Admission for Undergraduate Studies

 

1. General University Admission Requirements

 

Prospective students are welcome to apply for admission for CUD undergraduate programs if they

  • are holders of UAE secondary education certificate
  • Fulfil program-specific requirements to the program which are listed in the tables given below.

Holders of a non-UAE High School Certificate will be processed in accordance with decrees No. 199/2019 and 883 /2019 of His Excellency the Minister of Education UAE, as follows:

  • The High School certificate is valid for admission to a public university of the country in which it was issued
  • The High School certificate is obtained on completion of at least 12 years of schooling.
  • Equivalency Certificate is Issued by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
  • The High School certificate includes at least six (6) subjects covering the four core fields of: Mathematics, Sciences, Languages, and the Social Sciences & Humanities or Arts
  • The High School Certificate is the highest-level certificate if it is issued from a country that has two levels of High School Certificates

The applicant is also required to fulfil program-specific requirements to the program which are listed in the tables given below.

2. English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants, for an undergraduate program whose medium of instruction is English, are required to provide a valid English Language Proficiency Certificate with a minimum score of TOEFL (PBT 500/61 iBT), IELTS (band 5.0), EMSAT ( 1100), or one of the standardized English language test that is international, recognized test that is approved by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.

Note: Students who would like to enrol in the program Bachelor of Arts in Creative Industries are required to provide a valid English Language Proficiency Certificate with a minimum score of IELTS (band 5.5), EMSAT (1250), or one of the standardized English language test that is internationally recognized and approved by the ministry of education in the UAE.

Applicants, for an undergraduate program whose medium of instruction is Arabic, are required to provide a valid EMSAT – English certificate with a minimum score of 950, or one of the standardized English language tests which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.

Transferred students are required to present valid certification (EmSAT, TOEFL, IELTS, or other certification approved by the CAA) demonstrating the required language competency scores for full admission

Arabic Proficiency Requirements

Admission to Programs offered in the Arabic Language requires a minimum score of 1000 on EmSAT Arabic Language test.

3. Placement Tests

3.1 English

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 EmSAT/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 EmSAT/IELTS score. (EAP courses are not transferable). Students will be placed in the appropriate level of the EAP program based on their IELTS or EmSAT score.

Registered students in EAP are allowed to enrol in general education courses, in conjunction with the corresponding level of EAP.

3.2 Math

All students admitted to any of the accredited programs, with the exception of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Applied Sociology, are required to fulfil the Mathematics requirement. The math requirement may be met by passing the Math Placement Test OR providing a Grade 12 minimum Math score of 70% Advanced Stream OR SAT test minimum math score of 450/ Minimum EmSAT Math Score of 600.

Any student who has not met the mathematics requirement or achieved the required pass mark in the Mathematics Placement 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.

4. 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 who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement: these students must enroll in the EAP program in order to improve their English skills and achieve the required TOEFL/IELTS score.
  • Students who do not pass the Math Placement Test: these students must successfully complete the remedial math course before being allowed to register in any math course.
  • Students who have been unable to provide attested certificates or equivalency certificates: these students must provide the equivalency certificate before the end of their first semester.
  • Students who do not fulfil the program-specific minimum score of their High School Certificate may be granted conditional admission by the Dean of the Faculty. AN Undertaking must be signed by the student.

Conditionally admitted students due to nonfulfillment of the English Language Proficiency requirement can register only in a limited number of GED courses, along with one of the 3 levels of the EAP program, that does not require a good proficiency of the English Language. The maximum number of credit hours that can be completed before fulfilment of the English Language Proficiency requirement is limited to 12 credit hours.

Note: If the student fails to fulfil the English Language proficiency requirement at the end of the first semester, he is requested to enrol in EAP in his second semester and GED courses conditional on the total of earned GED credit hours and the registered ones do not exceed 12 credit hours.

  • Students, who are conditionally admitted for nonfulfillment of the average score in High School certificate, must register in at most 4 courses ( 12 credit hours) that were selected by the Dean or his representative who granted the conditional admission.
  • Students, who are conditionally admitted for pending results of EmSAT test due to the non-availability of seats, are allowed to register for 12 credit hours to be selected from the list of courses that are planned in the first semester.
  • Students, who are conditionally admitted for pending issuance of equivalency certificates, are allowed to register in 15 credit hours as per the study plan, knowing that CUD does not grant admission to holders of high school certificates that are unlikely to be equated by MOE.

If a student does not fulfil the specific probationary admission requirement, she/he may be subject to dismissal from the program or from the University.

Faculty of Architecture and Interior Design

Program Minimum High school Requirements Other Requirements
(Scores older than two years are not accepted)
Bachelor of Architecture

Advanced Track (or equivalent) 70%

General Stream (or equivalent) 90% and minimum score of 90% in Math and Science courses in high school. Must study one non-credit Physics/Science Course in the university during the first semester

EmSAT in English Language: Score of 1100 / equivalent

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design *
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies - Building Information Modelling **
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies - Sustainability **
  • *Important

    1. 1. The above requirements are the minimum academic requirements to be considered by the admission committee of each program
    2. 2. Bachelor program in Interior Design has a yearly cap of 20 seats per academic year. The admission decision to the program will be made on a competitive basis using High School Score and Portfolio. Admission committee will also inform applicants who are placed on the waiting list. Admitted students to BSc program in Interior Design will have to pay a nonrefundable seat reservation fee of AED 5000.

** The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program is designed as a pre-architecture degree as per the Canadian Education System. The program is not a degree in Architecture. Hence; it may not lead to employment as an Architecture professional but rather a pre-professional in the Architecture field.

Faculty of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology

Program Minimum High school Requirements Other Requirements
(Scores older than two years are not accepted)
Bachelor of Computer and Networking Engineering Technology

Advanced Track/ General track (or equivalent) 70%

EmSAT in English Language: Score of 1100/ equivalent

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science *

Advanced Track/ (or equivalent) 70%

General Stream (or equivalent) 90% and; minimum score of 90% in Math and Science courses in high school. Must study one non-credit Physics/Science Course in the university during the first semester

Bachelor of Science in Software Design *
Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security *
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in Mechatronics

Elite Track 75%

Advanced Track (or equivalent) 80%

General Stream (or equivalent) 90% and ;minimum score of 90% in Math and Science courses in high school. Must study one non-credit Physics/Science Course in the university during the first semester

EmSAT in English Language: Score of 1100/ equivalent

EmSAT in Mathematics : Score of 900/ equivalent

EmSAT in Physics : Score of 800/ equivalent

EmSAT in Arabic : Score of 600/ equivalent

(Alternatively, non-native Arabic speakers students can register for a non-credited Basic Arabic Language course)

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in Telecommunication
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in Electronics

* Conditional Acceptance (for the programs: B.Sc. in Computer Science, B.Sc. in Software Design and, B.Sc. in Cyber Security)

Those students who achieved high school score below 70% can be accepted conditionally during one semester subject to the following conditions:

  • The student must have graduated from the advanced track/equivalent; and
  • Should achieve a minimum grade of “C” in (MTH-112) Calculus I and (BCS-101) Elements of Computing 1.

Faculty of Management

Program Minimum High school Requirements Other Requirements
(Scores older than two years are not accepted)
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance

Elite track / Advanced Track 70% / Equivalent

General Track 75%,/Equivalent

EmSAT in English Language: Score of 1100 / equivalent
EmSAT in Mathematics : Score of 600 / equivalent
EmSAT in Arabic : Score of 600 / equivalent

(Alternatively, non-native Arabic speakers students can register for a non-credited Basic Arabic Language course)

Bachelor of Business Administration in Forensic Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration in Sports Management
Bachelor of Business Administration in Operations and Supply Chain Management
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business
Bachelor of Business Administration in Luxury Marketing
Bachelor of Business Administration in Events and Tourism
Bachelor of Business Administration in e-Business
Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management

A personal interview set by the faculty of Management is required.

Conditional admission can be allowed for not achieving the Arabic Language EmSAT score but not for English Language or overall High School Certificate.

Faculty of Communication, Arts and Sciences

Program Minimum High school Requirements Other Requirements
(Scores older than two years are not accepted)
Bachelor of Arts in Communication in Advertisement Advanced/ General Track: 70% / Equivalent EmSAT in English Language: Score of 1100 / equivalent
Bachelor of Arts in Communication in Journalism
Bachelor of Arts in Communication in Public Relations
Bachelor of Arts in Creative Industries

General Stream 75% /Equivalent

Advanced Stream 75% /Equivalent

EmSAT in English Language: Score of 1250
Program Minimum High school Requirements English/ Arabic Proficiency Requirements
(Scores older than two years are not accepted)
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Management

General Stream 60% /Equivalent

Advanced Stream 60% /Equivalent

EmSAT in English Language: Score of 1100/ equivalent

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (English)

Program Minimum High school Requirements English/ Arabic Proficiency Requirements
(Scores older than two years are not accepted)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (English) Advanced/ General Track: 60%/ Equivalent

EmSAT in English Language: Score of 1100/ equivalent

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Arabic)

Program Minimum High school Requirements English/ Arabic Proficiency Requirements
(Scores older than two years are not accepted)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Arabic) Advanced/ General Track: 60%/ Equivalent

EmSAT in English Language: Score of 950/ equivalent

EmSAT in Arabic : Score of 1000/ equivalent

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sociology (Arabic)
متطلبات إتقان اللغة الإنجليزية/ اللغة العربية الحد الأدنى من متطلبات الشهادة الثانوية البرنامج

اختبار الإمارات القياسي (EmSAT) في اللغة الإنجليزية بدرجة 950/ مايعادلها

اختبار الإمارات القياسي (EmSAT) في اللغة العربية بدرجة 1000/ مايعادلها

مستوى عام 60%

مستوى متقدم 60%

بكالوريوس الآداب في علم النفس
بكالوريوس الآداب في علم الاجتماع التطبيقي

 

5. Admission Requirements and Procedures

Prospective students can apply to any of our programs online at Apply online. Students are more than welcome to visit our campus for a personal tour, and one of our officers would be pleased to address any questions with their online application. Alternatively, inquiries can be sent to apply@cud.ac.ae.However, prospective students are obliged to abide by the endorsed health and safety measures as per the directives of the Ministry of Education, and Dubai Health Authority to access the Campus.
Once a student has submitted their completed application, they are assigned an Applicant ID by the Admissions Department. (This Applicant ID # should not be confused with the Student ID #, which is given only after a student has accepted an offer of admission).

5.1 Steps and Required Documents

Required Documents
  • Complete an application online at  Apply online
  • Certified copy of Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent.
  • Copy of student passport (valid).
  • Copy of residence visa for non-local students (valid).
  • Copy of Emirates ID
  • Copy of UAE National Family Registry for local students.
  • A valid English Language Proficiency Certificate (TOEFL, IELTS or EmSAT)
  • Proof of successful completion or a letter of exemption of military service from the National & Reserve Service Authority (UAE nationals male only)
  • Recent passport-size colored photograph.
  • Applications from holders of High School Certificates are processed after payment of the non-refundable fee of 525 AED.
Additional Requirements for Students holding Foregin Certificates
  • Document proving that the student completed 12 years of school.
  • Certified copy of grades 10,11, 12 certificates and Graduation certificate ( Diploma ).
  • Equivalent certificate from the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
Additional Requirements for Kuwait Students
  • Kuwaiti Nationals applicants must attach a copy of Kuwaiti Embassy Approval
Additional Requirements for Visiting Students
  • Approval letter from student's home university with a list of courses allowed to be taken at CUD.

5.2 Attestation of Documents and Certificates

Students who have graduated from High Schools in the UAE

UAE High School certificates are attested by the Ministry of Education in the UAE. In addition to obtaining an Equivalency Certificate from the Ministry of Education in the UAE.

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.
  • Certificates and transcripts must be attested by the UAE embassy or consulate in that same country.
  • If the student is not able to have the attestation completed by the UAE embassy or 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 must obtain Equivalency Certificate from the Ministry of Education in the UAE.

5.3 Students who have studied at Colleges/Universities Outside of the UAE

  • All Certificates and transcripts must be attested by the Ministry of Education in the country where the issuing institution is based.
  • Following that, the student also needs to have the certificates and transcripts attested by the UAE embassy or consulate in that same country.
  • If the student is not able to have the attestation completed by the UAE embassy or 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.
  • The student will also be required to obtain an equivalency document of all attested certificates from the Equivalency Department at the Ministry of Higher Education.

6. Non- UAE High School Certificates

We list the required conditions that must be fulfilled to be considered for the Equivalency of UAE High School Certificate.

American System:

  • The certificate is awarded after at least 12 years of schooling
  • Holder had successfully passed the grades (tenth, eleventh, and twelfth). The number of subjects in each grade should be at least five, the minimum score of success in each subject must not be less than (D) or 60%. Islamic education and Arabic language subjects are not counted
  • Holder had passed TOEFL (IBT) with a minimum score of 61 or (IELTS Academic) with a minimum score of 5 or (EmSAT - English) with a minimum score of 1100
  • Holder had passed EmSAT - Mathematics with a score not less than 500 or (SAT1-Math) with a minimum score of 450

Important:

Holders of American High School in UAE are required to fulfil the following :

  • EmSAT English with a minimum score of 1100
  • EmSAT -Mathematics with a minimum score of 500

For an applicant to be considered as a graduate of the advanced Track on the basis of the courses studied in the 12th year (Two Science and one Mathematics subject)

British System (IGCSE, GCSE, GCE):

A holder of a British system certificate is eligible for admission if the applicant :

  • has completed 13 years of study by the time she/he has finished secondary education and must provide proof thereof.
  • has completed at least 7 subjects with a minimum grade of C in 5 O-Level subjects, and minimum grade of D in 2 AS-Level subjects or 1 A-Level subject
  • Islamic education and Arabic language subjects are not counted among the 7 required subjects.

For an applicant to be considered as a graduate of the advanced Track in secondary education she/he must have successfully studied at least 2 Science and one Mathematics subject at O-Level and AS Level or A-Level.

Canadian System:

  • High school diploma (grade 10, 11 & 12) with a minimum of 60% or with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 University Track Credits.

Holders a certificate of one of French-Patterned Educational Systems as Algerian, Lebanese, Moroccan, Tunisian, and French.

A holder of a French certificate is eligible for admission if the applicant:

  • has completed 12 years of study by the time she/he has finished secondary education and must provide proof thereof
  • has completed the French Baccalaureate in any of the three tracks: Literature, Economics & social, or Scientific with a minimum score of 10/20

Iranian System:

  • Pre-university certificate and transcript of records with a minimum grade of 12 out of 20.

Indian Board Certificates:

  • Grade 12 certificate with a minimum percentage of 55% and Grade 10 marks.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program:

  • IB Diploma with completion of six (6) subjects, at least three (3) at the higher level (HL), and a minimum total of 24 points.
  • The certificate is awarded after at least 12 years of schooling
  • The student must pass one of the two tracks:

First track:

Successful completion of the IB Diploma (Islamic education should not be counted among the subjects required for obtaining the Diploma).

Second Track:

The student had passed six IB subjects according to the following conditions

  • The grade of any subject shall not be less than three
  • The total number of points must not be less than 24
  • The six subjects completed by the student in the IB should cover subjects (English, mathematics, and one subject of sciences) at the SL or HL.
  • Islamic education should not be counted among the six subjects required for equivalency.

Pakistani Board Certificates:

  • Completion certificate of Grade 12 with a minimum percentage of 55% and Grade 10 certificate results.

Nigerian/West African System:

  • WAEC, NECO, or WASSCE board certificate with a minimum of 7 subjects of C and above and secondary school transcript of results.

Prospective students who are the holder of another high School Certificate are invited to contact the admissions department for the requirements of equivalency of their certificate to the UAE High School certificate.

7. Deadlines for Admission

Applications for admissions are accepted year-round. Entry can be in the Fall, Spring or Summer. However, course registration must be completed before the end of the registration week as shown on the academic calendar which is available at https://www.cud.ac.ae/academic-calendar#undergraduate

7.1 Letter of Admission

Upon successful completion of the admission process, the student will receive either a conditional acceptance or fully admitted letter issued by the Admissions Department. If the student is rejected, he or she will also receive a letter notifying the rejection of his/her application.

The admission letter is valid only for the semester which is shown in the Admission letter.

8. Admission Appeals

Should a student’s Application for Admission be rejected, he/she may appeal the decision as follows:

  • Inform the Admissions Office of his/her dissatisfaction and request a review, in writing, 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 Leader and two faculties, one from the relevant Department and one from a different Department.
  • 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 Registrar for his/her approval.
  • The Admissions Office will inform the applicant of the decision in writing.

The decision of the Registrar is final and binding. Should the decision be in favour of the applicant, the applicant will be admitted to his/her chosen program, or an alternative should no place be available in his/her chosen program. Under no circumstance will a student already admitted to the University be disadvantaged by the findings of the Review Panel.

9. Student Visa

International and non-national students are eligible for a UAE Student Residence Visa sponsored by Canadian University Dubai. These visas are only issued to full-time students (students enrolled in 4 courses or more per semester) who have been accepted to the University and have paid the required deposits and fees.

Student visas are valid for a period of 12 months and renewable per the duration of the student’s program of study. Visas must be renewed or cancelled within an acceptable period before expiry while in the UAE. Failure to renew or cancel your visa accordingly may result in an absconding status with UAE Immigration and forfeiting of your visa deposit.

Students with abscondment status will be dismissed from the university and returned to their home country.

Transfer of visas from other institutions is a lengthy process. Students should cancel their visa at their previous academic institution and Canadian University Dubai will apply for a new visa.

Once all the documents are available it takes a minimum of 3 working days to process the visa. Completion of medical and stamping of the visa on the passport takes a minimum of 10 additional working days.

The documents required are:
  • Color passport photocopy
  • 4 color passport photographs (Submitted with Application for Admission)
  • Letter of Acceptance from the University with course details and duration.



*Note that the University cannot guarantee that you will be granted a student visa.

Falsified Admission Documents

Students found to have submitted falsified documents will be dismissed from the university with no refunds and reported to the appropriate authorities.