Undergraduate admission to Khalifa University is highly competitive. In order to be considered for admissions, students must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Applicant should have graduated from high school no later than two years prior to the current year.
  • Minimum score of achievement in each of the following EmSAT subjects: Math 1000, Physics 800, Arabic 700, and English 1250 to be conditionally accepted into the Foundation program

Or:

  • Minimum score of achievement in each of the following EmSAT subjects: Math 1250, Physics 800, Arabic 700, and English 1400 to be fully accepted into freshman year

Hold a UAE Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in one of the following study systems.

Government Schools
Applied Technology High School
  • Minimum overall achievement of 75% for the Advanced Science Program.
  • Minimum overall score of 80% for the following clusters: Advanced Stream, Engineering & Innovation, Computing & Artificial Intelligence, Health Sciences, Finance & Economics.
  • All other clusters (ATHS General) require the following:
    • Minimum overall score of 95%
    • Minimum overall score of 90% in Math & Science combined
American System
  • Complete 12 years
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 (or equivalent) on scale of 4
  • Mathematics in three of the last three years, Physics in two of the last three years, and Chemistry in one of the last three years.
  • At least one Science class (Chemistry or Physics) in the last year.
  • High School Equivalency Certificate
British System
  • Total of eight courses, five at O level including Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, three at AS/A levels including Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry
  • Minimum grade of C in all courses
  • High School Equivalency Certificate
International Baccalaureate – IB
  • IB diploma with minimum score of 4 (out of 7) in all courses
  • Courses should include Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry
  • High School Equivalency Certificate
Private Schools with SABIS
  • Minimum overall achievement of 75%.
  • Mathematics in three of the last three years, Physics in two of the last three years, and Chemistry in one of the last three years.
  • At least one Science class (Chemistry or Physics) in the last year.
  • High School Equivalency Certificate
Personal Interview

All students must participate in a personal interview conducted by a Khalifa University admissions committee.

During the interview, students will be assessed on:

  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Familiarity with the relevant profession
  • Commitment to pursue a professional degree program
  • Reasons for wanting to attend Khalifa University
  • Potential leadership capabilities in the UAE
Exempted Systems from Entry Assessment

All official AP scores should be sent directly to KU registration department by using our college code 7860.

Students from the below listed systems might be exempted from the Entry Assessment :

College Board Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Exam Score
Math: Calculus AB 3
Math Calculus BC with AB sub-score 3
Math: Calculus BC 3
Physics A or B 3
Physics C Mechanics 3
Physics C Electricity, Magnetism 3

International Baccalaureate

HL Exam Score
Mathematics 4
Physics with Magnetism 4

Advance “A” Level GCE (General Certificate of Education)

A-level Exam Grade
Mathematics C
Physics C
International Applicants 

Students who have completed their High school outside the UAE must provide one of the following certificates to be considered for admission:

  • SAT Math score 700 and above
  • AP Calculus score 3 and above
  • A Level Math score C and above
Required Documents 

The following documents are required as part of the undergraduate admissions process:

  • A completed Khalifa University online application form
  • An attested copy of High School certificate.
    • Private school students should submit copies of their grade 10 and 11 certificates
    • British System students should submit certificates of their O level, AS and A levels.
    • If final certificates are yet to be issued, a letter from the school stating predicted grades is required.
  • TOEFL or IELTS certificates (original, plus an extra copy) if any.
  • Good Conduct Certificate
  • Passport (two copies)
    • front and unified number page for UAE Nationals
    • with visa permit for UAE residents
  • A complete copy of Khulasat Al Qaid (UAE National Family Book) for UAE Nationals.
  • Passport size photograph Emirates ID ( Front and Back)

IMPORTANT NOTES: Please provide the school’s grading scale equivalency where required. All foreign and private school certificates must be equated and attested by the Ministry of Education in UAE. Applications with missing documents will not be accepted.

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