Transfer Orientation

If you are a transfer student, you are part of a unique and diverse group and we are thrilled that you have chosen to continue your educational journey at RIT Dubai. Transfer Orientation is optional, however, it is in your best interest to get involved and learn all you can about RIT Dubai’s resources and services and make connections with other students. Not to mention, the Orientation Fee is mandatory whether you attend Orientation or not.

The Transfer New Student Orientation schedule - Wednesday 20th January 2016 - 21th January 2016

  • Registration, Tour & Breakfast
  • Welcoming remarks by 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. If you need to move in earlier please notify us in advance as we can arrange this for you for an additional fee.  
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

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  • Campus offices are generally open to serve you Sunday - Thursday from 8:30 am-6:00 pm.
  • 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). You may be exempt from both exams depending on the transfer credit review, please see your academic advisor for more information during Orientation.
  • 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 in to 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!

Transfer Check-in

Transfer Orientation Check-in

Wednesday 20th January. If you are unable to check in on the proposed date please come to the Admissions department on the first floor.

Commuter Students

Commuter students may check in for Orientation on either freshman move-in day or the day after. We encourage you and your family to check in in advance. 

Transfer Move-in Day

Transfer students living in the residence halls will move on 20th January. If you arrive between 5:00pm and 11:00pm on any of these days, please go to the 24 Hour Etisalat Academy housing for assistance. Housing Orientation takes place in the evening. 


Transfer Schedule

The Transfer New Student Orientation schedule for 2016 will be available shortly.

Please note that events are subject to change and you will receive your final schedule when you check-in for New Student Orientation.