Accreditation & Distinctions

Accreditation Statement

IAU is currently pursuing steps to acquire US accreditation for its degree granting programs. Since enrolling its first class in 1957, IAU has served as a center for education abroad for U.S. undergraduates. It is a not-for-profit institution of higher education and issues its own transcripts.  IAU has worked with over 700 U.S. public and private colleges and universities, most of whom are familiar with the high standards of IAU programs and accept direct transfer of academic credit. A number of these institutions have signed direct affiliation agreements which allows for the 
direct transfer of academic credit. In rare cases when the home institution will not directly accept IAU credit, students may enroll at IAU through one of its Schools of Record:

  • Fairfield University (New England Association of Schools and Colleges)
  • SUNY-Fredonia (Board of Regents of the State University of New York and The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools)
  • Northern Illinois University (Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
  • Truman State University (Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools)
  • Miami Dade College (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges)
These institutions can provide the final transcript to IAU alumni. 

Distinctions

  • IAU is chartered as an institution of higher education by the Regents of the State University of New York.
  • IAU is recognized as an institution of higher learning by the Ministry of the Interior of France and Rectorat of Aix-Marseille University.
  • IAU, as a foreign host site for the College Consortium of International Studies, is subject to regular program review.

Founders & Notable People

In 1960, Albert Camus visited a class taught by his former philosophy professor Léon Wencelius, a class that took place at the Institute for American Universities (IAU) in Aix-en-Provence, France. The small group of American students only gradually came to know the identity of their renowned guest. The talk was such a success that Camus invited the class to a picnic at his home in Lourmarin two weeks hence. Just a few days later, on January 4, a tragic car accident in Sens ended those plans, and the picnic never took place.

In memory of this experience and IAU’s relationship with the renowned historic figure, IAU hosts a regular conference on Camus. Please click here for more information about the conference series.

  • Leo Marchutz began teaching at the Institute for American Universities in 1959 and went on to found the Marchutz School of Painting & Drawing in 1972 with William Weyman and Sam Bjokrlund.
  • Philip Breeden, Diplomat and professor of international relations at IAU is now the Associate Dean and Director of Public Affairs
  • William Granara, Author and visiting scholar.
  • Aboubakr Jamaï, Moroccan journalist and professor of international relations at IAU
  • Max Kampelman, diplomat and former IAU Trustee.
  • Jeane Kirkpatrick, former IAU Trustee and first woman to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Kurt Volker, former United States Permanent Representative to NATO and IAU Trustee
  • Greg Wyatt, IAU Trustee and artist