College

International Students FAQ

Do I need to demonstrate proficiency in the English language?

Yes, international students can do so by achieving one of the following:

  • A grade of “C” or better in a college-level English (non-ESL) composition course at an accredited US college or university.
  • A score of 450 or higher on the Critical Reading section of the SAT (www.collegeboard.com
  • A score of 6.5 or better on the IELTS (www.ielts.org).
  • A minimum of the following TOEFL scores (www.toefl.org)
  • Internet-based: 75
  • Paper-based: 530
  • Computer-based: 215

Do my transcripts from a foreign institution (high school or university) need to be translated? 

Yes, all foreign transcripts must be first professionally translated and then sent to a credential evaluation service provider for an evaluation report.  The student is responsible for securing and funding this service. Please know that the translation and evaluation process can take an extended amount of time.  It is therefore advisable that students begin the translation and evaluation process early and as soon as possible to meet admission deadlines. 

AJU recommends the following credential evaluation services:

International Education Research Foundation Inc.
P.O Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231
P: (310) 258-9451
F: (310) 342.7086
www.ierf.org

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
P: (212) 966-6311
F: (212) 739-6100
www.wes.org

When can I transfer?

We have both spring and fall semester start dates. While we have early admissions (Nov 15th) as well as regular admissions deadlines for fall admissions (Feb 15th), we also have rolling admissions for the spring (Dec 15th deadline) and fall (July 15th deadline). You can transfer to AJU at any point. While you do not have to accumulate a minimum number of credits to transfer, if you have less than thirty college credits, you will be required to submit a high school transcript in addition to your college transcript(s). 

What courses can I transfer in?

In order to receive transfer credit, you need to have earned at least a grade of C or higher at an accredited institution. A transcript evaluation will be conducted by our University Registrar after we receive your official (translated) transcripts to determine which courses will transfer for academic credit. We can accept up to 70 transfer credits from an accredited institution. All students must complete at least 50 credits at AJU in order to graduate. The Registrar, department chairs, and/or advisors will review all previous completed course work to determine transferability.

Can I attend AJU if I'm not Jewish?

Absolutely! While the majority of our students are Jewish and we do offer activities and events related to Jewish life, we appreciate and value differences in observance, lifestyle, and thought. Everyone's story and experiences add to the mosaic of our community. We do not require a statement of faith from our students and we welcome students of all backgrounds and beliefs. Religious observation is not required.

What programs do you offer? 

American Jewish University offers Bachelor degrees in the following majors: 

  • Business
  • Biology & Bioethics (Pre-Med)
  • Jewish Studies
  • Literature, Communication and Media
  • Political Science (Concentrations in Pre-Law and Global Studies)
  • Psychology
  • Dual Degree BA/MBA in  Nonprofit Management
  • Dual Degree BA/MAED in Education

Is AJU affordable? 

The tuition for one semester is $14,208 (2015-16). AJU awards merit-based and need-based financial aid and scholarships for up to 100% of our tuition and fees. 

Does AJU offer financial aid to international students?

While international students are not eligible for aid from the federal and state government so there is no need to file the FAFSA, they do qualify for merit-based scholarships as well as institutional aid. Please be aware, a student applying for an F1 Visa must be able to provide three consecutive, notarized bank statements and a copy of your parents’ most recent tax returns. The Financial Aid office will let you know if a translation is needed.

If you have any questions regarding the cost of attendance or affordability, please contact the Financial Aid office at (310) 440-1252 or finaid@aju.edu.

Are there any scholarships available?

Merit-based scholarships are awarded as part of the admissions process to students who demonstrate academic excellence as well as leadership and involvement in their respective communities. These scholarships are available to international students and are separate from need-based awards.

Do I have to live on campus? 

On-campus living fosters leadership and engagement within the AJU community. Our students forge life-long friendships and connections that extend far beyond their time on campus.  On-Campus housing isn’t mandatory but highly recommended for students under the age of 21.

Is AJU's undergraduate program accredited? 

Yes. AJU's College of Arts and Sciences is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the US.

Does AJU offer credit for AP Exams?

Yes! A score of 4 or 5 on an AP Exam will earn a student 3 units of credit.

Do I have to take placement exams? 

We have placement exams in Math, Writing, and Hebrew (if applicable). You will be informed if you are required to take any of these tests, which will be administered during the orientation.

Do you have any other questions? If so, feel free contact our admissions team at (310) 440.1247 or admissions@aju.edu

AJU's College of Arts and Sciences is open to qualified students without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

An inclusive
jewish environment

While the majority of our students are Jewish, we appreciate and value differences in observance, lifestyle, and thought. Here, everyone’s story and experiences add to the mosaic of our community. As we consider what it means to be human and part of a wider society, we employ an ethical framework informed by Jewish culture and philosophy to prepare all students for success both in civic life and their chosen profession.

  • L.A.’s vibrant Jewish life provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your relationship with Judaism, both on and off campus.
  • Whether observant or secular, we all enjoy celebrations that mark seasonal changes (Sukkot), major historical events like the establishment of the State of Israel (Yom Ha’atzmaut), and biblical legends (Purim).
  • Welcoming Shabbat dinners bring our community together in celebration of Jewish identity and rituals.

ADVISORS AND MENTORS
WHO KNOW YOU

Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.

  • Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.
  • Your faculty advisor helps with everything from choosing class schedules to recommending courses to help you reach the next phase of your story—whether that’s graduate school, law or medical school, or an entry-level position in your field.
  • All students are also assigned a personal mentor who helps guide you through the social and interpersonal aspects of your college experience.

learn by
serving others

By participating in community-based projects you gain perspective on the challenges facing our human family. Serving others broadens your horizons, engages your ideals, and cements within you the Jewish tradition of civic responsibility. These attributes combine to make you a fuller human being as you move forward on your chosen track.

  • All AJU College students take part in hands-on service projects, part of the Sid B. Levine Service Learning Program.
  • Students have led projects to raise awareness of social injustices like human trafficking, hunger, and gender inequality.
  • Faculty and students annually host middle school students for the Prejudice Awareness Summit, where such topics as bullying and discrimination are discussed and conflict-resolution skills are taught.
  • AJU College participates in the international service projects of the American Jewish World Service, which takes students on study-volunteer trips to El Salvador, Ghana, and India.