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.
A minimum of 50% of coursework needs to be completed at RIT in the college granting the Baccalaureate degree candidates. A matriculated undergraduate student's year level is determined by the number of credit hours the student has earned. (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.
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 and the official transcript must be sent directly to RIT's office of undergraduate admissions:
RIT Dubai
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 341055, Dubai Silicon Oasis
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
*** You will be notified with a final transfer evaluation within 4-6 weeks after all documents received. 

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
  • 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:


SAT is optional but recommended for scholarship qualification

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.

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