Undergraduate Admissions

Sorbonne Abu Dhabi offers a range of undergraduate degree programmes with common admission requirements. The undergraduate admissions section processes applications for new admissions, completes administrative requirements, registers students for courses, manages examinations and issues transcripts as well as conferring degrees at the completion of studies.

A bachelor programme comprises six semesters equivalent to 180 ECTS credits. All undergraduate programmes are taught in French, except for the Bachelor in Physics and the Bachelor in Records Management and Archival Science which are taught in English. For Bachelors taught in French, students must have a sufficient command of the French language. For students who do not have an adequate command of the French language, the University offers a diploma in Intensive French to bring students up to the level required.

For students wishing to enrol in the Bachelor in Physics, a Foundation Year in Sciences can be advised, before the first year of the Bachelor and depending on the level.



Sorbonne Abu Dhabi selects students for admission to its undergraduate programmes based on merit.

Entry to an undergraduate programme requires French language proficiency (or English language proficiency for the Physics programme) and the completion of a High School Diploma at per the standards outlined below:


UAE curriculum: An attested General School Leaving Certificate (Thanawiya) with a minimum 80% average in academic subjects.

French Baccalaureate: Minimum final average of 12/20 in a French high school (Baccalaureate). A final average of less than 12/20 may be accepted following a review of high school subject results and a student’s personal statement.

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE): Completion of one subject at the General Certificate of Education (GCE) advanced level and 1 subject at the advanced subsidiary level or three subjects at the advanced subsidiary level with a pass grade in each subject.

International Baccalaureate: Successful completion of five subjects with pass grades in each subject.

Other curriculums: An attested and equivalent certificate from the UAE Ministry of Education and be in good standing with a minimum 80% average, in academic subjects.

French Proficiency

French speakers can apply for any undergraduate programme (except Physics). French speakers are French speaking students who have completed at least 3 full years of study in a French institution (in France or abroad) and students who have completed a minimum of three years in an institution whose teaching was in French and where evidence can be provided by the institution.

Non-French speakers need to demonstrate a B2 level in the French language, or take the diploma in Intensive French at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. To apply for this course, a High School Diploma, a Baccalaureate, or any other equivalent diploma is required.

English Proficiency (Bachelor in Physics and Bachelor in Records Management and Archival Science)
English language proficiency can be demonstrated as follows:

  • High School graduates from countries where the English is the first official language are exempted from the language proficiency exams.
  • Minimum EmSAT – English score of 1100
  • Minimum score of 5.0 on an IELTS exam – with a validity of 2 years.