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. Admissions for the Fall 2022 term are open until 3 June 2022.


Step 3 : Review the admission requirements (New Admission Criteria)

Minimum EmSAT Admission Requirements (New Admission Criteria)
  • Minimum score of achievement in each of the following EmSAT subjects: Math 1000, Physics 800, Arabic 700,  Computer Science 800 (Java or C++ or Python), one elective from Chemistry or Biology 800, and English 1250 to be conditionally accepted into the Foundation program.

or:

  • Minimum score of achievement in each of the following EmSAT subjects: Math 1250, Physics 1000, Computer Science 800 (Java or C++ or Python), Arabic 700, one elective from Chemistry or Biology 800, and English 1400 to be fully accepted into freshman year.

For non-Arabic speakers, the EmSAT Arabic exam is not mandatory.

For more information on the EmSAT exam, please click here.

Applicants with UAE School Certificates (UAE Locals and Expats inside the UAE) (New Admission Criteria)

Applicant should have graduated from high school no later than two years prior to the current year. Applicant must hold a UAE Secondary School Certificate with a minimum average of 75% or its equivalent.

In addition, all applicants coming from high schools inside the UAE, need to meet the below EmSAT requirements:

    • Minimum score of achievement in each of the following EmSAT subjects: Math 1000, Physics 800, Arabic 700,  Computer Science 800 (Java or C++ or Python), one elective from Chemistry or Biology 800, and English 1250 to be conditionally accepted into the Foundation program.

    or:

    • Minimum score of achievement in each of the following EmSAT subjects: Math 1250, Physics 1000, Computer Science 800 (Java or C++ or Python), Arabic 700, one elective from Chemistry or Biology 800, and English 1400 to be fully accepted into freshman year.

    For non-Arabic speakers, the EmSAT Arabic exam is not mandatory.

    For more information on the EmSAT exam, please click here.

 

 

International Applicants Outside UAE

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 in all 3 AP courses including Math, Physics, & Chemistry
  • SAT Math score 700 and above

British Curriculum (IGCSE)

  • Minimum grade of C in Eight IGCSE: 5 O Subjects including Math, Physics, & Chemistry,  and 3 AS/A subjects including Math, Physics, & Chemistry

IB Curriculum  

  • Minimum score of 4 out of 7 in all courses including Math, Physics, & Chemistry

Proof of any one of the below English language proficiency certificates:

  • IELTS (Academic) minimum score of 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT minimum score of 79

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,

MATH 112 via credit by examination

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,

MATH 112 via credit by examination

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.

Full Admission Requirements (New Admission Criteria)

In addition to the minimum admission criteria, to be considered for full-admission (First/Freshman Year), applicants must also satisfy the following requirements:

  • Proof of English language proficiency, which may take one of the following forms:
    • 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).

    Note: TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years only and should be taken from an approved testing center. (TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language | IELTS – International English Language Testing System)

  • A minimum EmSAT Math score of 1250
  • A minimum EmSAT English score of 1400
  • A minimum EmSAT Physics score of 1000
  • A minimum EmSAT Arabic score of 700 (For non-Arabic speakers, the EmSAT Arabic exam is not mandatory)
  • A minimum EmSAT Computer Science score of 800 (Java or C++ or Python) 
  • One EmSAT elective Chemistry or Biology minimum score of 800
  • Satisfactory entrance interview
Conditional Admission Requirements (New Admission Criteria)

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for full admission as freshmen in English and who have been judged to have the potential to reach these standards, may be offered conditional admission and required to complete the Preparatory Program within a maximum of 12 months. In addition to the minimum admission criteria, to be considered for conditional admission (Foundation Year), applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Proof of English language proficiency which may take one of the following forms:
    • A minimum academic IELTS score of 5.5 out of 9.0; or
    • A minimum EmSAT English score of 1250; or
    • Equivalent in other tests approved by the Ministry of Education.
  • A minimum EmSAT Math score of 1000
  • A minimum EmSAT English score of 1250
  • A minimum EmSAT Physics score of 800
  • A minimum EmSAT Arabic score of 700 (For non-Arabic speakers, the EmSAT Arabic exam is not mandatory)
  • A minimum EmSAT Computer Science score of 800 (Java or C++ or Python) 
  • One EmSAT elective Chemistry or Biology minimum score of 800
  • Satisfactory entrance interview

The Preparatory Program is an intensive, full-time program of developmental study in academic and technical English, mathematics, physics and chemistry required for success in a Khalifa University degree program. Students who successfully complete the program are offered full admission into the degree programs.

Students who are not able to achieve the standard for successful completion of the Preparatory Program within 12 months will have their conditional admission withdrawn, and they will be asked to leave the University.

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 must participate in a personal interview conducted by a Khalifa University admissions committee.


    During the interview, students will be assessed on:

    • Ability to communicate in English
    • Familiarity with the relevant profession
    • Commitment to pursue a professional degree program
    • Reasons for wanting to attend Khalifa University
    • Potential leadership capabilities in the UAE
    Transfers from Other Universities

    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.
    • Should satisfy the minimum EmSAT requirements for direct admission to the First year at KU: Math 1250, Physics 1000, Computer Science 800 (Java, or C++, or Python), Arabic 700, one elective from Chemistry or Biology 800, and English 1400.
    • Should satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement by achieving one of the following scores:
      • 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).

    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.


    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
    Preparatory (Foundation) Program
    AED 16,000 per course
    Undergraduate
    AED 3,333 per credit hour

    FAQs

    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. 


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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
    Toll Free: 800332211
    T: +971-(0)2-4018000
    E: admissions@ku.ac.ae