FAQ

FAQs Regarding Admissions

Required documents are:

  1. A recent color, high resolution passport photo
  2. A clear copy of a valid passport, showing the unified number page
  3. A clear copy of a valid Emirates ID (front and back)
  4. A copy of the National ID – Family Book (Father & Student Page)
  5. A copy of Birth certificate

Documents required from students:

  1. A recent color high resolution passport photo
  2. A clear copy of a valid passport, showing the unified number page.
  3. Note: If a unified number is not recorded in the passport, it should be requested from the Immigration Department
  4. A clear copy of a valid Emirates ID (front and back)
  5. A copy of birth certificate (mandatory – the date of issue of the birth certificate must match with the student’s date of birth)

Documents required from the students’ mothers:

  1. A clear copy of a valid passport
  2. A clear copy of a valid Emirates ID (front and back)
  3. The National ID – Family Book provided that the student’s mother has obtained UAE nationality prior to the student’s birth or in the same year of birth.

Yes, a limited number of seats is available, subject to fulfilling the following criteria:

  • Minimum High School average (GSC) = 85%
  • Minimum EmSAT English score of 1,250 or equivalent
  • The student must pay his/her tuition fees
Academic Division Tuition fees for full-time student per semester
(12-18 credit hours)
Tuition fees per credit hour (For hours less than 12 or more than 18)
Engineering Technology and Science, Health Sciences, Computer Information Science, Applied Media AED 36,750 AED 2,500 per credit
Education, Business AED 30,000 AED 2,100 per credit

Yes, the discounts are as follows:

  • 20% discount for students with a GSC overall average of 95% and above
  • 20% discount for students with a cumulative GPA of between 3.00 and 3.74
  • 40% discount for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 and above
  • 20% discount for sons/daughters of HCT employees
  • 20% discount for UAE national students who are interested in pursuing an additional credential
The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is a federal institution that provides free education for UAE national students and sons/daughters of UAE national mothers for one credential (qualification) only
Yes, expatriate students can apply to enroll in the HCT, subject to conditions being met, including payment of the appropriate tuition fees.
The EmSAT-English exam is mandatory to join HCT for all current applicants. However, we are still accepting the IELTS overall score of 5.0 for the non-current applicants.
No, because the HCT has 16 campuses across the UAE to meet students’ education needs where they live.
Yes. Students only pay minimal fees as per the agreements between HCT and transportation companies.

EmSAT exams are conducted by the Ministry of Education. High school students must contact their schools directly for exam registration.
Non-current high school graduates must first apply to HCT. HCT will thereafter coordinate with the applicants to register them for the exam.

Effective from the first semester of the 2019-2020 academic year, the existing Foundations program at HCT will no longer be offered, provided that those students accepted will be directly placed in the HCT academic programs. English language courses will be added to the General Studies courses, in order to enable students to successfully fulfill program requirements.
Yes. In this case, you must apply to HCT during the admission dates which will be announced on the HCT official website and official HCT social media accounts.
The admission page
Twitter: @hct_uae
Instagram: @hct_uae
Applicants’ eligibility for admission to different degree tracks in HCT shall be based on a combination of their General Secondary Certificate (GSC) (Grade 12), and results of their EmSAT-English exam, or its equivalent, as per the defined mechanisms and admission criteria. However, acceptance mainly depends on the priority criteria.
To learn more about acceptance criteria, visit the admission page.

As per the terms & definitions approved by the Ministry of Education, and used by the three higher education federal institutions in the UAE (HCT, UAEU & Zayed University), students are divided into the following three categories. Chances of admission depend on the priority criteria:

P1 students/Priority 1 students (First category):

  1. Current High School female graduates who meet the GSC overall average requirements
  2. Current High School male graduates with an average of 90% and above, or those exempted from national service
  3. The previous year’s High School male graduates who have met the GSC overall average requirements and completed national service
  4. Male and female students who have interrupted their studies in federal higher education institutions for a period not exceeding one academic year.

P2 students/Priority 2 students (Second category):

  1. Male and female High School graduates who applied to federal higher education institutions within a maximum period of three years since their graduation from High School.
  2. Male and female students who have interrupted their studies in federal higher education institutions for a period not exceeding three years.

P3 students/Priority 3 students (Third category):

  1. Male and female High School graduates who applied to federal higher education institutions following their graduation from high school within a period exceeding three years
  2. Male and female students who have interrupted their studies in federal higher education institutions for longer than three years.
You can apply to HCT during the fall or spring semesters, and the official admission dates will be pre-announced on the HCT website and social media accounts.
HCT Admission page
You can submit an application during the specified admission dates.
Students must complete the application online and upload the required documents as specified in the admissions page.
You can track your submitted application by logging into your “MOE Student Portal”, which was set up during the application period. All the updates and notifications regarding missing documents and required procedures will be sent to the email mentioned in your application.
For further enquiries, please contact 800MyHCT
  • We will review the completed applications and reply within a maximum of three to five business days. The applicant will be notified if any documents are missing or if the application does not meet the application criteria.
  • With regards to the students’ acceptance to study at HCT, each student will be notified through the email once the approved students’ names are announced.

Students must follow the instructions sent to their email and do the needful, depending on the application status:

  • The accepted students must confirm their acceptance of the offer (to reserve a seat in the major they were placed in) within the period specified in the email, and no later than the drop/add week prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • The students nominated for acceptance who have to pay tuition fees must confirm their acceptance of the offer and pay 30% of the overall tuition fees by the first week of the semester. The paid amount will be calculated as an advance payment of tuition fees.

Students who previously withdrew from HCT can be re-admitted to the fall and spring semesters in accordance with the following conditions:

  • The period of the student withdrawal must not exceed two semesters (one academic year).
  • The student must not have received any academic warnings or penalty (academic dismissal).
  • The student must have completed all the Foundations Program courses and joined the selected academic program prior to withdrawal.

In cases where the withdrawal period exceeds one academic year, acceptance will be dependent on the availability of seats in HCT and the student’s academic standing. However, admission priority given to P1, P2 or P3 students may vary based on the duration of interruption of studies.

National students and sons/daughters of National mothers may transfer from UAEU or Zayed University to HCT during the fall and spring semesters, depending on the number of seats allocated for this category in the admissions policy, and in accordance with the following conditions:

  1.  The student must be of good academic standing.
  2.  The student must not have received any academic warnings or penalty (academic dismissal).
  3.  The student must have completed all the Foundations courses, or obtained either:
    1. A valid EMSAT score of equal to or greater than 1100, or
    2.  A valid IELTS score of equal to or greater than 5.0
  4. The student will be considered coming from P1 category if the period of interruption of studies in UAEU or Zayed University does not exceed one academic year.

As for transfer students from other higher education institutions, their applications will be reviewed and they will be categorized as P2 or P3 students, depending on the year of High School graduation. Their acceptance will be dependent on the number of allocated seats and preferential criteria for this category in the admissions policy.

No. The SAT exam is not required for admission to HCT.
No. The HCT has separate campuses for men and women across the UAE.
No, we do not have an evening shift. However, evening courses are offered to students.
No, we do not provide distance learning.

Any student interested in enrolling in the different academic programs offered at HCT, will follow the Applied Academic Track –which begins from the Diploma leading to the Higher Diploma, based on the major, and finally to the Bachelor program.

Therefore, the student will join HCT as a Bachelor student after fulfilling the entry requirements of this track, but will have the opportunity of exiting at either the Diploma or Higher Diploma stage and receive the relevant qualification, which will enable him/her to enter the workforce. The student will be thereafter entitled to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree after acquiring relevant work experience. The HCT encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity.

 

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