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RIT Dubai is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019  and we welcome all interested students to apply. Admission to the university is selective, our admission process is personal. We are interested in learning about your interests, abilities, and goals in order to provide the best information and guidance we can as you select the college and program that is right for you.Factors considered in our admission decisions include, but are not limited to, past high school/college performance (particularly in required academic subjects), admission test scores, competitiveness of high school or previous college, and academic program selected. Recommendations from those familiar with your academic performance and an interview with an admissions counselor may also be influential.



How to Apply

We like to encourage students to apply early to be considered for admission and get guaranteed a seat in the program. We recommend you do not wait until your final marks are out to apply but to begin your application process early...

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TOEFL/IELTS Requirement

All students are expected to meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirements for admissions. The bachelor's degree programs offered at RIT Dubai are rigorous, and require a solid academic foundation.The programs will be taught in English...

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Application Timeline

Students are encouraged to apply early, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis - that is once your application is complete, the Admissions Committee will meet to review your complete application and notify you of the admission decision...

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How to Apply

We like to encourage students to apply early to be considered for admission and get guaranteed a seat in the program.  We recommend you do not wait until your final marks are out to apply but to begin your application process early. Please find below three admissions deadlines to make sure you don't miss the deadline:

To apply, submit the following to RIT Dubai:

  • Application for admission available online at the following link www.rit.edu/dubai/undergraduate-apply
  • High school transcript (records) including course grades of last three years (predicted marks of your final year are acceptable for a conditional decision until you submit your final marks)
  • Exam scores, if required (may include SAT or ACT, O-Levels, A-Levels, or other relevant exam results)
  • 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
  • Passport copy and Emirates ID (if in the UAE)
  • 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.
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 result

A requirement of the equivalence is to provide the results of the global SAT test in mathematics with a score of not less than 400. And that the requirements for the equivalence is also to provide the TOEFL World Test result with a score of not less than 500, and due to receiving many cases that have not yet applied for these examinations or failed to achieve the required grades and the students' complaints about being able to get a close date for these exams, the requirements have been eased. So that the SAT exam can be replaced by the Mathematics MSAT exam provided by the Ministry and achieve a minimum score of 500. The TOEFL exam can also be replaced by the IELTS exam and achieve a score of 5.0 or the English MSAT exam offered by the Ministry and achieve a score of 1100.

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

TOEFL/IELTS Requirement

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

ELL
(0 credit hours)

UWRT 100

(3 credit hours)

UWRT 150

(3 credit hours)

IELTS 5.0-5.5

TOEFL PBT 500-547

TOEFL iBT 61-78

EmSAT 1100-1375

 

IELTS 6.0-6.5

TOEFL PBT 550-583

TOEFL iBT 79-93

EmSAT 1400-1650

Minimum ‘C’ in ELL

IELTS 7.0+

TOEFL PBT 587+

TOEFL iBT 94+

EmSAT 1675+

Minimum ‘C-’ in UWRT 100

  • Per current policy, students may test out of a non-credit (ELC or ELL) or non-degree requirement (UWRT 100) by achieving the minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent score for the next course in the sequence.
  • For non-credit placements, this can happen at any time during the assigned course. For UWRT 100, students who test at IELTS 7.0+ (or equivalent) after the add-drop deadline are encouraged to remain in the course, but may withdraw (W) formally if they choose to.
  • All students must complete UWRT 150, unless they have transferred an equivalent course through the established process.
  • Per RIT policy, students placed in ELL must either achieve the IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) or earn a minimum C grade in ELL in order to advance to UWRT 100. They must also enroll in UWRT 100 within their first year of full-time study, or as soon as they have successfully completed ELL.
  • In order to meet the admissions requirement, students who advance to UWRT 100 from ELL must earn a C- in UWRT 100 or achieve the IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). To advance to UWRT 150, these students must earn a C- in UWRT 100 or achieve the IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent).
  • Students placed in UWRT 100 have met the admissions requirement, but must earn a minimum C- in that course or achieve the IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) within their first two semesters at RIT Dubai, and are then permitted to enroll in UWRT 150.
  • Students placed directly into UWRT 150 have met the admissions requirement and are under no further restriction.

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 the 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.

Application Timeline

RIT Dubai is currently accepting applications for Spring & Fall 2018. We welcome all interested students to apply.

Students are encouraged to apply early, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis - that is once your application is complete, the Admissions Committee will meet to review your complete application and notify you of the admission decision in a timely manner. 
 
Our admission process is a personal one, and we will work with you to assist with the application procedure, and notify you personally of the decision and your options. 
 
The Admissions Committee reviews each application based upon the specific preparation and experiences of each individual student. Students will be considered for admission based on high school performance, appropriateness of courses for academic major, demonstrated motivation and success, and English language ability. Students who demonstrate strong academic background and performance, but who may need additional support in English, Math or Sciences may be granted conditional enrollment with the understanding that they must attend our Achievement Academy preparatory program prior to the beginning of classes.