Undergraduate

Admission Requirements and Criteria

Candidates applying to the University of Dubai are considered for admission based on their qualifications regardless of race, color, gender, religion, disabilities, age or national origin. Courses at the University of Dubai are taught in English and a good command of the language, both written and oral, is necessary for success at UD. A basic knowledge of math is also required.

High School Requirement

Curriculum

Qualification

Minimum Score Required

UAE/GCC Curriculum

General Secondary School Certificate

65%

Indian Curriculum

Indian School Certificate awarded by ICSE or CBSE

55%

British

At least  7 GCE/GCSE/IGCSE subjects
A combination of GCSE (O level) and AS/A levels is acceptable provided that the subjects cover at least four of the following fields:

      • Math
      • Science
      • Languages
      • Humanities and Social Sciences
      • Arts and Design
        .

Students must complete a minimum 11 years of schooling and a School Leaving Certificate must be provided.

The minimum grade for each level is:

  • C for the O level
  • D for the AS level
  • E for the A level

American Curriculum

American High School Diploma providing grade 10, 11 and 12 Mark Sheets

Overall average of Grade "C-" (65% or 2.0/4.0)

IB

International Baccalaureate Diploma

 (24 Points)

Nigerian Curriculum

Senior School Certificate Examination WAECO/NECO
Subjects cover at least four of the following fields:

      • Math
      • Science
      • Languages
      • Humanities and Social Sciences
      • Arts and Design

Minimum of 7 subjects with a minimum grade of E or D7


Notes:
Students with qualifications other than those listed above are advised to contact the student recruitment and admissions representatives at UD to determine their eligibility, or you may visit the World Education Services webpage and find the equivalency for your country’s grade to make sure it represents at least a “C” in the US grading system.

English Language Requirement*

Students applying must provide one of the following minimum English scores:

Standardized Tests

Score

IELTS (Academic)

5 overall

Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)

61

Computer-based TOEFL

173

Institutional paper-based TOEFL (PBT)

500

Pearson PTE Academic

Overall score of 42

Cambridge English: Advanced test score

41


(UD’s TOEFL code is 8239)
Note: If you use the ITP TOEFL (also called PBT TOEFL) for entry, you must take the test at Amideast in Dubai or Abu Dhabi and designate the University of Dubai as the recipient of the score. For IELTS test, the following venues are recommended: British Council, University of Wollongong in Dubai, or the Higher Colleges of Technology.

If you do not have the required English language proficiency score, you may take the English placement test to determine your language level. The test is conducted on a regular basis and the results will be out within 48 hours. You can register for the test after meeting the minimum high school requirement and paying AED 1,000 admission fees.

* Kindly note that passing the English placement test will not exempt you from providing the official English language proficiency score during the first semester.

If you fail the English placement test, you will be requested to register in the English language program for IELTS preparation, in addition to a maximum of three courses.

Mathematics Requirement
As a new student applying for admission, you must provide a minimum SAT-Math** score of 400 or you can choose to take the math placement test at UD and pass with a minimum score of 400. Failing the math placement test will result in taking the remedial math course.
**SAT-Math code is 5695.

Attestation of Documents and Equivalency Letter

All applicants for admission are required to obtain an Equivalency Certificate for their secondary school leaving qualifications from the UAE Ministry of Education. The attestation/ratification process is dependent upon whether you completed your secondary schooling within the UAE or outside the UAE.

Applicants who hold certificates from the UAE
All applicants who have completed schooling within the UAE and who hold certificates other than the UAE General Secondary School Certificate are required to get their certificates attested/ratified by the educational authority in the city where they did their final year of studies. For example, if you did your final year in Dubai, you are advised to go to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) to obtain the required attestations. If you did your final year in Sharjah, you are advised to go to Sharjah Education Zone, etc.

Applicants who hold certificates from outside the UAE
Applicants who obtained their secondary school certificates outside the UAE are required to ratify/attest their certificates for all secondary school levels/grades (e.g. grade 10, 11 and 12) and provide an Equivalency Certificate from the following:

  1. The Ministry of Education or the educational authority in the country where studies were done.
  2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country where studies were done.
  3. The UAE Embassy in the country where studies were done.
  4. In case the attestations couldn’t be done, as in b. and c., certificates must be attested/ratified by the embassy of the country where studies were done in the UAE as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE.
  5. After obtaining the above attestations/ratifications, the student must provide the Equivalency Certificate Issued by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.

If you are unable to provide the Equivalency Certificate as outlined above before the commencement of the semester, you will be asked to sign a “Declaration Letter” agreeing to provide the Equivalency Certificate. You will be permitted to begin your studies at UD, but you will be given a maximum of one semester to get the Equivalency Certificate. UD reserves the right to take appropriate action against any applicant who cannot provide the appropriate documentation during this time period, which may include termination of the student’s enrollment at UD.

Admissions Checklist

An applicant must provide the following documents for undergraduate admission:

  • Completed application form found online at apply-now or available at the Admissions office
  • Original UAE high school certificate or certified equivalent (approved by the Ministry of Education)
  • Original English language proficiency score certificate (usually sent under separate cover)
  • Copy of a valid passport and identity card
  • Four recent passport-size photographs (in color) or in JPEG format file

Conditional Admission

Students not meeting the requirements regarding high school, English and math scores may be admitted on a conditional basis. Students with a high school score of 60-64% will be considered. This applies to transfer students also.

Advance Standing Policy

UD recognizes the significance of superior scores earned by incoming freshmen on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations administered by the College Board, IB curriculum of International Baccalaureate Examinations, Pre-College Credit and achieving high scores in TOEFL/IELTS/SAT. Consideration of high performance in these selected exams may accelerate a student's progress in his/her respective undergraduate degree program. Students should arrange to have their scores sent directly to UD Registrar from the College Board/ETS/IB Examinations. UD Institutional TOEFL Coode is 8239 and UD SAT code is 5695.

Student Options on AP/IB/GCSE Credits

Matriculating students seeking credit for AP and IB exams must have official score reports sent directly to the Registrar's office by the Educational Testing Service and International Baccalaureate Organization respectively. See Advanced Chart Placement/International Baccalaureate (Table 1).

Table 1: Examination at Advanced Placement/IB

Subjects SCORE University of Dubai Credit Awarded
Computer Science A 4 ITGN 115 (3CH)
Computer Science B 4 ITGN 120 (3CH)
Economics    
Micro Economics 4 Economics BECN 100 waiver
Macro Economics 4 Economics BECN 225 waiver
English    
Language/Composition 4 English ENGL 100 Free (3CH)
Literature/Composition 4 English ENGL 105 Free (3CH)
Environmental Science 4 GCEI 100(3CH)
Mathematics AB 4 GMAT 100/110 (3CH)
Mathematics BC 4 GMAT 105/115 (3CH)
Psychology 4 GPSY 100 (3CH)
Statistics 4 BSTA 200 (3CH)

UD reserves the right to re-evaluate the content of AP/IB exams and to change the assignment of credit and course equivalencies. Placement into advanced courses will be deliberated, given advanced course demands, between student and advisor. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to explore the most current AP/IB assessments.

Matriculating students seeking credit for A-Level exams must bring their original A-Level certificates to the Office of Admissions in order to have their scores evaluated for credit. See GCSE Advanced (A) Level Exam Policy chart (Table-2).

Table 2: Examination at GCSE Advanced (A) Level

Subjects GRADE OF A* or A or B (University of Dubai Credit Awarded)
Accounting BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting
Economics A* or A or B = Waiver of BECN 100 Microeconomics
English English departmental review
Math with further Math (EdExcel) Math departmental review

High performance in TOEFL/IELTS/SAT tests

Students can also be exempted from selected courses based on their high performance in the standardized tests as indicated in Table-3. TABLE 3: Standardized TEST Score

Sl # Standardized Tests University of Dubai Credit Awarded
1 TOEFL PBT ≥ 550 or iBT ≥ 79 ENGL 100
2 IELTS ≥ 6 on each section of IELTS ENGL 100
3 TOEFL PBT ≥ 600 or iBT ≥ 100 ENGL 105
4 IELTS ≥ 6.5 on each section (Reading, Listening & Speaking) of IELTS AND ≥ 7 in Writing ENGL 105
5 Exempt students who are native English speakers ENGL 100 & ENGL 105
6 SAT or UD Institutional SAT score 600-699 GMAT 100/110 (Math-1)
7 SAT or UD Institutional SAT score ≥ 700 GMAT 105/115 (Math-2)
8 Pass the IT test in http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mos-certification.aspx#fbid=4nFeENP4WwG ITGN 115



Credit Evaluation

Students’ scores and credits in Tables 1-3 are evaluated the year in which they matriculate according to the evaluation standards in place for that year in Tables 1-3. It is expected that students will have their respective scores submitted for evaluation prior to matriculation to facilitate a timely assessment of their scores and equivalent coursework for program planning.

Students’ credits will not be assigned to the academic record retroactively. A maximum of 6courses (18 CH) may be exempted.

Restrictions

The University reserves the right to refuse certain credits if issues regarding the likelihood of success or progression within the program of study arise or if program requirements dictate. Certain departments such as English, Mathematics, IT and Economics have separate criteria for placement in courses to ensure that they possess critical skills and knowledge in the content area. Students’ programs and co-op plans are developed on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer Students

  • Students transferring from other universities recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research should also meet all the requirements stated under admission requirements for regular students.
  • Transfer students must submit original transcripts from the college/university they are transferring from. In addition, transfer students must submit the course syllabus and course description for each course they seek to transfer for credit.
  • In addition, they should have earned a GPA of not less than 2.0 and may only be given transfer credit for courses which are equivalent to those offered by UD and in which they have received a minimum grade of C (equal to a GPA of 2.0 or 70%).
  • The maximum number of credits a student may transfer must not exceed 50% of the total hours required for graduation.
  • Transferred courses must match at least 80% of the course content of UD courses.
  • Some general education courses can be transferred as Humanities and Social Science/Natural and Applied Science requirements, even when such courses are not offered at UD.
  • No credits will be granted twice for similar courses taken at different universities.

Visiting Students

  • Students visiting from other universities must have passed all the prerequisites for the required subjects. (The original transcripts from the university in which the student is currently studying must be provided).
  • Visiting students cannot register for more than two consecutive regular semesters (short semesters are not considered).
  • The visiting student may be accepted as a regular student after compliance with UD admission requirements.

Audit Students

UD allows individuals interested in a particular course to attend classes as auditors. The following conditions apply:

  • The candidate must show evidence of prerequisite knowledge required for auditing the course (Meet the course instructor/Department Chair/Dean/Director for clarifying this point and state the reason for auditing the course).
  • Provide a passport copy and four recent photos.
  • Pay the regular course fee as applicable for visiting or short course students.
  • Attendance is not mandatory.
  • Homework assignments/examinations are not mandatory.