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University Orientation Program


The University of Balamand in Dubai offers an Orientation Program that consists of an Intensive Language Program and a Remedial Program. To join either of these programs the student must hold a High School Diploma.

The Intensive Language Program is designed to prepare students who completed their secondary education for the language aptitude entrance examinations required by the different departments at the University. Failure to meet language requirements set by the University may place a student in the Intensive Language Program. This Program helps the student improve his/her language ability. Students have a period of one year to fulfill the language requirements and to join the regular program; otherwise they will have to reapply to the University. The Remedial Program is designed to prepare students who completed their secondary education for the entrance examinations set by the University. Those students may lack the required proficiency in the English language and/or subjects’ prerequisite skills for the university entrance exams. Cases are studied individually and acceptances are issued upon the recommendation of the Admissions Office. Students have a period of one year to finish this program. The two programs are also offered to students who had their secondary education in a language other than English. UOP students have to take a number of courses depending on the selected major, in addition to the English Language requirements. These courses are: BIOL005, CHEM005, ENGL001, ENGL002, ENGL003, MATH 005, and PHYS 005.

Students who do not meet the admission standards and can be admitted to the University Orientation Programs should satisfy the following conditions as stated in the table below:
School Average of grades 10 and 11 ≥ 75%
SAT Math 500-550
IBT ≥ 71 , ITP ≥ 527
or IELTS ≥ 5.5
UOP Program
Yes
Yes
No
  Admitted into the intensive English department as per his
  English language test Score
Yes
No
Yes
  Admitted to the Math 005 and should pass the course with an
  average of 70% or more if applying to Engineering or Sciences
  programs
Average between 70-75%
Yes
-
  To be admitted to UOP program where cases are studied
   individually
Yes
  Coming from an Arabic instruction school
  To be admitted to UOP program where cases are studied
  individually
≤ 70%
-
  Not accepted
N.B. Students have a period of one year to fulfill the requirements and join the regular program and he/she will be allowed to register a maximum of 9 credits in addition to the English courses.
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