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 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.

When are the final decisions made?

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

Is it mandatory to do EmSAT Physics and Arabic?

Yes. All four EmSAT subjects (English, Math, Physics & Arabic) are mandatory. Non-Arabic speakers are exempted from EmSAT Arabic.

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

All curricula not mentioned in the website will need to follow the prerequisite for American Curriculum.

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 https://www.ku.ac.ae/academics/undergraduate-programs  under the Khalifa University Scholarship section and The Future Teachers.

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 students should apply with predicted scores.

Can I apply now before doing all EmSAT Exams?

Yes. The online admission portal is open now until 8th of July 2021. 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.

Does AP Exam help me to skip foundation?

Yes. APs help you grant credits as you join the university. For more information please visit

What happens if I submitted IELTS, TOEFL & EmSAT?

The highest score among the certificates provided will be considered.

How can I book for the interview?

You will receive an email from admissions department, about the interview day, date and the timing after submitting complete application.

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

It will be general about the student’s personality, skills, achievements and why s/he chose Khalifa University.  It will be in English.

When are the interviews going to start for Fall 2021?

Interviews for Fall 2021 will start on March until July 2021.

STS (General ATHS) changed their curriculum, but KU still requires an overall score of 95?

STS did change the name of the programs to General ATHS but the curriculum remains the same.

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

No, you don’t have to.

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

Yes, as soon as you get it you have to submit it during the given time period by the admission office.

What is the required GPA to receive the stipend?

Stipends for UAE Nationals are suspended until further notice.

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

 Kindly send us an email with your ARN number at admissions@ku.ac.ae.

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 the Military. 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 Clearance Certificate is issued.

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 https://www.ku.ac.ae/academics/college-of-medicine-and-health-sciences/.

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.

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.

Dose KU accept Online IELTS?

Yes, we do accept IELTS Indicator, but as a conditional acceptance and the student should take an IELTS or Emsat in the first year at the university.

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 to be reviewed case by case based on type of scholarship.)

Do you accept international students?

Yes. They must comply with the same procedures mentioned in the answer above.

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

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 Math score 3 and above
  • A Level Math score C and above
Do you consider SAT exam?

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

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

Yes, you do have a chance if you repeat the Emsat and get the minimum during  the specified time period. Then you have to send it to the admission office by email (admissions@ku.ac.ae) to reevaluate your application

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

The minimum score in EmSAT Math is 1250 and EmSAT English 1400 to join freshmen year.

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

Yes, your application will be affected and you won’t get the admission at KU.

  • The updated minimum EmSAT scores are:
  • English 1250
  • Math 1000
  • Physics 800
  • Arabic 700
How can I know about the interview date and time?

Applicants will be notified about the interview date and time by email that he/she provided on their application. SMS reminder few days prior the interview date will be sent also.

Does KU Conduct entrance exams?

Currently we do not conduct any entrance exams, however EmSAT exams are mandatory along with a personal interview.

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). For more information, visit our undergraduate scholarships page:  https://www.ku.ac.ae/scholarships-undergraduate

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

UAE national males who are going for Military Service should apply and get the acceptance before leaving for the Military to reserve their seats. 

How can I apply?

UAE National Students who are graduating from Grade 12 this year should apply through the Ministry of Education website until 27th of April 2021. 

Transferred students and previous year graduates should apply directly through the KU website when we open. For Fall 2021, the Bachelor’s degree online application will open from 14th Feb to 8th of July 2021.

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.

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:

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

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

Applicants who did not fulfil one of the admission requirements, his application will not be considered

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@ku.ac.ae 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?

Our College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering offer the following majors mentioned in the link: https://www.ku.ac.ae/academics/undergraduate-programs 

All programs offered by Khalifa University have received accreditation by the UAE Ministry of Education. 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?

All students who live more than 100 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 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. No credit hours will be transferred if the candidate was accepted.

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 must maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher each semester to keep their full or partial scholarship.

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.