Students may transfer credits from other universities/colleges to AIC according to AIC’s Transfer Credit Policy.
Transfer applicants should follow the standard admissions procedures found above, in addition to sending original transcripts of all college-level work. Transfer students seeking admission to the AIC are eligible to apply if they have achieved an overall college average of at least 2.0 GPA or its equivalent and are in good academic standing; exceptional instances are considered on a case-by-case basis. Transfer students are admitted at the beginning of each semester.
Students coming from non-accredited traditional institutions specializing in Islamic Theology and Law may be given credit for specific subjects based on the level of comparability between courses taken and courses offered at AIC. Eligibility for transfer will also depend upon the transcripts, degree, or formal “license” (ijaza) issued by known institutions and scholars. In some cases, students may be asked to demonstrate competence in a specific subject area by taking an exam administered by a presiding faculty member at AIC.
All credit taken at foreign institutions will typically be subject to review and verification by a foreign credential evaluation service recognized and approved by AIC. This will be at the discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students may also be required to submit the course description and syllabus (translated into English) for any course they wish to have credited toward their AIC degree.
Credit Transfer Request forms can be obtained from the Registrar or downloaded from the website, http://www.aicusa.edu/office-of-student-services/.
AIC will accept baccalaureate transfer credit from accredited US colleges/universities and/or from accredited 2-year post-secondary institutions. Applicants with an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited junior or community college, or with more than 36 credit hours from another college or university, may not need to complete all of AIC’s General Education Core requirements. This will be worked out on a case-by-case basis.
The Director of Undergraduate Studies, in consultation with the faculty, will assess the credit transfer request by obtaining the course number, course title, course description, number of credits, course syllabus, and grade achieved by the student. The information should be sent directly from the institution where the courses took place. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will then submit a formal recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for credit transfer approval.
Only courses with a grade of C or higher will be applied to the student’s major, but the grades will not be factored into the student’s AIC course average.
If a student repeated a course, then the most recent or higher grade will be used for credit review.
Transferable courses or test credit (e.g. AP) may be applied to the general education requirements and/or to the degree program (major) requirements.
All transfer credit taken at another institution while concurrently enrolled at AIC is similarly subject to approval. Students must get written approval from their academic advisor or the AIC Registrar’s Office prior to enrolling.
The minimum number of credit hours required for an AIC BA is one hundred twenty (120). A minimum of 60 credit hours, excluding physical education activity courses, must be taken at a baccalaureate degree granting institution or its equivalent, and at least 30 of those credit hours must be taken at AIC to graduate with an AIC BA. All other degree requirement course distributions apply (see “undergraduate Programs under Academics). According to current HLC requirements, at least 51% of these AIC credit hours must be face-face (non virtual). In addition, at least 18 of the AIC credit hours (6 subject-area courses) must be from the courses (core or elective) listed in the student’s major degree program unless a special waiver has been granted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In exceptional cases where transcripts are unavailable or in a form that is not acceptable to the College’s standards, students may apply for “Credit by Examination” through the office of AIC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. Details for such exams are provided above.