Transfer Admissions

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 coursework in progress.)

Graduate Requirements

Only 2 Graduate courses can be transferred into RIT Dubai.

Credits can only be transferred for courses relevant to the degree that provide equivalent learning outcomes and in which the student earned a grade B of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

TOEFL/IELTS requirements must have been met.

An attested transcript of Bachelor Degree must be submitted.

An attested transcript of Bachelor Degree must be submitted.

Undergraduate Requirement

You must have completed 12 years of schooling and meet the freshman admission requirement.

The university from which you are transferring must be accredited by the Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, or approved and stamped by the Ministry in the case of international institutions.

You should have a GPA of not less than 2.0, otherwise, a certificate of understanding is required between RIT Dubai and your transferring institution, and other restrictions may apply.

Your courses' should be above C to transfer, and if not included in the RIT Dubai curriculum, they must be assessed by an academic advisor.

If your IELTS test score has expired you will be required to re-sit the exam.

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 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:

  • 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. 
    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, a 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.

An admission counselor will be scheduling an admissions interview in person or on the phone and or Skype per your convenience.

TOEFL/IELTS Requirement

If applying as a native English speaker or non-native English speaker, regardless of your curriculum or country in which you are from, it is a requirement for all students to complete:

  • TOEFL or IELTS exam
  • SAT is optional, but recommended for scholarship qualification

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

Exam Minimum Score for 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 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 student 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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