frequently asked questions

General Information

1. What are the programs offered at the Asian University for Women (AUW)?

The Asian University for Women (AUW) offers two programs: Access Academy and the Undergraduate Program for different target groups.

2. What are the differences between the Access Academy (AA) and the Undergraduate Program (UG) of Asian University for Women (AUW)?

AUW offers two programs: Access Academy and Undergraduate Program. The Access Academy is a year-long academic program, which focuses on strengthening students’ skills in English and Mathematics, broadening students’ worldview through a course in World History and Geography and encouraging creativity through the arts.

The undergraduate program offered at the Asian University for Women blends the best of liberal arts educational traditions into a curriculum that speaks to Asia and beyond.   The AUW undergraduate program is open to both Academy and non-Academy students. Access Academy students who have successfully completed the year-long Academy curriculum and achieved a designated level of proficiency may enroll directly into AUW. Students with   proficiency in English and Mathematics are encouraged to apply directly to Undergraduate program.

3. How many countries are students does AUW represent?

Currently, there are about 500 students from 15 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Vietnam.

4. Is there a quota for the number of students from any country?

A minimum of 25% of all students will be taken from Bangladesh, as per our Charter which grants AUW institutional autonomy. However actual number of students taken from each country will depend on the number of applicants and the Admission Test results.

5. Is the Access Academy required in order to gain acceptance into Undergraduate Program?

No, the Access Academy is not a mandatory program to gain acceptance into the University. Students with   proficiency in English and Mathematics are encouraged to apply directly to Undergraduate program.

6. If I am admitted into the Access Academy, does this mean I am automatically admitted into Undergraduate Program?

No, students will be required to successfully complete the Access Academy program, pass its exit exam as well as demonstrate a designated level of proficiency to qualify for entrance into UG.

7. How does AUW recruit prospective students?

AUW relies largely on the Country Coordinator system to recruit potential students. In most of the countries where AUW recruits, the university partners with a local NGO, educational institution, or nonprofit in order to raise awareness about the AUW opportunity, collect admissions materials, and proctor entrance examinations. For example, BRAC Afghanistan assists with outreach to students who may be qualified to attend AUW. Additionally, student ambassadors volunteer to serve as liaisons between AUW and their home countries: for instance, a current student from Vietnam may volunteer to answer questions from other Vietnamese students interested in applying to AUW. While the Country Coordinators and student ambassadors provide invaluable assistance with the applications process, all admissions decisions are made solely by the AUW Admissions staff.

8. What qualities do you look for in prospective students?

The AUW admissions process emphasizes academic performance and leadership potential. Academic performance is evaluated through performance on national exams, high school coursework, and teacher recommendations; leadership potential is evaluated through demonstration of courage, empathy, and a sense of outrage at injustice. In evaluating these characteristics, an applicant's history of community involvement is also important.

Financial Aid

1. If I am considered for financial aid, does it mean I will be receiving travel grants for traveling to and back from Chittagong?

Travel grants may be awarded to international students who need them, but will be restricted to a one-way ticket to Chittagong at the beginning of the program of studies and a one-way ticket home after graduation from AUW. Any other travel in between will be at the student’s own expense. Students receiving partial financial aid will pay for their own travel expenses to Bangladesh and back.

2. If I get a financial aid for the Access Academy, does it mean financial aid will be provided for my Undergraduate Program as well?

Yes, students accepted to the Access Academy program with financial aid and who are subsequently accepted into the undergraduate program will be supported throughout the course of their studies at AUW as long as they maintain acceptable academic performance. Similarly, students with partial financial aid will continue to receive the same amount of aid throughout their course of study at the University.

3. Will students receive a monthly stipend at AUW?

No. There are opportunities for students to engage in student employment program on the campus, where they will be able to earn some money to meet their basic needs. These on-campus jobs, if available, are subject to certain limitations in terms of maximum number of hours per week and overall employment period etc.

4. On what condition can my financial aid be revoked?                                                                                                                              

A student’s financial aid can be revoked if the student does not fill in the Financial Aid Form truthfully/if there is inconsistency in the information provided, the student will risk losing the acceptance and/or financial aid. Please keep in mind that AUW reserves the right to verify and inquire all the documents and information provided in and with the FAF.  If the CGPA falls below 2.0. Gross behavioral misconduct and violation of AUW academic and other policies

Career Development Center

1. What is AUW’s Career Development Center (CDC)?

The Career Development Center aims to be a center of excellence in fostering students’ professional and scholarly development.  We support AUW students hailing from 15 different countries and studying in Economics, Environmental Science, Politics Philosophy and Economics, and Public Health.

2. What is CDC’s mission?

To guide students with career- and academic- exploration, help them in finalizing their future plans, and support them in achieving their professional and scholarly goals.

3. What are the core components of CDC?

The core components of the Career Development Center are:

4. How does CDC help students with professional development?

5. How many AUW students found internships in the past years?

Internships are an integral part of AUW education.  In the past few years, internships have become an increasingly popular program among AUW students.  The placement details follow:

6. What are CDC’s plans to facilitate employment placement for AUW’s first graduating class?

Residential Life

1. Is there a hostel at the university?

No. Our University is fully residential.

2. Do I have the option of living at home and attending classes?

Yes, you have the option during the Undergraduate Program to live at home and attend classes, but students are required to live on campus during the Access Academy program.

3. I heard the campus is still under construction. Where are the students going to be located meanwhile? 

Currently, the campus is located in a group of rented buildings in the center of Chittagong. These buildings are equipped with modern amenities. Construction of our own campus will start in near future. Students will be located there once the construction has been completed.

4. Are students allowed to go out during the day?

Students are allowed to go out from 8 a.m. --8 p.m. Except this time they must seek permission from residential advisors, provided they do not miss any class or academic activities

5. Are students allowed to stay at their own/relative’s house overnight?
Yes, during weekends & holidays. But they must inform the resident faculty & take permission in writing. For foreigners parent's / guardian's permission is needed to stay out

6. Am I allowed to be employed in any outside job (e.g. a private tuition)?
Foreign students are not allowed to work, according to Bangladesh law. Bangladeshis can seek outside employment, as long as they return to the university at prescribed times. Students must keep in mind that study should always be their priority.

7. Are there any other residential policies that students should follow?

Students should not expect home cooking; an accommodative attitude towards food should be adopted. Students must fill out medical declaration forms to document serious conditions including asthma, migraines, arthritis, depression and allergies. When classes are in session, students should not seek leave of absence unless there is an emergency like health issue or national id card registration. Social / family ceremonies are totally discouraged


1. How many computer labs and computers are there at the AUW?

We have 6 labs & 127 computers in the IT labs.

2. Are all the computers connected to the Internet?

Yes, all the computers are connected to the Internet with high speed internet facility.

3. What is the timing of the Computer Lab?

The lab is open from 8am to midnight every day.

4. Can I use a microphone to talk with my family/friends at home using the AUW computers?

Yes, you can. One Lab will be allocated for this facility which is 20A Lab-3.

5. I have a desktop/laptop computer of my own. Can I bring it to AUW?

A laptop is acceptable, but not a desktop.

6. Will I be given Internet connection to my own computer?

To be given Internet connection to your own laptop you need to have licensed Antivirus software, and has to be purchased from AUW.

7. Where do I store my data in the computer?

You will be given space in the server of 1GB


1. How many books are in the library?

The library contains:

The Library has access to 32,000 (over) Full Text Online Journal access through online databases--INASP/PERI consortium, HINARI, JSTORE, EBSCO host, Chronicle of Higher Education etc; 6,200 (over) Full Text e-Books; 2,000 (over) Online Magazines /Periodicals/Newspapers and thousands of Primary Source Documents and Working papers.

2. What are the Library hours? Can I borrow/return books at any time?

The library hours are: 9:00am to 12:00 midnight everyday

Students are allowed to borrow/return books: Sunday-Wednesday: 9:00am to 10:00pm

Thursday and Saturday: 9:00am to 5:30pm

Books cannot be borrowed or returned on Fridays.

3. How many books am I allowed to borrow at a time?

Students can borrow up to 4 books for 10 days and 1 DVD for 2 days at a time with a single library card. Each book must be returned or renewed within 10 days. Faculty members/staff can borrow 6 books for 15 days and 1 DVD for 2 days.

4. Are we going to be provided with our text books, or do we need to borrow the text books from the library?

When print textbooks are required, the university will provide them.

Student Affairs

1. What is the Work-Study Program?

The Work-Study Program provides AUW students with part-time employment on campus and introduces students to work culture. The Program also seeks to empower students' sense of responsibility, develop a positive attitude toward work, teach students good work habits and time management skills, and help them meet their financial needs.

2. Is there any limit to the number of hours a student can work?

Yes, students can work 8 hours per week.  Extra hours are not allowed unless the student obtains special permission from the Dean of Students.

3. Approximately what is the maximum amount of money I can earn through the student employment program?

Eight hours per week translates into 32 hours per month. Each student will earn maximum of BDT 2240 (at the hourly rate of BDT 70) per month. This is enough for the average AUW students.

4. What sort of work will I do as part of the Work-Study Program?

The Work-Study Program offers positions depending on the needs of the different departments and offices of AUW.  For example, almost all offices need administrative assistance.  Some offices have more specialized job descriptions. For example one student’s job can be mostly making copies and doing clerical tasks another student  may be responsible for taking photos at events taking place on campus; yet another student may work as a research assistant and serve in an academic capacity; or a student may participate in database creation and maintenance

5. What student clubs are there at the moment?

Student clubs and organizations provide opportunities for students to meet with others who share a common interest. They range in focus from discussing issues related to women to teaching English in the community to advocating for peace and change in the world. There are currently 15 active clubs, including the Drama Club, Women across Borders Club, Photography Club, Film Club, the Guitar Club, the AUW Debating Society, and many others

6. Are there opportunities for students to open new clubs?

Yes, students are encouraged to form clubs and student organizations according to their hobbies and interests.  As long as membership is open to all students and the purpose of club activities are in accordance with the AUW mission, students can form any club they want.

7. Is there a maximum or minimum number of clubs students can join?

There is no maximum or minimum number; students can enroll in as many clubs as they want.  AUW highly encourages that student join at least one club, but participation is not compulsory.

8. Will the club activities be counted as a part of academic performance?

No, club activities will not be part of academic performance. Student clubs and organizations exist to help students explore their personal interests outside of the classroom while developing leadership and group work skills.

9. What is the Student Government Program?

The Student Government is a self-governing organization, representing the interests of AUW students. The governing body works to bring student concerns and issues to university administration, and collaborates with university administrators to find equitable solutions.

10. How is the Student Government chosen?

Each year, the Student Government is selected through a fair, democratic election. Students are either nominated or self-nominate for various SG positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Class Representative), and then elected by the entire student body through an open election.

11. Who can run for Student Government?

Only undergraduate students may run for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Only students from their respective class may run for the class representative position (e.g., only Access Academy students are allowed to run for the AA Class Representative position). Students who have held the position of “President” in previous Student Governments are ineligible from running. Students may not run for more than one position in a given year. 


1. What health documents are required to be submitted prior to admission?

2. What additional documents are needed to be given if the student has suffered or is suffering from any chronic conditions such as, Bronchial asthma, Kidney related disorders, panic attack, fainting spells, etc?

3. What happens in case of a pre-existing condition?

All expenses related to any pre-existing condition must be borne by the student’s family.

4. What happens if a student is later diagnosed for any conditions as mentioned above?

Depending on the severity of the condition, the matter will be reported to higher authorities.

5. What are the services provided by the Health and Wellness Center of AUW?


Last updated on 26 Nov 2012