​State of ​California​ Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

IAU’s approval to operate as a private postsecondary educational institution 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. Approval to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth in this chapter. The Bureau does not endorse IAU’s programs nor does Bureau approval mean that IAU exceeds minimum standards. IAU is currently Approved by BPPE​. The Approval includes the authorization to operate IAU’s Main Campus, which is ​​located at 3440 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1000, Los Angeles, CA 90010​ and the Satellite Teaching Site, which is ​​located at​ 11277 Garden Grove Blvd., Suite 200, Garden Grove, CA 92843 and offer five (5) programs through campus and distance learning. BPPE School Code#: 41500926

IAU has received an extension to operate until January 1, 2021 to achieve accreditation.

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

​In March 2009 IAU received SEVP Certification. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) delegated the school certification process to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and ICE assigned this responsibility to its SEVP. SEVP Certification allows institutions to issue Forms I-20, “Cert​​ificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” to prospective international students after admitting them for a course of study. SEVIS School Code#: LOS214F01373000

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)

​IAU is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: 434.525.9539; e-mail: info@tracs.org] having been awarded Candidate Status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on November 5, 2019; this status is effective for a period of five (5) years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). For more information please visit https://tracs.org/international-american-university.

Pursuant to 34 CFR § 602.3, “Preaccreditation means the status of public recognition that an accrediting agency grants to an institution or program for a limited period of time that signifies the agency has determined that the institution or program is progressing towards accreditation and is likely to attain accreditation before the expiration of that limited period of time.”

Benefits of Candidate (Pre-accredited) Status

  1. Assurance of Quality
  2. Degree of Acceptance
  3. Easing Acceptability of Transfer Credit
  4. Federal Grant or Loans Eligibility
  5. Employment Opportunity
  6. Immigration Benefits
  7. Other Benefits


U.S. Department of Education

IAU is listed on the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (DAPIP). The accreditation database is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). DAPIP contains information reported to the U.S. Department of Education directly by recognized accrediting agencies and state approval agencies. The database reflects additional information as it is received from recognized accrediting agencies and state approval agencies. DAPIP ID: 248466