How can I apply?

UAE National students who are graduating from Grade 12 this year should apply through the Ministry of Education website. For Fall 2022, the deadline for applications is the end of March.  

Non-UAE Nationals, transfer students, and previous year graduates should apply directly through the KU website. For Fall 2022, the application deadline is June 3.

What are the requirements for admissions to Khalifa University?

For details regarding the admission requirements for undergraduate studies at Khalifa University, please check the Undergraduate Admissions page.

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.

I’m a previous year graduate and I didn’t get the required EmSAT English score. How can I re-take it?

Contact the EmSAT department under the Ministry of Education to register for the test. In case you are not able to re-take EmSAT English, IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL (iBT) tests can be considered.

When are the final decisions made?

After submitting the application and having satisfied all the necessary admission requirements (exam and interview), the Admission committee will review your application within 3-6 weeks and will update you accordingly. 

Is it mandatory to do EmSAT Physics and Arabic?

Yes, all six EmSAT subjects (English, Math, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry OR Biology, and Arabic) are mandatory. Non-Arabic speakers are exempted to take EmSAT Arabic.

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

Students coming from high schools inside the UAE need to have achieved a minimum overall average of 75% (or its equivalent) irrespective of the high school curriculum they have taken. 

How do I apply for a scholarship (expat & international students)?

All students in KU study under a given scholarship. However, the scholarships offered are based on the available slots for the scholarships. Once you apply to KU, you are automatically enrolled for a scholarship. More information about on scholarships are available on the Undergraduate Scholarship page. 

Can I apply before getting my Grade 12 finals results?

Yes. Similar to the above query, you may apply before receiving your final grades. However, you need to submit your Term 1 grades. 

Can I apply now before taking all EmSAT exams?

You may apply before taking your EmSAT exams. However, you application will only go through final processing once the required EmSAT scores are provided. Documents can be updated through your online application before the deadline. 

Does AP Exam help me skip foundation year?

APs help you receive advanced standing credits once you join the university. For more information please visit the Undergraduate Admissions page. 

What happens if I submitted IELTS, TOEFL & EmSAT?

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

How can I book for the interview?

All qualified applicants will receive an interview email invitation from the Admissions Office after they submit their complete applications. The email will have the interview date and available time slots to choose from for the specified date. 

What kind of questions will be asked? In what language the interview will be?

The questions will be general and about the student’s personality, skills, achievements and why they chose Khalifa University.  The interview will be in English.

When are the interviews going to start for Fall 2022?

Interviews for Fall usually start in March and continue until July. 

I’m an ATHS student. Do I have to submit an equivalency certificate?

No, you don’t have to. All students following the UAE National curriculum do not need to submit an equivalency certificate. 

If I don’t have an equivalency certificate now, can I submit it later on?

You have to submit your equivalency certificate as soon as you receive it and within the given time period set by the Admissions Office indicated in you admission offer.

What is the required GPA to receive the stipend?

All UAE Nationals who maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 are eligible for stipend. 

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

You have to contact NAPO within the specified time period. 

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

Kindly send us an email with your Application Reference Number (ARN) at

If I got accepted at KU and then went to the National Service, is my seat guaranteed?

In order to guarantee your seat, you have to complete the admission process by signing and uploading the KU contract before leaving for military service. Your seat will be reserved for the semester following your completion of the National Service provided that you join the university as soon as your Clearance Certificate is issued.

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

The Doctor of Medicine degree at Khalifa University is a 4-year graduate program. Please check the Doctor of Medicine page for more information about our Medicine program. 

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. Therefore, you need to first earn a Bachelor’s degree in any STEM or related major to be able to apply to the College of Medicine. 

Can I apply for scholarship online?

Applicants will be informed about the type of scholarships they have received together with their admission offer. There is no separate application for scholarships.

Dose KU accept Online IELTS?

We only accept Academic IELTS as it is one of the requirements for admission as detailed on our Undergraduate Admissions page. 

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

Yes, you can in the first year but after you have contacted the Registrar’s Office and have gotten approval based on the availability. This is applicable for UAE Nationals only. Expat and international students should be reviewed case by case based on the scholarship type awarded to them.

Do you accept international students?

Yes. International students must comply with the admission procedures detailed in our Admissions page:

I’m a UAE National applicant living outside the UAE and I can’t take the EmSAT due to the current situation. What is the procedure for my case?

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

American Curriculum

  • Minimum grade of 3.0 in three AP courses including Math, Physics, and Chemistry
  • SAT Math score of 700 and above

British Curriculum (IGCSE)

  • Minimum grade of C in eight IGCSE courses
    • Five O-level subjects including Math, Physics, and Chemistry
    • Three AS-level/A-level subjects including Math, Physics, and Chemistry

IB Curriculum

  • Minimum score of 4 out of 7 in all courses including Match, Physics, and Chemistry
Do you consider SAT exam?

The SAT is considered as an admission criteria ONLY for international students who have completed their high school outside the UAE.

If I was not accepted in early admission because I didn’t get the minimum EmSAT score, do I still have a chance to be accepted in KU?

Yes, you do have a chance to be admitted if you re-take the EmSAT and get the minimum required scores during  the specified time period. Please make sure you send the EmSAT results to the Admissions Office by email ( so we can re-evaluate your application. 



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

The minimum EmSAT scores required for the first year (Freshman Year) are:

  • Math: 1250
  • Physics: 1000
  • English: 1400
  • Computer Science: 800
  • Chemistry OR Biology: 800
If I missed one of the EmSAT requirements, will it affect my application?

Yes, your application will be affected and it will jeopardize your admission to KU.

The required minimum EmSAT scores (that qualify you for the Foundation year) are:

  • English: 1250
  • Math: 1000
  • Physics: 800
  • Arabic: 700
  • Computer Science: 800
  • Chemistry OR Biology: 800
How can I know about the interview date and time?

Applicants will be notified about the interview date and time by email through the email address that they provided on their application. SMS reminders will also be sent few days prior the interview date.

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 (with a 50% tuition discount) and for programs in the College of Arts and Sciences (with a 75% tuition discount).

Self-pay scholarships are also provided in the College of Engineering (with a 30% tuition discount) and in the College of Arts and Sciences (with a 20% tuition discount). 

For more information, visit our undergraduate scholarships page.

If I’m a male UAE National and have to serve in the military after high school, when should I apply?

Male UAE Nationals who are going to Military Service should apply and secure admission to Khalifa University before leaving for the Military to be able to reserve their slots in the University. 

Does KU conduct entrance exams?

Currently, we do not conduct any entrance exams. However, EmSAT exams are mandatory for applicants from the UAE, along with a personal interview.

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

How long does it take to process an application?

Processing an application takes at least 4-6 weeks from submitting the application to getting the final decision.

Do I need to take an English Language proficiency test (ELPR)?

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

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 websites for information on how to register for the exams:

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

IETS: 5.5; TOFEL IBT: 70; EmSAT English: 1250 (for the Foundation Year)

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

Applicants who did not fulfill one of the admission requirements will not be able to join. 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 in person to the Khalifa University Admissions Office at the Main Campus in Abu Dhabi.

Otherwise, it can be sent by email to along with the Application Reference Number (ARN) or by mail to the following address:

Office of Student Recruitment and Admission

Khalifa University of Science and Technology

PO Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

What are the undergraduate majors offered at Khalifa University?

Our 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?

Yes, students can apply to transfer their visa after joining Khalifa University. 

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

All students who live more than 80 km from Khalifa University’s Abu Dhabi campus are permitted to stay in student housing. Separate male and female accommodations are provided. Click here for more information on student housing.

Does Khalifa University accept transfer students?

All transfer candidates from other universities who are interested in applying to Khalifa University should meet the minimum admission requirements, as well as the following specific criteria:

  • An overall university GPA above 2.5
  • Applicants should have graduated from high school no later than two years prior to the current year
  • Satisfy the minimum EmSAT requirements for direct admission to the first year at Khalifa University:
    • Math: 1250
    • Physics: 1000
    • Computer Science (Java, C++, or Python): 800
    • Arabic: 700
    • One elective from Chemistry or Biology: 800
    • One elective from English: 1400
  • Satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR) by achieving one of the following:
    • An academic IELTS minimum score of 6.0 out of 9.0; or
    • An EmSAT English minimum score of 1400; or
    • A TOEFL minimum score of 79 on the Internet Based Test (IBT)

Please note that not all the courses taken at the initial university will be transferred to KU. 

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.

Where is KU accredited?

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

I’m a first semester freshman, will I be able to register for my courses?

No, you will not be able to register for courses online, the Registration Office will register the courses on your behalf.

I’m a foundation student, will I be able to register for my courses?

No, you will not be able to register for courses online, the Registration Office will register the courses on your behalf.

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

Please submit a copy of the certificate and the Registration office will verify the certificate and get back to you if the transfer is valid.