Undergraduate

Al Falah University (AFU) intake policy for all Undergraduate Programs allows applicants to be admitted to AFU as following:

  • Fall Semester of each year
  • Spring Semester of each year
  • Summer Sessions of each year
  • A non-refundable application and admission fee of 1,000 UAE Dirham
  • For Transfer Applicants: Official transcripts from the previous institution with full course descriptions.

Undergraduate

Al Falah University (AFU) intake policy for Graduate Program allows applicants to be admitted to AFU as following:
  • Fall Semester of each year
  • Spring Semester of each year
  • Summer sessions of each year

 

  1. Students admitted to an undergraduate program are requested to pay: AED 2,000
  2. Students admitted to a graduate program are requested to pay: AED 3,000
  3. Admission reservation fees are non-refundable and non-transferable and must be paid before the deadline stated on the academic calendar. This deposit is deductible from the tuition fees once the applicant joins any of the university programs.
  4. If the student asks to defer admission to the following semester and the request is approved, the seat reservation fee will be applied to the following semester.

 

  1. Students who have studied at AFU and missed attending 2 consecutive semesters without permission, (excluding the summer semester) may apply for re-admission by completing the re-enrollment form (A27) which can be obtained from the Admission and Registration Office.
    To be eligible for readmission, the applicant must meet the following conditions:
    • The applicant was not subject to academic or behavioral dismissal from the university
    • The applicant must meet the admission requirements at the time of re- admission
    • If the applicant transferred from AFU University to another accredited institution, then he/she must apply as a transfer student.
    • No student will be re-admitted until all fees, charges and dues owed to the university have been paid. A non-refundable re-admission fee of AED 1,000 is applied.

  2. The re-admission policy applies to the new students whom have been admitted and granted a university student ID but did not register for any courses in their first semester at the university.

A student may add or drop one or more courses during the Add/Drop period if he/she has a written approval from the Academic Advisor.
The student is required to fill an Add/Drop Form which can be obtained from the Admission and Registration Unit, and then follow the same steps required for registration at AFU.

A student may change his/her major provided that he/she meets the following requirements:

An application form must be submitted to the Admission and Registration Unit.

  • The student must meet the admission requirements of the new major or college.
  • The student should not have been previously dismissed from the department/ college that he/she wishes to transfer from.
  • A student who wishes to change majors or colleges can select the courses that have been successfully completed to be transferred, assuming that these courses are part of the student’s new Study Plan
  • The grades of these transferred credits are taken into account when the student’s CGPA is calculated

 

If a student fails to register for the following semester after having completed his/her first semester, he/she may be allowed to postpone his/her registration for no more than two consecutive semesters, provided that he/she submits, before the end of registration week, a request form (A22) expressing their intention to postpone course registration. However, the total number of postponed semesters should not exceed 4 semesters before graduation.

If a student decides to withdraw from AFU, he/she needs to submit a withdrawal application form to the Admission and Registration Office along with a signed clearance form from his/her college and all concerned units at AFU.

A student can re-apply if he/she wishes to join AFU again. The student can keep his/her previous record in case of acceptance in the same major he/she was enrolled in.

If a student is accepted into another offered major, Changing Major policies are applied.

If a student gets admitted to any program at AFU but does not register for any course in their first semester, he/she will lose their AFU student ID number. The student has to apply as a new student with a new ID number when he/ she wishes to re-join.

Undergraduate students: students may register for a maximum of 18 credit hours in a regular semester and for 6 credit hours in a summer semester. Students are allowed to register for a maximum of 21 Credit Hours if:

  • The student has CGPA 3.6 on a scale of 4.0 or above
  • If the student is expected to graduate in that semester
Graduate students: students may register for a maximum of 12 credit hours in a regular semester and a maximum of 6 credit hours in a summer semester.

 

The Academic year consists of:

  • 2 Compulsory Semesters (16 weeks) - Fall & Spring
  • 2 Optional Summer Sessions (6 weeks) - Summer I & Summer II
  • Class Attendance and Absence Policy (p. 38)
  • For Transfer Applicants: Official transcripts from the previous institution with full course descriptions.

 

 

The assessment measures the outcome of students’ learning in terms of knowledge acquired, understanding developed, and skills gained. The assessment strategies encompass diagnostic assessment (to provide an indicator of the student’s aptitude and preparedness for a program of study and identifies possible learning problems), summative assessment (to provide a measure of achievement or failure made in respect of the student’s performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of the program of study) and formative assessment (to provide students with feedback on progress and informs development. However, it does not contribute to the overall assessment). Coursework is commented upon critically and constructively with written and verbal feedback accompanying the returned work in order to allow the students to improve their understanding and intellectual development.

  • Written examination: which, may contain short-answer questions, essay-type questions and/or calculations
  • Assessed coursework (may include): problem solving, essay writing, multiple choice tests, essays and/or laboratory reports and research
  • The final grade for a course is out of 100 as following:

    Course Work     40%
    Midterm            20%
    Final Exam        40%
Instructors should excuse absences of the above nature if the student follows the guidelines listed below. If possible, the instructor should allow the student to make up the class work or complete an alternative assignment.

A student who anticipates absences of this nature:
  • Must provide his or her instructors with a list of dates of expected absences by the end of the first week of class and discuss with each instructor the impact of such absences.
  • If the instructor deems that the absences will interfere with the student’s ability to successfully complete the objectives of the course, the student must seek to reduce the absences or withdraw from the course.

All scheduled final examinations are held at the end of the semester during the University’s official final examination period. Comprehensive final examinations are not required for each course, but are given at the option of the department or instructor.

Instructors are expected to return all assigned work graded and no later than the last regular day of classes in courses for which there is a final examination. In cases when this is not possible, an answer key, solution sets or equivalent feedback should be provided unless the final examination will not cover the material in work that has not been returned.

No other coursework, including laboratory work, will be due during the final examination period unless it is assigned in advance and in lieu of the course’s final examination.

Regardless of whether there is a final examination in the course, no classes other than review sessions shall be held during the final examination period.

Review sessions should be scheduled for optimal attendance, and a serious effort should be made to accommodate students who cannot attend.

In appreciation of the time required to prepare for final examinations, no other portfolio reviews, examinations, critiques or juries shall be scheduled for the last class day of a course with a final examination.

All graded class work (such as graded homework, papers, quizzes, reports, research or projects) are to be graded with results returned to students a week before the final exams period.

Students are expected to present themselves at the place assigned at the start of the examination; late arrival will reduce the total time a student has to complete the examination, unless Instructor’s course policy indicates otherwise.

Instructors reserve the right to require attendance within a specific time period.

Students, who miss the final exam with a reasonable excuse and wish to set for an incomplete final exam, should fill the appropriate form and submit it to the college for the Dean’s approval.

Any student shall be permitted to review his or her corrected, graded final examination in the presence of an Instructor or a Teaching Assistant.

Any controversy arising from this review shall be dealt with in accordance with the University’s procedures for the appeal of grades and academic actions.

A final examination that is not returned to a student will be kept available for a year for review. In the event that the Instructor or Teaching Assistant is not available for the review, the responsibility shall rest with the head of the department or his or her designee.

Since Instructors are expected to return all work assigned a week before the final exams, they are not responsible for retaining unclaimed coursework.

Concerns related to final examination, complaints about violations of the final examination policy or alterations of the final examination schedule should be directed to the Department Head of the Instructor offering the course or to the Dean.

 

Percentage GradeLetter SymbolGPA Points
90 -100 A 4.0
85 - 89 B+ 3.5
80 - 84 B 3.0
75 -79 C+ 2.5
70 - 74 C 2.0
65 - 69 D+ 1.5
60 - 64 D 1.0
Less than 60 F 0
Grade Point Average
Designation Points
Excellent 3.60 – 4.00
Very Good 3.00 – 3.59
Good 2.50 – 2.99
Satisfactory 2.00 - 2.49
Unsatisfactory Less than 2.00
Non-Numerical Grades
W Withdraw Course
WF Withdrawal with Fail
FA Fail for Absence
I Incomplete
IP In Progress
T Transfer
P Pass

 

 

  • The pass percentage for each course is 60% for an undergraduate course and 70% for a graduate course.
  • The academic load is the number of registered credit hours per student each semester.
  • Credits acquired by the student are based on the credits of the passed courses from the academic load registered. Repeated courses will be counted once toward the calculation of accumulated credit hours. The best achieved GPA will be used for calculating GPA.
  • The cumulative GPA calculation starts from the first semester for each student and is updated each semester till his/her graduation.
  • The semester GPA of the student is the weighted average of the grade points acquired in the courses passed in that specific semester. It is calculated as follows:
Semester GPA - is calculated by multiplying each course grade by the number of the course credit hours, and the total result is divided by the number of total credit hours registered by the student in the semester.

Cumulative GPA - is calculated by multiplying each course grade by the number of the course credit hours, and the total result is divided by the number of total credit hours for all registered courses by the student in all previous semesters.

 

If an AFU student is unable to attend the final examination of any course, due to certain approved circumstances during the final examination period, he or she may seek an incomplete grade “I” for that course. The student must submit an “Incomplete” application form which is available from the Admission and Registration Unit within five working days of the final exam.

The student must take the final exam for the course no later than the end of the second week of the following semester provided that the student is registered in that semester.

A student has the right to appeal a final exam result in any course under the following conditions:

  • The student should complete an appeal form and submit it to the Admission and Registration Unit within five working days of the announcement of the final grades.
  • The Admission and Registration Unit submits the appeal form to the specified college in the university which is responsible for that course. The college will then respond within seven days of receiving the form.
  • The College Dean forms a committee to revise the final exam paper.
  • If an error is found, the course instructor will correct it and submit the final result to the Admission and Registration Unit after receiving the approval of the College Dean.
  • The decision of the college is final.

 

A student is allowed to re-sit for their final exams if they fail in one course in their graduating semester and their course work marks are a minimum of 30/60 for undergraduate students and 42/60 for graduate students. The student must take the re-sit exam by the 2nd week of the next semester and have the Dean’s approval after he or she pays the required fees.

A student receives a first academic warning if his/her CGPA falls below 2.0 by the end of any semester except his/her first semester at AFU. Having received the first warning, he/she is not allowed to register for more than 15 credit hours in the following semester. Should a student fail to raise his/her CGPA to at least 2.0 in the following semester, then he/she will be given a second warning and will not be allowed to register for more than 12 credit hours.

Should a student fail to raise his/her CGPA to at least 2.0, the student becomes liable to one of the following actions based on the College Council’s decision:

  • transfer the student to another major within the same college;
  • transfer the student to another college.
A student is given two semesters to raise his/her CGPA after changing his/ her major or college. Should the student fail to do this, he/she will be expelled from the university.

If a student’s CGPA is at least 1.9, and he/she has completed at least 75% of the credit hours required for graduation, then he/she will not be dismissed from the university, but will be permitted to continue in the same major until he/ she reaches the maximum study duration.

The summer session does not count for an academic warning period.

Students are subject to academic suspension if their grade point average falls below 2.00 for 4 successive semesters. Suspended students may not re-enroll for the next academic session without the college Dean’s permission. Permission to re-enroll for the next session should be requested through the Academic Advisor. A written appeal and a personal interview are required.

The Dean will submit all cases to the VPAA.

 

Students are subject to academic suspension if their grade point average falls below 2.00 for 4 successive semesters. Suspended students may not re-enroll for the next academic session without the college Dean’s permission. Permission to re-enroll for the next session should be requested through the Academic Advisor. A written appeal and a personal interview are required.

  • Students who do not pull their cumulative GPA to 2.00 after 3 consecutive semesters (summer courses are not counted) will be academically dismissed from his/her major of study.
  • The student has the right to appeal the decision to the College Dean’s office by filling the appropriate form and completing the process.
  • The College Dean has the right to grant the student a maximum of two opportunities to raise his/her cumulative GPA, and if the student fails to raise his/her CGPA, he/she has the option to transfer to another major within the college, or to a different college at AFU.
  • Academic dismissal is placed on the student’s academic record as a permanent notation. The official transcript of a student who has been dismissed includes a “not in good standing” notation.

 

The responsibility for ensuring the availability of academic advisement rests with the College Dean. All students shall confer with an academic adviser on a regular basis. All first year freshmen must receive academic advisement prior to registration for their first semester

AFU Students wishing to study courses at another university, must ensure that:

  • The institution is accredited by the Ministry of Education.
  • The maximum credit hours a student may take is 6 and any course taken must be a General or College requirements course.
  • The student must submit a written approval from the College Dean.
  • No courses may be taken at an outside university the last 30 Credit Hours
  • The student is not allowed to register for a course at an outside university if the same course is offered at AFU at the same time.
  • Students are not allowed to be enrolled at an outside university simultaneously.

At the end of each semester, the Admission and Registration Unit announces the College’s Honors List. A student is included in this list if he/she meets the following requirements:

  • Has a CGPA of 3.6 or higher that semester;
  • Is registered for at least 15 credit hours in that semester all of which are included in the GPA.
  • Has not received any disciplinary warnings.
  • Does not have an “Incomplete” grade in his/her transcript.
  • A notation of this honor will appear on the students’ official transcript.

 

 

At the end of each semester, the Admission and Registration Unit announces the University’s Honors List. A student is included in this list if he/she meets the following requirements:

  • Has a CGPA of 3.6 or higher for 3 consecutive semesters.
  • Is registered for at least 15 credit hours in each of those semesters all of which are included in the GPA;
  • Has not received any disciplinary warnings;
  • Does not have an “Incomplete” grade in his/her transcript.
  • A notation of this honor will appear on the students’ official transcript.

 

For students coming from High School (not transferred from other institutions) a minimum duration of study is 6 regular semesters for all programs that usually require eight semesters for graduation and a maximum of 14 regular semesters.

The minimum and maximum duration of study for transfer students depends on the number of transfer credits that have been approved by the university.

AFU students are expected to attend every class session for which the students are duly registered. Students are responsible for material covered in class and the completion of assigned work by the announced due dates. It is the responsibility of the individual faculty member to inform students of AFU’s attendance and make-up work policies in the course syllabus or other written documents.

Failure to attend class regularly will lead to:

  • A first warning if the students’ absences exceed 10% of the course hours
  • A second warning if the absences exceed 20 % of the course hours
  • A failing grade (FA) in the course if the absences exceed 25% of the course hours
  • Certain situations are recognized as College-excused absences from class, including:
    • - Participation in an athletic activity approved by the Dean
    • - Participation in a scheduled curricular or co-curricular activity approved by the Dean
Instructors should excuse absences of the above nature if the student follows the guidelines listed below. If possible, the instructor should allow the student to make up the class work or complete an alternative assignment.

A student who anticipates absences of this nature:
  • Must provide his or her instructors with a list of dates of expected absences by the end of the first week of class and discuss with each instructor the impact of such absences.
  • If the instructor deems that the absences will interfere with the student’s ability to successfully complete the objectives of the course, the student must seek to reduce the absences or withdraw from the course.
  • Should arrange in advance of the absence for make-up of any work that will be missed.

 

AFU does not offer recognition of prior learning, except for transfer credit.