Admission for Undergraduate Studies

To enrol in an undergraduate program at Canadian University Dubai you will need to meet the general requirements for admission and provide a certificate of English language proficiency. Some other prerequisites apply to specific programs.

To enrol in an undergraduate program at Canadian University Dubai you will need to meet the general requirements for admission and provide a certificate of English language proficiency. Some other prerequisites apply to specific programs; follow the links below to find out more.

1. General 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. 199/2019 and 883/2019 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 12 years of schooling
  • Equivalency Certificate, Issued by Ministry of Education in the UAE.
  • 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

2. English Proficiency Requirements

All students are required to provide a certificate of English proficiency, such as TOEFL (minimum score of PBT 500/61 iBT), IELTS (minimum band 5.0), EMSAT (Minimum Score 1100) or an equivalent standardized English language test that is internationally recognized. This condition of the admission policy applies to all students of all programs whose medium of instruction is English.

The minimum Score of English proficiency test is TOEFL score of 450 or its equivalent for programs whose medium of instructions is Arabic. Students should note that in order to transfer to a university in Canada a higher TOEFL score (normally a minimum of TOEFL 550) or its standardized equivalent may be required, depending on the admission conditions of our partner.

Exceptions:

  • A transfer student admitted to an undergraduate course in an English-medium institution that is recognized by the Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs (MOE), who can also provide evidence of having achieved a TOEFL score of 500 (or its standardized equivalent approved by the MOE) 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
  • An Emirates Standardized Test (EmSAT English Achieve) score of 1100 is equivalent to the minimum English Language Requirement to enter a Bachelor Degree program in the UAE.

Arabic Proficiency Requirements

Admission to Programs offered in Arabic Language requires a minimum score if 1000 in 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 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 the appropriate level of the EAP program based on their IELTS or TOEFL 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 one of the accredited programs, with the exception of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Applied Sociology, are required to fulfill 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 1500.

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. Program Specific Admission Requirements

Faculty of Architecture and Interior Design

Program Minimum High school Requirements Other Requirements
Bachelor of Architecture

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 speaker’s students can register for a non-credited Basic Arabic Language course)

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design *
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies - Building Information Modeling **
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 AED5000.
  • ** 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 *

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

EEmSAT 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 Software Design *
Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security *
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in Mechatronics
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 80% can be accepted conditionally during one semester subject to the following conditions:

  • The student must have graduated from the Science stream/equivalent
  • 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
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)

Passing a personal interview set by the faculty of Management is required

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

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
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 IELTS Academic score of 5.0 (or its equivalent)
Bachelor of Arts in Communication in Public Relations IELTS Academic score of 5.0 (or its equivalent)
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Management Advanced/ General Track: 60% / Equivalent EmSAT in English Language: Score of 1100 / equivalent
Bachelor of Science in Health Organization Management
Bachelor of Arts in Creative Industries Advanced / General Track: 75 % / Equivalent EmSAT in English Language: Score of 1250 / equivalent
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Arabic) Advanced/ General Track: 60% / Equivalent

EmSAT in English Language: Score of 950 / equivalent
EmSAT in Arabic : Score of 600 / equivalent

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sociology (Arabic)

EmSAT in English Language: Score of 950 / equivalent
EmSAT in Arabic : Score of 600 / equivalent

** 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 minimum TOEFL/IELTS English language proficiency requirement: these students may 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 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.
  • Exceptional accommodation for Fall 2020-2021: due to non-availability of TOEFL and IELTS test centers, holders of British high school system, US system, IB system and Indian system, and all systems using English as medium of instructions have once semester to submit the official score of the English proficiency test.

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

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

  • Complete an application online at  Apply online
  • Original and fully attested high school transcript grade 12 results (meeting minimum admission requirements for selected program)
  • Original high school transcript grade 10 and 11 results
  • Original and fully attested high school diploma/leaving certificate
  • Original high school equivalency certificate if required
  • Copy of Emirates ID
  • Original IELTS or TOEFL score
  • Proof of successful completion or a letter of exemption of military service from the National & Reserve Service Authority (UAE nationals only)
  • Applications from holders of High School Certificates are processed after payment of the non-refundable fee of 500 AED.

5.2 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. In addition to obtain Equivalency Certificate from 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. Foreign Equivalents

The following is a selected list of international equivalent admission requirements; if a prospective student does not see their educational system listed here, they should contact the Admissions Department for more detailed information.

American System: High school diploma (grade 9, 10, 11 & 12) with a minimum of 60% or with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and SAT with a minimum math score of 450.

British System (IGCSE and GCSE): Completion of at least seven (7) subjects including at least two (2) AS or one (1) A level subject. A minimum grade of C must be achieved for O level IGCSE or GCSE certificates; however, a minimum grade of D acceptable for subjects taken at AS level or A level GCSE. Furthermore, the applicant must provide evidence that they have attended school for at least 12 years by providing a school leaving certificate.

Canadian System: High school diploma (grade 9, 10, 11 & 12) with a minimum of 60% or with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 University Track Credits.

French Baccalaureate: Diplôme and transcripts with minimum grade 10 out of 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 50% and Grade 10 certificate results.

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.

Pakistani Board Certificates: Grade 12 certificate with a minimum percentage of 50% and Grade 10 certificate results.

Nigerian/West African System: WAEC, NECO, or WASSCE board certificate with a minimum of seven (7) subjects of C and above and secondary school transcript of results.

7. Deadlines for Admission

Applications for admissions are accepted year-round. Entry can be in the Fall, Spring or Summer.

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 him/her of the rejection.

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 faculty, 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 favor 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 visa 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 take a minimum of 10 additional working days.

The documents required are:
  • Colour passport photocopy
  • 4 colour 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.