Business hours

Sun – Thur 8:00 - 19:00
Saturday 9:00 - 16:00

Address

P.O.Box 117781
Tel + 971 (4) 321 9090
Email info@cud.ac.ae
Location 1st Interchange,
Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Appplicants for admission to Canadian University Dubai should satisfy the following minimum University admission requirements:

The UAE High School Certificate or its equivalent is required with an average score of 60% or more (an average of 70% or more is required for entry into some of the academic programs; see the Program Specific Requirements section for more information).

A High School Certificate obtained abroad must be processed in accordance with decrees No. 200/2004 and 312 /2004 of His Excellency the Minister of Education UAE, as follows:

Broadly, a holder of the National High School Certificate of a foreign country is eligible for admission if:

  • The certificate is valid for admission to a public university of the Country in which it was issued
  • The certificate was obtained on completion of at least 11 years of schooling
  • The certificate includes at least six (6) subjects covering the four core fields of: Mathematics, Sciences, Languages, and the Social Sciences & Humanities or Arts
  • A holder of High School Certificates from any country that has two levels of High School Certificate must submit the higher level of certificate

English Proficiency Requirements

All undergraduate academic programs at Canadian University Dubai have an English proficiency requirement. Students are required to provide a certificate of English proficiency, such as TOEFL (minimum score of PBT500/173 iBT), IELTS (minimum band 5.0) an equivalent standardized English language test that is internationally recognized.

TOEFL

We offer a convenient on campus Institutional TOEFL assessment service for all prospective and currently enrolled students. The Institutional TOEFL test assesses a students' proficiency level in three different skills — reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and structure and written expression. Tests are carried out on a regular basis and dates are published in advance on our website. Students may also obtain additional information on pricing, timings and apply for the test through the Registration Department. For more information and test schedule please check TOEFL test dates

IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world's most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration with more than two million tests taken in the past year.

IELTS results are recognized by more than 9,000 organizations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world. IELTS is a test of all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

For more information check IELTS
For IELTS test schedule please check IELTS Schedule

PTE-Academic

The Pearson Test of English – Academic (PTE-A) is available in over 250 locations across more than 50 countries worldwide. There are two test centers in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi that administer the computer based test, and results are typically received within 5 days. Students who choose to take the PTE-A should assign Canadian University Dubai as their institution of choice so their score can be validated.

CUD recognizes the PTE-Academic as per the conversion below.

PTE-Academic Score IELTS Equivalent Score
36 5.0
51 6.0

EXCEPTIONS TO ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

A transfer student admitted to an undergraduate course in an English-medium institution that is recognized by the Ministry of Education: Higher Education Affairs who can also provide evidence of having achieved a TOEFL score of 500 (or its standardized equivalent approved by the Ministry) upon admission to the sending institution's undergraduate program. A verified true copy of the test result held by the sending institution may be sent directly to the University.

ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES

Only admitted students who have achieved the minimum English proficiency requirement will be allowed to register for courses as per their study plan without any further intensive pre-university English courses.

Admitted students with a TOEFL/IELTS score less than the specified minimum requirement will need to register for the University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program to help them attain the required higher TOEFL/IELTS score. (EAP courses are not transferable). Students will be placed in one of three different levels of the EAP program based on their score on the English Placement Test.

Registered students in EAP are allowed to enroll in some general education courses, in conjunction with EAP, up to a maximum of 15 credits.

Math Placement Test

All students admitted to any one of the accredited programs, with the exception of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Bachelor of English Language and Translation programs, are required to pass a Mathematics Placement Test. Any student who does not achieve the required pass mark in this test may be granted conditional admission - but such students will not be permitted to register in any Math or Statistics courses, or any course that has a math prerequisite, until the successful completion of the necessary remedial-math course.

Program Specific Requirements

Students holding literary certificates can be admitted to the following programs:

  • Any major offered by the School of Business Administration
  • Any major offered by the School of Environment & Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication (English)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Translation

Students holding science certificates can be admitted to any program. There are specific additional requirements for the following:

Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Network Engineering

UAE High School Certificate – Science Stream (or equivalent) with a minimum average of 70%.

Bachelor of Architecture

UAE High School Certificate – Science Stream (or equivalent) with a minimum average of 70%.

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

UAE High School Certificate – Science Stream (or equivalent) with a minimum average of 70%.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication (English)

In addition to the minimum high-school entry average score of 70%, students willing to enroll in communication programs need to satisfy the following specific entry requirements:

  • Passing successfully multiple mini interviews (MMI)
  • A minimum entry TOEFL score of 500 (or its equivalent)

Applicants failing to fully achieve the program entry requirements as stated above may be offered a conditional admission (acceptance) if the following conditions are met:

  • A minimum high-school entry average score of 60%
  • Passing successfully multiple mini interviews (MMI)

As per the standard of the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), applicants who are granted conditional admission need to clear all admission requirements before full admission to the program.

Application & Document Requirements

Prior to enrollment, you must ensure that the following steps have been completed and remember that original copies of your documents will need to be submitted to your Recruitment Officer or the Registration Department:

  • Complete your application online
  • Certified copy of the Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent. Grade transcript must be attached for non UAE High School Certificates  
  • A scanned copy of your passport
  • Six (6) photographs (passport size) with full name written of the back of each
  • A certificate of English proficiency such as: TOEFL with a minimum score of (500), or IELTS with a minimum score of (5.0) or equivalent.  
  • Applications from holders of High School Certificates are processed after payment of the non-refundable fee of 500 AED.

  Original documents must be seen for full admission

Prospective students can apply to any of our programs online at Apply online

Once a student has created their profile through the Application Portal, they will be able to continue to update, submit, monitor and track their application with the same profile.

Prospective students are welcome to visit our campus for a personal tour, and one of our Recruitment Officers would be pleased to answer any questions and assist with our online application.

Attestation of Documents and Certificates

Students who have graduated from High Schools within the UAE

UAE High School certificates are attested by the Ministry of Education in the UAE which is located in Academic City.

Students who have graduated from High Schools outside the UAE

  • High School certificates must be attested by the Ministry of Education in the country where the issuing High School is based.
  • Following that, the student also needs to have the certificate(s) attested by the UAE consulate in that same country.
  • If the student is not able to have attestation completed by the UAE consulate in that same country, they may also be able to obtain the same attestation or equalization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Consulate of the particular country they studied in.

Students who have studied in Colleges/Universities outside the UAE

  1. All Certificates and transcripts must be attested by the Ministry of Education in the country where the issuing institution is based.

  2. Following that, the student also needs to have the certificates and transcripts attested by the UAE consulate in that same country.

  3. If the student is not able to have the attestation completed by the UAE consulate in that same country, they may also be able to obtain the same attestation or equalization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Consulate of the particular country they studied in.
    NB. The student will also be required to obtain an equivalency document of all attested certificates from the Equivalency Department at the Ministry of Education: Higher Education Affairs.

Foreign Equivalents

Given that different countries follow distinct educational systems, there are admission requirements in place that pertain to the various systems. The following is a list of just some of these international equivalent admission requirements; if a prospective student does not see his or her educational system listed here, he/she should contact the Admissions Department at apply@cud.ac.ae for more detailed information.

American system: High School Diploma (grade 10, 11 & 12) with a minimum of 60% or with a minimum CGPA of 2.00.

British system (IGCSE and GCSE): Completion of at least seven (7) subjects at O level IGCSE or GCSE with a minimum grade of C. However, a minimum grade of D or E is acceptable for subjects taken at AS level or A level GCSE, respectively. The 7 subjects must cover four areas at least, out of the following: Math, Languages, Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, Arts and Design. Furthermore, the applicant must provide evidence that he/she has attended school for at least 11 years by providing a school Leaving Certificate.

Canadian system: Secondary School Diploma with 60% minimum.

French Baccalaureate: Minimum grade 10 out of 20.

Iranian system: Pre-University Certificate with a minimum grade of 12 out of 20.

Indian system: Grade 12 Certificate with a minimum percentage of 35%.

International Baccalaureate (IB):

  • Completion of six (6) subjects with three (3) at the higher level and a minimum of 24 points.

Pakistani Board(s) Certificates: Higher Secondary School Certificate (Part II) with a minimum percentage of 35%.

Nigerian System: A senior secondary school certificate granted by either the WAEC, NECO, or WASSCE board with a minimum of 7 subjects of D and above. The calculated average will be used to determine program entry.

Conditional Admission

An applicant who does not meet all of the University Admission requirements may be granted conditional admission. The possible circumstances under which such conditional admission may be granted include:

  • Students from the UAE System of Education who do not meet the minimum high school requirements can enroll in our Foundation Program to upgrade their academic standing to the required admission standards of the University.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL/IELTS English language proficiency requirement: these students may enrol in the EAP program in order to improve their English skills and achieve the required TOEFL/IELTS score.
  • Students who do not pass the Mathematics Placement Test: these students must successfully complete the necessary remedial-math course before being allowed to register in any math or math-related courses.
  • Students who have been unable to provide attested certificates or equalization certificates: these students must provide the appropriate certification by the end of their first academic semester.

If a student does not fulfill his or her specific probationary admission requirements, he or she may be subject to dismissal from the University.

Admission Appeals

The following Appeal process is available and may be followed if an applicant is not satisfied with the reason for rejection given by the Admissions Office:

  • The applicant must inform the Admissions Office of his/her dissatisfaction and request a review within thirty (30) days of having received the written reason for the rejection;
  • The Admissions Office will acknowledge receipt of the applicant’s request and forward it to the Admissions Review Panel which is composed of the program Chair (or, if not available, the school dean) and two faculty members of the school;
  • The applicant may make a presentation to the Panel, but may not be represented by a third party at the Panel;
  • The Panel will submit their decision to the relevant Dean for his/her approval; then,
  • Once the Admissions Office receives the Dean’s approval of the Panel’s decision, the applicant will be informed appropriately.

The decision of the Admissions Review Panel is final and binding. Should the Panel find in favor of the applicant, the applicant will be admitted to his/her chosen program or an alternative should no places be available in his/her chosen program.

Under no circumstance will a student already admitted to CUD be disadvantaged by the findings of a Review Panel.