Freshman Orientation

Spring Freshman Orientation is a 2-day event with activities, and opportunities to get to know RIT Dubai and other new students. This comprehensive program is not to be missed!
                       When is New Student Orientation? Freshmen Orientation: January 20th - 21th 2016. 
                       Do you need housing/accommodation?  You can move into Etisalat Academy (our accommodation) on (date coming soon)  

o    (if you need to move in earlier just email us at ) Please visit the Housing operations page for more information. 

Need a pick up from the airport?  Just email us your arrival information to and we shall arrange for the pickup

Need Transportation from your home to RIT Dubai?  Visit our Student Services Department During Orientation 

When will you make your first tuition fees?  During Orientation, you will meet with our Finance department to complete all forms needed to pick the right plan for you and your family in making your tuition payment.

When will you get your schedule of classes?  During Orientation, you will meet with your academic advisor to get your schedule based on your placement exam scores

What Placement Exams do I need? 

  • If you are an Engineering or Computer Security major you will need to take the Math & Physics Placement Exams
  • If you are a Business or Networking and Systems Administration major you will only need to take the Math Placement Exam
  • If you have not met the TOEFL score of 79 iBT or 550 Paper Based or 6.5 IELTS then you will need to retake the TOEFL

Do I need Medical Insurance or a Visa?  Please send us an email at .  If you are an international student then you will need to apply for a Student Visa.  If you do not have medical insurance, during Orientation you will complete the required forms for your medical insurance

Shall I bring my family?  Please bring your family during day one of your orientation on Wednesday, January 20th.  They will get to attend the welcome ceremony, hear from your professors during the program session, have lunch with you and new friends, meet with your academic advisor, and meet with other departments such as Finance, Admissions, Student Services, IT, Library, Tutoring Center, English Language Center, and more!!!! 


  • Registration, Tour & Breakfast
  • Welcoming remarks by the RIT Dubai President
  • Information per department
  • Placement exams
  • TOEFL Exam
  • Scheduling of classes with your Academic Advisors
During the 2016 Spring Orientation you will:  tour your new campus, meet with your professors, and get to know our current students, your new classmates and staff members. You will be able to complete your placement exams, take the TOEFL (if not yet completed) and meet with your academic advisors to get your course schedule.  
If you are moving into our housing you will get plenty of information during the Housing Orientation in the evening. 
During Orientation, it is important to bring the following: 
  • Your passport
  • Picture ID and your 
  • Original documents of your admissions high school/bachelor degree transcript and 
  • Your degree/diploma 
If you have questions, contact Housing Operations from 8:30am - 6:00pm Sunday through Thursday at (971) 371 2023 or (971) 371 2000 or email .

Pay your Admissions Deposit

To reserve your place at RIT Dubai, a non-refundable Acceptance of Admission Deposit is due from accepted applicants. As a convenience to applicants, the Admissions Office provides an option to pay this fee with a credit card in person or by check or cash in person or you can send a family or friend to RIT Dubai campus. 

Activate your RIT Computer Account

If you have created an account as part of the RIT Dubai admissions process, this same account becomes your student account upon payment of you accept/tuition deposit.  No additional action is required to activate your account. If you did not create an account as a part of the admissions process, you will receive an account activation email from RIT Dubai when you pay your accept/tuition deposit. The account activation email will go to the email address supplied on your admissions application. If you have not received the account activation email but you HAVE paid your deposit, please contact the admissions department at  for further help.

Submit your Housing Contract

To complete your housing application you must submit your housing form online to and we will make sure to pair you with the right roommate if you requested one.

Submit your Health History Forms

UAE law mandates that all college students living on campus or getting a visa through RIT Dubai that you apply for medical insurance through RIT Dubai. You can contact our Student Services department directly at . 

Take the online Math Placement Exam (MPE) and Physics Placement Exam (PPE)

You will be notified via email if you are required to take the MPE or and PPE - not all students are required to take both exams, if you are an Engineering or Computer major then you will need to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE) AND Physics Placement Exam (PPE) but if you are a Business major then you will need to only take the Math Placement Exam (MPE).

Submit your high school transcripts and AP scores

Contact the College Board at to request your AP scores. Send all documents to:
RIT Dubai
Admissions Department
PO Box 341055
Dubai, UAE

Get your RIT University ID Card

All students are required to have an RIT Dubai University ID (UID) Card. Your UID Card provides you access to your residence hall room, labs, libraries, meals, campus events, and more. You can get your card at the Office of the Student Services during Orientation on the first floor at RIT Dubai.

Contact your college/department

Learn more about your academic program and course requirements.

Pack smart

On the Housing Operations website, you'll find comprehensive lists of what to bring (and what NOT to bring) when you move into the Etisalat Academy, Also be sure to pack required forms of identification. You will be required to provide a photo ID to obtain a bank account, University ID Card and Emirates Identification Card. Come prepared.
Get ready to join one of the country's most prestigious universities!

Freshman Check-in

Freshmen are automatically pre-registered for Orientation, but it is necessary to check so that you can pick up your final Orientation schedule, t-shirt, and other important materials.Check-In will be held from 9am on the 20th January at RIT Dubai. If you are unable to check in on this day, you may check in the day after in the Student Services Department on the first floor. This option is only for those who cannot check in during orientation day.

Residential Students

Students living in the residence halls, and their families, should check in at the Housing Unit- Etisalat Academy. Please follow the move-in instructions from your Housing Confirmation.

Before you unload your vehicle you will receive a detailed list of next steps. It is imperative to follow these steps to ensure a smooth transition for you and your family on Move-In Day. 

Please visit the housing operations page for more details. 

Commuter Students

Commuter students (already living in UAE but need housing) may check in for Orientation on either move-in day or the day after.

All residential students will move in on move-in day, so coming to campus this day is optional for commuter students; however, we strongly encourage you and your family to check in anyway.