Admission Requirements

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; 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 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.
  • 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 Certificates must submit the higher level of the two certificates.

Additional requirements for all programs delivered in the Arabic language:

  • EmSAT Arabic Language (Minimum score 1000)

2. English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants to our undergraduate programs are required to provide a certificate of English proficiency, such as TOEFL (minimum score of PBT500/ 61 iBT), IELTS (minimum band 5.0), EmSAT English (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, except for those students applying for the Bachelor of Arts in Communication program in Arabic and Bachelor of Arts in Creative Industries. Students applying for the Arabic language program need a minimum TOEFL score of 450 or its equivalent (but may be granted conditional admission with a TOEFL score of 400; refer to the Conditional Admission section for more information).

Students applying for the Creative Industries program need a minimum TOEFL score of 550 or an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 or its established equivalent. Students should note that in order to transfer to a university in Canada a higher TOEFL score (normally a minimum of 550) or its standardized equivalent may be required, depending on the institution concerned.

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 Achievement) score of 1100 is equivalent to the minimum English Language Requirement to enter a Bachelor’s program in the UAE.

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/EmSAT 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/EmSAT score. (EAP courses are not transferable). Students will be placed in the appropriate level of the EAP program based on their IELTS, TOEFL 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 an accredited program, with the exception of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Bachelor of English Language and Translation programs, are required to fulfil the Mathematics requirement. The Math requirement can be met by passing the Math Placement Test OR providing a Grade 12 minimum Math score of 70% in the Science stream OR a SAT test minimum math score of 400*.

*Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Network Engineering programs require a higher math score; refer to section 4.1.for details.

Students who have not met the Mathematics requirement or achieved the required pass mark in the Mathematics Placement Test may be granted conditional admission, however, these 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 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 Public Health & Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Arabic)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication (English)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Translation
  • Bachelor of Arts in Creative Industries

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

4.1. 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%.
Math Placement Test OR Grade 12 minimum Math score of 85% in the Science stream OR a SAT test minimum Math score of 450.

4.2. Bachelor of Architecture

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

4.3. Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

UAE High School Certificate – Science Stream (or equivalent) with a minimum average of 70%.
UAE High School Certificate – Literary Stream (or equivalent) with a minimum average of 70% and a minimum score of 70% in Mathematics.

4.4. Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Arabic & English)

Arabic

In addition to the minimum High School entry average score of 70%, students looking to enrol in communication programs need to satisfy the following specific entry requirements:

  • Successfully passing multiple mini interviews (MMI)
  • A minimum entry TOEFL score of 450 (or its equivalent)
English

In addition to the minimum High School entry average score of 70%, students willing to enrol in communication programs need to satisfy the following specific entry requirements:

  • Successfully passing multiple mini interviews (MMI)
  • A minimum entry TOEFL score of 500 (or its equivalent)
Conditional Admission

Applicants who do not fully meet the program entry requirements stated above may be offered a conditional admission (acceptance) if the following circumstances are met:

  • A minimum High School entry average score of 60% for both Arabic and English streams
  • Successfully passing multiple mini interviews (MMI)
  • This conditional admission will be waived if the student achieves a CGPA of 2.0 or more before the end of the first enrolment year. Otherwise, the student will be dismissed from the program.

4.5. Bachelor of Arts in Creative Industries

High School Certificate with a minimum of 75% or its equivalent.

This minimum score may be lowered to 70% for applicants having a good portfolio related to creative industries

TOEFL score of 550 or its equivalent IELTS 5.5.

5. Admission Requirements and Procedures

Prospective students can apply to any of our programs online at ApplyOnline. You are welcome to visit our campus for a personal tour, and one of our officers would be pleased to address any questions with the online application. Alternatively, inquiries can be sent to apply@cud.ac.ae.

Once you have submitted a completed application, you will be 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

You can fill out an application online at ApplyOnline and submit the following documentation to complete the process.

  • Original and fully attested High School transcript for grade 12 results (meeting minimum admission requirements for selected program)
  • Original High School transcripts for grade 10 and 11 results
  • Original and fully attested High School diploma/leaving certificate
  • Original High School equivalency certificate if required
  • Copy of Passport
  • 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 a 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. Students may also be asked to obtain equalization from the UAE Ministry of Education.

Students who have graduated from High Schools outside the UAE
  1. High School certificates and transcripts must be attested by the Ministry of Education in the country where the issuing High School is based.
  2. Following that, students also need to have the certificates and transcripts attested by the UAE embassy or consulate in that same country.
  3. If a 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.
  4. Students may be required to obtain equalization from the UAE Ministry of Education*.

*Students who completed their studies in an Arabic curriculum within another GCC country do not need to obtain an equivalency certificate

5.3. 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, students also needs to have the certificates and transcripts attested by the UAE embassy or consulate in that same country.
  3. If a 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.
  4. Students will also be required to obtain an equivalency certificate of all attested documents from the Equivalency Department at the Ministry of Education.

6. Foreign Equivalents

The following is a selected list of international equivalent admission requirements; if you do not see your educational system listed here, you can contact the Admissions Department 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 and SAT with a minimum Math score of 400.

British System (IGCSE and GCSE): Completion of at least seven (7) subjects including a minimum of five O level subjects and sufficient required AS/A level subjects. A minimum grade of C must be achieved for O level IGCSE or GCSE certificates; however, a minimum grade of D is acceptable for subjects taken at AS level or A level GCSE. All British Curriculum applicants must provide evidence that they have attended school for at least 12 years by providing a school leaving certificate and a High School equivalency certificate.

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.

French Baccalaureate: Diplome 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 7 subjects of C and above and secondary school transcript of results.

7. Conditional Admission

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

  1. 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.
  2. Students who do not pass the Mathematics requirement: these students must successfully complete the necessary remedial-math course before being allowed to register in any math or math-related courses.

A student who does not fulfil their specific probationary admission requirements may be subject to full financial penalties and dismissal from the University.

8. Deadlines for Admission

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

8.1. Letter of Admission

Upon successful completion of the admission process, you will receive either a conditional acceptance or fully admitted letter issued by the Admissions Department. If a student’s application is declined, they will also receive a letter notifying them of the reason for rejection.

9. 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 Chair and two faculty members, one from the relevant School and one from a different school.
  • The applicant may deliver 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 the chosen program. Under no circumstance will a student already admitted to the University be disadvantaged by the findings of the Review Panel.

10. Student Visa

Student UAE residence visas are issued for 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.

Visa transfer 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 4 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.
Falsified Admission Documents

Students found to have submitted falsified documents will be dismissed from the University.