Academic Services provides educational support during studies at AUBiH. Academic Services is responsible for the following academic support and information:
- English language preparation courses
- Courses and curricula, course descriptions and syllabus
- General education requirements
- Grading system
- Student academic progress rules and policies
- Academic advising
- Transfer students’ course and credit evaluations
- Diploma’s validation process in accordance with the Law of Higher Education in BiH (known as “Nostrifikacija”)
- AUBiH online
- Case studies
- Organization and scheduling of semesters courses
- Academic calendar
- Student handbook
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PREPARATION COURSE
The language of instruction at AUBiH is English. English language preparation course is an obligatory course for students who have passed the AUBiH entrance exam and are officially matriculated as AUBiH students. It is designed to develop general English language skills and to prepare students for their specific academic programs. This course helps students improve their grasp of the English language and equips them with the language tools necessary for success in an academic setting. Topics covered in this course include English grammar, verbal and written expression and essay composition. This obligatory six-weeks English course is offered free of charge in the summer prior to a student’s first year of study at AUBiH.
COURSES AND CURRICULA, COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND THE SYLLABUS
Academic Services ensures that both the US and BiH systems of education are fully applied at AUBiH. Each curriculum consists of a set of major-specific courses, liberal arts and general education requirement courses. Courses offered are organized during two semesters (summer and winter semesters). One semester lasts for 15 weeks. Students have winter and summer breaks. A course syllabus contains a detailed course description, information about the course and professor, a weekly topical outline, as well as learning objectives. It is mandatory that in the first class meeting of each course, a professor give the syllabus to students. This way the students know what is expected from them and what they will learn during a particular course.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
In the U.S. education system, General Education Requirement (GER) courses ensure that students acquire the essential core of an undergraduate education. Each curriculum at AUBiH consists of GER courses, which include English language, humanities, arts, math, environmental science and history.
The grading system at American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina contains letter grades and number grades that are in accordance with BiH and the U.S. educational systems, as well as the grading system recommended by the Bologna Declaration.
STUDENT ACADEMIC PROGRESS RULES AND POLICIES
Students academic progress is continually monitored during the academic year. AUBiH implements the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy that lays out standards and policies of academic progress, which students have to satisfy in order to retain satisfactory academic standing for the duration of enrollment in degree programs at AUBiH. Qualitative and quantitative measures are used to determine whether students are meeting SAP standards.
Academic Services, along with an academic adviser, assist students in planning their courses and offer continuous advice and support to students throughout their years at the University. Academic Services also serves as a link between faculty and students assisting both parties in successful communication and cooperation, and in resolving any problems and misunderstandings. An academic adviser follows closely all students academic progress during the semester in order to determine if the qualitative and quantitative measures of the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards are fulfilled.
TRANSFER STUDENTS COURSE AND CREDIT EVALUATIONS
Academic Services coordinates with the deans and professors the process of all transfer students course and credit evaluations. Once the process is completed and credits are accepted students receive official evaluation documents, along with curriculum that prove validity of the process. Students take the remaining courses prescribed by the curriculum until 240 ECTS credits (for undergraduate), 60 ECTS credits (for masters) and 180 ECTS credits (for PhD) are completed.
DIPLOMA’S VALIDATION PROCESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN BIH (KNOWN AS “NOSTRIFIKACIJA”)
For the purpose of the continuation of education at AUBiH, Academic Services, in cooperation with the Legal Department coordinates the diploma validation process (known as “Nostrifikacija”) with students and delivers a decision on students' priory obtained academic qualifications. Students are required to submit original diploma, transcript and statement stating personal information can be used throughout this process to the Legal Department. After the Decision is issued from the Legal Department, Academic Services will make a final assessment as to whether students are eligible or not to pursue their further academic endeavors at AUBiH.
All courses offered at AUBiH are recorded live for the Learning Management System (LMS). Course lectures are recorded on a daily
basis. Students attend lectures in classroom but may also join live lectures through the LMS. Video recordings of the live
lectures are saved and may be watched later on. All students have access to e-classroom for each course they take. Within
an e-classroom, professor posts reading materials, assignments, lecture recordings, case studies discussions and other study
materials. Students may also take the examination in the e-classroom and be graded automatically. All this enables the University
to offer online education to interested students.
The AUBiH Online education program is offered through AUBiH’s website: online.aubih.edu. Online education courses, curricula and students hold to the same standards as in-class criteria do. Academic Services, deans and provosts, along with the Technology Services Department, makes sure that all standards are fully implemented.
Students at AUBiH use only e-textbooks for all their courses. E-textbooks are portable and can be read everywhere. The textbook office is a part of Academic Services and provides support to students and faculty regarding study material, including e-textbooks, books and other material.
CASE STUDIES (HARVARD AND OTHER TYPES)
One of the methods that is instrumental for studies at AUBiH is the use of case studies (Harvard case studies or other types). This method is based in analyzing real life case studies. Faculty choose case studies at the beginning of each semester for each course they teach that will help students to better understand the course material.
ORGANIZATION AND SCHEDULING OF SEMESTERS COURSES
Academic Services is responsible for the organization of the entire teaching process at AUBiH including semesters, courses, seminars, summer and winter school. The schedule of classes is created and distributed to students prior to the beginning of every semester.
Academic Services creates an annual academic calendar to keep track of activities at AUBiH. Important dates, such as midterm and final exam weeks, holidays, start and end of semesters dates may be found there.
After students are officially enrolled at AUBiH, they receive a Student Handbook which contains policies, procedures and information for undergraduate and graduate students regarding academic life at AUBiH.