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Terms and Conditions for Admitting Expatriate Students inside Abu Dhabi

Distinguished expatriate students can be enrolled in public schools inside the Abu Dhabi city from G1 to G12 based on the following:

  1. The number of enrolled students should not exceed 20% of the total number of national students in each public school and not exceed 20% of the number of students in a class, taking into account class size policy (a maximum number of 25 students for basic education and 30 students for secondary education)
  2. Students’ enrolment should not result in opening additional classes/sections which would influence the need for more teachers and an additional number of textbooks
  3. G1 applicants must pass the admission interview conducted by the school’s educational committee in addition to passing the admission test with an average of 90% at least in the following subjects: Arabic, English and math, in accordance with the attached enrolment standards of the application form which should be enclosed with the student’s file
  4. G2-G12 applicants must pass the interview and have already passed the former grade with an average of 85% at least per subject in the Arabic, English and math and acquired a 90% general average
  5. Expatriate students are charged tuition fees as per the applied regulations Important: If the total number of expatriate students in a school is already 20% or more, no admission will be opened for more expatriate students
  6. When an expatriate student meets the admission requirements, the school administration will enclose a formal memo covering the student’s required information; the School Operations Sector will review the admission request and will formally address the school administration with its reply. The approval memo shall be enclosed with the student’s file through the system. Meanwhile, the student’s parent(s) shall pay the prescribed fees before the registration. The requested information is listed in the requirements table below.

 Terms and Conditions for Admitting Expatriate Students outside Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Education Council set terms and conditions for the enrollment of expatriate students in schools outside Abu Dhabi and those who live 35 KM away from the nearest private school.

Expatriate students living in areas that are 35 KM away from the nearest private school which matches the student’s appropriate level of education may be admitted to public schools. In such cases, the 20% expatriate student capacity policy shall be waived, while taking the following into consideration:

  1. The class size policy which stipulates a maximum number of 25 students for primary education and 30 students for secondary education must be abided by
  2. Student enrolment does not result in opening additional classes/sections which would require more teachers and additional textbooks
  3. It is permissible to admit an expatriate student whose parents are employed by governmental institutions only when they work in the city and live outside in a distant area that is 35 KM away from the nearest private school, provided that the student is academically excellent
  4. Exception to the distinguished students regulation are children of expatriates who work in governmental institutions and live outside the city in an area that is more than 35 KM away from the nearest private school that matches their appropriate level of education, provided that they submit the required attested documents
  5. Schools should abstain from allowing the transfer of a student to another school in an area that is 35 KMs away unless the admission terms and conditions(i.e. academic excellence & seat availability) are met
  6. In all cases, tuition fees are collected in accordance with the applicable decrees, regulations and amendments thereof Important: An expatriate student admitted to a public school in a remote area is not entitled to transfer to another public school in a different area that may have private schools; the parent(s) of such a student should provide a statement expressing their approval of that condition.

 Enrolment Categories and Required Documents

For registration in public schools from G1 to G12, ADEC identified enrollment categories and listed the required documents as follows:

  1. Citizenship proof documents
  2. Category

    Required Documents
    (Original + Copy)  

    Children of holders of citizenship by presidential decree

    A “to whom it may concern” certificate issued by the Naturalization Department stating that the resident has acquired the decree, the decree number, the date and the serial number of the person designated in the decree

    A valid passport issued by the resident’s mother country; admission includes children of people who hold citizenship by presidential decree only and does not include the grandchildren of the people who hold citizenship by presidential decree who are children of mothers’ holding citizenship by presidential decree

    Children of diplomatic mission employees

    Diplomatic card issued by the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Orphans sponsored by locals following their fathers’ death

    The student’s valid passport, a valid residence visa or permit in which the sponsor is designated as the breadwinner

    Duly certified death certificate of the student’s father

    Dependency certificate issued by the state’s court

    Children of employees of governmental institutions, all nationalities

    Student’s passport, a valid residence visa or residence permit
    Parent’s valid passport and valid residence visa
    Recent “to whom it may concern” attestation issued by parents work place
    Accommodation lease accredited by competent authorities and specific to remote areas


  3. Birth certificate or an official substitute (those who fall under the same category as UAE nationals can provide an age estimation certificate if provided by a competent authority; however, it should match the data in the passport in which the student is registered)
  4. Recent photos of the student size 6x4
  5. The required schooling certificates for new students from G2 to G12:




    G2 - G12

    Passing certificate in all subjects, especially for the last grade that the student has passed



    Passing certificates in all subjects for G9 and G10



    Passing certificates in all subjects for G9, G10 and G11

    All certificates should be attested from the relevant competent authorities in the regional offices; such as adult education centres, private education or Assessment & Exams (Grade Reports)
    GCC national students should certify their school certificates from their Ministry of Education or from the educational region that they belong to
    Other certificates should be certified from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the UAE Embassy in the country where the certificate was obtained
    Certificates issued by schools of GCC embassies in foreign countries depend on the concerned embassy’s accreditation of the certificate and the UAE Embassy in that same country

Important: School administration should review original documents before attesting the copy for filing