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Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is a higher education institution that attracts the best students from all over the Middle East, and around the world. Sorbonne Abu Dhabi’s multinational student body promotes and ensures an ideal environment for intellectual and cultural growth.

The Postgraduate Admissions Section is an integral part of the University, accompanying students throughout their journey, from application to graduation. It process applications, administrative registrations, course registrations, examinations, transcripts, and confers degrees.

A whole array of subjects from Paris-Sorbonne, Paris-Descartes, and Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC) are available at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

Postgraduate Admissions Conditions

The University offers different postgraduate degrees.

To apply for any of our postgraduate programmes, the candidate should be a holder of:

  • A recognised bachelor degree earned in a discipline appropriate for the prospective graduate degree. Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi doesn’t normally accept average grades that are below 12/20 or 3.0/4.0 or its equivalence for the first year (M1). It is required to have the minimum average of 12/20 or 3.0 /4.0 or its equivalence for admission into M2 degree level.
  • Minimum of 3 years of working experience is only needed for the second year (M2) of the master’s degree level admission, in which there should be minimum of 2 years gap between the earned bachelor degree and admission into the second year (M2) of the master’s degree level. For the first year (M1) of the master’s degree level admission, working experience is not required.
  • Should prove English language proficiency (written and oral), with a preferred TOEFL score -minimum of 550 (213 CBT, 79-80 iBT) or IELTS minimum of 6.0, or City & Guilds IESOL B2. Normally graduates from countries where English is the first official language or graduates from universities where their Bachelor degree’s admission requirements requires either TOEFL 500 or IELTS 5.0, are exempted from the Language proficiency exams.


Postgraduate Admissions Process

Candidates interested in joining Sorbonne Abu Dhabi are requested to go through the Apply online  process or provide an application file in French, in English, or an official translation in either language.

Credit System and Transfer

A credit system is a systematic way of describing an educational program by attaching credits to its components. The definition of credits in higher education systems may be based on different parameters (written and oral assessments, tutorial and personal work).

The European credit transfer and accumulation system (ECTS) is a student-centric system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme, objectives preferably specified in terms of the learning outcomes and competences to be acquired.

ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. Credits in ECTS can only be obtained after successful completion of the work required and appropriate assessment of the learning outcomes achieved.

Learning outcomes are sets of competences, expressing what the student will know, understand or be able to do after completion of a process of learning.

Masters represents four semesters equivalent to 120 ECTS credits.

Credit transfer in ECTS

In general, credits awarded in one program may be transferred into another program, offered by the same or another institution. This transfer can only take place if the degree-awarding institution (Paris-Sorbonne Paris 4, Paris-Descartes Paris 5, et Pierre et Marie Curie UPMC) recognises the credits and the associated learning outcomes. Successful credit transfer requires academic recognition of credits by the Academic Committee.

Passing and Assessment

In order to validate a semester, the student should obtain a grade of 10 out of 20.

Once a Unit of Teaching has been earned, it can be kept indefinitely and counts towards the overall result for obtaining a diploma. The different subjects EC of the Units of Teaching (UE – Unités d’Enseignement) higher or equal to 10/20 can be kept for a maximum of four years. Compensation operates at three levels without eliminating results: within the UE, between all the UE of the same semester and between the semesters of the same level of study.

Assessment and Examinations

The academic year is made up of two semesters, each with 13 weeks of teaching. Students’ knowledge will be tested each semester. Students are evaluated throughout the semester (continuous assessment) and at the end of each semester, a final examination takes place.

Students who have both administrative and academic registrations and who have no outstanding balances are eligible to sit for exams. First and second semester exams are respectively in January and June.  There would be make-up exams sessions that are normally in September.

University Regulations

Students are required to attend all of their classes. Presence is mandatory.

Students with more than three unjustified absences will no longer be assessed on a continuous basis and will have to sit for a final examination.

For more than 10 unjustified absences per year, the student will not be admitted to pass the final examination and will not be permitted to continue studying at the University. A Disciplinary Committee will be held in this case.

Furthermore, students are not authorised to leave the classroom during a class or to leave a class before it has ended. Mobile telephones must be switched off for the duration of the class.

Food and drinks are strictly forbidden in the classrooms.

Conduct of behaviour, attendance of classes and exams rules should be adhered to by the student. The student who fails to respect these rules will be subject to a decision taken by the Disciplinary Committee.

The applicable disciplinary sanctions are warnings, blame, temporary exclusion from the university, definite exclusion from the university and any other decision taken by the Disciplinary Committee.

Any student who decides to withdraw should inform the Admissions Department, fill in the necessary form and hand over his/her ID card.

Required Admissions Documents

The application process cannot begin without a complete application. An application will not be deemed complete without the following attachments:

  • A certified copy of your Bachelor degree (Licence or equivalent)
  • Official or certified copy of the Bachelor transcript
  • English Proficiency Certificate (TOEFL 550, (213 CBT, 79-90 iBT) or IELTS 6.0) or its equivalent. All exams should have a validity of 2 years.
  • Aptitude Test in French for non-francophone students (B2 level diplomas: DELF, TEF, TCF, or SELFEE) for candidates applying for Master in Teaching French as a Foreign Language only
  • CV
  • Passport copy
  • Military service certificate (for French nationals only)
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Personal statement in French or English
  • Candidates applying for M2, an employer experience letter is needed
  • Disclaimer Letter for UAE employment after graduation and postgraduate admissions only: Equivalency letter is required to be obtained from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

For Candidates residing in the UAE Only:

  • Visa copy
  • Medical Insurance card copy
  • Emirates ID copy

For Candidates from outside the UAE: Visa procedures would be done upon admission into the University.


Visa Requirements

An annual student residence visa is provided to students, who are coming from abroad, enrolled at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi.

The documents required for an entry visa request are:

  • Passport copy
  • Colour passport photo
  • International medical insurance valid in the UAE
  • Visa request form

Once the residence visa is issued, a copy of your flight ticket or date of entry (if by other means) should be provided to the Student Affairs Department. Upon arrival in the UAE, a medical examination will be done to finalise paperwork.

All international students including those from GCC countries should apply for an Emirates ID Card as soon as they reach Abu Dhabi.

To renew your annual visa, you must repeat the medical examination, renew your Emirates ID Card and give your passport and insurance card to the Student Affairs Department.

Upon completing your studies, your visa will be cancelled three weeks before your departure. A passport copy, Emirates ID Card and medical insurance card will be required for visa cancellation.

Medical Insurance

Students are automatically covered for accidents on or off campus during events sponsored by the University and any internship organised by the University.