Brief Background of CIU/CIUA

Cavalla International University is named after the USS Cavalla 244 Submarine (“Avenger of Pearl Harbor”) because of its fierceness in the international waters of Asia during World War II.

From 1944-1946, Cavalla was an attack submarine, sinking over 34,000 tons of enemy shipping including the Imperial Japanese Navy’s carrier, Shokaku during the Battle of the Philippine Seas. After the war, she was decommissioned and placed in the Navy Reserve Fleet, New London CT

USS Cavalla (SS-244) was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for actions on her first patrol near the Philippines from May 31 to Aug 3, 1944, under the command of Lt. Cdr. Herman J. Kossler (1911-1988). She was also awarded four Battle Stars for operations in the Pacific. The USS Cavalla is best known as the “Avenger of Pearl Harbor” and earned the prestigious Presidential Unit Citation for sinking the Japanese Aircraft Carrier, Shokaku, a vessel that attacked Pearl Harbor. 

On 21 Jan 1971, USS Cavalla became a museum ship at Seawolf Park, in Galveston, Texas.  In 1971, the U.S. Navy transferred possession of Cavalla to the Texas Submarine Veterans of WWII as a memorial to the lost submarine USS Seawolf. (Galveston Naval Museum – USS Cavalla, History)

Cavalla International University is an American International Accelerated University. Currently, the university offers all its programs online. The faculty at Cavalla International University (CIU) endeavors to provide excellent, affordable, and flexible educational programs to all its students. Cavalla International University was established in 1990 as a correspondence school, specializing in providing high quality professional education to working adults who wanted to pursue a specific area of expertise in Accounting, Business, Finance, Human Resource, Computer training and Marketing. The school continues to provide professional education on a course by course basis until 1998 when the board and faculty approved the college to be a full-fledged degree granting institution. The Doctor of Juris (J.D.) and the undergraduate degrees were subsequently initiated in the same year and the college was reclassified as a university.

The primary goal of the university since then has been to provide excellent professional education to busy working adults who may not be able to attend  traditional university due to family commitment ,  job commitment, high cost of attending college/university and  other demands of society that may prevent career minded people from pursuing their academic goals. In 2005 the university was approved to begin granting master’s degrees and three years later in 2008 the Board of Trustees approved the university to grant Doctor of Philosophy Degrees. The university does not have residency requirements for students. As an international university, CIU endeavors to recruit qualified and reputable professors from the international community. The university offers professional and academic degrees.


Cavalla International University has excellent world class educational programs. The programs are inexpensive in comparison to American Universities with similar programs, it has flexible programs to meet the needs of busy working adults and mothers. The online nature of the University affords students to learn both theory and practice of their specific area of study.

The University has an open enrollment policy. Students can apply anytime during a semester. However, applications received after a semester has begun will be processed and evaluated for the next semester. Students can choose to enroll in one of our accelerated programs. Standard semester is 12 weeks, and the University has two accelerated programs: 6 weeks and 8 weeks.

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