Government Approvals


California State Approval Agency (SAA)

The United States has no federal Ministry of Education or other centralized authority exercising single national control over post-secondary educational institutions in the U.S. Thus, unlike many countries, the U.S. government requires that all schools are approved or licensed by the governing body of the State in which they are located. This is the only required level of recognition in the U.S. IAU is a legally operating degree-granting educational private university in the State of California, U.S.A.

In July 2006, IAU received its initial approval to operate by the former Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE) to grant degrees under the provisions of the California Education Code.

IAU’s current approval to operate as a private postsecondary school in the State of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009, which was effective January 1, 2010. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), under the Department of Consumer Affairs.

In December 2011, IAU received its re-Approval to operate by the BPPE, effective December 15, 2011 – December 14, 2016. In April 2018, IAU received its re-Approval to operate,  effective April 9, 2018 – April 9, 2023.  Five years is the maximum approval time that the BPPE grants.

Los Angeles Main Campus School Code#: 41500926


Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

On March 6th, 2009 IAU received SEVP certification. SEVP is a part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). SEVP certification authorizes IAU to enroll non-immigrant F-1 students for academic programs.
SEVIS school code#: LOS214F01373000



IAU is currently not accredited at this time. The accreditation process is a timely and meticulous process that takes years to achieve.

On April 3, 2017, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) received IAU’s application for accreditation. ACCSC is an institutional accreditor recognized by the United States Department of Education. See Letter.

On July 5, 2017, ACCSC accepted IAU’s initial application for accreditation. See Letter

ACCSC’s acceptance of IAU’s application does not guarantee that IAU will achieve accreditation. However, IAU will diligently focus its resources and continue to work towards the accreditation process and update the IAU community with the progress.








Worldwide Classroom (WWC)

For the past 38 years, we have been compiling and sharing information about programs around the world which welcome international participation and further educational and intercultural goals. It is our belief that the pursuit of study, vocational, and special interests abroad adds a unique, broadening framework to the understanding of another culture. It enhances our empathy and allows us to see that which we share with others, thus stimulating an appreciation for the richness of our own cultural heritage. Differences become a source of fascination, rather than antagonism; dissimilarities spawn opportunities, rather than barriers; and diversity gives us new perspectives with which to solve old problems.






Association for Private Postsecondary Education in California (AAPEC)
APPEC provides needed assistance and services to California’s (non WASC accredited) private colleges and universities as they interact with the state and other agencies that oversee them. APPEC informs all stakeholders of the important educational and economic roles private colleges and universities play in California.