Admission requirements for American High School Diploma applicants

Our minimum admission requirements depend on an applicant’s type of secondary education program and certificate. Admission to AUS is competitive, and the actual required minimum average for admission consideration will depend on the number of qualified applicants and the number of available seats.

Below are the minimum requirements. Requirements might change without prior notice based on the majors. The final decision regarding any application is made by the Office of Admissions.


The UAE Ministry of Education requires all enrolled students to obtain a certificate of equivalency for their secondary education certificate. For more information please visit:


Depending on the school grading system, applicants graduating with an American high school system are required to obtain:


i. minimum of B or 80% average in final grade 12 or the best two years of grades 10, 11 and 12(Only subjects classified as academic are considered in the calculation of the CGPA)*.

ii. SAT: a minimum Mathematics score of 450

iii. UAE National applicants, are required to obtain a minimum EmSAT Achieve-Mathematics with a minimum grade of 500 points (SAT Math is not acceptable)




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UAE National applicants, are required to obtain an EmSAT Achieve English score of 1,550 or above. (Passing TOEFL or IELTS are acceptable provided that EmSAT Achieve English score of 1100 is achieved)


* Applicants who attain 4 points out of 5 in applicable Advanced Placement Test subjects may be awarded course credits for freshman-level courses. Applicants who attain grade B or above in applicable A Level subjects can be awarded credits for the freshman-level courses (up to 12 credits maximum).


**Students who do not attain the required English Language Proficiency exam score, but meet AUS admission standards will be admitted to AUS Achievement Academy Bridge Program The student’s placement in the appropriate level is determined by placement tests administered at the beginning of each semester.



The following scans are required for applying:


• final grade reports of grade 10 and 11
• final grade 12 report (if available at the time of applying)
• valid English Proficiency language score (if available at the time of applying)
• valid SAT/ EmSAT Math score (if available at the time of applying)

• colored passport scan (including residence visa scan for UAE residents)

• colored UAE national ID scan (for UAE nationals and UAE residents)


All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of AED 400.

Transfer applicants are required to pay a non-refundable transcript evaluation fee of 400 AED (deductible from tuition upon joining AUS)


Early Admission (highly recommended)



Enrollment at AUS is usually competitive, applicants are encouraged to apply early. If you are in your final year of secondary school, you are encouraged to apply for early admission by submitting official grade reports for grade 10 and 11.


Early admission is only offered to highly qualified applicants and is not considered final until students submit a recognized and officially certified secondary school certificate or equivalent showing successful completion of secondary education and all other items as requested in the Letter of Admission.


Regular Admission


If you have completed your secondary school education and have the American High School Diploma, you can apply through the regular admission procedure.


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