Undergraduate admissions for Fall 2024 term are now closed.


How to apply

Step 1 : Select the program you want to study at ku

Step 2 : Know the application deadline

All UAE National and international applicants who graduated from high school up to two years ago (including students transferring from other universities) are eligible to apply.


Step 3 : Review the admission requirements

Applicants with UAE High School Certificates (UAE Nationals and Expats inside the UAE) (New Admission Criteria)
  • High School Certificate:
    • Applicants should have graduated from high school no later than two years prior to the current year (not before 2022).

    UG Admission Requirements for Bachelor Programs

    HIGH SCHOOL Requirement

        Minimum  High School overall Average :

    • Elite stream 75%

    • Advanced stream 80%

    • General Track 90%

    • Any other curricula 75%, or its equivalent

    • Applied Stream applicants are not eligible

    EmSAT Requirement For Direct Admission

    Direct Admissions Criteria

    Major/Program  Name

    EmSAT Requirements

    Alternative Admissions Criteria

    All Engineering Programs / Mathematics/ Physics

    EmSAT English 1400

    English Exam Alternatives (A): * IELTS (Academic): 6.0 OR
    TOEFL iBT: 79.

    EmSAT Math 1250

    Math Exam Alternatives (B): * AP Math Min. score of 3 (any of the following):
    – Math: Calculus AB.
    – Math Calculus BC with AB sub-score.
    – Math Calculus BC.
    * A-Level Mathematics Min. score of C.
    * IB SL or HL Mathematics Min. score of 4.

    * SAT Math min. score of 700 is preferable (case-by-case).

    EmSAT Physics 1000

    Physics Exam Alternatives (C): * AP Physics Min. score of 3 (any of the following):
    – Physics C Mechanics.
    – Physics C Electricity, Magnetism.
    * A-Level Physics Min. score of C.
    * IB SL or HL Physics with Magnetism Min. score of 4.

     

     

    Chemistry/ Earth Sciences

    EmSAT English 1400

    As Above in Alternatives (A)

    EmSAT Math 1250

    As Above in Alternatives (B)

    EmSAT Physics  OR Chemistry 1000

    Chemistry Exam Alternatives (D):
    * AP Chemistry Min. score of 3.
    * A-Level Chemistry Min. score of C.
    * IB SL or HL Chemistry Min. score of 4.
    OR As Above in Physics Tests Alternative (C):

     

     

    Biology

    EmSAT English 1400

    As Above in Alternatives (A)

    EmSAT Math 1250

    As Above in Alternatives (B)

    EmSAT Biology  OR Chemistry 1000

    Biology Exam Alternatives (E):
    * AP Biology Min. score of 3.
    * A-Level Biology Min. score of C.
    * IB SL or HL Biology Min. score of 4.
    OR  As Above in Chemistry Tests Alternative (D)

     

     

    Computer Science

    EmSAT English 1400

    As Above in Alternatives (A)

    EmSAT Math 1250

    As Above in Alternatives (B)

    EmSAT Computer Science OR Physics 1000

    Computer Science Exam Alternatives (F):
    * AP Computer Science A Min. score of 3.
    * A-Level Computer Science Min. score of C.
    * IB SL or HL Computer Science Min. score of 4. OR  Physics Tests Alternative (C).

    * Direct Admission offers will be given to student who satisfy all direct admission requirements as first year student without taking remedial courses

     

    Conditional Admissions Criteria

    Major/Program  Name

    EmSAT Requirements

    All Engineering Programs / Mathematics/ Physics

    EmSAT English 1250

    EmSAT Math 1000

    EmSAT Physics 800

     

    Chemistry/ Earth Sciences

    EmSAT English 1250

    EmSAT Math 1000

    EmSAT Physics  OR Chemistry 800

     

    Biology

    EmSAT English 1250

    EmSAT Math 1000

    EmSAT Biology  OR Chemistry 800

     

    Computer Science

    EmSAT English 1250

    EmSAT Math 1000

    EmSAT Computer Science OR Physics 800

    * Conditional Admission offers will be given to student who satisfy all Conditional admission requirements But will require to take remedial courses.

    * Conditionally admitted students will be placed on partial OR full fee-paying scheme.

     

    • Satisfactory entrance interview

      All students are required to submit a video recording as part of the application documents, replacing the traditional in-person interview. The video recording will be carefully reviewed by the Khalifa University admissions committee. During this assessment, students will be evaluated based on:

      • Proficiency in English communication
      • Familiarity with the relevant profession
      • Commitment to pursue a professional degree program
      • Reasons for choosing Khalifa University
      • Evaluation of potential leadership capabilities.

      The video recording, serving as an integral part of the application, ensures a comprehensive evaluation of each candidate’s suitability for admission.

     

    International Applicants Outside UAE

    All International Curriculums must provide one of the following ELPR in addition to their program of interest requirements:

    • IELTS Academic min score 6.0
    • TOEFL iBT min score 79

      KU UG Programs (Majors)

      American

      (A minimum CGPA of 75% or equivalent) + 2 AP subjects

      British (IGCSE)

      (A minimum CGPA of 75% – grade C) + 2 A Level subjects

      IB

      (A minimum CGPA of 75% or equivalent – score of 4) + 2 SL/HL subjects

      All other international curricula

      All Engineering

      AP Math*

      AP Physics**

      AL Math

      AL Physics

      SL/HL Math

      SL/HL Physics***

      1.Minimum High School Average 80% or its equivalent

      2.SAT Math: 700

      3.Online Physics Exam (KU Entrance)

      Physics

      AP Physics**

      AL Physics

      SL/HL Physics***

      Mathematics

      AP Physics**

      AL Physics

      SL/HL Physics***

      Chemistry / Earth Sciences

      AP Physics** or Chemistry

      AL Physics or Chemistry

      SL/HL Physics*** or Chemistry

      Biology

      AP Biology or Chemistry

      AL Biology or Chemistry

      SL/HL Biology or Chemistry

      Computer Science

      AP Physics** or Computer Science

      AL Physics or Computer Science

      SL/HL Physics*** or Computer Science

      Scores

      Minimum score of 3

      Minimum grade of C

      Minimum score of 4

      *AP Math: Calculus AB or Calculus BC

      **AP Physics: Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism or Mechanics)

      ***SL/HL Physics: Magnetism


      Transfer Applicants from Other Universities (New Admission Criteria)

      Students interested to transfer from another university to KU, have to apply through the KU admission website/portal, and, meet the following minimum requirements:


      • Should be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 or greater.
      • Should be eligible to continue their enrollment at the institution from which they wish to transfer.
      • Should be transferring from a reputable and lawfully accredited university.
      • Should have graduated from High School no later than two years prior to the current year.

          UG Admission Requirements for Bachelor Programs

          HIGH SCHOOL Requirement

              Minimum  High School overall Average :

          • Elite stream 75%

          • Advanced stream 80%

          • General Track 90%

          • Any other curricula 75%, or its equivalent

          • Applied Stream applicants are not eligible

          EmSAT Requirement For Direct Admission

          Direct Admissions Criteria

          Major/Program  Name

          EmSAT Requirements

          Alternative Admissions Criteria

          All Engineering Programs / Mathematics/ Physics

          EmSAT English 1400

          English Exam Alternatives (A): * IELTS (Academic): 6.0 OR
          TOEFL iBT: 79.

          EmSAT Math 1250

          Math Exam Alternatives (B): * AP Math Min. score of 3 (any of the following):
          – Math: Calculus AB.
          – Math Calculus BC with AB sub-score.
          – Math Calculus BC.
          * A-Level Mathematics Min. score of C.
          * IB SL or HL Mathematics Min. score of 4.

          * SAT Math min. score of 700 is preferable (case-by-case).

          EmSAT Physics 1000

          Physics Exam Alternatives (C): * AP Physics Min. score of 3 (any of the following):
          – Physics C Mechanics.
          – Physics C Electricity, Magnetism.
          * A-Level Physics Min. score of C.
          * IB SL or HL Physics with Magnetism Min. score of 4.

          Chemistry/ Earth Sciences

          EmSAT English 1400

          As Above in Alternatives (A)

          EmSAT Math 1250

          As Above in Alternatives (B)

          EmSAT Physics  OR Chemistry 1000

          Chemistry Exam Alternatives (D):
          * AP Chemistry Min. score of 3.
          * A-Level Chemistry Min. score of C.
          * IB SL or HL Chemistry Min. score of 4.
          OR As Above in Physics Tests Alternative (C):

          Biology

          EmSAT English 1400

          As Above in Alternatives (A)

          EmSAT Math 1250

          As Above in Alternatives (B)

          EmSAT Biology  OR Chemistry 1000

          Biology Exam Alternatives (E):
          * AP Biology Min. score of 3.
          * A-Level Biology Min. score of C.
          * IB SL or HL Biology Min. score of 4.
          OR  As Above in Chemistry Tests Alternative (D)

          Computer Science

          EmSAT English 1400

          As Above in Alternatives (A)

          EmSAT Math 1250

          As Above in Alternatives (B)

          EmSAT Computer Science OR Physics 1000

          Computer Science Exam Alternatives (F):
          * AP Computer Science A Min. score of 3.
          * A-Level Computer Science Min. score of C.
          * IB SL or HL Computer Science Min. score of 4. OR  Physics Tests Alternative (C).

          * Direct Admission offers will be given to student who satisfy all direct admission requirements as first year student without taking remedial courses

          Conditional Admissions Criteria

          Major/Program  Name

          EmSAT Requirements

          All Engineering Programs / Mathematics/ Physics

          EmSAT English 1250

          EmSAT Math 1000

          EmSAT Physics 800

          Chemistry/ Earth Sciences

          EmSAT English 1250

          EmSAT Math 1000

          EmSAT Physics  OR Chemistry 800

          Biology

          EmSAT English 1250

          EmSAT Math 1000

          EmSAT Biology  OR Chemistry 800

          Computer Science

          EmSAT English 1250

          EmSAT Math 1000

          EmSAT Computer Science OR Physics 800

          * Conditional Admission offers will be given to student who satisfy all Conditional admission requirements But will require to take remedial courses.

          * Conditionally admitted students will be placed on partial OR full fee-paying scheme.

          Note: Not all the courses taken at the initial University will be transferred to KU. Make sure to provide a copy of the syllabi of all courses taken to be able to be considered for course transfers.

          High school students with Advanced Standing Credit (AP, IB, and “A” Levels)

          Khalifa University may award advanced standing credit for certain academic work completed prior to enrollment at the University.  This includes sufficiently high scores on some national/international secondary school examinations such as the College Board Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advance “A” Level GCE (General Certificate of Education).  This may make it possible for a student to complete the Bachelor’s degree in less than the normal duration or take other courses.

          Advanced Standing Credit may only be granted after the student has been fully admitted as a freshman to Khalifa University.  All students who would like to be considered for advanced standing credit must complete the Advanced Standing Credit Evaluation form at the Office of Admissions and provide either the original score certificate or an official copy from the appropriate examining agency.  Each student will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.   All students must submit their request for advanced standing credit evaluations within the first semester of their freshman year at Khalifa University.  Credits earned through “Advanced Standing” are considered “transfer credits” (non-residence credits) for degree requirement purposes. 

          For more information regarding “Advanced Standing Credit and Credit by Examination Policies and Procedures,” please visit: https://www.ku.ac.ae/advanced-standing-credit-and-credit-by-examination-policies-and-procedures/. 

          COLLEGE BOARD ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

          Khalifa University grants credit for a score of 4 or 5 on certain College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The University does not grant credit for secondary school courses teaching AP curricula, or partial credit for lower scores. If the AP exam is taken more than once, the higher score will be counted.

          All official AP scores should be sent directly to KU registration department by using our college code 7860.

          Details of credit for various exams appear below:

          AP EXAM SCORE RECEIVE CREDIT FOR
          Math: Calculus AB 4/5 MATH 111
          Math Calculus BC with AB sub-score 4/5 MATH 111
          Math: Calculus BC 4/5 MATH 111

          MATH 112 via credit-by-examination

          Physics A or B Any No Credit
          Physics C Mechanics 4/5 PHYS 121
          Physics C Electricity, Magnetism 4/5 PHYS 122
          Chemistry 4/5 CHEM 115
          Psychology 4/5 HUMA 140
          Computer Science A 4/5

          ENGR 112

          Biology 4/5

          BIOL 101 or 111

          INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

          Khalifa University grants credit for a score of 5 or higher on certain Higher Level (HL) International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. The University does not grant credit for secondary school courses teaching IB curricula, or partial credit for lower scores. If the IB exam is taken more than once, the higher score will be counted.

          Details of credit for various exams appear below:

          HL EXAM SCORE RECEIVE CREDIT FOR
          Mathematics 5/6/7 MATH 111
          Physics with Magnetism 5/6/7 PHYS 121 via credit by examination

          PHYS 122 via credit by examination

          Chemistry 5/6/7 CHEM 115
          Psychology 5/6/7 HUMA 140
          Computer Science 5/6/7 ENGR 112
          Biology 5/6/7

          BIOL 101 or BIOL 111 and BIOL 112 via credit by examination

          ADVANCE “A” LEVEL GCE (GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION).

          Khalifa University grants credit for a grade of B or higher on certain A-level exams. The University does not grant partial credit for lower grades. If the A-level exam is taken more than once, the higher grade will be counted.

          Details of credit for various exams appear below:

          A-LEVEL EXAM GRADE RECEIVE CREDIT FOR
          Mathematics B/A MATH 111
          Physics B/A PHYS 121 via credit by examination

          PHYS 122 via credit by examination

          Chemistry B/A CHEM 115
          Psychology B/A HUMA 140
          Sociology B/A HUMA 141
          Computer Science B/A ENGR 112
          Biology B/A

          BIOL 101 or BIOL 111 and BIOL 112 via credit by examination

          *Examination Policies and Procedures

          Required Documents that need to be submitted when applying online

          The following documents are required as part of the undergraduate admissions process:

          • A completed Khalifa University online application form
          • An attested copy of High School certificate.
            • Government high school students should submit a copy of their grade 12 first term certificate if the final certificate is not yet issued.
            • Private high school students should submit a copy of their final grade 10 and 11 certificates, in addition to a copy of their Grade 12 first term certificate, if the final certificate is not yet issued.
            • British System high school students should submit certificates of their O level, AS and A levels. If final certificates are yet to be issued, a letter from the school stating predicted grades is required.
          • TOEFL or IELTS certificates (original, plus an extra copy) if any.
          • Good Conduct Certificate
          • Passport
            • For UAE Nationals: front page and unified number page
            • For UAE Residents: Copy of passport name page and visa permit page
            • For International students outside the UAE: Copy of passport name page
          • Passport size photograph
          • For UAE Nationals and UAE Residents: Emirates ID (Front and Back)
          • For UAE Nationals Only: A complete copy of Khulasat Al Qaid (UAE National Family Book)

          IMPORTANT NOTES: Please provide the school’s grading scale equivalency where required. All foreign and private school certificates must be equated and attested by the Ministry of Education in UAE. Applications with missing documents will not be accepted.

          UAE Certificate of Equivalency Requirement for Applicants who hold Degrees from Universities outside the UAE
          • Applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from universities outside the UAE must present Certificate of Equivalency for their graduation certificates from the UAE Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Affairs Division.
          • Applicants who earned their degrees from universities inside the UAE may be required to present Certificate of Equivalency for their graduation certificates from the UAE Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Affairs Division. If this is required, Khalifa University’s Graduate Admissions Office will notify the applicants.
          • Please note that Khalifa University is not involved in the equivalency process. The UAE Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Affairs Division is fully responsible for issuing the Certificate Equivalency. 
          • To request a Certificate of Equivalency, you must register online by going to this link.
          • You can also access the MOE website by going to moe.gov.ae/en, select “E-Services – Service Catalog”, then select the “Certificate Equivalency – Higher Education” option.  You will be asked to create an online account and log in, fill in the e-application, submit and upload the required documents, and pay the applicable fees. For a detailed list of the requirements and documents, visit the Certificate Equivalency section on www.moe.gov.ae/en , or contact 80051115, or email equ.corr@moe.gov.ae
          • Applicants have to prepare and attest all the required university and high school certificates and transcripts from the country in which they graduated.
          • Equivalency applications have to be submitted in person in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Applications should be submitted at least one month prior to the first day of class.
          • Applicants who have applied for Certificate of Equivalency but have not concluded the Equivalency process by the time of registration would be given the chance to register for the first semester as long as they sign the Graduate Admission Contract.
            Personal Interview

            All students are required to submit a video recording as part of the application documents, replacing the traditional in-person interview. The video recording will be carefully reviewed by the Khalifa University admissions committee. During this assessment, students will be evaluated based on:


            • Proficiency in English communication
            • Familiarity with the relevant profession
            • Commitment to pursue a professional degree program
            • Reasons for choosing Khalifa University
            • Evaluation of potential leadership capabilities.

            The video recording, serving as an integral part of the application, ensures a comprehensive evaluation of each candidate’s suitability for admission.


            Step 4 : Review our scholarships for undergraduate Students

            Step 5 : Submit your application
            Online Application

            UAE National Students and International Students should apply online only if they meet the minimum admission requirements. We only accept completed online applications that include the grades of at least the first high school term of grade 12.

            • UAE Nationals and applicants with Emirati mothers who are graduating from high school this year should apply directly through the NAPO web portal by accessing the Ministry of Education website. (These applicants should NOT use the Khalifa University online application, instead they should only use the NAPO web portal application).
            • UAE Nationals and applicants with Emirati mothers who graduated in the last one or 2 years, should use the Khalifa University online application to submit their admission applications.
            • International students inside and outside the UAE should also use the Khalifa University online application to submit their admission applications.

            What happens after I apply?

            • Application Screening:

            All completed applications are screened thoroughly against Khalifa University admission requirements. All rejected applicants are notified.

            • Admission Documents And Assessments:

            All eligible applicants are invited to conduct a personal interview. Applicants should complete their admission documents before attending the Personal Interview.

            • Application Evaluation:

            The admission department will make recommendations regarding the qualified applicants through an internal process based on the admission assessments results and high school grades. The duration of this process will vary from one applicant to another based on different factors.

            • Final Decision:

            The admission committee will announce the admission decisions in an adequate time prior to the start of the semester. Each accepted applicant will be contacted and sent the admission offer. Rejected candidates will be notified too.

             



            Tuition Fees
            Undergraduate
            AED 2,500 per credit hour

            FAQs

            How can I apply to Khalifa University?

            UAE National Students who are graduating from Grade 12 this year should apply through the Ministry of Education website for Fall 2024 deadline is April 30th, 2024. https://www.moe.gov.ae/ar/EServices/Pages/napolanding.aspx

            Non – UAE National, Transfer students and previous year graduates should apply directly through the KU website. For Fall 2024, the undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree) online application is open until April 30th, 2024. No Application Fees. Khalifa University (ku.ac.ae)

            What are the requirements for admissions to Khalifa University?

            Click here to access the admission requirements for undergraduate studies at Khalifa University and be aware 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?

            Physics entrance exams may be administered by KU for selected international applicants on a case-by-case basis. However, applicants applying from inside UAE 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), English proficiency Exam (IELTS or TOEFL) and external advanced standing credits (AL, IB, AP) 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.


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            Contact Us
            Office of Student Recruitment and Admission
            Khalifa University of Science and Technology

            P.O Box : 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
            T: 02 3123333
            Call Center Working hours:
            7:30:AM – 5:00:PM
            E: ugadmissions@ku.ac.ae