Foundation Year in Sciences

Programme duration : 1 year
Delivery language : English
Deadline to apply : 11 August 2023
Placement test dates : Tuesday, 7th February 2023, 4:00pm | Tuesday, 21st February 2023, 4:00pm | Saturday, 18th March 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Saturday, 15th April 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Tuesday, 9th May 2023, 4:00pm | Tuesday 23rd May 2023, 4:00pm | Saturday, 3rd of June 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Saturday, 10th of June 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Tuesday, 13th June 2023, 4:00pm | Tuesday, 20th June 2023, 4:00pm | Tuesday, 27th June 2023, 4:00pm | Saturday, 1st July 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Thursday, 6th July 2023, 4:00pm | Saturday, 15th July 2023, 3:00pm (online) | Tuesday, 18th July 2023, 4:00pm | Wednesday 26th July 2023, 4:00pm | August (TBC).
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The Foundation Year in Sciences is designed to equip students with all the skills required to succeed at the university level, and to be successful in any undergraduate programme in sciences.

During the Foundation Year, students will study Optics and Electrokinetic and will review mathematics studied in high school in detail, learn to run experiments, and how to report on them. Students will acquire basic knowledge of programming in the Computer Science course. The Methodology course will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, and teach students how to manage their time. In the Active Science course, students will build on their knowledge and skills to manage a scientific project of their choice. They will also study a foreign language (French for non-French speakers).

The teaching methodology involves lectures and tutorials, laboratory sessions, projects, written technical reports and oral presentations.

Throughout the Foundation Year in Sciences, students will interact with the students from the Bachelor in Physics and be part of events organised by the Sciences and Engineering Department

At the end of the Foundation Year in Sciences, students will be prepared to enter any science-based undergraduate programme.

Admission to the programme is very selective; the following are minimal criteria to apply for admission into the Foundation Year:

  • High school with a minimum average of 80% (General stream); 75% (Advanced stream/Elite stream/Science stream or equivalent)
  • Recent Emsat-English with a Minimum score of 1250, or valid Academic-IELTS 5.5, or valid TOEFL-IBT 71

All candidates will be required to sit for a placement exam administered by the University before being considered for a conditional admission in the Science programmes. All admissions in the Science programmes are conditional on the successfull completion of the Foundation Year in Sciences.

Only applicants holding a French Baccalaureate are eligible, provided they meet specific requirements, to be considered for direct entry in the programmes. Such applicants might be required to sit a specifically designed placement test.

Admission is subject to capacity constraints. Applicants might, therefore, be placed on waiting list.

Other Countries Education’s Systems

Conditions apply on other foreign curriculums according to the admission’s policy set by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Please contact the Student Recruitment office by email: for more details.

Programme tuition fees:
AED 71,700 (approximately US$ 19,538)
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HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Scholarship for Emirati students

Admitted Emirati nationals and children of Emirati mothers’ are awarded a full scholarship covering tuition and study related fees for their Bachelor Programmes (and Foundation year, if any)

Current high school students may apply through NAPO, whereas the graduates of previous years can apply on the Apply Now page.

Academic Excellence Scholarships (for the 1st semester of enrolment)

• 15% scholarship on tuition for the 1st semester of joining

New joiners with excellent academic results in high school are eligible following the below criteria. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

  • Government schools: 90% in the advanced stream, or 95% in the general stream.
  • American system: CGPA of 3.6 out of 4.0 or minimum average of 90%.
  • British system: “A” grade or higher in three “AS-Level” subjects or “A” in the equivalent “A-Level” Subjects, plus “B” grade or higher in six O level subjects.
  • SABIS: minimum average of 85%.
  • International Baccalaureate: IB diploma with minimum score of 5 out of 7 in all courses – three of those subjects must be higher-level courses.
  • French Baccalaureate: minimum average of 14 out of 20.

Academic Excellence Scholarship (starting from the 2nd semester of enrolment)

• 25%-75% Academic Excellence Scholarship

Based on the academic results obtained during the previous semester at SUAD, students are eligible to the academic excellence scholarship granted semester by semester. The scholarship scheme is progressive (25% to 75% and the minimum average grade to be eligible is 12/20. A specific scholarship is available for the 2nd semester of the Foundation Year. For more information, please contact

Other Scholarships

10% French Curriculum Schools Scholarship for the 1st semester of enrolment

Students holding a French baccalaureate obtained in one of the GCC countries are eligible for a 10% discount for their first semester. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.

Sponsored scholarships

Total, Chalhoub and Ardian Foundation, offer specific scholarships based on academic excellence and/or financial circumstances to selected students.

The deadline for submitting an application is communicated by University email each semester to all enrolled students. Applications are submitted via the online application form. Incomplete and late applications will not be assessed.

Scholarships can’t be combined. For more information, please contact

Preferential rate: 10% Family discount

Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programme are eligible for a 10% discount.

*Conditions apply