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ABOUT AUD
  • *** Final Exam dates for Fall 2017 semester start on December 17 and end on December 21.
  • ***Payment and Printing Invoices can be done online through "Student Portal
  • ***General Education Exit Exam will be administered on Sunday and Monday, November 19 and 20, 2017
  • *** Registration for Spring 2018 ends on November 21, 2017; check Registration/Payment deadlines online
  • *** Administration office hours are 8am - 5pm
  • *** AUD ID cards for new students will be available in the Registrar’s Office starting Sunday, September 17, 2017
  • *** Fall 2017 semester starts September 04, 2017 and ends December 21, 2017
AUD AS AN AMERICAN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING
In fulfillment of its mission as one of the few American-accredited institutions of higher learning in the Gulf, The American University in Dubai seeks to duplicate the American recipe for successful higher education. Syllabi and textbooks are the same as those used in the United States. In addition, the preponderance of American and American-trained faculty members further ensures that the university remains American in substance as well as in name. Expectations of academic performance either match or exceed those prevailing on a “typical” American campus.
 
Several factors explain the excellence, which underpins American higher education and guides AUD in the expression of its American character:
  • A curriculum that imparts general knowledge but allows for significant specialization;
  • A program of extra-curricular activities designed to cultivate the student’s humanistic outlook and social skills;
  • Faculty members who combine scholarship and technique in exercising their classroom duties;
  • Teaching methods that develop strong skills in critical reasoning and precise and persuasive self-expression;
  • The maintenance of high academic standards via clear and consistent policies; and
  • Instilling an appreciation for life-long learning.

One might observe that the description above portrays all universities. Yet, it is widely believed that something sets American universities apart. We maintain that in the final analysis, it is a series of values/perspectives that distinguish American higher education. It is ultimately AUD’s adoption of these values and their translation into operating policy that make AUD American.

specifics follow:
Individuality
Individuality is of the utmost importance at AUD. The university promotes creativity and independent thinking. AUD students are free to express their opinions in class and are encouraged to think for themselves. This concept extends beyond the classroom, as the student actively participates in the process of negotiating internships, seeking work outside the university, conferencing with instructors and confronting problem situations. An AUD education is heavily influenced by a work ethic that maintains that effort and personal integrity lead to success.
 
Self-Reliance
The responsibility for learning and being informed about university policies also ultimately rests with the student. If a lengthy reading assignment is given, instructors expect and demand that students understand and comprehend the information in the reading even if it is not discussed in class. Instructors are there to help, but students are expected to speak up and question if they do not understand a concept or idea. Students should take initiative and seek to complete assignments with minimal guidance. This includes locating resources, both printed and electronic. In summary, at AUD, students are expected to be resourceful, knowledge-seeking individuals who are highly motivated and desire success. Being told what to do and how to do it are not the norms. Students should strive to fully understand all aspects of AUD’s academic life and rules and regulations.
 
Diversity
The environment at AUD is one of tolerance and respect for the more than eighty nationalities represented in the university community. Central to AUD’s American character is a profound regard for the culture and religion of its students and the people of the U.A.E. This appreciation for diversity extends to the classroom. The climate prevalent in our courses often varies from instructor to instructor. Curricula are not totally standardized. Academic freedom is integral to AUD’s philosophy.

The Honor Code
An honor system is standard practice in all respected American universities. Thus, cheating on tests, plagiarizing (presenting another’s ideas as your own) and turning in assignments completed by others are all prohibited. (See section on Honor Code). Violation of the Code can result in failure of a course or even dismissal from the university. AUD takes the Honor Code very seriously and is diligent in the monitoring of and application of penalties.
 
Critical Thinking
At AUD, the emphasis is on developing critical thinking skills more than accumulating facts. Students are taught to assess critically a situation or problem and develop a solution. Learning involves experimenting with new ideas and synthesizing material. Application of knowledge is more important than memorization.
 
Participation/Communication
Active participation is expected of students in most courses. Frequently, courses allot a percentage of the grade for class participation. This may include presentations, taking part in class discussions, a display of effort, initiative, professionalism, role-playing, simulations, asking questions, etc. Consistent with the American tradition, students are taught to aspire to become great communicators – orally and in writing.
 
Group Work/Teamwork
AUD encourages both group work and teamwork, offering students ample opportunities to work in a variety of situations and contexts. Students are reminded to read the AUD Honor Code, and specifically the part on cheating and plagiarism. They should pay careful attention to their instructors regarding group projects. Unless specifically authorized, students must work individually and refrain from seeking collaboration of parties other than the instructor.
 
Social and Academic Dimensions
Access to social development is important as well. AUD offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities. All students are encouraged to be well-rounded with ongoing participation in activities outside the classroom. There is value in joining clubs, playing sports, engaging in community service, and working part-time. Extracurricular involvement will also have an added advantage, as many employers are looking for individuals who have demonstrated a mix of academic, social and leadership capabilities.
 
Student-Instructor Relationships
Students are encouraged to develop professional relationships with their instructors and meet with them during office hours for clarifications or to discuss concerns. Instructors have high expectations of students, and students should strive to meet these expectations. Instructors at AUD go to great lengths to help students meet those expectations. A deep concern on the part of instructors for student welfare and a sense of responsibility on the part of students make for a dynamic environment where learning takes place.
 
Non-Negotiable Deadlines
Punctuality and deadlines are important. Students are expected to hand in assignments on the due date at the specified time. Inventing excuses doesn’t help. Extensions of deadlines are rarely possible. Late assignments often lose points or letter grades. Some instructors will not accept late assignments.
 
Part-Time Employment
It is not uncommon for university students to work at part-time jobs during their education. In fact, in most American universities this practice is encouraged. AUD is no exception. Students can gain valuable work experience by working for pay or volunteering throughout their university career. Most employers welcome and think highly of CVs that list work beyond the classroom. In today’s world, jobs are at a premium and competition often demands ongoing work experience prior to graduation. On campus and off campus part-time jobs and internships offers are listed at the Career Services Office.
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