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 Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is a higher education institution that attracts undergraduates from the UAE, 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 Undergraduate Admissions Section is an integral part of the University, accompanying students throughout their journey, from application to finally receiving your undergraduate degree. It processes applications, administrative registrations, course registrations, examinations, and transcripts, as well as conferring degrees.

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

Application Processing Charge

Applications must be completed and the non-refundable application fee paid before the application can assessed for an offer of admission.

Application Fee for an Undergraduate program: 200 AED

Payment methods

1. Online Credit Card Payment

  • Payment can be made online when you submit your application for admission at http://myssb.psuad.ac.ae
  • Only Master Card and Visa Card are accepted.

2. Bank Transfers

  • Payment can be made by transferring the appropriate amounts directly to the University’s bank account via Telex or Swift Transfers, from a bank or any exchange house.
  • For details refer to the methods of payment document on the website at http://www.sorbonne.ae/admissions/tuition-and-fees/

Applications and Application Deadlines

Application for new students admission open starting15th October, 2017

Application review process starts  17th December, 2017 


Application Deadlines

International applications   9th August, 2018

Applications within the UAE 23rd August, 2018


Undergraduate Admissions Conditions

The University offers different undergraduate degree programmes, with common admissions requirements. The available undergraduate programmes, all taught in French (except Physics, which is taught in English) are: Archeology and History of Art, Economics and Management, French and Comparative Literature, Geography and Planning, History: Civilisations and International Affairs, Applied Foreign Languages (LEA): International Business and Languages, Law, Philosophy and Social Science, and Physics.

High School Diploma: We look for applicants that have a minimum requirement of 80% in their High School Diploma or its equivalent as approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. All applications will have to go through the Admissions Committee for final reviews and decisions. Twelve years of schooling is normally required.

For students who do not have an adequate command of the French language, the University offers an Intensive French Course (FLE). To apply for this Course, a High School Diploma, a Baccalaureate, or any other equivalent diploma is required.

To apply for any undergraduate programme, a French Baccalaureate or any other equivalent High School Diploma with a French Aptitude Certificate (DELF, SELFEE, TCF or TEF “minimum score of B2 level”) is required.

For the Bachelor in Physics degree, in addition to the French baccalaureate or equivalent High School Diploma, an English proficiency exam is required (TOEFL 500 (173 CBT, 61 iBT) or IELTS 5.0) – with validity of 2 years. Students who graduated from a country where English is the first official language are exempted from the language proficiency exam.

Admissions Process

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

For those interested in auditing a bachelor course, please click here.

French Aptitude Certification

Non-francophone students who wish to join a French language Bachelor programme at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi should hold either an accepted DU diploma from Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi or B2 level diplomas: DELF, TEF, TCF, or SELFEE.

Students from francophone countries will be admitted to Licence (Bachelor) programmes subject to a prior interview or a written exam confirming their oral and written skills. It is recommended that the students pass the DELF B2 exam in their country and attach a copy of their diploma along with the application.

For students holding a French Baccalaureate, a test is not required.

English Proficiency Exam

Students applying to the Bachelor of Physics or University Diploma in Sports are required to submit an English Proficiency Exam (TOEFL 500 (173 CBT, 61 iBT) or IELTS 5.0, or City & Guilds IESOL B1/B2). Students who graduated from countries where English is the first official language are exempted from the Language Proficiency Exam.

The EmSAT English Proficiency Exam is mandatory for High School students applying for the Bachelor in Physics programme.


  • International students can apply using IELTS, TOEFL etc
  • The EmSAT can be used for English proficiency into the Masters programme, see the table below for equivalent levels to IELTS


IELTS – Academic EmSAT Achieve – English
8.0 1925-2000
7.5 1800-1900
7.0 1675-1775
6.5 1550-1650
6.0 1400-1525
5.5 1250-1375
5.0 1100-1225
4.5 950-1075
4.0 825-925


Duration of Studies

  • French as a Foreign Language (FLE) minimum one year course and could be extended as needed.
  • Bachelors represent six semesters equivalent to 180 ECTS credits.

Credit System and Transfer

A credit system is a systematic way of describing an educational programme 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.

In general, credits awarded in one programme may be transferred into another programme, offered by the same or another institution. This transfer can only take place if the degree-awarding institution (Paris-Sorbonne Paris 4, Paris-Decartes Paris 5 and 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.

Passing from the first year of bachelor to the second requires succeeding in Semester 1 or Semester 2.
Passing from the second year of bachelor to the third year requires succeeding in Semester 1 and Semester 2 and Semester 3 or Semester 4.
Graduating at the end of the third year and eventually receiving  your undergraduate degree, requires successful completion of the six semesters.

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 a final examination takes place at the end of each semester.

Regular enrolled students are eligible to sit for exams. First and second semester exams are respectively in January and May or June. A catch-up exams session is held for students who fail in courses. This session is normally held in June.

All exams periods are confirmed and identified in a published academic calendar.

University Regulations

It is mandatory for students to attend all of their classes.

Continuous assessments taking place during the semester will not be taken into consideration for students with more than three unjustified absences.

For more than ten unjustified absences per year, the student will not be allowed to sit for the final examination and will not be permitted to continue studying at the University. A Disciplinary Committee will be held accordingly.

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 switch 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 Section, fill in the necessary form, and hand over his/her ID card.

Required Documents

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

  • Passport copy
  • Transcripts of your last two high school years
  • A certified copy of your Baccalaureate, High School Diploma, or equivalent
  • Two passport size photos
  • Personal statement in French (for Bachelor students) or in English (for French Intensive Course, Bachelor in Physics and DU Sports students)
  • Military service certificate (for French nationals only)
  • Aptitude Test in French for non-francophone students (B2 level diplomas: DELF, TEF, TCF, or SELFEE)
  • English proficiency exam result (TOEFL 500 (173 CBT, 61 iBT) or IELTS 5.0).  (only for Licence in Physics and DU in Sports students). All exams should have a validity of 2 years


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 enrolled at Paris-Sorbonne 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.