may take the form of an investigation of a critical topic or a creative writing project. All theses are approved and directed by a member of the English faculty. English Majors can become publishers, copywriters, critics, editors, authors and teachers. 

3. B.A. International Studies 

The International Studies major integrates political, economic, geographic, historical, and anthropological approaches to the examination of the world. 
Students explore contemporary and historical political and cultural systems as well as their interaction in a global context, and apply multidisciplinary theoretical approaches to local, national, and international issues. Students learn to think critically, write persuasively, ask questions, and consider problems from multiple perspectives. 
A Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies prepare students for a wide range of careers: diplomacy, international business, non-governmental organizations, local and national government, as well as in teaching and journalism. Students also pursue graduate degrees in fields such as law, business, economics, political science, and history. 

4. B.S. Business Administration 

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at AUIS offers students a comprehensive program taught by an international faculty who bring a variety of experiences into the classroom. Graduates will be equipped with tools that will help them to excel in private sector enterprises. Discipline specific knowledge covered in this major includes:  Accounting  Finance  Economics  Management  Law & Ethics  Quantitative Analysis 
These areas are augmented with courses in management, law and ethics, quantitative analysis and information technology. Throughout the curriculum, an emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem solving that will enable students to add value in a variety of commercial settings. This comprehensive blend of skills will prepare students for an array of careers in commerce. 

5. B.S. Information Technology 
The Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology is a technical degree program that prepares students in the core competencies of the IT discipline, including problem-solving and programming, networking and communications, database systems, Internet and Web technologies, and information security. 

6. B.S in Engineering with 5 different specialties/majors 
The Engineering Department at AUIS provides students with a strong analytical basis in engineering science, reinforced with engineering fundamental courses, and enhanced via a hands-on practical experience. The Engineering Department at AUIS known for its high standards and rigor, its emphasis on sound fundamental and broad preparation. This vision will be borne out in the personas and success of its graduates. The educational objectives of the Engineering program are for graduates (1) to become successful practitioners in the engineering professions and demonstrate abilities in the design, implementation and operation of projects and processes, (2) as their careers progress, to take on leadership positions in engineering and other organizations, (3) and inspiring students to continue their education through graduate study and lifelong learning. 
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Department offers 5 different specialties/majors: 

a) B.S. Construction Engineering 
The Construction Management track includes the following subjects: 1. Construction Engineering 2. Structural Design 3. Physical Geology 4. Operations and Systems Analysis 5. Organizational Management 


b) B.S. Control Systems Engineering 

The Control System track includes the following subjects: 
1. Control Systems and Automation 2. Dynamic Systems and Signal Processing 3. Electronics 4. Digital Systems 5. Mechatronics c) B.S. Energy Engineering 
The Energy Engineering track includes the following subjects: 1. Thermodynamics II 2. Power Plant Design 3. Sustainable Energy Systems 4. Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering 5. Air Conditioning 

d) B.S. Mechanical Engineering 

The AUIS Department of Engineering offers breadth and depth, immersing students in an international-style engineering curriculum taught by distinguished faculty from around the world and utilizing high quality lab resources. Graduates of the Engineering Department will have an advantage in a quickly-evolving job market with an increasing number of international companies. As Kurdistan’s economy grows, a diversity of projects will demand strong background in mechanical engineering, calling on engineering to apply physics, material design and engineering to build and analyze mechanical systems. Mechanical Engineering students will take a range of courses, including calculus, physics, chemistry, mechanics, drawing, thermodynamics, circuits, statistics, design, transport phenomena, engineering economics, manufacturing systems and control systems. AUIS’s innovative Mechanical Engineering curriculum has been designed in consultation with a range of international companies and with the Kurdistan Engineering Syndicate. It has been formally and fully approved by the KRG Ministry of Higher Education. 

e) B.S. Production Engineering 

The Production Management track includes the following subjects: 1. Manufacturing Systems 2. Computer-aided Design and Fabrication 3. Control Systems and Automation 4. Operations and Systems Analysis 5. Organizational Management 

Graduate Program 
The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani’s new “fast track” MBA program is designed for professionals and recent graduates looking to strengthen their business skill sets and improve their careers. 
AUIS offers flexible evening classes so that students with demanding professional careers can still learn the advanced business management and leadership skills they need to earn a Masters in Business Administration. 
Our new MBA program allows students to customize their MBA experience. The program offers rigor and flexibility, with a foundation of broad management skills in the core and an array of electives and specializations to help develop one or more areas of expertise. AUIS students build a strong foundation in every key business discipline as well as deeper expertise in areas critical to their success. In addition to the general MBA, students can now pursue an MBA with specializations in Leadership, Project Management and Finance.