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  • Before reading our Frequently Asked Questions Section, please go through Admissions’ pages on our official website.
  • In case you do not find answers to your question(s), neither on the website nor below, please contact our team via email on communication@hct.ac.ae. We will be delighted to extend any possible help or assistance.
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01) What PERSONAL documents are required from students for admission to the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)?

All documents listed below must be uploaded while submitting an application for admissions consideration in HCT on NAPO Website. Required documents vary according to the nationality of applicant. Please note that the below listing covers personal documents only.

Personal documents required from UAE national students

  1. A recent color, high resolution passport photo
  2. A clear copy of a valid passport, showing the unified number an Edbarah 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.

Personal documents required from sons/daughters of UAE national mothers

  1. A recent color high resolution passport photo
  2. A clear copy of a valid passport, showing the unified number page.
    Note: If a unified number is not recorded in the passport, it should be requested from the Immigration Department.
  3. A clear copy of a valid Emirates ID (front and back).
  4. A copy of birth certificate (mandatory – the date of issue of the birth certificate must match with the student’s date of birth).
  5. A clear copy of a valid passport of applicant’s mother
  6. A clear copy of a valid Emirates ID of applicant’s mother (front and back)
  7. 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.

Personal documents required from non-UAE national students

  1. A recent color high resolution passport photo
  2. A clear copy of a valid passport including residency page.
  3. A clear copy of a valid Emirates ID (front and back).

02) What are the ACADEMIC documents required from students for admission in Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)?

  1. Final grade reports of grade 10, 11, 12
  2. Ministry of Education Equivalency letter is required from all students who completed their secondary education in non- UAE governmental systems, i.e. American, British…
  3. Students who study British curriculum must submit official statement of results and official grade reports issued by the examination board, not from the school.
  4. EmSAT- English or equivalent.

03) Can expat students (non UAE national) apply for admissions consideration in Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)?

Yes, expat students who meet the following admissions criteria are welcomed to apply for admissions consideration:

  • High School average of 85% or above.
  • EmSAT English score of 1,250 or equivalent.

04) What are the tuition fees for expatriate (non UAE nationals) students?

 Academic Division

Tuition fees for full-time student

per semester
(12-18 credit hours)

Tuition fees

 per credit hour

(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

05) Accelerated Track, Applied Track and Professional Career Track, what are they and how do they work?

In fall 2020, HCT introduced the Tracks System as part of its new 4.0 strategy. Each track has specific admissions requirements as indicated on the admissions pages.  Here, you will find information to help you understand this new system:

Applicants who meet HCT’s established admissions requirements will be offered Admissions in one of the three following tracks:

  • Accelerated Track: available only for secondary education leavers who successfully completed MoE’s Elite Stream and students who completed Advanced Stream with 90% or equivalents and EmSAT English >=1250. Applicants who join HCT’s Accelerated Track will be able to complete graduation requirements faster.
  • Applied Track: available for secondary education leavers who successfully completed MoE’s Advanced and General Streams or equivalents. Students who join the Applied Track and do not maintain a CGPA of 3.0 will have to exit HCT after Higher Diploma to work for a period of minimum 1 year to maximum 5 years and then return to HCT to complete Bachelor Degree requirements.
  • Professional Track: a professional study track which prepares students for career in specific fields. It provides students with more work-integrated leading experience in a particular occupational field which enables them to excel in their careers.

06) What is the English Proficiency requirement at HCT?

English is the medium of teaching at HCT. Therefore, all applicants regardless of their secondary education background or qualifications are required to submit valid EmSAT-English score of 1100 or more. Applicants who attain less than 1100 points still can join HCT. They will take non-credit remedial English courses during their first semester at HCT.

EmSAT is the Standard English proficiency test; therefore all applicants are encouraged to do this test while they are in the final year of secondary education.

However, HCT accepts the following internationally recognized English proficiency tests:

Test Required Score
Academic IELTS 5.0 points or more

07) What are the general admissions requirement for the academic year 2020-2021?

MoE Graduates of the Elite Stream or equivalent.
MoE Graduates of the Advanced Stream or equivalent, fulfilling the following criteria:

  1. Minimum GSC overall average of 90%
  2. Minimum EmSAT-English score of 1250 or equivalent.

SECOND: APPLIED ACADEMIC TRACK: APPLIED DIPLOMA/ HIGHER DIPLOMA/  BACHELOR PROGRAMS

  1. MoE Graduates of the Advanced Stream or equivalent, fulfilling the following criteria:
    1. 60% for non-Engineering Technology programs.
    2. Minimum GSC overall average of 70% for Engineering Technology programs.
    3. Minimum EmSAT-English score of 650 or equivalent for other programs.
  2. MoE Graduates of the General Stream or equivalent, fulfilling the following criteria:
    1. Minimum GSC overall average of 70% for non-Engineering Technology programs.
    2. For Engineering Technology programs:
      1. Minimum GSC overall average of 80%.
      2. Minimum EmSAT-Math score of 800.
      3. Minimum EmSAT-Physics score of 750 ORminimum EmSAT-Chemistry score of 600.
      4. Minimum EmSAT- English score of 650 or equivalent.
  3. MoE graduates of Advanced and General Streams, or equivalent who attain 85% or above but have less than 650 in EmSAT- English.
  4. Admission Criteria for Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood):
    1. Minimum GSC overall average of 70% for Advanced Stream and 75% for General Stream or equivalent.
    2. Minimum EmSAT-Arabic score of 800.
    3. Minimum EmSAT-English score of 650 or equivalent.

THIRD: PROFESSIONAL CAREER TRACK ENJAZ / DIPLOMA

Available for MoE Graduates of the Advanced and General Streams, or equivalent at HCT. This program is not offered in HCT campuses in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Important Note: Private High School Graduates are treated as per MoE issued equivalencies.

08) What are the admission requirement for students who do American High School Diploma?

Students who do American High School Diploma must meet the following criteria:

All applicants, regardless of their type of secondary education, MUST submit MoE Equivalency.

  1. Students who study more science subjects in year 12 will be considered as Advanced Stream students., otherwise applicant will be considered as General Stream Student
  2. For non-Engineering Technology programs: 60% or above from Advanced Stream Students and 70% or above from General Stream students.
  3. For Engineering Technology programs:
    1. Minimum overall average of 70% or above from Advanced Stream students and 80% or above from General Stream students or equivalents. The below EmSAT scores are also required from General Stream students ONLY:
    2. Minimum EmSAT-Math score of 800.
    3. Minimum EmSAT-Physics score of 750 ORminimum EmSAT-Chemistry score of 600.
  4. For Education Program: an overall average of 70% for Advanced Stream and 75% for General Stream or equivalent in addition to 800 points or more in EmSAT-Arabic.

For information on English proficiency requirements, please see question# 6

If you have AP or SATII test results, please contact

Central Services Admissions Team (admissions@hct.ac.ae) for further details.

09) I want study engineering in HCT. What are the EmSAT scores required?

Applicants who opt to study any of the Applied Engineering Technology programs offered by HCT must fulfill the following EmSAT requirement:

  • Minimum overall average of 70% or above from Advanced Stream students and 80% or above from General Stream students or equivalents. The below EmSAT scores are also required from General Stream students ONLY:
    • Minimum EmSAT-Math score of 800.
    • Minimum EmSAT-Physics score of 750 OR minimum EmSAT-Chemistry score of 600.
  • Minimum EmSAT- English score of 650 or equivalent. However, MoE graduates of Advanced and General Streams, or equivalent who attain 85% or above but have less than 650 in EmSAT- English.

10) Are there any special admissions requirement for applicants who want to study education major?

Yes, applicants who opt to study the Applied Education Program must attain 800 or more in EmSAT- Arabic.

11) What are the admission requirement for students who do British system?

Students who do British qualifications must meet the following criteria:

  1. Submit MoE Equivalency.
  2. Successfully complete a combination of 7 subjects (5 IGCSE O Level subject and two A/S Subjects or one A level subject) and obtain minimum grades as required by HCT. For information on accepted subjects, you may send your inquiries to napo@moe.gov.ae or communication@hct.ac.ae .
  3. Meet HCT’s English proficiency requirement.

12) What are the admission requirements for students who do International Baccalaureate?

Students who do International Baccalaureate must meet the following criteria:

  1. Submit MoE Equivalency.
  2. Successfully complete a combination of 6 subjects (three at the Higher Level and 3 at the Standard Level in addition to TOK and ES) with 24 points or more and obtain minimum grades as required by HCT.
  3. Meet HCT’s English proficiency requirement.

13) Does HCT offer tuition remissions for expatriate students?

Yes, HCT offers tuition remissions for expatriate applicants as per the following schemes.

High School Average Tuition remission (%)
95% and above. 20%
20% discount for students with a cumulative GPA of between 3.00 and 3.74.
Sons/daughters of HCT employees.
Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 3.75 and above. 40%
20% discount for UAE national students who are interested in pursuing an additional credential

14) Is education free at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)?

The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is a federal institution. It provides free education for UAE national students and sons/daughters of UAE national mothers for one credential (qualification) only.

UAE nationals and Mother National students may have to pay for their second degree at HCT as per the following tuition structure

Academic Department full-time student

per semester (12-18 credit hours)

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

15) I scored 5.0 in IELTS. Can I join HCT without taking EmSAT-English?

It is highly recommended to take EmSAT-English since it is the standard English proficiency assessment tool in HCT. However, HCT may consider Academic IELTS overall score of 5.0 for admission purposes.

16) Does HCT provide student accommodation?

HCT has 16 campuses across the UAE to meet students’ education needs where they live; therefore HCT doesn’t provide student accommodation service.

17) Does HCT provide transportation?

Yes. Students only pay minimal fees as per the agreements between HCT and transportation companies.

18) How can I register for EmSAT(s)?

EmSAT sessions are conducted by the Ministry of Education. High school students must contact their schools directly for exam registration. 

Non-current high school graduates (old graduate of secondary education) must first apply to HCT. HCT will coordinate with the applicants to register them for required EmSATs.

Students who completed their secondary education outside the UAE may take required EmSAT on their designated campuses upon arrival in the UAE.

19) Is a Foundations program offered prior to student entry into the academic programs?

Effective first semester of the academic year2019-2020, HCT doesn’t offer foundations programs. Accepted students 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.

20) Can I apply to HCT if I completed my high school one year ago, or earlier?

Yes.  According to availability of seats in majors and in HCT campuses, old graduates of secondary education (non-current) applicants can be considered for admissions.

HCT established admissions requirements will be applied.

If you are an old graduate of secondary education, you must apply on NAPO website during the admission dates to be announced on the HCT official website and official HCT social media accounts prior to the beginning of each semester.

Please make sure you follow HCT accounts to receive important updates.
The admission page
Twitter: @hct_uae
Instagram: @hct_uae

21) What are my chances of acceptance to HCT?

Applicants’ eligibility for admission to different degree tracks in HCT shall be determined based on a combination of their:

  • General Secondary Certificate (GSC) (Grade 12),
  • Results of their EmSAT-English exam, or its equivalent, as per the defined mechanisms and admission criteria.
  • EmSAT- math, physics and chemistry for applicants who seek admissions in Applied Engineering Technology programs.
  • EmSAT-Arabic for students who seek admissions in Applied Education program.

However, acceptance mainly depends on the priority criteria. 1st Priority is given to fresh graduates of secondary education
For more information about acceptance criteria, visit the admission page.

22) What does priority mean and does it affect student acceptance?

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.

23) What are the admission dates for HCT?

HCT admits students twice a year. You can apply for admissions considerations in HCT prior to the beginning of fall or spring semesters. Official admissions dates will be pre-announced on the HCT website and social media accounts. For fall 2020 important dates, please check
HCT Admission page on our official we

24) How can I apply for admission consideration in HCT?

You can submit an application during the specified admission dates. All students, regardless of their secondary education system must complete their applications for admissions consideration online on the Official Website of Ministry of Education and upload the required documents as specified in the admissions page.

25) How can I track my application status?

  • You can track your submitted application by logging into your “MOE Student Portal”, which you set up during the application period.
  •  All updates and notifications regarding missing documents and required procedures will be sent to the email mentioned in your application. Please make sure to check your email regularly after submitting your application.
  • For further enquiries, please contact 800MyHCT. You may also communicate directly with your campus to follow up the progress of your application.

26) I am not a fresh graduate of secondary education, when do I receive a reply to my application?

  • Applications submitted by applicants who are not fresh graduates of secondary education will be reviewed and evaluated by HCT.
  • Applicant will be notified if any documents are missing.
  • A reply with the admission decision will be sent to applicants within a maximum of five business days from the date of submitting a complete application. Admissions decisions will be communicated to students via email. Meanwhile lists of students who are offered admissions will be announced.

27) What do I do after receiving an HCT acceptance?

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

  • To reserve a seat in the major you are placed in, you must confirm acceptance of HCT Offer of Admission within the period specified in the email. Failing to confirm accepting HCT Offer of Admission may result in losing your seat.
  • 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. Paid amount will be calculated as an advance payment of tuition fees.

28) Can I be reinstated after having withdrawn from HCT?

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

  • Period of the student withdrawal must not exceed two semesters (one academic year).
  • Student must not have received any academic warnings or penalty (academic dismissal).

In cases where the withdrawal period exceeds one academic year, acceptance will be subject to 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.

29) Can I transfer from another institution to HCT?

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:

  •  Student must be of good academic standing.
  •  Student must not have received any academic warnings or penalty (academic dismissal).
  •  Student must have completed all the Foundations courses, or obtained either:
    • A valid EMSAT score of equal to or greater than 1100, or
    •  A valid IELTS score of equal to or greater than 5.0
  • Student will be classified under P1 category if the period of interruption between studies in UAEU or ZU and the semester of joining HCT does not exceed on academic year)
  • As for transfer students from other higher education institutions, their applications will be reviewed by HCT.
  • Transfer students will be classified under P2 or P3 students, depending on the year of High School graduation.

30) Is an SAT exam required for admission?

No, SATs are not mandatory admissions requirements at HCT.

31) Is HCT a co-educational institution?

HCT has separate campuses for men and women across the UAE. However, there are certain programs which are offered in co-educational environment. Guardian’s written consent is required for female students who opt to join such programs.

32) Does HCT offer evening classes?

In general, courses are offered between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm, Sundays through Thursdays. However, certain can be offered during evening time.

33) Does HCT provide distance learning?

In normal circumstances, all courses are taught on campus using state-of-the-art teaching methodologies. There are certain contents which are offered online using Blackboard technology and applications.

Throughout COVID-19 crisis, HCT deployed, with sound success, its DigiCampus plan which enabled the institution to make a 100% move of all academic, administrative and supporting operations and services to online.

34) How can I enroll in the Diploma or Higher Diploma programs at HCT?

  • Student interested in enrolling in the different academic programs offered at HCT will follow the Applied Academic Track starting with the Diploma program. The second stage can be the Higher Diploma. Based on the major, students can pursue a Bachelor degree.
  • In general, students who meet all established requirements of the Applied Track will join HCT as a Bachelor Degree students. They will have the opportunity to exit at either the Diploma or Higher Diploma stage and receive the relevant qualification, which will enable him/her to enter the workforce.
  • Student will be thereafter entitled to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree after acquiring relevant work experience. HCT encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity. However, students who attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above by the end of their Higher Diploma stage, will be given the option of directly pursuing Bachelor Degree without leaving.

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