American University of Sharjah

Admission Requirements

Admition Requirements at AUS

Admission Requirements

Our minimum admission requirements depend on the applicant's type of secondary education program and certificate.

In all cases, for non-vocational certificates, only subjects classified as academic by AUS are accepted for admission consideration and the calculation of averages.  Admission to the university is competitive, and the actual required minimum average for admission consideration and to guarantee a seat will depend on:

  • secondary education certificate or school average
  • SAT scores (as applicable)
  • number of qualified applicants
  • number of available seats

However, the minimum required average for accepting an application is the equivalent of 80 percent or more in the final year (national exams only) of secondary education, or 80 percent or more in the best two out of the last three years. Other program-specific requirements or restrictions may also apply.

Recognized Secondary School Certificates

Secondary school certificates are awarded either by ministries of education or by private schools and institutions. AUS recognizes certificates awarded by ministries of education. However, some countries award two levels of secondary school certificates. In this case, the university recognizes the higher certificate.

The university accepts certificates awarded by private secondary schools that are recognized by their host country. The university also accepts certificates awarded by recognized qualification authorities, international boards and national boards.

Following is a list of some common certificates and the corresponding minimum levels of performance required for accepting an application to AUS. These certificates and levels of achievement serve as guidelines only for admission to AUS and may change depending on the education system or school. Moreover, they may differ from other institutions or the standards that are generally accepted in an applicant's native country. The university may consider other types of secondary school certificates.

National General Secondary School Certificates (Arts or Science): Minimum required average is the equivalent of 80 percent or more in the final year national exam, or 80 percent or more in best two years.

American-style High School Diploma: Depending on the school grading system, minimum 3.0 CGPA (or equivalent) on a 4.0 scale (only subjects classified as academic are considered in the calculation of the CGPA). SAT scores are also required.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Must complete any six subjects, with at least three at the higher level. Lebanese Baccalaureate: Obtaining the baccalaureate, with an average equivalent to 80 percent.

French Baccalaureate or equivalent: Obtaining the baccalaureate, with an average equivalent to 80 percent. Pakistani Board(s) Certificates: Higher Secondary School Certificate (Part II) required, with an average equivalent to 80 percent.

Indian Board(s) Certificates: Senior Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard) required, with an average equivalent to 80 percent.

Iranian Certificate: Completion of pre-university year required, with an average equivalent to 80 percent.

German Abitur: Minimum average of three required.

IGCSE, GCSE, GCE: For an application to be accepted for admission consideration, applicants must submit a minimum of eight different IGCSE/GCSE and/or GCE subjects with four C grades and four B grades, or higher. Also, applicants must complete 12 years of schooling. A School Leaving Certificate must be provided, showing the last grade (year) completed.

However, priority in admission consideration and the selection of majors will be given to applicants who meet the following requirements:

- Complete GCE advanced supplementary level (AS-level) and/or advanced level (A-level) subjects. - Applicants with the highest grades.

- Subjects must be from at least four different subject groups. Also, only subjects classified as academic by AUS (including arts and creativity subject group) will be accepted for admission consideration.

All applicants are required to show English proficiency.

English proficiency requirements for Spring Semester 2017 are:

  • TOEFL: a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), 550 on the Institutional Paper-based TOEFL, or
  • IELTS: a minimum score of 6.5 on the Academic version

Applicants are requested to submit valid score reports. TOEFL and IELTS score reports are valid for two calendar years.

Applicants who do not attain the required score on TOEFL or on IELTS but who meet AUS admission standards will be admitted to the Achievement Academy Bridge Program offered by AUS. The student's placement in the appropriate level is determined by the students' achieved TOEFL or IELTS scores.

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For information on matriculation into the chosen field of study after studying at the Bridge Program, please refer to the Bridge Program.