Foundation Year in Sciences

One-year program

The Foundation Year in Sciences, taught in English, 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 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) and attend two courses from the first year of the Bachelor in Physics offered at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

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 requirements

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-Math with a minimum score of 800 (Following MOE regulations, the EmSAT exam is required for specific applicants; please refer to the MOEs website for more details)
  • 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.

Admission deadline
3 July 2022

Placement test dates

The placement test takes place on the following dates:

8 February 2022
14 March 2022
10 May 2022
30 May 2022
14 June 2022
7 July 2022

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