Undergraduate Admissions – Requirements

Undergraduate Admissions - Requirements

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 following EmSAT subjects: Math 825, Physics 500, Arabic 800 and English 1100.
  • Hold a UAE Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in one of the following study systems:
    • Advanced Stream – Ministry of Education (MOE) or Physics Stream – Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) with a minimum overall achievement of 80%.
    • General Stream – Ministry of Education (MOE) with a minimum overall achievement of 95% and a minimum score of 90 in mathematics and science subjects.

Applied Technology High School

  • Minimum overall achievement of 75% for the Advanced Science Placement and Engineering Science cluster.
  • Minimum overall achievement of 80% for the following clusters: Applied Engineering Mechanical, Applied Engineering Electrical, Information and Communication Technology, and Health Science and Technology.

Secondary Technical School

  • Minimum overall achievement of 95% for Engineering clusters only.

Private Schools with SABIS system:

  • Minimum overall achievement of 75%.
  • High School Equivalency Certificate

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

Entry Assessment

Students who do not have proof of the English proficiency are required to take a University administered test of English. In addition, students in all engineering programs must sit for required admission tests in mathematics.

Sample admission tests can be found here.

All exams will be administered in English with the use of an English language dictionary.

In addition, 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

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