High School Requirement
||Minimum Score Required
||General Secondary School Certificate
60 – 64.9% Conditional Acceptance
||Indian School Certificate awarded by ICSE or CBSE
Note: Islamic and Arabic languages are not considered in total score
- At least five IGCSE/GCSE
subjects with a score of (A*,A,B,C,D,E) and
- 2AS or 1 A level
subjects with a score of (A*,A,B,C,D)
||American High School Diploma providing Grade 10, 11 & 12
Overall average of Grade C (65% or 2.3/4.0)
: 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:
|Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
|Institutional paper-based TOEFL (PBT)
* Note: Applicants will not be ask to provide and alternative English language proficiency test if they have already provided an EmSAT achive English score.
(UD’s TOEFL code is 8239)
: 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 1,200 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.
- SAT 450 for American curriculum IGCSE.
- Equivalency letter for all foreign curriculum except UAE high school certificate.
Advance standing policy
- Original UAE high school certificate or equivalent certificate (approved by the Ministry of Education)
- Original English language proficiency score certificate
- 4 personal pictures
- Valid student passport copy for UAE nationals
- Ethbara & UID number
- Visa on passport for Non UAE national
- Family book copy for UAE nationals
- Valid emirates ID copy
- Military service letter for UAE nationals
- Employment letter for employed students
- Valid mother’s passport copy
- SAT or Math placement test with a minimum score of 400.
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/EmSat. 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 Admissions office 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: at Advanced Placement/IB
||University of Dubai Credit Awarded
|Computer Science A
||ITGN 115 (3CH)
|Computer Science B
||ITGN 120 (3CH)
||Economics BECN 100 waiver
||Economics BECN 225 waiver
||English ENGL 100 Free (3CH)
||English ENGL 105 Free (3CH)
||GMAT 100/110 (3CH)
||GMAT 105/115 (3CH)
||GPSY 100 (3CH)
||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
High performance in TOEFL/IELTS/EmSAT tests
||GRADE OF A* or A or B (University of Dubai Credit Awarded)
||BACC 205 Principles of Financial Accounting
||A* or A or B = Waiver of BECN 100 Microeconomics
||English departmental review
|Math with further Math (EdExcel)
||Math departmental review
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
||University of Dubai Credit Awarded
||TOEFL PBT ≥ 550 or iBT ≥ 79
||IELTS ≥ 6 on each section of IELTS
||TOEFL PBT ≥ 600 or iBT ≥ 100
||IELTS ≥ 6.5 on each section (Reading, Listening & Speaking) of IELTS AND ≥ 7 in Writing
||EmSAT English 1400-1525
||EmSAT English > 1550 and C1 in writing
||Exempt students who are native English speakers
||ENGL 100 & ENGL 105
||SAT or UD Institutional SAT score 600-699
||GMAT 100/110 (Math-1)
||SAT or UD Institutional SAT score ≥ 700
||GMAT 105/115 (Math-2)
||EmSAT math ≥ 1200-1475
||No Pre-Math course required (the students goes to Math 1 directly)
||EmSAT math ≥ 1500 -1775
||GMAT 100/110 (Math-1)
||EmSAT math ≥ 1800+
||GMAT 105/115 (Math-2)
||Pass the IT test in http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mos-certification.aspx#fbid=4nFeENP4WwG
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.
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.
- All students must have a valid English Proficiency Score IELTS 5, Emsat 1100 & TOFEL 500.
- 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.
- 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.
UD allows individuals interested in a particular course to attend classes as audients. The following conditions apply:
Attestation of Documents and Certificate of Equivalency
- The candidate must show evidence of prerequisite knowledge required for attending the course (Meet the course instructor/Department Chair/Dean/Director for clarifying this point and state the reason for attending 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
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 Certificate of Equivalency by doing the following:
- The Ministry of Education or the educational authority in the country where studies were done.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country where studies were done.
- The UAE Embassy in the country where studies were done.
- 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.
- After obtaining the above attestations/ratifications, the student must provide the Certificate of Equivalency Issued by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
If you are unable to provide the Certificate of Equivalency as outlined above before the commencement of the semester, you will be asked to sign a “Declaration Letter” agreeing to provide the Certificate of Equivalency. You will be permitted to begin your studies at UD, but you will be given a maximum of one semester to get the Certificate of Equivalency. 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 enrolment at UD.
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
- 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 60-69% will be considered. This applies to transfer students also.