Undergraduate Admissions

RIT Dubai is currently accepting applications for the upcoming intake and we welcome all interested students to apply.

Admission to RIT Dubai 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, the competitiveness of high school or previous college, and the academic program selected. Recommendations from those familiar with your academic performance and an interview with an admissions counselor may also be influential.

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Application Timeline

RIT Dubai is currently accepting applications for Spring (January) and Fall (September). We welcome all interested students to apply as soon as they can because we have limited seats for scholarships.

Students are encouraged to apply early, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 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 the academic major, demonstrated motivation and success, and English language ability.

Placement Exams

All incoming freshman students are required to take placement exams at the beginning of the semester. These exams are essential in determining the appropriate course level for each student within the program. Students who have completed A Level, IB Higher Level, or Advanced Placement (AP) courses through College Board may be exempt from certain placement exams based on their final grades in relevant subjects.

For additional information regarding the test credit equivalencies for Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced Level Examination (A Level), and International Baccalaureate (IB), please click on the following links:

  • All Engineering and Computing students are required to take Math and Physics placement tests.
  • All Business majors and Psychology students are required to take Math placement test.

Placement in appropriate Math and Physics courses will be determined according to the table provided below. We strongly recommend that you strive to perform well in the EMSAT or RIT placement tests. Achieving higher scores in these tests may enable you to bypass certain courses. Starting the semester with foundational courses could potentially impact your graduation timeline, so making the most of these placement tests is essential for your academic journey.

EMSAT Math Math Placement Test SAT 1 Math Math Course Programs
600-875 0-25% <580 MATH 90 Algebra All Programs
900-1075 26-45% 580-650 MATH 101 College Algebra All Programs
1100-1475 46-69% 660-760 MATH 111 Precalculus Engineering and Computing Security
1100-1475 46-69% 660+ MATH 161 Applied Calculus / STAT 145 Intro Statistics 1 Business, CIT and Psychology
1500+ 70-100% 770-800 MATH 181 Calculus I Engineering and Computing Security

 

EMSAT Physics Physics Placement Test Physics Course Programs
800+ 0-15 ACSC 80 Core Physics Concepts Engineering Programs
Computing Security (optional)
900+ 15+ PHYS 211 Physics 1 Engineering Programs
Computing Security (optional)

Placement Test Samples

  • Click here for the Physics placement test sample. 
  • Math placement test sample will be available online once you create your Math placement test account. We encourage all students to take advantage of this sample test to become familiar with the tools and resources available, including the online calculator and ruler. Upon completing the practice test, you will gain access to online learning materials and exercises. We strongly recommend that you complete all these exercises as they will play a significant role in preparing you for the second placement test. Your performance in the second test will be used to determine your placement at RIT Dubai.

Click here to schedule your placement test

Required Documents


A scanned copy of your passport


High school transcripts predicted marks of your final year are acceptable for a conditional decision until you submit your final marks


Emirates ID (UAE Residents)


English language test (IELTS, TOEFL, or EmSAT) - if available


Personal statement

Admission Requirements

Engineering Admission Requirements

  • Must cover Math preferably pre-calculus at high school.
  • Must cover sciences: physics and chemistry at high school.
  • Students who fail to meet Math/physics competency requirements will be asked to do foundation courses within the first semester.
  • Students should sit for placement tests or present EMSAT scores to register relevant subjects. Equivalent scores of EMSAT won’t be used.

Curriculum

Required Score

Math Requirement

Physics Requirement

UAE

Elite: 75%
Advanced 80%
General: 90%

 EMSAT Math 800, or 
Minimum 80% in Math (Advanced/Elite), or
Minimum 85% in Math (General), or 
Math Placement Test (40%)

EMSAT Physics 800, or 
Minimum 80% in Physics (Advanced/Elite), or
Minimum 85% in Physics (General), or 
Physics placement test (10/25)

American

80% overall 
SAT 1 Math 450 or EMSAT-Math 500
(Equivalency requirement)

EMSAT Math 800, or 
SAT Math 555, or 
AP Calculus of 3, or 
Math Placement Test (40%)

EMSAT Physics 800, or 
AP Physics of 3, or 
Physics placement test (10/25)

British

5 IGCSE (3 B’s and 2C’s) and 2 As or 1 A level (C grade)
Completion of Grade 12/ Year 13
Overall equivalent score 80%

EMSAT Math 800, or 
Grade B in Math (O Level) or Grade C in Math (AS Level)
or Grade D in Math (A Level), or  Math Placement Test (40%)

EMSAT Physics 800, or 
Grade B in Physics (O Level) or Grade C in Physics (AS Level)
or Grade D in Physics (A Level), or 
Physics placement test (10/25)

French

11 out of 20

EMSAT Math 800, or 
Score 11 in Math, or  
Math Placement Test (40%)

EMSAT Physics 800, or 
Score 11 in Physics, or 
Physics placement test (10/25)

Pakistan/India

65% overall

EMSAT Math 800, or 
Minimum 65% in Math, or 
Math Placement Test (40%)

EMSAT Physics 800, or 
Minimum 65% in Physics, or 
Physics placement test (10/25)

International Baccalaureate

28 points

EMSAT Math 800, or 
Minimum 4 in IB HL/SL Math, or 
Math Placement Test (40%)

EMSAT Physics 800, or 
Minimum 4 in IB HL/SL Physics, or 
Physics placement test (10/25)

Computing Admission Requirements

  • Must cover Math and one science at High school.
  • Students who fail to meet Math/Science competency requirements will be asked to do foundation courses within the first semester.
  • Science courses: Physics, Chemistry or Biology.
  • Students should sit for placement tests or present EMSAT scores to register relevant subjects. Equivalent scores of EMSAT won’t be used. 

Curriculum

Required Score

Math Requirement

Physics Requirement

UAE

Elite: 65%
Advanced 70%
General: 70%

EMSAT Math 700, or 
Minimum 75% in Math, or 
Math Placement Test (35%)

EMSAT Science 700, or 
Minimum 70% in science, or 
Physics placement test (9/25) 

American

70% overall 
SAT 1 Math 450 or EMSAT-Math 500
(Equivalency requirement)

EMSAT Math 700, or 
SAT Math 520, or 
AP Calculus of 3, or 
Math Placement Test (35%)

EMSAT Science 700, or 
AP Science of 3, or 
Physics placement test (9/25)

British

5 IGCSE (C grade) and 2 As or 1 A level (D grade)
Completion of Grade 12/ Year 13
Overall equivalent score 70%

EMSAT Math 700, or 
Grade C in Math (O Level) or Grade D in Math AS/A Level, or 
Math Placement Test (35%)

EMSAT Science 700, or 
Grade C in Science (O Level) or Grade D in Science AS/A Level, or 
Physics placement test (9/25)

French

10 out of 20

EMSAT Math 700, or 
Score 10 in Math, or  
Math Placement Test (35%)

EMSAT Science 700, or 
Score 10 in Science, or  
Physics placement test (9/25)

Pakistan/India

60% overall

EMSAT Math 700, or 
Minimum 65% in Math, or 
Math Placement Test (35%)

EMSAT Science 700, or 
Minimum 65% in Science, or 
Physics placement test (9/25)

International Baccalaureate

24 points

EMSAT Math 700, or 
Minimum 4 in IB HL/SL Math, or  
Math Placement Test (35%)

EMSAT Science 700, or 
Minimum 4 in IB HL/SL Science, or 
Physics placement test (9/25)  

Business Admission Requirements

  • Students who fail to meet Math competency requirement will be asked to do foundation course within the first semester.
  • Must attend admission interview.
  • Students should sit for Math placement test or present EMSAT-Math score to register relevant Math subjects.  Equivalent scores of EMSAT won’t be used.

Curriculum

Required Score

Math Requirement

UAE

Elite: 70%
Advanced 70%
General: 75%

EMSAT Math 600, or 
Minimum 75% in Math, or
Math Placement Test (30%)

American

70% overall 
SAT 1 Math 450 or EMSAT-Math 500
(Equivalency requirement)

EMSAT Math 600, or 
SAT Math 485, or 
AP Calculus of 3, or 
Math Placement Test (30%)

British

5 IGCSE (C grade) and 2 As or 1 A level (D grade)
Completion of Grade 12/ Year 13
Overall equivalent score 70%

EMSAT Math 600, or 
Grade C in Math (O Level) or Grade D in Math AS/A Level, or 
Math Placement Test (30%)

French

10 out of 20

EMSAT Math 600, or 
Score 10 in Math, or 
Math Placement Test (30%)

Pakistan/India

60% overall

EMSAT Math 600, or 
Minimum 60% in Math, or  
Math Placement Test (30%)

International Baccalaureate

24 points

EMSAT Math 600, or 
Minimum 4 in IB HL/SL Math, or 
Math Placement Test (30%)

Psychology and New Media Design Admission Requirements

  • Students should sit for Math placement test or present EMSAT-Math score to register relevant Math subjects.

Curriculum

Required Score

UAE

Elite: 65%
Advanced 70%
General: 70%

American

70% overall
SAT 1 Math 450 or EMSAT-Math 500
(Equivalency requirement)

British

5 IGCSE (C grade) and 2 As or 1 A level (D grade)
Completion of Grade 12/ Year 13
Overall equivalent score 70%

French

10 out of 20

Pakistan/India

60% overall

International Baccalaureate

24 points

English Language Requirement

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.

Test Type

Full Admission

Conditional Admission

Academic IELTS

Overall 6.5 and above

Overall 5.0-6.0

TOEFL ITP

550 and above

500-547

TOEFL IBT

79 and above

61-78

EmSAT - English

1550 and above

1100-1525

IELTS Indicator Test, Duolingo English Test, IELTS General Training, PTE Academic Test, and Home-Based TOEFL exams are not acceptable for UG Applications.

 

You will be placed in the following English courses based on your English test score.

Test Type

ELCA 062
0 Credits, 4 Hours

UWRT 100
3 Credit Hours

UWRT 150
3 Credit Hours

Academic IELTS

5.0 - 5.5

6.0 - 6.5

7.0+

TOEFL ITP

500 - 547

550 - 583

587+

TOEFL IBT

61 - 78

76 - 93

94+

EmSAT - English

1100 - 1375

1400 - 1650

1675+

RIT Course

NA

C in ELCA 062

C- on UWRT 100

Frequently Asked Questions

You need to sign the intent to enroll form and then reserve your seat by paying the enrollment deposit fee. 

After you get accepted at RIT, you will be receiving the scholarship form via email along with the admission letter. Please fill the scholarship form and share it back with your admission counselor.

Once you get enrolled, you will be receiving the placement test registration link via email. You can do the test online or on-campus depending on the availability of the exam. We advise you to clear the placement test at the earliest possible. 

Yes, you will be able to join and you will be placed in the relevant course subject to your score. 

Before course registration, you need to make sure that you have met the requirements mentioned in your admission letter. 

Once your documents get attested, please visit the Ministry of Education website and apply online. 

The equivalency certificate is an official document that gets issued by the UAE Ministry of Education. It’s required for international curriculums such as American, Cambridge, IB, CBSE board etc. 

Yes, you do need to attest your high school transcripts from the following: 

  • School located inside Dubai: KHDA 
  • School located inside Abu Dhabi: ADEK 
  • School located inside Sharjah: SPEA

If you have graduated from a different city, please visit the Ministry of Education website.

Please refer to the attestation process sheet shared by the admissions department.

International students are given one semester to apply and submit their equivalency certificate to the admissions department. 

You will be able to meet your advisor and have your classes registered.

Please register for the EmSAT test at the earliest. 

Please inform your admission counselor, we will be able to provide you with other equivalent tests/options. 

Please inform your admission counselor, and think of resetting the subject/s that you have failed.

Changing major is allowed once during the admission stage. Please contact your Admission Counselor to check your eligibility for other programs. 

Yes, please contact your academic advisor to check your eligibility. 

Yes, we do offer transportation to different cities in the Emirates. Learn more about Parking and Transportation.

If you have submitted all visa requirements, it will take 2-4 working weeks depending on the Immigration Office processing time which RIT Dubai has no control over. You will receive another email once your Entry Visa is ready along with information on the next steps. Mr. Muhammad Tahir mxtcad1@rit.edu will be the relevant person to contact for updates.

Yes, all students should have medical insurance. Please click here to find all the relevant information.

 

We do have special needs students on campus. Please submit the SNA form online for review. Once it’s reviewed, we will inform you about the decision.

Website last updated: July 12, 2024