College Preparation Program
Through the College Preparation Program, talented and motivated Emirati secondary school students explore future careers and apply to competitive universities in the UAE and overseas. During the program, they work to improve their English language proficiency, research universities, learn about the university application process, and prepare for their required entrance exams. The Foundation works with students and their parents to align their university applications with their career goals.
The College Preparation Program supports students to explore future careers and apply to competitive universities in the UAE and overseas. This program is designed for Grade 9-12 Emirati students in Ras Al Khaimah Ministry of Educations schools. Classes take place at the Foundation twice per week after school from September through June. During classes, native English language teachers work with the students to improve their English language proficiency and prepare them for university entrance exams such as the IELTS. The students complete homework and projects that help them explore different careers and learn about top-tier universities in the UAE and overseas. Occasionally, students participate in additional activities such as career fairs, volunteer projects, and team-building activities.
The College Preparation Program is competitive to join. At the end of Grade 8, students must fill out an application form, including an essay explaining why they want to join the program and what their plans are for university. They also take, and are required pass, an English proficiency test. Grade 12 students must apply to at least five universities: three universities in the top 200 QS Ranking of all universities worldwide and two universities in the UAE, including NYU Abu Dhabi, American University of Sharjah, Khalifa University, and externally accredited programs at UAE University.
The College Preparation Program is free-of-charge; however, students are responsible to pay university application and registration fees themselves. In Grade 12, students in the program are eligible to apply for funding from the Scholarships and Grants Office at the Foundation, in accordance with the set criteria and funding is not guaranteed.