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Association of American International Colleges and Universities (AAICU)

AAICU Mission Statement

Founded in 1971, the Association of American International Colleges and Universities (AAICU) is a consortium of independent, non-for-profit, higher education institutions located outside the United States and based on the American liberal arts model. AAICU members adhere to the highest standards of institutional accountability and integrity. AAICU provides a distinctive forum for sharing best practices in international higher education, facilitates international and intercultural perspectives through student and faculty exchange, and promotes broader awareness of the educational, economic, social, and cultural contributions of member institutions to the regions of the world in which they are located.

Throughout its history, AAICU has realized its founders’ intentions, and it continues to do so. The association has established an agreement of reciprocity that facilitates the exchange of students among member institutions. AAICU has raised awareness for the quality of American Institutions abroad, through its website, many publications, and a relationship with the US Department of Education. Further, the association continues to serve as a valuable platform for information sharing among institutions with many similar characteristics.

AAICU Direct Educational Exchange Program (AAICU-DEEP)

Approved at the AAICU Plenary Session, AUP, Paris, April 2015

The goal of the AAICU Direct Educational Exchange Program is to promote collaboration across the AAICU network via the exchange of students to promote inter-cultural and international understanding that supports the Mission of the AAICU. 

Students who are pursuing their undergraduate degree at one of the AAICU members may participate in the AAICU-DEEP Program for study abroad.  This program allows degree-seeking undergraduate students at any one of the AAICU member institutions to study at one of the other institutions for an academic semester.  Student pay tuition at their home university and are responsible for all costs related to housing, transportation, and fees at the host institution. Spaces in the program may be limited. 

All AAICU institutions have academic programs based on the American liberal arts model and accept each other’s’ academic coursework for transfer credit which facilitates your study abroad.

Application Process:

Step 1: Choose the right program and host university: 

Step 2: Check the courses available and complete the Course Transfer Form

How to complete the Student Advising/ Course Transfer Form:

  • Run your degree evaluation 
  • Prepare a list of the courses you still need at LAU
  • Go to the course-offering link for the school you are applying to and try to identify courses that match your list
  • Fill out the Course Transfer Form accordingly
  • Seek the approval and signature of the concerned chairperson. Make sure to take with you the course descriptions to facilitate input from the departments

Who can help you?

School Exchange Advisors

Step 3: Apply

Application Deadline: January 30, 2019

What Happens Next?

  • Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit additional documents;
  • You will receive the final selection result by email;
  • Once you confirm your participation, we will nominate you to your host university;
  • Students should apply to the school they are interested in as a visiting or study abroad student and indicate they wish to participate in the AAICU-DEEP program.  Please follow the application deadlines for the school you are applying to for your semester abroad.  Each AAICU host institution will have its own admission requirements, which you must meet to participate. 
  • Pay the exchange deposit fee as instructed by OIS;
  • Start your application at the host university;
  • A pre-departure orientation will be held by OIS for info about your visa, housing, etc.

Active DEEP members


  • American College in Greece, Greece                                                                                                                   
  • American University in Bulgaria, Bulgaria                                                                                                    
  • American University of Armenia, Armenia                                                                                                     
  • American University of Paris, France                                                                                                        
  • American University of Rome, Italy                                                                                                         
  • Central European University (Budapest), Hungary                                                                                        
  • Franklin university, Switzerland                                                                                                   
  • Institute for American universities (Aix-en-provence), France                                                                      
  • Irish American University, Ireland                                                                                                         
  • John cabot university, Rome, Italy                                                                                                                   
  • Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain             

Middle East

  • American University in Cairo, Egypt                                                                                                        
  • American University of Sharjah, UAE                                                                                                              
  • Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco                                                                                    
  • American University in Afghanistan, Afghanistan                                                                                                      


  • American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan




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