The Student Success Department provides services and resources designed to support and develop the personal, social and academic success of students. Through personalized advising and counseling, workshops, volunteering, and study abroad programs, Student Success fosters a learner-centered experience for undergraduate students by empowering individuals to take an active role in their own learning and development.
Counseling provides support and intervention services to assist the personal growth and development of Khalifa University students. Counseling services are available through a dedicated team of professional counselors to contribute to students’ university experience at a personal and academic level and empower students to make better choices, leading to a happier and more dynamic campus life.
These services are rendered through a trustworthy, confidential and private atmosphere, where students can talk about any academic issues, personal difficulties, and social problems, such as:
Any information shared within the counseling session will be confidential and will not be shared with administrators, professors or anyone else without the permission of the student, or unless the student poses harm to themselves or others.
The counselors also offer a series of workshops throughout the academic year to support students’ academic success and personal development. The topics include, but are not limited to, time management, test anxiety, goal setting, study skills, stress management and emotional intelligence.
The Community Service Unit endeavors to create an environment of social responsibility and student development by providing volunteer training and opportunities for KU students to service the community, as well as national and international initiatives. Community Service is volunteer work the students do without pay to benefit others or a community. As such, Community Service is a highly valued component of the KU educational experience. It offers the students many opportunities to engage with the community in meaningful ways and directly impact the lives of others. The aim of the program is to help students develop their civic responsibility and life-long learning skills, and to become leaders who are committed to the improvement of society. In the process of engaging in community service, students will also strengthen their resume, broaden their network, and feel great knowing they helped others!
All matriculated Khalifa University undergraduate students are required to participate in the program. Students cannot graduate without completing the hours.
Students are encouraged to explore opportunities to make a meaningful impact on the community, and the primary criteria for selecting an opportunity should be based on whether it serves the community and helps others.
The Study Abroad Unit provides students with a variety of educational and cultural experiences to expose them to challenges beyond their home countries and classrooms.
Studying abroad develops important skills and contributes to students’ growth. It also introduces them to different methodologies, and expands their employment prospects.
Our office enables KU students to enhance their academic experience and encourages them to take advantage of opportunities where they can grow and develop as global citizens. It also gives visiting students the opportunity to experience KU and the United Arab Emirates while gaining transferable credits towards their degree. Opportunities to study abroad are available for Sophomore and Junior National students who meet the application criteria. Students can apply for a semester abroad during Fall or Spring as part of the student exchange program with our partner universities, or during the Summer as part of the short study abroad program.
Our office also supports international students who are interested in doing a study abroad program at Khalifa University. Undergraduate students that attend universities with which Khalifa University has an established partnership, have the opportunity to experience the United Arab Emirates while gaining transferable credits towards their engineering or science degree. They can spend one or two semesters studying abroad at Khalifa University.
Student Success provides KU students with opportunities for professional growth through short courses and boot camps in leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
The opportunity to be a member of the international honor society Golden Key is coveted by many students both nationally and internationally. With membership being by invitation only, selected students can proudly boast of being a member of the Golden Key, which is committed to high standards in scholastic achievement, innovation, integrity, and diversity.