There are many reasons you might want to undertake a course at AUR but not want to enroll as a full-time, degree-seeking student
- The joy of learning for its own sake
- To develop skills and knowledge that will help in your career or workplace
- Research to help with a personal or work project
- A quality, try-before-you-buy, check (for yourself or for a child who is contemplating enrolling full-time)
- The reputation of the professor(s) delivering the course
- To gain insight into the experience of the American education system
Whatever the reason, AUR welcomes learners from outside its full-time student community and values the experiences and viewpoints that these learners can bring to a class. We call these non-matriculating, non-credit earning learners, audit students and we encourage anyone with an interest in a subject to talk to us about auditing a class.
What does it mean to audit a course?
When a student audits a class, they enroll in a course for no credit. While auditing, students have access to all course materials but do not need to complete examiations or final assignments. They are encouraged to fully participate in the class (discussions, seminars, and lectures), but at the end of term, they do not receive a grade for the class - they do receive an AUR certificate of attendance which details the course undertaken.
Why does AUR want audit students?
Firstly, our mission is to educate. We aim to serve every individual that believes and wishes to partake in education, whatever the reason. Secondly, the American education system focuses on classroom discussion, project work, and group/individual research. Students work collaboratively with each other and with their professors to discover and apply knowledge, rather than having knowedge delivered to them from the front of the classroom. This enhances students' ability to think and reason, to communicate and to work in a team. We have found that the extra dimensions that audit students can bring to a classroom enhance the learning for all of our students. We are a multicultural, multiethnic, mixing pot of experiences and histories and we sincerely value the different viewpoints of all learners. Audit students add an extra element of age, experience, outlook, and attitude to this mixing pot that can only be good for our students.
Which courses can I audit?
All of our courses are open to the potential for auditing dependent on capacity, pre-requisite learning experience, and the agreement of the delivering professor. There are some that we feel may suit external. learners better than others as they are either unique in the region or have a more direct professional development element - here's a selection for Fall 2020:
- AH 316 Museology and Curatorship - Monday & Wednesday from 15:50 to 17:30
- BUEN 307 Writing for Business - Monday & Wednesday from 10:20 to 12:00
- COM 312 Digital Communications Strategy - Monday & wednesday from 17:40 to 19:20
- ENG 317 Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults - Tuesday & Thursday from 14:00 to 15:40
- ENG 321 A Moveable Feast: Writing About Food - Monday & Wednesday from 14:00 to 15:40
- IA 403 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation - Wednesday from 12:10 to 15:40
- MGMK 312 Event Planning, Marketing, and Management - Tueday & Thursday from 15:50 to 17:30
- MKT 301 Consumer Behavior - Monday & Wednesday from 17:40 to 19:20
Interested in seeing what other courses are available - take a browse through our full catalog here.
What does it cost and how do I sign up?
To audit a course costs 500 euros (previously 900 euros but reduced now for the local community).
If you're interested and would like to know more, simply drop an email to our Associate Director of Admissions, Jessica York, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the course you are interested in.