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1: How well accepted is distance learning?
2: Can an AIU student participate in the program online via internet?
3: What is the difference between AIU students and students at traditional universities?
4: Will my degree mention that I gained it through distance learning or the program?
5: How long will my program take to complete?
6: Are the credits and the degree accepted at other colleges?
7: Do you accept my coursework from other schools?
8: How do I enroll in a program?
9: What are Life Experience, Academic Status, and Prior Learning Assessment?
10: Can international students enroll in a program?
11: Is AIU accredited?
12: Is there an application deadline?
13: Do I need to travel to Hawaii at any time?
14: Still have questions?

How well accepted is distance learning?
Distance-learning is clearly an accepted form of cost-effective education for working professionals. The growth and importance of the Internet is furthering the distance-learning concept daily and making independent study education accessible to more and more individuals. Employers are aware of the fact that attending a classroom university is not possible for a significant number of their workforce, yet they recognize the corporate benefits that a career-related degree program can bring to their employees.

Can an AIU student participate in the program online via internet?
Yes. Upon registration students are given access to their Online Student Section. Here students can Access Instructions and formats for orientation courses, Keep a calendar of assignments with planned completion dates, Upload/Post assignments, Review Grades/Transcripts, Post Questions or Messages with Student Services and/or your advisor, Start the first phase of the program to establish the program curriculum, Access the AIU Online Library. Research can be conducted at the AIU online library which has full text access to 1600 journals and periodicals amounting to over 10 million full text sources. This is a quick and convenient way to begin your research in any topic or area from your curriculum.

What is the difference between AIU students and students at traditional universities?
Atlantic International University programs are oriented toward the mid-career adult and working professional. Conversely, classroom universities are attracting the 18 to 21-year olds whose life goals and ambitions have yet to be established. This is true especially at the undergraduate level. AIU does no compete with such traditional schools. AIU students know who they are, know exactly what they want to do and are interested in a challenging and rewarding educational experience. For this reason, they are often more motivated than students at traditional universities. In addition, AIU students gain significant advantages from their professional experience. Not only are they able to draw from the knowledge they have developed throughout their career thus far, but they may apply earned credit for what they have already learned toward their program.

Will my degree mention that I gained it through distance learning or the program?
No mention of the words "equivalency," "non-traditional," "distance learning," "online" or any similar expression will appear on your degree, your academic record or any other documents you receive from AIU are the same standard used by all US colleges and universities.

How long will my program take to complete?
Program duration varies greatly due to the different goals and entry levels of our students. In general each course will take 4-6 weeks to complete. Time and schedule allowing students may take more than one course at a time. AIU students are required to have prior work experience in their field or a related field, most also have college credits or training above their last level of study. The number of courses required varies from student to student, the following are average course requirements: At the bachelors level AIU students take 8-10 course and a Final Project, for the Masters program 8 courses plus Thesis, and for the Doctoral program 5 courses plus Dissertation. Most students will complete their program in less than 18 months.

Are the credits and the degree accepted at other colleges?
Just like AIU, each college can determine the criteria it follows in accepting transfer credits from other institutions. If transferring credits to another institution is the main focus of your studies, be sure to confirm with them prior to beginning your studies at AIU. Colleges evaluate transfer credits on a case-by-case basis. Some colleges and universities are very open to accepting credits from other institutions, some are very restrictive.

Do you accept my coursework from other schools?
Yes. All course with a "C" or above will be considered, just send us the documentation/transcript on the coursework you've completed, and we can determine if it will grant you credit toward your degree program with AIU. Many students who enter a graduate degree program have some formal graduate education and advanced work experiences for which credit can be granted towards the particular degree required. The Admissions Committee evaluates these credits and determines whether and which credits can be applied to the various courses required for the program.

How do I enroll in a program?
You may enroll in a program by submitting your Online Application and pasting your resume and any additional comments/questions in the area provided.

What are Life Experience, Academic Status, and Prior Learning Assessment?
Life Experience, Academic Status, Prior Learning Assessment relate to credit for learning related to Atlantic International University degree programs, regardless of where or how the learning occurred. Life Experience, Academic Status, and Prior Learning Assessment are based on a tested process and set of mechanisms. Its major goal is to determine the students correct academic standing. It achieves this goal through the recognition of learning that students have acquired from life experience, job training, workshops, seminars or other experience. Several methods may be used to evaluate learning related to AIU degrees. Challenge for Credit towards a specific course (test). Portfolio Assessment to receive credit towards a degree program. Assessment of training packages from employers, private trainers, unions and other institutions. Student Services handles credits transferred from post-secondary educational institutions such as colleges or universities.

Can international students enroll in a program?
Adult learners from around the world may enroll in all AIU programs. Please review the admissions requirements to see if you qualify.

Is AIU accredited?
ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY IS NOT ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION. Note: In the United States, many licensing authorities require accredited degrees as the basis for eligibility for licensing. In some cases, accredited colleges may not accept for transfer courses and degrees completed at unaccredited colleges, and some employers may require an accredited degree as a basis for eligibility for employment. Atlantic International University applies the highest standards of academic excellence to each and every course designed and delivered. Students can feel secure in knowing that AIU is NOT a diploma mill, nor is AIU a quick fix for a degree. With or without accreditation, AIU maintains the highest standards of academic integrity and delivers quality education to its students.

Is there an application deadline?
Atlantic International University maintains a year round admissions process. The individual pace nature of our academic programs allows us to begin a new student at nearly any time during the year.

Do I need to travel to Hawaii at any time?
No, you do not have to travel to Hawaii to complete your degree requirements. We deliver personalized quality education directly to you. There are no on-campus residency requirements. However, you are welcome to visit at any time or attend a convocation ceremony upon graduation.

Still have questions?
Contact Admissions. We understand how busy adults do not have time to go back to school. Now, it's possible to earn your degree in the comfort of your own home and still have time for yourself and your family. The Admissions office is here to help you, for additional information or to see if you qualify for admissions please contact us. If you are ready to apply please submit your Online Application and paste your resume and any additional comments/questions in the area provided.

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We understand how busy adults do not have time to go back to school. Now, it's possible to earn your degree in the comfort of your own home and still have time for yourself and your family. The Admissions office is here to help you, for additional information or to see if you qualify for admissions please contact us. If you are ready to apply please submit your Online Application and paste your resume and any additional comments/questions in the area provided.

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900 Fort Street Mall 410
Honolulu, HI 96813
800-993-0066 (Toll Free in US)
808-924-9567 (Internationally)
808-947-2488 (Fax)