Transfer Admissions

Transferring Credits to RIT Dubai 
 
A transfer credit evaluation is completed as part of the application process. Credit is granted by the academic departments for coursework that is related to your intended program, if it is taken at a regionally accredited college or university. Usually a grade of "C" or better is required for transfer credit to be awarded.
 
There is no limit on the number of credit hours that can be awarded, however, a recipient of a two-year associates's degree from another accredited university cannot receive more than 90 credits for that degree. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours needs to be completed at RIT in the college granting the degree for Associate and Baccalaureate degree candidates. A matriculated undergraduate student's year level is determined by the number of credit hours the student has earned according to the scale below. (This does not include course work in progress.)
 

General Information

  • Differential Admissions
    Students applying to RIT Dubai choose a specific academic program as part of the admission process. This is important because we offer a variety of academic programs, and requirements differ from one program to another.
  • Undecided Students
    It's natural to be uncertain of your future. Like many prospective college students, you may have several different personal interests and career aspirations right now.
  • Applying To More Than One Major
    We also encourage applicants to indicate a second and third program choice when applying for admission. If RIT Dubai is unable to offer you admission to your first choice program, you may be qualified for admission to one of your alternative choices.
Your application for transfer admission will not be complete until all college transcripts have been received. Official transcripts and course description should be emailed to dubai@rit.edu and the official transcript must be sent directly to RIT's office of undergraduate admissions:
 
Rochester Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Admissions Office
60 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
 
*** You will be notified with a final transfer evaluation within 4-6 weeks after all documents received.
 

Application Timeline

Fall - Start Date: September 2015

Early Application Deadline – January 15th 
Priority Scholarship Deadline-  April 30th 
Late Admission Deadline -  June 20th 
Final Application Deadline-  September 15th 
Transfer Fall Admissions Deadline - September 6th 
International Fall Admissions Deadline - September 6th
 

How to Apply for Admission

We like to encourage students to apply early to be considered for admission and get guaranteed a seat in the program.  We understand you would like to transfer your credits to RIT Dubai. This process could take time, therefore, please work on sending the below documents as fast as you can to make sure we can guarantee you admissions and be able to review your transcript by letting you know how many credits we can transfer.  Please find below three admissions deadlines to make sure you don't miss the deadline:
To apply for admission, submit the following to RIT Dubai:
 
Application for admission available online at the following link https://www.rit.edu/dubai/undergraduate-apply 
 
  • Application Fee of 200 AED - Non Refundable (Payable by Mail or in person: Check, Cash or Money Order)
  • University transcript (a copy can be submitted for now, but please note that we will need your original/official transcript for the credits once they are reviewed to be then counted) Please note that we cannot confirm that all credits will be transferred as we will need to first review your transcript and then determine which subjects we will transfer
  • Course Description including all courses completed with description for review
  • English language exams (TOEFL iBT 79 Score, TOEFL Paper Based 550, or IELTS 6.5), if you do not meet these requirements, you can be considered for our English Language Center.
  • Application Essay: The personal essay is one of the most important parts of this application. Your essay will show us how you think and how you write and it will help our admission committee get to know you better as a person and as a student. Please write an essay (500 words) in English on only one of the topics listed below. 

Choose one: 

1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
2. Describe a character in fiction, an historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
3. A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the university community.
 
Admission Interview:  An admission counselor will be scheduling an admissions interview in person or on the phone and or Skype per your convenience.
 

For all students:

If applying as a native English speaker or non-native English speaker, regardless of your curriculum, or country in which you are from, as RIT Dubai is now accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, it is a requirement for all students to complete:

TOEFL or IELTS exam

SAT is optional but recommended for scholarship qualification

* see table of TOEFL/IELTS requirements for minimum score.

TOEFL Requirement

All students are expected to meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirements for admissions as per the chart below:

Test Type Minimum Score for Admission Consideration Score for Conditional Admission 

Consideration & UAE Ministry Requirement

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) 79 61-78

Paper Based TOEFL 550 500-547

Computer Based TOEFL 213 173-210

IELTS 6.5 5.0

 
The bachelor's degree programs offered at RIT Dubai are rigorous, and require a solid academic foundation. The programs will be taught in English, and applicants will be required to have basic competency in English language. All students applying for admission must hold, or be currently completing, a high school diploma or degree, or the U.S. equivalent. 
 
RIT Dubai currently offers majors in three different areas of study: Business, Computing and Engineering. While these academic programs are all designed to offer a broad base of academic courses and practical experiences, the high school preparation that is expected for each may differ. For example, success in prerequisite mathematics and science courses will be required for the engineering and computing programs. Interested students who do not have the prerequisites for a particular major may be considered for conditional admission and be required to successfully complete prerequisite courses before beginning in the major. Math and Physics placement exams will be required for all freshman students to take at the start of the semester. This will help determine which level each students fits in to be able to place in the right course within the program. All Engineering and Computing students are required to take a Math and Physics placement exam, and all Business majors are required to take a Math placement exam.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

My previous university gave Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit grades. Will RIT accept courses with these grades?

If the other university's academic policy specifies that Pass or Credit is equivalent to the letter grade of C or above, we will review the course for possible transfer credit.

I received a C- in some courses at my other school. Will I be able to transfer these courses?

Grades of C- may be considered for undergraduate transfer credit. It will be evaluated by your academic department at the time of application.

Will the GPA from my previous university appear on my RIT Dubai transcript?

No. We do not record GPA information from other universities.

At my previous university, I received credit for a course through Credit by Examination. Can I get transfer credit for this course at RIT Dubai?

It depends. If credit was received through standardized exams, such as AP, CLEP, etc. you will need to send us an official score report and credit will be re-evaluated by RIT. Often these exams will generate a similar credit award to what your previous university awarded.

Courses that appear as Credit by Exam on your transcript that are for non-standardized exams (e.g., exams created by your university) are not eligible for credit. The reason for this is that every school has different academic standards. We have no way of knowing what material your former school used to award credit.

I have completed my associate's degree, will my credits transfer?

While completion of an AS degree does not guarantee full transfer credit, we work hard to maximize credit awarded. Completion of a comparable degree program will often allow for third year standing. Transfer credit is awarded on a course by course basis based on its relevance to the program for which you have applied. A transfer credit evaluation is completed as part of the application process.

Is housing guaranteed for transfer students?

No, it is assigned based on the date of your admission deposit. We recommend applying early and sending in your deposit early to ensure that housing will be available. However our Housing Office does an excellent job assisting student with housing accommodations on campus.

How long will it take to hear of my admission decision?

After we receive your completed application, the process typically takes 4-6 weeks (an admission evaluation is completed as well as a transfer credit evaluation). Due to capacity restraints within some of our programs, some applications will take longer to process. The College of Liberal Arts and the academic department you applied to will review and award transfer credit.