Transfer from Other Universities

Eligibility for Transfer to AU

A Graduate student from an institution of higher education may apply for admission to an AU Graduate program in the same field of study if:

  • He/she satisfies the conditions of AU General Full admission given in 2.1.a or he/she had satisfied requirements of conditional admission which are similar to AU conditions given in 2.1.b-d of the graduate student catalog
  • He/she had been in good academic standing, i.e.: his/her Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is a least 3.0, on a scale of 4.0 or its equivalent,
  • He/she had not been the subject of disciplinary dismissal.
  • He/she was enrolled in a Graduate program which is recognized /accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, UAE.

Important If the student was admitted to his/her previous university based on the Institutional TOEFL, he/she will be requested to retake TOEFL test at AU and obtain at least 550 scores.

Conditions for Transfer of credit hours earned outside AU

  • The transfer of credited courses is considered for a graduate student who is transferring to a similar program to one studied previously if:
  • Their cumulative grade point average was at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, or the equivalent,
  • The course is not a course of the Pre- Master foundation Program,
  • The number of credit hours for the graduate course is not less than that of the AU equivalent graduate course
  • The grade obtained on the previous course must have been at least B (or the grade that corresponds to “Merit/ very Good” for institutions using a different grading scale)
  • The course content at the institution previously attended should be similar to that of the corresponding course offered at AU


  • Only grades obtained from courses taken at AU will be taken into account in the calculation of a student‟s CGPA, i.e., grades obtained from transferred courses at the previous institution will not be taken into account in the computation of the CGPA.
  • AU does not grant transfer students a graduate degree unless they successfully complete at least 75 percent of the credit hours of the graduate program at AU.
  • Transfer credit hours will be reported on AU Transcript only when the Admission & Registration Department receives the authenticity certificate of the transcript from the former institution of the student.