While National Accreditation
is common for traditional U.S. institutions
of higher learning, utilizing standard teaching
methods, we note that every country has its
own standards and independent accrediting
organizations. Accreditation is a voluntary
process and does not guarantee a worthy education.
Rather, it means an institution has submitted
its courses, programs, budget, and educational
objectives for review. AIU's Distance Learning
Programs are unique, non-traditional and not
accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
This may be a determining factor for those
individuals interested in pursuing certain
disciplines requiring State licensing, (such
as law, teaching, or medicine). It is recommended
that you consider the importance of National
Accreditation for your specific field or profession
and make your decision accordingly.
Although Atlantic International University's
individualized Distance Learning Degree Programs,
are distinct from traditional educational
institutions, we are convinced of their value
and acceptance worldwide. Non-traditional
programs are important because they recognize
knowledge gained outside the classroom and
incorporate a broader more comprehensive view
of the learning experience. It is precisely
this recognition and view that challenges
the established Academic Community. Many great
institutions are unaccredited. We invite you
to compare our programs and philosophy with
traditional classroom-based programs to determine
which is best suited to your needs and budget.
AIU has chosen private accreditation through
the Accrediting Commission International (ACI)
which it obtained in 1999, the ACI is not
regulated or approved by the US Department
of Education. 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.
AIU is incorporated in the state of Hawaii.
As a University based in the US, AIU meets
all state and federal laws of the United States.
There is no distinction between the programs
offered through AIU and those of traditional
campus based programs with regards to the
following: your degree, transcript and other
graduation documents from AIU follow the same
standard used by all US colleges and universities.
AIU graduation documents can include an apostille
and authentication from the US Department
of State to facilitate their use internationally.
Authentication from the US Department of State
is a process that will ultimately bind a letter
signed by the US Secretary of State (permanently
with a metal ring) to your graduation documents.
To see some of our graduates’ opinion
of their studies with us, see: Video
Interviews and Testimonials.