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Undergraduate : Admission

Documentation

Students should be aware that all original records, letters and other documents provided to AUD as part of the admissions process will remain university property. Physical records for rejected applicants and “no-shows,” which are not collected within two years of submission, are destroyed.

High School Certificate Attestation

Applicants from schools in the UAE who intend to seek UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research attestation of their university degrees should consult the Ministry for the requirements of high school attestation/equivalency prior to commencing their studies at AUD.

  • High school diplomas and transcripts obtained in the UAE must be attested by the UAE Ministry of Education.
High school diplomas and transcripts obtained abroad must be attested by: (1) the Ministry of Education of the country of study; (2) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in/of that country; and, (3) the UAE Embassy in that country or the Embassy of the country of study in the UAE and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Process / Requirements

The university reserves the right to evaluate the adequacy of all credentials submitted for admission. Furthermore, students are reminded that omission or falsification of information constitutes sufficient reason for rejection or dismissal. This dismissal, requiring the President’s approval, may occur at any time during a student’s residence at AUD; i.e., upon discovery of the omission/falsification.

All students seeking admission to the university must submit the following:

  • A completed Application for Admission.

  • Non-refundable application fee of AED 200. A reservation deposit (non-refundable) of AED 5,000, which is fully applied toward tuition, is required upon acceptance (including conditional) for admission. Due to the high number of applicants, students are requested to pay this deposit within two months of the start of the term of entry. No application will be accepted after this date without the reservation deposit.

  • An official UAE high school/secondary school certificate or its equivalent as approved by the Ministry of Education and an official high school/secondary school transcript (academic record) in the original covering the last three years and reflecting a good academic standard.
    • Required averages vary by school systems. Students should consult an AUD Admissions Coordinator for pertinent requirements.

    • For British qualifications, the following standard applies to IGCSE/GCE: grade “C” or above. AS-level and A-level will also be considered. A combination of seven subjects (O/AS/A) or four subjects (AS/A) may be submitted. Proof of 11 years of school is required for students applying with IGCSE subjects.

    • International TOEFL score of 550 (CAT 213) + TWE of 4.0 or Internet-based TOEFL score of 79-80 + writing skills range 24-30 is required or the equivalent score on another internationally-recognized exam (English). (AUD’s international code for TOEFL is 0063.)

    • The SAT Reasoning Test or the appropriate score on the university-administered Accuplacer™ Exam (Math). AUD’s international code for SAT is 2688. Students in possession of SAT scores, provided the sum of the Critical Reading and Math is at least 1,000 (with a minimum of 320 in Critical Reading and a minimum of 560 in Math), will be exempt from taking the ACCUPLACER™ Exam (Math). For B.F.A. applicants, the sum of the Critical Reading and Math must be at least 900 (with a minimum of 320 in Critical Reading and a minimum 550 in Math) for exemption from taking the ACCUPLACER™ Exam (Math).

      • The SAT is required for Engineering applicants (see Engineering section below).
      • See Architecture section below for Placement in Mathematics for applicants to the Bachelor of Architecture program.

    • An official letter of recommendation from one referee (high school teacher) endorsing the student’s ability to successfully complete university work. The letter should be in the original, on letterhead, stamped and sealed. If they prefer, students may use the reference form found in the AUD Admissions Kit for this purpose. Please click here to download.
      • Transfer and visiting students (see below) are not required to submit a letter of recommendation.

    • Two passport-size photographs and coloured passport photocopy.

    • AUD Health History Form. This form must be signed & stamped by a Physician. Please click here to download.

Additional Requirements

Transfer Students

In addition to the above requirements, students transferring in to AUD should submit:

  • Official transcripts refelecting courses for which transfer credit is sought
    • Transfer Students must be in good academic standing [i.e., with a minimum 2.0 CGPA on a 4.0 scale or equivalent] at the institution from which they are transferring. AUD may require higher than this 2.0 minimum GPA. As this depends on the university from which the student is transferring, all transfer applicants should consult the AUD Admissions Department for the requirement pertinent to his/her institution.
    • Confirmation of University Records
    • In order for AUD to accept transfer credit from an institution, this institution must be licensed or officially recognized by the Department/Ministry of Education of the country where it is in operation.


  • Course descriptions for all courses for which transfer credit is sought
    • Students should be aware that they will be held responsible for enrolling in any course at AUD prior to receipt of required course descriptions. Separately, requests for transfer credit that accompany late applications (i.e., those received two months or less prior to the original date of entry) may not be processed prior to the beginning of the semester of first enrollment.

Transfer credit is accepted by AUD solely at its discretion. In the case of courses taken five (5) or more years prior to enrollment, the “age” of such courses may be reason for refusal of transfer credit, contingent upon the assessment of the Dean/Chair of the academic unit for which transfer credit is sought.

In order for AUD to consider transferring credit from an institution, this institution must be licensed or officially recognized by the Department/Ministry of Education of the country where it is in operation.

Regulations governing the awarding of transfer credit are contained in the Undergraduate Catalog. Transfer students should read these pages carefully. As previously noted, selection of students for admission into degree programs of study is based on an individual evaluation of each applicant’s capability or potential for successful completion of the program. To assist the institution in academically advising students, assessment of academic proficiency is required for all undergraduate first time applicants and transfer students who have not satisfied the institution’s English/Mathematics requirements. AUD will use the results of this assessment to determine appropriate academic placement and the need for developmental course work (see “Academic Proficiency” in the Academic Policies section of the Undergraduate Catalog).

Admissions - School of Engineering

In addition to satisfying AUD’s general admissions requirements, applicants for the School of Engineering are required to:

  • Admission to the School of Engineering is contingent upon satisfying either of the following two requirements:
    • Minimum SAT Reasoning Score: Applicants must take the SAT Reasoning Test and secure a sum of at least 1000 in the Critical Reading and Math sections, with a minimum score of 320 in Critical Reading and a minimum score of 560 in Math. For each time they have taken this test, students should have their scores sent to AUD. It is highly recommended that this test be taken by November of the senior year of high school.

    • Successful Completion of the AUD Pre-Engineering Program: Applicants must successfully complete the AUD Pre-Engineering Program. The Program consists of a sequence of Math, Science and Computing courses, which must be all taken at AUD. Details of the AUD Pre-Engineering Program requirements are outlined in the School of Engineering section of the Undergraduate Catalog. Students who fail to complete the AUD Pre-Engineering Program may be granted admission to the School of Engineering only upon securing the minimum SAT Reasoning score.


  • Engineering applicants who have been granted transfer credit toward Calculus I (MATH 210) and Introductory Physics I (PHYS 201) upon their initial enrollment at AUD will be admitted directly to the School of Engineering.

  • Math readiness and placement into an appropriate math course will be determined by the university-administered ACCUPLACER™ Exam. Students who have the equivalent of MATH 210 transferred from another recognized university will be exempted from taking this Exam. It should be noted that Precalculus (MATH 191 or MATH 195) credit will not be considered in fulfillment of any of the School of Engineering program requirements.

  • Engineering students are required to take the university’s Computer Proficiency Exam prior to their first term of admission into Engineering. A student who fails the Exam will be required to enroll in and pass COMP 101 within his/her first term of admission. In such cases, COMP 101 credit will not count towards any of the School of Engineering program requirements.

  • Students who fail to secure admission into Engineering may continue their studies at AUD in a discipline other than Engineering, provided they are accepted for admission into a new program. The university does not assume any responsibility for loss of credit due to the student’s change of program (i.e., from Pre-Engineering to another program).

  • Engineering students must have completed secondary school course work in Physics and two other laboratory sciences. Applicants who have not completed such course work at the secondary school level will be required to pass remedial courses in science prior to admission into Engineering.

Admissions - Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication

In addition to satisfying AUD’s general admissions requirements, applicants for the Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication are required to submit:

  • One written essay as part of the application process.
    • Student should write the essay in Arabic or English depending on the track the student will be following. Please click here to download the essay topic.


  • Students in the Arabic track need to sit for an Arabic Proficiency Exam at AUD. Please click here for the Schedule.

Admissions - Department of Architecture

In addition to satisfying AUD’s general admissions requirements, students who are admitted to the B. Arch. Program must submit the following:

  • A portfolio online archportfolio@aud.edu, consisting of:
    • Three (3) art works of the student’s production, which may include but are not limited to paintings, drawings, photographs, models, calligraphy or animation – please note that relevance to architecture is encouraged;
    • A short paragraph commenting on each work of art (100 words);
    • Photos of three (3) buildings selected worldwide;
    • A short paragraph justifying the choice of each of the three (3) buildings (100 words).


  • Applicants must take the SAT Reasoning Test.
    • In order to place in MATH 195 (Pre-calculus for Architecture), students must achieve the following: 550 in Math and 320 in Critical Reading, plus a minimum of 900 combined, or achieve the required score on the university-administered ACCUPLACER™ Exam (Math).
    • Architecture students may begin their Math sequence with MATH 099.

Visa Requirements

Students who are accepted and enrolled on a full time basis can be sponsored by the university and will be issued a student residence visa valid for one year. Students should request for the visa by contacting one of the representatives in the Admissions Office. Charges for visa (AED 1,000) + a refundable (AED 2,000) must be given as a passport security deposit. A colored photocopy of the passport with validity page and 1 photo are required with the visa application.

Once the visa is issued, students should do a blood test (350 AED) before the visa process is finalized and added to the student’s passport. (students under the age of 18 will be exempted from doing the blood test).

Extra charges will be added for students already in the UAE once the visa is requested and processed (a copy of current visa is required).

Admissions - Middle Eastern Studies Certificate

Eligibility

  • Any student pursuing a bachelor’s degree at AUD, attending AUD as a visiting student in the Study Abroad Program, or as an exchange student.

  •                                                                      or
  • Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and are only seeking admissions to the Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies program.


General Requirements
In order to qualify for admission to the Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies program, students must:

  • Be in good academic standing at AUD or their primary university of study;
  • Be pursuing a bachelor’s degree at an institution accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) in the UAE or by the relevant national or regional institutional accrediting body in the case of international applicants; or have earned a bachelor’s degree at an institution accredited by the MOHESR or by the relevant national or regional institutional accrediting body in the case of international applicants;
  • Have successfully completed ENGL102 (Advanced Composition and Research) or its equivalent;
  • Satisfy all other requirements for admission to AUD
  • Satisfy the English language requirements.


English Language Requirements
All students must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 and 4.0 on the TWE (CBT 213, 79-80 iTB) or an equivalent score in a test approved by the MOHESR in order to qualify for admission at AUD.

Exceptions

  • A native speaker of English who has completed his/her undergraduate education in an English medium institution in a country where English is the official language.
  • A student admitted to and graduated from an English medium institution that can provide evidence of having achieved a TOEFL score of 500 or its standardized equivalent approved by the MOHESR upon admission to the undergraduate program.
  • A visiting student, Study Abroad Program student, or exchange student from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.


Transfer Credits
Please click here for further information.

Note: AUD students should apply for the Certificate by completing the Interest in Pursuing the Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies Form available in the Registrar’s Office.

Visiting and Study Abroad Students

Students joining AUD for one semester or more with the intention of transferring credits back to their home institution (i.e., visiting) should submit the following documents:

  1. A completed Application for Admission. Click Here to download all forms to be submitted;
  2. Non-refundable application fee of AED 200. Due to the high number of applicants, students are requested to pay a (non-refundable) deposit of AED 5,000, which is fully applied toward tuition within two months of the start of the term of entry. No Application will be accepted after this date without the reservation deposit.
  3. Official transcripts from University. Minimum CGPA required is 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent of a good academic standing.
  4. Letter of approval from the student’s university for the courses to be taken at AUD and are targeted for transfer to the student’s program at the home institution.
  5. International TOEFL (min. score required is 550/CAT 213 and 4.0 TWE or Internet Based 79-80 + writing skills range 24-30) or the equivalent score on another internationally-recognized exam (English). Original TOEFL score required for verification. AUD’s international code for TOEFL is 0063.
    • This requirement may be waived for non-native English speakers who are studying at American accredited institutions.
  6. Two passport-size photographs and colored copy of passport
  7. AUD Health history forms. Click here to download.

Note: U.S. Citizen Students with exemplary academic achievements and currently enrolled as fulltime undergraduate degree candidates at an accredited four-year college/university in the United States may be eligible to apply to The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship. Click here for more information.

Readmission following interruption of degree progress

Students who seek re-entrance following a period of suspension must follow the procedures listed in the Undergraduate Catalog under “Readmission from Academic Suspension.”

  • Regardless of his/her academic status at the time of leaving AUD, if the period of interruption of degree progress is for one calendar year or more, the student must reapply to the university through the Admissions Office.
  • Should the student have taken courses at another institution during his/her absence from AUD, a minimum CGPA of 2.0, supported by an official transcript, is required for re-admission.
    • The granting of transfer credit is at AUD’s discretion. AUD may require higher than a 2.0 minimum GPA. As this depends on the university from which the student is returning to AUD, all returning students should consult an AUD Admissions Coordinator for the requirement pertinent to the institution attended during the interruption of degree progress.

Deadline to apply
Fall Semester September 5th
Spring Semester December 21st
 
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