American InterContinental University
Review Averages: 6.6 out of 10 (53 reviews)American InterContinental University maintains three campuses in the U.S., a campus in London, and an extensive distance learning program. Blended programs are available to students on campuses in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, or London. Subject areas include: business administration; criminal justice; education; healthcare management; information technology; marketing; and visual communication.
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
American InterContinental University Reviews:
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
AIU Teachers, Resources and Admissions Advisors
May 27, 2012
Let me keep it real for you here. First of all the financial aid office is open 7 days a week. You are assigned a lead fin. aid advisor that has a team of people available to help you. Your stipends are not issued for 10-12 weeks, usually after the quarter, which is in your best interest. Why? Because if you fail the class you will need that money to pay to retake it and if you withdraw you will not owe money you spent on living expenses. Secondly, all of the professors have to have Master's degree or PHD and have at least 10 yrs experience in the field. If you have a professor that is not up to par, they are everywhere. My experience has been, out of the 6 professors I have so far, I had problems with only 1 of them. In the end we worked it amicably. Now as far as the technology goes, they use a program call MUSE, it allows you to learn a summary of what you are studying based on whether or not you are a visual, hands on, or auditory learning. I love the program because I learn using all three. This school has a regional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. They also have a programmatic acreditation for their School of Business I don't remember the name off hand. Call them and find out. So all of you people that are mad because you were being irresponsible and didn't do what you were suppose to need to stop complaining and get back to school and get your education and make a better life for yourself. I have been to 5 colleges and have 2 degrees so far; working on my third and no holds your hand through the process like they do. You have to pay for your education; so to say they are just about the money is a gross injustice. Why? Because if you have never been to college before; its your first time; they will not charge the first time if you fail the class they will offer you another chance to take it over or leave without charging. So before you start beating a company because you are unhappy with yourself, your life, your accomplishments, and lack discipline; think first. America has changed for the better in some ways and the worst in others. This is for the worse using a open forum like this to disperse your lies about school that has done nothing to hurt you.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Not a diploma mill - Descent distant learning experience
October 27, 2013
I read the above comments, and comments from other sites. For the majority of the negative reviews about AIU I notice the extent of experience from those complainers is lacking. Prior to getting an MBA through AIU, I received my ABET certified undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and another degree in Physics with a Biophysics concentration and a minor in Mathematics from a public state university. In my early years, I attended a university in the summers since it was closer to home, and another university that was convienently located for the semester I was getting married. This means I have 3 traditional universities, many years, and many instructors with which to compare. All institutions I have attended are mixed with both outstanding and poor instructors. On top of that, all universities are there for the money, plain and simple; education is simply the "product" they are selling, and they would have difficulty keeping their doors open if they continually lost money. While working toward my AIU MBA, I had plenty of difficulty getting everything done by the deadlines, and lost pretty much every waking hour of weekends and most of the weekday evenings to getting assignments completed. Many students probably skipped completing all the reading assignments and the automated course material, and frequently people skipped the live lectures. That is their loss, and at least those people shouldnt complain that they didnt learn enough. For those that say they had to teach themselves, I have found at least 80% of all institutions require you to do the majority of teaching yourself, the instructures give you a path to follow, but most dont spoon feed you. Grow up, become a better student, and feel free to attend AIU (especially since AIU has more accrediations than any traditional ground school you will attend).
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
AIU is no joke
August 19, 2013
I've attended a total of 4 colleges. My first was Highline Community College working towards my AA. My second was University of Phoenix Online. My third was ITT Tech. My last was AIU. With UoP and ITT Tech, I took several classes but didn't feel like I was really needing to do the work. I went to AIU and finished up my BBA. I stuck with it because it my in my career field and I actually learned a lot. I'm a person who gets grades when I don't feel I deserve them, whether good or bad. Sure, there are a few professors who are pretty relaxed and will give you good grades, but it actually frustrates me when I know I shouldn't have received 100% if I didn't think I should. Nonetheless, I learned that if I want to succeed in life, I must do my very best. Most professors though are very tough and will pick apart everything you submit. If you look at the list of professors, you will find that most of them are associate (part-time) professors who also work at other colleges. Now, I'm going for my MBA, and it is much harder than the BBA program. I'm already an expert in my field, but I am finding that even though I do a great job at work, AIU is still teaching me things I didn't know. With my experience at AIU, I have been able to apply what I have learned to my job and I have actually improved a lot, and my management has seen it. It's up to you how much you learn. You could coast by, but this is providing you an opportunity with a structure of education. I hear people on these boards complaining about how they "teach themselves" because they have to do research. If you didn't think you had to learn by doing research, then you shouldn't be in college in the first place. The subjects contain so much information, you cannot contain everything within classroom time. You must go out there and do the work to help you learn. And for cost? It means that you'd better be serious. Your admissions adviser doesn't get paid unless you graduate. And for those of you who don't think their parent company is good, they also own Le Cordon Bleu, so that's the sister college of AIU.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
It is not a diploma mill
September 22, 2011
I am currently in this college. It is a great place for the parent who isnt able to attend a traditional college. Those who say its not hard or who state that it is not a good place to go and they dont learn anyting are just being pompous jerks. frankly if you didnt learn anything its your own fault for not trying. Furthermore, if you thought it was easy your sorley mistaken. It is far more challenging than a regular college as it is harder to do projects and group work and the db's are tough. you dont have one on one with a teacher to fall back on as in most regular colleges. I found it very tough at times and i am far from stupid. Those who put down this school are just pissed because now us stay at home mothers and single parents can be someone with a career instead of listening to the cruel words that come from the mouths of ignorent jerks that put us down. AIU Online is a great school and i for one have learned much here and will continue with my bachelors in Janurary. I will soon thereafter open my own business and i have learned a lot of what i need already to do that. I had decided i needed a degree and more learning to use what i already know into today's workforce. I can only say if you have thought that AIU wasn't a good place to get a degree or that it was too easy than maybe you should have been open minded rather than open mouthed and you might have learned. Why go some place to learn if you think you already know it all anyway. That's not trying to learn thats trying to toot your own horn. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AIU! There may be teacher you dont agree with at times , ive had my share but thats with any school not just an online one.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
August 28, 2012
I attended AIU for my Bachelor in Business Administration and it was great. The courses were very challenging but I made it. As for financial Aid, I had no problem, infact they helped me when I ran into some difficulties. The professors I had were good and bad as you find in any other college. I really think AIU is better than the university I am going to right now for my Master's in many ways and I enrolled in another university because I just wanted another school for my graduate degree. Finally, these students who go to school for the wrong reason and not doing there work just complaint and cannot see that the problem lay with them. In other words, they need to find something better to do because every college has their ups and downs.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This school is for forward thinkers and take-charge personalities
August 21, 2012
AIU gives you the opportunity to get your hands on to a college degree with a lot of flexibility. In order to do well, you've got to read twice as much materials in one week than you usually would have to in a regular University. If you are in it to barely pass, this is NOT the University for you. The information is practical and applicable to the real world. If you don't put all of your effort into your studies, just like anywhere else, you're not going to be learning very much. What makes this University unique is that it integrates different ways to learn, instead of just reading. You get a program called M.U.S.E. which gives you the opportunity to watch videos, interactive media, and audio which adapts to your individual learning style. This University is the most proactive, progressive and ahead of its game. In the brick and mortar Universities it's quite the opposite A.K.A: beaurocracy. Change is this University's language; it is very comfortable with change, which is extremely rare in any University (You get no red tape). Advisors and teachers in AIU, 3 times out of 4 have been outstading in their work and their behavior towards me.It is for entrepreneur-minded people, not to for students waiting to be baby sat. Every term, students fill a survey which lets the University know what things it needs to change and whether it should fire bad teachers. You've got to work hard and need to have a very strong drive to succeed. It really depends on how much effort you put into it. If you wear AIU with pride the school will be well regarded. I'm commited to this school, knowing that through my success the school will look amazing, because it is amazing. When somethings is "different" or "new" most people don't accept it, it takes time, and if you are ok with putting up with that responsibility, go for it. This is America, the land where you get to choose how you learn. God bless us all. I'm a 4.0 student, majoring in International Business, and have attended for a year and a half.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
School & Instructors
April 16, 2013
AIU as a online university was excellent. The instructors were not slacking at all. Don't think that because this is an online school that it is easy because it isn't. I completed three degree programs with them and would refer anybody I know to them. The only issue that I have is that although the federal government approved to pay all expenses, the school would hold all grants and loans until they paid which made me a little upset because as a veteran it showed distrust that they weren't sure they would receive payment.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
AIU charges students a fortune to teach themselves
March 3, 2013
I am currently attending AIU, and I am trying to find out which CEC schools are in danger of losing accreditation or closing. I would not recommend this school to anyone. I have yet to have an assignment that has anything to do with my e-books, I get all of my information off the internet. I am teaching myself. I also agree with the many comments about classmates who sound illiterate, and don't know what spellcheck, or grammar check is. And, I too have had terrible experiences with group projects. Unless you are bored and like researching and writting, there's not much this school does for you, besides cost you a fortune to teach yourself.
16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Just in it for the money
February 14, 2012
I have attended AIU for four years now and have always had difficulties with the financial aid department. Financial aid claims to have an “Additional Funding Team” that projects how much and when you will receive any excess financial aid in the form of a stipend. This alleged “team” does not speak with students, so trying to contact someone directly is fruitless. The financial aid department directs any and all responsibility for additional funding to this unknown team and will provide only copied and pasted answers to your queries; “when will I receive my stipends?” or “I have a positive balance on my account, why can’t I get my stipend?” (None of which will answer your question). You are told that the "Additional Funding Team" will send you a schedule of approximate stipend disbursement dates and amounts, but they take their sweet time doing it (sometimes 2-3 months) as the loan money (which has already been received by the school and is reflected in your account balance) sits in their hands and accrues interest in AIU’s bank account (which financial aid will adamantly deny) while you struggle to make ends meet until AIU decides that they will release your money to you. In the past, persistently calling financial aid and addressing the same concern over unreleased stipends has seemed to help, due mostly in part, I’m sure, because they’re tired of hearing from me. I am not impressed with this school what-so-ever, and not only for the difficulties I’ve had with financial aid, but also because I am placed into classes with many other students who can barely speak English, much less articulate a semi-decipherable assignment submission. You can’t help but wonder how these students made it this far…until you realize that somewhere, somehow, their cost of tuition is being paid to the school and, in essence, that’s all that AIU is really concerned about. I am currently in my final degree program at AIU and have decided to stick with it until it is completed, but only out of convenience; I know the layout of the virtual campus like the back of my hand, understand exactly what is required of me to pass classes, and have two full sheets of names, numbers and direct extensions used to reach various departments and their staff (this is invaluable as it has taken four years to amass this list and I refer to it regularly as a means to avoid having to weave my way through generalized departments and subjected to call transfers that invariably lead to voice mails providing no immediate assistance). I have had four instructors (out of 25) who actually seemed to enjoy their role as an online proctor as evident in the comprehensive feedback left when grading assignments and the ample amount of interaction they had with the students; they seemed to really care that the student understood the material that was being taught. Three of these four instructors have since left AIU, perhaps because their perception of teaching students online had become somewhat jaded through their experience of having to pass undeserving students just so the school could continue to pocket their tuition. Is AIU a diploma mill? Yes, I would have to say so and base it on nothing more than the caliber of students who are now in their Master’s program but have yet to grasp the sheer basic fundamentals of proper grammar, spelling, citing or referencing. This only ascertains my belief that AIU values money more than education.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Offer materials and support to meet different learning styles but it's not cheap
August 2, 2012
My experience at AIU – Online has been great up to this point. In my opinion the Pros and Cons are as follows: Pros: The staff is very supportive and knowledgeable. As in most schools, some of the teachers are more engaged then others. However, all of the teachers up to this point have been available when necessary. They offer tons of content on their library which is extremely helpful when doing assignments. The support they provide for each weekly assignment is fantastic. They try to meet everyone’s learning style…they provide an overview of key learning’s via short videos, audio and PDF documents…this is a big deal for me. Most of the books for each class are provided online which for me is helpful when trying to search for certain topics. Lastly, they offer weekly tutoring sessions for all classes. It’s up to the student to choose if they want to participate. Cons: The biggest is the price. They charge double what most schools charge. Most classes can be taken at others schools for ½ the price. Also, they can be pushy at the beginning. They will call you 24/7 until you make a decision about attending…once they get an answer they become less pushy. Overall, it’s about what you want to put into the school…I think this is the same for any school you attend. The more time you put in the more successful you will be at the school. The reason I was willing to pay more for this school is because of the support they provide and their willingness to provide information to meet different learning styles. I found other online schools give you a book to read but do not provide any videos or online tutorials to support what you are learning.
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