Undergraduate Admission Requirements
To enrol in an undergraduate degree program you will need to meet the University’s minimum academic and English language requirements. In some cases, you are able to apply for advanced standing, which can provide exemptions on the basis of work you have already completed at another recognised post-secondary institution. Once enrolled, you can also sit for challenge tests to obtain exemptions from certain foundation level subjects.
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The minimum academic entry requirements and admission criteria for UOWD depend upon the type of high school studies program you have followed. The minimum requirements based on the most common high school systems are outlined below:
|Country||Qualification||Direct Entry||Probation Entry*|
|Australia||Australian Tertiary Admission Rank||75||65|
|Bahrain||Tawjihiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)||70%||60%|
|Bangladesh||Higher Secondary Certificate||60% or GPA 3.5/5.0||50% or GPA 3.0/5.0|
|Canada||Canadian High School Diploma||Average "C"(GPA 2.5/4.0)||Average of
"C-" (GPA 2.3/4.0)
|Egypt||General Secondary Education School Certificate- GSEC||70%||60%|
|India||All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE)||55%||50%|
|India||State Board Examinations||65%||60%|
|India||Indian School Certificate awarded by ICSE||55%||50%|
|Iran||Pre University Diploma Certificate and Diploma||13||12|
|Iraq||Sixth Form Baccalaureat||70%||60%|
|Kenya||Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)||C||C-|
|Nigeria||Senior School Certificate Examination WAECO/NECO||Minimum 3 "B" and 4 "C"||Minimum of 7 subjects with no more than 1 "Pass"|
|Kuwait||Kuwaiti Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al A'ama (General Secondary School Certificate)||70%||60%|
|Oman||Omani High School Certificate||70%||60%|
|Pakistan||Pakistani Intermediate Certificate or Higher Secondary School Certificate||50%||40%|
|Philippines||High School Diploma (Grade 12)
|Qatar||Secondary School Certificate||70%||60%|
|CIS Countries||Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education after yr11)||Average 3.5/5||Average 3/5|
|Saudi Arabia||Saudi Secondary School Leaving Certificate||70%||60%|
|Sri Lanka||Ordinary (O) Levels, AS Levels and/or A Levels-with at least 7 GCE/GCSE/IGCSE subjects||Minimum three B grades and four C grades||Minimum of seven subjects with at least six “C” grades|
|Syria||Baccalaureat /Al Shahada Al Thanawiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)||65%||55%|
|UAE**||Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)||70%||60%|
|UAE**||Post Secondary Diploma||GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0||GPA of 2.30 out of 4.0|
|UK||Combination of 7 subjects: 5 subjects at Ordinary (O) Levels/ GCE/GCSE/IGCSE plus 2 subjects at AS Levels or 1 subject at A Levels||Minimum 5 subjects in IGCSE/GCSE and 2 AS or 1 A level subject with a minimum grade of C||Minimum 5 subjects in IGCSE/GCSE and 2 AS or 1 A level subject with a minimum grade of D|
|USA||American High School Diploma||Overall average of grade C (70% or 2.5/4.0)||Overall average of "C-" (60% or GPA 2.3/4.0)|
|Worldwide||International Baccalaureate Diploma||26 Points||24 Points|
- GCE A/AS/O-Level: Students must complete a minimum of 12 years of schooling and a School Leaving Certificate must be provided.
- Students with a post-secondary Diploma need to obtain a GPA of 2.5 or higher with a grade of 'C' in English, Mathematics and Computers plus 60% in their High School Diploma.
- Students with qualifications other than those listed above are advised to contact the Student Recruitment and Admissions department at UOWD to determine their eligibility.
* Students admitted on probation may enrol in and complete a maximum of three subjects in the first semester. To continue their enrolment at UOWD, a semester average score of 50% must be achieved in these subjects, with no fail grades.
** In line with the Federal law no. 6 of 2014, all Emirati male students graduating from high school in 2013-14 and seeking admission to the University of Wollongong in Dubai must show evidence of completing registration for the compulsory national service. This documentation is issued by the National and Reserve Service Authority which can be contacted at www.uaensr.ae. Successful applicants will be granted a conditional offer until confirmation has been received from the National and Reserve Service Authority that students have been exempted. An updated offer will then be issued.
In some cases you may be credited with advanced standing (status/exemptions) on the basis of work you have already completed at another recognised post-secondary institution. If you are seeking advanced standing status, you will need to submit an official academic transcripts showing all courses studied and the grades obtained, syllabus details (including information on course content) for the courses you have successfully completed and an explanation of the grading system.
All instruction at UOWD is carried out in English and you will need to demonstrate an adequate level of English language proficiency in order to enrol on a program at the University. As an undergraduate applicant, you will be required to submit one of the following certificates of proficiency:
|English Language Test||Entry Score*|
|Computer based TOEFL||173|
|International paper based TOEFL**||500|
|EmSAT Achieve – English||1100|
* You are required to enrol in and successfully complete GED0A10 Academic Language Skills. You should enrol in this subject in your first semester. Students admitted with a score on an internationally accepted English language test that is equivalent to or higher than IELTS (Academic) 5.5 overall, with at least 5 or above in all skills at the time of admission are exempt from GEDA010 Academic Language Skills.
You are required to enrol in and successfully complete GEDB010 Research Language Skills. You should enrol in this subject in your first semester or immediately after completing GED0A10. Students admitted with a score on an internationally accepted English language test equivalent to or higher than IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall, with at least 5.5 in Reading and Writing at the time of admission are exempt from GEDA010 Academic Language Skills and GEDB010 Research Language Skills.
**Students admitted under this criterion must complete the test at AMIDEAST.
UOWD English Test
If you do not have the required evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL) you may take the Accuplacer English Test to establish your language level. The test is conducted on a regular basis and you can register for the test at the same time as you lodge your university application for admission to UOWD.
English language programs for University studies and IELTS preparation are available at the University’s English Language Centre.
Challenge Tests can be taken in the first semester of study to allow eligible students to gain exemption from certain foundation level subjects.
Challenge Tests are available for:
Saturday, 9 January 2021
9:00am - 11:00am
Saturday, 9 January 2021
9:00am - 11:00am
The tests will be held in the first week of your joining semester and a mark of 60% or above will entitle you to an exception from that subject.
In order to be eligible to sit for the Challenge Tests, you should have the following qualifications:
|Subject||Educational Board||Grade Needed|
|MATH070||CBSE||Above 75% in Math|
|A Levels||A or B in Math|
|Iranian Board||17 and above in Math|
|UAE Education Board||85% and above in Math|
|MATH060||CBSE||75% and above in Math or Accounting|
|A Levels||A or B in Math or Accounting|
|Iranian Board||17 and above in Math or Accounting|
|UAE Education Board||85% and above in Math or Accounting|
|Other Schools systems will be approved by the Faculty Dean|
The Challenge test will be conducted online. Students will receive further information about the challenge test from the Faculty Administration Office, once they register for the test with the Student Recruitment team.
For further information about test dates, fees, registration and syllabuses, please download the Challenge Test FAQ Sheet.
All Bachelor of Engineering students should complete two Engineering Placement Tests, one in Physics and one in Mathematics/Statistics. Passing a Placement Tests means you will not be required to take the corresponding remedial subject.
A mark of 60% or above in the test will entitle the student to continue in year 1 subjects for Mathematics/statistics and Physics for the Bachelors of Engineering. Students who score lesser than 60% in the test would be required to enrol in remedial FSPD - Foundation Level Program courses to further strengthen their foundations in these subjects.
Placement Test - Compulsory for all BE students
Saturday, 9 January 2021
9:00am to 11:00am
Saturday, 9 January 2021
12:00pm to 2:00pm
The Placement test will be conducted online. Students will receive further information about the placement test from the Faculty Administration Office, once they register for the test with the Student Recruitment team.
For further information about test dates, fees, registration and syllabuses, please download the Engineering Placement Test FAQ Sheet.
Candidates with excellent academic results in Arabic Language can accelerate their progression by gaining exemption from the General Education Arabic subject through a Challenge Test. Depending on their score in the test, students will either be given exemption from Arabic or will be placed in one of two Arabic levels according to their existing knowledge.
This test is compulsory for all students who have not already been given exemption at the time of admission (see below). The test takes place the weekend before the commencement of each semester. All students who have enrolled and have not been given exemption, will be sent an email with the test details and Zoom meeting link. Please note, students who sit this test are required to access the Zoom link through their personal Zoom account.
Exemption from Arabic
Achieved over 58 marks in the test
EMSAT score of >900
Native Arabic speakers
|ARA101/ARA102||Saturday, 9 January 2021||3:00pm - 5:00pm|