Frequently Asked Questions

  • WHICH COUNTRIES AND CITIES I CAN TRANSFER TO?

    1. CUD has a great track record in transferring students to partner and non-partner universities across the world. Students should meet the admission criteria of the chosen university, and the program chosen should be similar to the one provided at CUD.
    2. CUD has credit recognition agreements with institutions in Canada, please contact our international education office or visit http://www.cud.ac.ae/international-education/study-canada.
  • WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

    Each university in Canada has its own policy regarding admission requirements – students should meet the admission criteria such as the CGPA, Language requirement, course pre-requisites per individual school guidelines. In essence, it is a case by case basis. Contact our international office directly for all the admission requirements of the program you’re interested in.

  • WHAT ARE THE FEES?

    1. Studying abroad can be expensive, but Canada offers the lowest tuition rates for foreign students compared to the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.
    2. This means you can pursue your studies in a globally recognized program of your choice at one of Canada’s top universities for nearly half of what it would cost to attend an equally reputable program at a private U.S. university.
      1. Tuition fees ranges from 15000$ to 35000$ CAD per academic year.
  • ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES COST?

    1. Many institutions have accommodation located on or near campus. Dorms generally have a shared kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities. Some offer optional meal plans.
    2. If you choose to live off-campus, prices may be lower but will include the additional cost of furnishings, hydro, electricity and/or other miscellaneous expenses.
    3. Rent can depend on the location. Expect to pay from 400-1500 CAD per month, depending on the city.
  • ARE THERE ANY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

    1. A variety of programs and funding is available to non-Canadians who want to study in Canada. For more information on specific scholarships, consult the website of the Canadian embassy or consulate responsible for your country.
      1. The majority of Canadian universities offer some form of financial assistance for international students studying at the graduatelevel. Assistance may include:
        1. Teaching/Department Assistantships
        2. Research Funds
        3. University Graduate Scholarships
        4. External Scholarships
        5. Bursaries

        N.B.: The value of these awards will vary significantly by department as well as by institution. International students may also qualify for Canadian government financial assistance or external scholarships.

        CUD DOES NOT OFFER TRANSFERRING STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIPS.
    2. Canadian governmental organizations offer students scholarships based on family academic grades, nationality, income and situation. Students are welcome to research online through https://w03.international.gc.ca/scholarships-bourses/scholarshipnoncdn-boursenoncdn.aspx?lang=eng to view which government scholarship they may be entitled to (per nationality basis).
  • CAN I OBTAIN CITIZENSHIP IN THIS COUNTRY?

    1. To work in Canada after you graduate, you can apply to have your student visa transferred to work permit, under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). If you want to stay in Canada as a permanent resident after you graduate, there are a number of programs available, each with its own requirements please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-postgrad.asp;
    2. It is currently easier to become a Canadian citizen through studies in Canada than it is as a refugee or immigrant.
  • WHAT IS THE MIN. CUD TRANSFER GPA FOR PARTNER UNIVERSITIES? NON-PARTNER UNIVERSITIES?

    Admission is competitive. In the past, the average for admission has ranged from a 3.0CGPA to a 3.90 CGPA depending on the program and university chosen.

  • MINIMUM CUD IELS / TOEFL SCORES

    Generally, we advise students to pursue a IELS exam score as it is an international standardized score;
    Table below demonstrates the minimum requirements; some programs may require a higher score. Please contact international education office for more information (institutional TOEFL is NOT accepted):

    TestMinimum Score - Admission
    Test Minimum Score - Admission
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)* 237 (computer-based)
    90 (iBT) and no lower than 20 in each band
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5 overall and no lower than 6.0 in each band
    Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 81
    Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL) 70
  • RESIDENCE AND/OR APARTMENT RENTAL – DOES CUD HELP WITH RELOCATION?

    Once you have received your acceptance from a university, they will provide you with all necessary information about accommodation.

  • VISA PROCESSING:

    VISA application needs to be completed in person by the student – as per Canadian laws and regulations. Please visit for the complete information.http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/study.asp

  • FLIGHT DISCOUNTS – DOES CUD OFFER FLIGHTS OR HELP WITH BURSARIES FOR THE COSTS OF TRAVELS?

    No – CUD cannot assist students wishing to transfer to Canada through discounts, bursaries and scholarships. However, students can liaise with the relevant university of choice transferred to, as some universities do provide discounted flights for international students.

  • CAN A STUDENT RE-TRANSFER BACK CREDITS TAKEN AT A FOREIGN UNIVERSITY IF THEY CHOOSE TO COME BACK AND COMPLETE THEIR DEGREE AT CUD?

    Yes – so long as the courses taken at the university fit into CUD’s programs, please get in touch with your academic advisor for more information.

  • WHAT PROGRAMS ARE COMPATIBLE BETWEEN CUD AND PARTNER UNIVERSITIES?

    Please refer to our website for all the agreements: http://www.cud.ac.ae/international-education/study-canada

  • WILL STUDENTS LOSE ANY CREDITS AND/OR YEARS IF TRANSFERRING TO A PARTNER UNIVERSITY?

    Some transfer credits granted may not fit into a degree dependent on the program of choice. New students should make an appointment with the international education office. This is dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
    CUD can only make recommendations and guide the student wishing to transfer – however students need to understand that the partner university may not approve all of the credits and may ask the student to retake a credit from a lower year or prerequisite.