How can I apply?

UAE National Students who are graduating from Grade 12 this year should apply through the Ministry of Education website. Deadline March 31, 2023.  

Non – UAE National, Transfer students and previous year graduates should apply directly through the KU website. For Fall 2023, the undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree) online application is open until June 2, 2023. No Application Fees.

What are the requirements for admissions to Khalifa University?

Click here for the admission requirements for undergraduate studies at Khalifa University and note that each schooling system has different requirements.

If I’m a UAE National male in Grade 12 and have to serve in the Military after high school; when should I apply?

UAE national males who are going to Military Service should apply through NAPO website, complete the admission process, get the acceptance, and confirm joining, before leaving for the Military Service to be able to reserve their seats in the University. Your seat will be reserved for the semester following your completion of the National Service provided that you join the university as soon as the Military Clearance Certificate is issued.

Does KU Conduct entrance exams?

Currently KU dose not conduct any entrance exams, however, applicants should provide EmSAT exams or its alternatives. For more information about Emsat alternatives please visit the Undergraduate admission  page.

For international applicants (coming from high schools outside the UAE), external advanced level examinations are required as detailed on our Undergraduate admission  page. 

How long does it take to process an application?

Processing an application takes 4-6 weeks from submitting the application until getting the final decision.

Do I need to take an English Language proficiency test?

All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English, the language of instruction at KU. All applicants must satisfy this requirement by passing academic IELTS or International TOEFL IBT or EmSAT English.

What are IELTS, TOFEL and EmSAT test dates? Are they given at Khalifa University

Test dates vary by location. They are not offered at KU. Please visit the relevant website for information on how to register for the exams:

–     IELTS:

–     TOEFL:

–     EmSAT:

What are the minimum IELTS, TOFEL and EmSAT test scores required to apply to Khalifa University?

IETS 6.0 – TOFEL IBT 79 – EmSAT English 1400

If an applicant meets the admission requirements except for the English requirement (TOFEL/IELTS/ EmSAT English score), can he/she still join KU?

Applicants have to fulfill all admission requirements to be admitted. Therefore, applicants who do not meet the ELPR may not enroll.

Where should I have my test scores sent?

English scores should be uploaded in the student online application or submitted to the Admissions Office on the Abu Dhabi Campus. Or it can be sent by email to admissions@ along with Application Reference Number or mail on the following address  :


Office of Student Recruitment and Admission Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research P.O Box : 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

What are the majors offered at Khalifa University?

College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering offer a variety of majors that are well indicated in the following link: 


All programs offered by Khalifa University have received accreditation by the UAE Ministry of Education. The Accreditation attests to the overall quality of the individual degree programs.

Does KU provide residency visas for its students?

Students can apply to transfer his/her visa after joining Khalifa University.

If I am accepted to Khalifa University, will I be able to live in student housing?

Student housing (subject to availability) is available to international students and students residing outside the city of Abu Dhabi. Separate male and female accommodations are provided. Click here for more information on student housing.

Does Khalifa University accept transfer students?

All transfer candidates who are interested in applying to Khalifa University should meet the admission requirements ( . In addition, they should submit an official copy of their transcript(s) along with the other admission documents to be considered upon evaluation of their admission application.

Please note that Khalifa University approves transfer of credit requests on a limited basis, and such requests are handled in accordance with the approved policies and procedures by the university, and within the limits of each program. The decision to accept a transfer of credit request is based on several factors, including a review of the content, number of credit hours, course level and an assessment of a student’s overall academic performance at the previous institution.

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

All UAE National students accepted in the undergraduate programs enjoy a full scholarship to study at Khalifa University. International students (from inside or outside the UAE) also benefit from scholarships at KU based on their academic qualifications and availability of places.

What type of scholarships are provided for International students?

Full scholarships are given to outstanding students. Partial scholarships are also provided to International students for programs in the College of Engineering and for programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, visit our undergraduate scholarships page: 

Where is KU accredited?

KU is licensed and accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates.

If I missed one of the EmSAT requirements or EmSAT alternatives, will it affect my application?

Yes, your application will be affected and it will jeopardize your admission to KU. For more information about EmSAT, and, EmSAT alternatives please visit the Undergraduate admission page

What is the minimum score in EmSAT to skip the foundation year?

KU is no longer entertaining a foundation year.

Who is qualified for Early Admission at KU?

Early admission is offered for students who are in Grade 12 at the time of application to the university. Previous year graduates are only considered for regular admission.

What are the requirements for the Early admission in Khalifa University?
  • Criteria for applicants coming from High School inside UAE
    • Applicant must be current year High School graduate (except General & Applied).
    • Emsat English 1400 Or IELTS 6.0 Or TOEFL 79
    • Emsat Math 1250
  • Criteria for applicants coming from High School Outside UAE
    • Applicants must be current year High School graduate, in addition to satisfying one of the below advanced level requirements based on the curriculum:
      • American Curriculum
        – Minimum grade of 4 in AP Math, Physics & Chemistry or Biology
      • British Curriculum (IGCSE)
        – Minimum grade of B in Eight IGCSE: 5 O Subjects including Math, Physics & Chemistry or Biology.
        3 AS/A subjects including Math, Physics & Chemistry or Biology
      • IB Curriculum
        – Minimum score of 5 out of 7 in Math, Physics & Chemistry or Biology


Note: Submitting the recorded interview isn’t required for the early admission.

If I didn’t get the acceptance in the early admission because I didn’t get the minimum score in EmSAT or its alternatives, do I have any chance to be accepted in KU?

Yes, you do have a chance if you repeat the EmSAT, or you satisfy its alternatives, and get the minimum required scores before the deadline. Please make sure that you send your scores to the Admission Office by email (  in order to be able to re-evaluate your application.

Do you consider SAT exam?

SAT is not considered as an admission criteria. However, it is preferable for International students (who have completed their high school outside the UAE), to submit it, if available.

I’m a UAE National applicant who is living outside the UAE, but I can’t take EmSat. What is the procedure in my case?

You need to satisfy either the EmSAT or its alternatives.

For more information about Emsat alternatives, please visit the Undergraduate admission page.

Do you accept International students?

Yes. Please refer to this link for International Students admission criteria Undergraduate admission 

I got accepted but in a different program. Can I change the program later on?

Yes, you can in the first year but after contacting the registration office and get the approval based on the availability. (This is applicable for UAE Nationals only. Expat and International students should be reviewed case by case based on scholarship type.)

Does KU accept Online IELTS?

We only accept Academic IELTS as it is one of the English Language Proficiency requirements for admission, as detailed on our Undergraduate admission.

Can I apply for a scholarship online?

Applicants will be informed about the type of scholarships once he/she is accepted. There is no separate application for scholarship.

What are the requirements to be accepted into the medical program in the bachelor’s degree level?

The medical program is only for postgraduate studies.

What are the requirements for the College of Medicine and Health Sciences?

An undergraduate program under the College of Medicine and Health Sciences is not available. More information on the Graduate level program can be found on our website

I have completed everything and I do meet KU requirements, but I didn’t get accepted, can I know why?

Kindly send us an email with your application reference number to: (

How can I change my preference on NAPO and choose KU?

You have to contact NAPO within the specified time period.

IF I don’t have an equivalence certificate now, can I submit it later on?

You can submit No Objection Letter from the Ministry of Education and you’ll be allowed to study the first semester until you get your equivalency certificate. Different conditions and rules are in place for each curriculum.

I’m an ATHS student; do I have to submit an equivalence certificate?

No, you don’t have to.

How can I book for the interview?

The admission personal interview is now included as a recorded video, as part of the online application form; you can log in to the KU online application form, record your video, and submit it.

What happens if I submitted IELTS, TOEFL & EmSAT?

Khalifa University will consider the highest score among the certificates for the purpose of admission. 

Do AP/ British A level/ IB HL official exams help me to skip some courses?

Yes. All advanced level subjects with required minimum scores help you be granted transfer credits as you join the university. For more information, please visit

I have AP/A-level/IB HL scores, how can I get credits for those course(s)?

You need to submit a copy of the official certificate which will be verified by the Registration Office and they will get back to you with a decision.

Can I apply now before doing all EmSAT Exams?

Yes. The online admission portal is open now until June 2,  2023. You may apply before doing your EmSAT exams. However your application will only go through final processing once the required EmSAT scores are provided. Documents can be updated through your application online before the deadline.

Can I apply before getting my final results of Grade 12?

Yes. Similar to the above query, you may apply before receiving your final grades. However you should apply with your Term 1 or 2 grades, while British Curriculum and IB students should apply with predicted scores.

How do I apply for a scholarship (Expat & International)?

All students in KU study under scholarship. However the scholarship levels are based on the seating capacity available for each. Hence once you apply to KU, you automatically enroll for the scholarship. More information on scholarship levels can be found on the webpage  in the Scholarships for International students section.

My education curriculum is not listed in the website? How would you consider my application?

All students applying from inside UAE, should maintain a minimum overall score of 75%, or its equivalent, except for the Advanced stream where 80% is required. General and Applied Streams students are not eligible for admission to KU.

When are the final decisions made?

After submitting the application and doing all admission procedures, the admission committee will review your application within 3-6 weeks and update you.

I’m a previous year graduate, and I didn’t get required score in EmSAT English, how can I repeat it?

Contact EmSAT department under Ministry of Education to register for the test. In case

EmSAT English is unattainable, IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL (iBT) can be considered.

I already graduated last year, can I still apply?

Yes. As long as you have graduated from high school within two years of applying, your application will be considered.

Once admitted as a first semester freshman student, will I be able to register for my courses myself?

Once you are admitted and register at KU, the Registration Office will register your first term courses (you will not register them, yourself, online)