National Admissions and Placement Office (NAPO)
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I apply to the federal institutions of higher education in the UAE or scholarship to study abroad?
Every Emirati and mother national secondary school graduate is eligible for studies at the federal institutions of higher education in the UAE:
  • United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)
  • Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)
  • Zayed University (ZU),
or technical and vocational institutions overseen by the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and training (ACTVET):
  • Institute of Applied Technology (IAT):
  • Abu Dhabi Polytechnic (AD Poly)
  • Fatima College of Health Sciences (FCHS)
  • Abu Dhabi Vocational Education & Training Institute (ADVETI):
  • Al Jazirah Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi
  • Al Jaheli Institute of Science and Technology in Al Ain
  • Baynounah Institute of Science and Technology in Al Gharbia
  • Al Reef Institute of Logistics and Applied Technology in Al Shaham
  • Sharjah Institute of Science and Technology
or specialist teachers' training college:
  • Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE).
Those Emirati students who achieve high GSC scores can apply for a scholarship to pursue tertiary studies abroad under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR), UAE.

Only Emirati and mother national grade 12 students who will complete studies in 2014 are eligible to apply.

Students can only apply on-line through the NAPO student portal, which can be found on the MOHESR website.
2. What are admission requirements for current secondary school graduates to the institutions of higher education in the UAE?
  • An applicant must be a UAE national, or their mother must have UAE citizenship.
  • You must fill in the on-line application form on the NAPO student portal and submit the required documents.
  • You must take the Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (CEPA) in English and achieve the score that meets admission eligibility criteria at the desired institution.
  • You must complete the General School Certificate (GSC) or its equivalent and achieve the score defined by an institution.
  • You must perform a medical check-up. For details, please refer to Q.40-42.
3. What are the admission eligibility criteria for studies at the institutions of higher education in the UAE?
In order to be eligible for studies, you must achieve:

o UAEU: A pass in the CEPA-English exam (required score will be announced later on), in addition to a minimum average score on the GSC exam or its equivalent as per individual college requirements:
  • 75% or higher to be eligible for baccalaureate programs at all colleges except for the College of Medicine and Health Sciences;
  • 75% or higher AND 80% or higher in mathematics AND 80% or higher in either physics or chemistry for the College of Engineering;
  • 85% or higher for the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The eligibility to apply to some colleges at UAEU depends on a student's study stream, provided a student meets the admission requirements and space is available at the college. Please refer to the table below.
College
Study Stream
 Arts          Science 
Humanities and Social Sciences
Education (for female students only)
Business and Economics
Law
Engineering  
Medicine and Health Sciences  
Information Technology  
Science  
Food and Agriculture  


For more information, please visit www.uaeu.ac.ae.

o HCT: a minimum score of 150 on CEPA-English, in addition to a minimum average of 70% on the GSC exam or its equivalent, or a minimum score of 160 on CEPA-English, in addition to a minimum average of 60% on the GSC exam or its equivalent, to be eligible for baccalaureate and applied diploma programs at HCT. Priority will be given to students with higher scores if space availability is limited.

For more information, please visit www.hct.ac.ae.

o ZU: a minimum score of 150 on CEPA-English, in addition to a minimum average of 70% on the GSC exam or its equivalent, to be eligible for baccalaureate programs at ZU.

For more information, please visit www.zu.ac.ae.

o IAT: a minimum GSC and CEPA-English score as defined by the institution. For details, please visit www.iat.ac.ae.

o ADVETI: a minimum GSC and CEPA-English score as defined by the institution. For details, please visit www.adveti.abudhabi.ae.

o ECAE: a minimum GSC and CEPA-English score as defined by the institution. For details, please visit www.ecae.ac.ae.

Please note:
  1. In the academic year 2013/2014, CEPA-Math will be used for placement at some institutions. After being admitted, students at the relevant institutions will be contacted by their colleges and informed about the exam date and venue.
  2. If you apply to HCT or ZU, please apply to the campus located nearest to your home.
  3. The admission eligibility criteria are subject to change. All applicants will be informed about the changes immediately via the NAPO SMS service. The detailed information will be available on the student portal.
  4. Approval of acceptance into the program of your preference or admission to the institution of your choice is not guaranteed. It depends on a student’s General Secondary Certificate (GSC) and the score on the Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (CEPA) in English, in addition to availability of space at the institution.
  5. If you are a non-current secondary school graduate, please contact the institution directly.
4. I am a graduate from the Applied Technology High School (ATHS), UAE. What requirements do I have to meet to apply to the institutions of higher education in the UAE or scholarship to study abroad?
Graduates from the Applied Technology High School (ATHS) are eligible to continue studies in a number of the UAEU colleges, provided they meet the following admission requirements:
  • Graduates with a grade average of 85% or higher on the Secondary Certificate (grade 12) are eligible for provisional admission to the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • Graduates with a grade average of 85% or higher on the Secondary Certificate (grade 12) are eligible for provisional admission to the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • Graduates with a grade average of 75% or higher on the Secondary Certificate (grade 12) are eligible for provisional admission to the Colleges of Food and Agriculture, Science, and Information Technology.
ATHS graduates are eligible to apply for direct entry to baccalaureate and applied diploma programs at HCT, provided they meet the admission requirements. For details, please contact the institution.
5. I am a graduate from the Secondary Technical Schools (STS), UAE. What requirements do I have to meet to apply to the institutions of higher education in the UAE or scholarship to study abroad?
Graduates from the Secondary Technical Schools (STS) are eligible to continue studies in the federal institutions of higher education in the UAE. They must meet the same admission requirements as graduates from government secondary schools.
6. I am an Emirati private secondary school graduate. Am I eligible to apply to the institutions of higher education in the UAE or scholarship to study abroad? What are the admission requirements?
The following minimum admission standards apply to grade 12 Emirati and mother national private secondary school students who wish to be considered for admission to the federal institutions of higher education in the UAE or study abroad under the sponsorship of MOHESR. All applicants must complete 12 years of schooling.
  • High School Diploma (American curriculum): Secondary school students who have completed grade 12 in an American curriculum school will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school leaving certificate issued by the school they attended. The certificate has to be equalized by the corresponding education zone.
  • GCSE/ IGCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education/ International General Certificate of Secondary Education): Students who have completed grade 12 in a British curriculum school will be considered for admission provided they have completed a minimum of five (5) subjects at the Ordinary level (O-level) and two (2) subjects at the Advanced or Advanced Subsidiary levels (A- or AS-level) with a 'C' standing or better in each subject (total seven (7) subjects). The certificate has to be equalized by the corresponding education zone.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) program with at least five (5) courses will be considered for admission. No minimum academic standards have been established for an individual course; each candidate will be considered on an individual basis by the higher education institution he/she has applied to. The total points that the students gain will be converted into a percentage form. The certificate has to be equalized by the corresponding education zone.
Notes:
  1. The above are minimum admission standards. Institutions (and programs within institutions) may change standards at their discretion.
  2. Private school graduates who wish to study in a federal institution of higher education in the UAE or get a study abroad scholarship are not exempt from taking CEPA-English.
  3. Emirati students who are planning to apply for a scholarship to study abroad should meet the minimum admission requirements defined by the Scholarships and Cultural Foreign Relations Department at MOHESR. For more information about scholarships, please contact the department at www.mohesr.gov.ae.
7. How can I apply to a scholarship to study abroad under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE?
Emirati students who achieve high GSC scores can apply for a scholarship to pursue tertiary studies abroad under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE. Students should apply through the NAPO student portal. For the up-to-date information, please contact the Department of Scholarships and Cultural Foreign Relations at MOHESR (Tel.: 02 695 1397, e-mail: scholarship@mohesr.gov.ae).
8. What are the scholarship admission requirements for secondary school graduates to study abroad under the sponsorship of MOHESR?
Please visit the MOHESR website for information on scholarship admission requirements, documents to be submitted, fields of study and a list of countries where the ministry awards scholarships to. You can also contact the Department of Scholarships and Cultural Foreign Relations at MOHESR (Tel.: 02 695 1397, e-mail: scholarship@mohesr.gov.ae) for the up-to-date information.
9. Does MOHESR award scholarships to study in the institutions located in the UAE?
No, MOHESR does not award scholarships to study in the institutions located in the UAE. The ministry awards scholarships to pursue studies in the overseas institutions.
10. When does the application cycle begin?
The 2014 application cycle started on October 20, 2013. In the current academic year, CEPA-English will be administered twice – on March 8, 2014 (1st attempt), and May 10, 2014 (2nd attempt). NAPO strongly encourages all candidates to complete their NAPO applications early in order to take advantage of the benefits of testing twice.

If you fill in the on-line application and submit the required documents (your photo is mandatory) before February 23, 2014, you will be eligible to take CEPA-English to be administered on March 8, 2014, and later on May 10, 2014. Your highest score will be used to determine your eligibility for higher education. If you apply after February 23, 2014, you will only be eligible for a single attempt at the CEPA-English exam on May 10, 2014 administration date. April 27, 2014, is the deadline to submit an application for studies in the federal institutions of higher education in the UAE or scholarship to study abroad under the sponsorship of MOHESR.
11. What are the steps to be taken to apply on-line?
NAPO has developed a portal with students' portfolios that stores information required for the on-line application to the institutions of higher education in the UAE or study abroad, the CEPA exams, approvals, etc. Please go to the NAPO student portal for the information on how to register for the portfolio and apply on-line.

If you are a new user, you can register by clicking on the 'Register' button on the NAPO student portal main page. In order to register, you have to provide personal and contact details.

You will receive a username and password by e-mail and SMS to your mobile number. Use your username and password to log in to the NAPO student portal. Make sure to fill in all required fields with accurate information. NAPO offers an SMS service to keep applicants updated on a regular basis; that is why a correct mobile number is crucial.

After you submit the application, you will get an application number starting with 2014 (the academic year you are applying for). Also, your application number will be sent to you by SMS. It is important to make a note of the application number as you will need it to communicate with NAPO. If you do not receive the application number, you can find it on your page on the student portal or call NAPO at 02 642 8400 or the NAPO staff member who is in charge of the corresponding education zone. Please visit Contact Us at the MOHESR website or student portal for a comprehensive list of e-mail addresses and phone numbers of the NAPO staff by education zone. Please make sure to attach the required valid official documents along with your photograph. Please provide clear copies of the documents.
12. Will my application be considered complete upon obtaining my user name and password?
Your application will NOT be considered complete upon obtaining your user name and password. However, it is the first step of the application process. After you fill out the application form and submit all required valid official documents, NAPO will verify your application. If it is incomplete, you will get an SMS with a request for the missing documents that you need to provide shortly.
13. Who should I contact if I have any problem with my page on the student portal?
Please do not hesitate to call NAPO at 02 642 8400 or send an e-mail at napo@mohesr.gov.ae if you run into problems or have questions about your portfolio. In order to speed up the process, you can call or send an e-mail directly to the NAPO staff member who is in charge of the corresponding education zone. Please visit Contact Us at the MOHESR website or student portal for a comprehensive list of e-mail addresses and phone numbers of the NAPO staff by education zone.
14. I am an Emirati grade 12 student in a government secondary school. What documents are required to submit to apply to the institutions of higher education in the UAE or scholarship to study abroad?
If you are an Emirati grade 12 student in a government secondary school, please make sure to submit the following documents:
  • a copy of your valid passport
  • a copy of your National ID (Please make sure that you scan and submit two pages in the National ID – your page and the adjacent one, even if it is blank. The ID number at the bottom of the pages must be clear.)
  • a copy of your father's or husband's (if you are a female married student) National ID
  • a copy of your birth certificate
  • a copy of your Emirates ID card, and,
  • one (1) passport size photo (mandatory for the CEPA registration). The photograph must be recent, colored, clear, front view, full face, with white background.
15. What documents are Emirati private secondary school graduates required to submit to apply to the institutions of higher education in the UAE or scholarship to study abroad?
If you are an Emirati current private secondary school graduate, please make sure to submit the following documents:
  • a copy of your valid passport
  • a copy of your National ID (Please make sure that you scan and submit two pages in the National ID – your page and the adjacent one, even if it is blank. The ID number at the bottom of the pages must be clear.)
  • a copy of your father's or husband's (if you are a female married student) National ID
  • a copy of your birth certificate
  • a copy of your Emirates ID card, and,
  • one (1) passport size photo (mandatory for the CEPA registration). The photograph must be recent, colored, clear, front view, full face, with white background.
Please read the private school policies (Q.6).

Please make sure to submit the school leaving certificate along with your grade transcript to NAPO by fax at 02 642 7172 or e-mail at napo@mohesr.gov.ae. The certificate has to be equalized by the corresponding education zone.
16. If I attend a school outside the UAE, what documents am I required to submit for admission to the institutions of higher education in the UAE or scholarship to study abroad?
If you are an Emirati student who attends a school outside the UAE, please make sure to submit the following documents:
  • a copy of your valid passport
  • a copy of your National ID (Please make sure that you scan and submit two pages in the National ID – your page and the adjacent one, even if it is blank. The ID number at the bottom of the pages must be clear.)
  • a copy of your father's or husband's (if you are a female married student) National ID
  • a copy of your birth certificate
  • a copy of your Emirates ID card, and,
  • one (1) passport size photo (mandatory for the CEPA registration). The photograph must be recent, colored, clear, front view, full face, with white background.
Please make sure to submit:
  • a certificate issued by your school to be acknowledged by the Ministry of Education in the country of study, if you have attended a government school in a GCC country;
  • a certificate issued by your school to be acknowledged by the UAE embassy and the Cultural Attachè Office in the country of study and equalized by the Ministry of Education in the UAE, if you have attended a private school in a GCC country or a school in any other country across the world.
17. If I am not a UAE national, but my mother has UAE citizenship, am I eligible to apply to the institutions of higher education in the UAE? What documents are required to submit?
Following a decree issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the 40th National Day, mother national students are eligible to apply to UAEU, HCT, ZU, IAT, ADVETI and ECAE. Please make sure to submit the following documents:
  • a copy of your valid passport, if available
  • a copy of your Emirates ID card (or registration receipt) or its equivalent
  • a copy of your birth certificate
  • one (1) passport size photo (mandatory for the CEPA registration). The photograph must be recent, colored, clear, front view, full face, with white background.
  • a copy of your mother's valid passport
  • a copy of your mother's National ID, and,
  • a copy of your mother's Emirates ID card.
If you study in a private school,
  • Please read the private school policies (Q.6)
  • Please make sure to submit the school leaving certificate along with your grade transcript to NAPO by fax at 02 642 7172 or e-mail at napo@mohesr.gov.ae. The certificate has to be equalized by the corresponding education zone.
If you attend a school outside the UAE, please make sure to submit:
  • a certificate issued by your school to be acknowledged by the Ministry of Education in the country of study, if you have attended a government school in a GCC country;
  • a certificate issued by your school to be acknowledged by the UAE embassy and the Cultural Attachè Office in the country of study and equalized by the Ministry of Education in the UAE, if you have attended a private school in a GCC country or a school in any other country across the world.
18. I am a non-current secondary school graduate. I finished school before 2014. Am I eligible to apply to the institutions of higher education in the UAE or scholarship to study abroad?
If you are a non-current secondary school graduate, please contact the desired institution directly. A graduate needs to submit an application directly to the institution. Institutions set their own admission criteria for non-current secondary school graduates.
19. If I am a non-Emirati student, am I eligible to apply to the institutions of higher education located in the UAE?
If you are a non-Emirati student, you are eligible to apply to private institutions of higher education located in the UAE. Please make sure that the institution and the program you are planning to apply to are recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR). Please contact the institutions directly.

Among the federal institutions, the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and Zayed University (ZU) accept applications from non-Emirati students who meet the admission requirements. Please contact these institutions directly.

Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) accepts female expatriate applicants married to an Emirati. Please contact the institution directly.

If you are a non-Emirati student, you are not required to sit for the CEPA exams.
20. Is it mandatory to submit my photograph?
Yes, it is. The photograph must be recent, colored, clear, front view, full face, with white background. The photograph must be uploaded from your page on the student portal or sent to NAPO by e-mail or mail. Photographs sent by fax are not accepted. The photograph is mandatory for the CEPA registration.
21. How can I submit the documents?
In order to submit the documents, please,
  • scan and upload them from your page on the student portal provided you have an on-line application and meet the file upload requirements specified on the website, e.g., save the file with the required extension, do not exceed the file size, etc. (The images must be clear.); or
  • e-mail the documents directly to the NAPO staff member who is in charge of the corresponding education zone. Please visit Contact Us at the MOHESR website or student portal for a comprehensive list of e-mail addresses and phone numbers of the NAPO staff by education zone.; or
  • e-mail them at napo@mohesr.gov.ae; or
  • send them (except for your photograph) to NAPO by fax at 02 642 7172, or
  • send them to NAPO by mail at the following address: P.O. Box 45372, Abu Dhabi, UAE, or
  • hand them over to NAPO.
Note: When you submit your documents by e-mail, mail or fax, please do not forget to mention your name and application number.
22. How can I amend institution/program preferences in my application form?
You can make amendments to your institution or study preferences, if any, starting from November 20, 2013. The amendments will be reflected under the 'Report' on your portfolio.
23. If I forget my user name and password, do I have to register again?
If you forget your user name and password, there is no need to register again. Please click on the 'Forgot your password?' link on the NAPO student portal and follow the instructions.
24. What does CEPA mean?
CEPA stands for the Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (CEPA) which consists of two tests, an English test and a Math test.

CEPA-English is one of the important requirements for admission. If you do not sit for CEPA-English, your application for admission to UAEU, HCT, ZU, IAT, ADVETI, ECAE or MOHESR scholarships to study abroad will not be given consideration. Students with a high CEPA-English score may be eligible to enter the academic program directly.

CEPA-English is for NAPO applicants only.

In the academic year 2013/2014, CEPA-Math will be used for placement at some institutions. After being admitted, students at the relevant institutions will be contacted by their colleges and informed about the exam date and venue.

For further information on CEPA, please visit the MOHESR website.
25. What is CEPA used for?
CEPA-English is one of the important requirements for admission to UAEU, HCT, ZU, IAT, ADVETI, ECAE or study abroad under the sponsorship of MOHESR. Applicants must achieve a minimum GSC or its equivalent and CEPA-English score as defined by the institutions to be eligible for studies. The CEPA-English score will be used to place you into an appropriate level of study for English. Students with a high CEPA-English score may be eligible to enter the academic program directly. If a student does not sit for CEPA-English, their application will not be given consideration. Even if you are not sure that you want to pursue higher education, it is always better to sit for the exam, so that you do not lose the chance to study in the future.

CEPA-English is for NAPO applicants only.

In the academic year 2013/2014, CEPA-Math will be used for placement at some institutions. After being admitted, students at the relevant institutions will be contacted by their colleges and informed about the exam date and venue.

For further information on CEPA, please visit the MOHESR website.
26. Who should sit for the CEPA exams?
All Emirati and mother national grade 12 students need to sit for CEPA-English if they want to study at UAEU, HCT, ZU, IAT, ADVETI, ECAE or study abroad under the sponsorship of MOHESR.

CEPA-English is for NAPO applicants only.

In the academic year 2013/2014, CEPA-Math will be used for placement at some institutions. After being admitted, students at the relevant institutions will be contacted by their colleges and informed about the exam date and venue.

For further information on CEPA, please visit the MOHESR website.
27. Can I take CEPA more than once?
In academic year 2013/2014, each student is allowed to take CEPA-English twice. The exam will be administered on March 8, 2014 (1st attempt), and May 4, 2013 (2nd attempt). In order to sit for CEPA-English to be held on March 8, 2014, you have to fill in the on-line application and submit the required documents (your photo is mandatory) before February 23, 2014. If you do not apply before this date, you will only be allowed to take CEPA-English once. CEPA-English (2nd attempt) will be administered on May 10, 2014. The application deadline for this exam is April 27, 2014.

In the academic year 2013/2014, CEPA-Math will be used for placement at some institutions. After being admitted, students at the relevant institutions will be contacted by their colleges and informed about the exam date and venue.

For more information on CEPA, please visit the MOHESR website.
28. Can I take the IELTS and/or TOEFL exams instead of CEPA-English?
Internationally recognized examinations such as IELTS and TOEFL cannot be substituted for the CEPA-English exam. All Emirati and mother national students who are planning to study at UAEU, HCT, ZU, IAT, ADVETI, ECAE or abroad under the sponsorship of MOHESR must sit for the CEPA-English exam. However, if an applicant has taken IELTS or TOEFL, the score will be considered when deciding their placement. Moreover, if a student can meet the required IELTS or TOEFL score and can demonstrate the right mathematics and computing levels, they can get direct entry into Year 1 of the program of their choice.

IELTS or TOEFL is mandatory for the applicants who are planning to study abroad under the sponsorship of MOHESR. The applicants should score the required minimum and upload the certificate on the student portal.
29. What do the CEPA tests look like?
CEPA-English lasts for 2 hours and consists of three sections: Grammar and Vocabulary, Reading, and Writing. There is no break time between the three parts of the test. Instructions are in English and Arabic. Students may not choose which format to test under.

CEPA-Math lasts for 90 minutes and consists of 50 multiple-choice questions in four major areas of math knowledge: Number sense, patterns and relationships; Geometry and measurement; Data analysis and probability; and Algebra. All questions are in English and Arabic. No calculators are allowed.

The tests are administered in two formats – paper and pencil, and computer-based. You will be allocated to one of the two formats.
30. How can I prepare for the CEPA exams?
In order to prepare for the CEPA exams, you can use practice tests for both CEPA-English and CEPA-Math as well as the preparation book CEPA Challenge, which are available on the MOHESR website.
31. Where can I get the CEPA Challenge Book?
CEPA Challenge, the CEPA preparation book, is now available in an e-Book format. You can download it from the MOHESR website.
32. Should I register for the CEPA exams?
All applicants who complete the application process before the deadline will be automatically registered for CEPA-English. In order to sit for CEPA-English twice – on March 8, 2014 (1st attempt), and May 10, 2014 (2nd attempt), you have to fill in the on-line application and submit the required documents (your photo is mandatory) before February 23, 2014. If you do not apply before this date, you will only be allowed to take CEPA-English once. CEPA-English (2nd attempt) will be administered on May 10, 2014. The application deadline for this exam is April 27, 2014.

Before the exam, please log in to your page on the student portal and print out a CEPA ticket with the exam date, time and test center to be presented at the exam site. An SMS reminder about the exam will be sent to each applicant a day before the exam.

In the academic year 2013/2014, CEPA-Math will be used for placement at some institutions. After being admitted, students at the relevant institutions will be contacted by their colleges and informed about the exam date and venue.

For more information on CEPA, please visit the MOHESR website.
33. Where do I sit for CEPA?
After you fill in the on-line application and submit the required documents (your photo is mandatory), you will be allocated to one of the test centers across the country. Before the exam, please log in to your page on the student portal and print out a CEPA ticket with the exam date, time and test center to be presented at the exam site. An SMS reminder about the exam will be sent to each applicant a day before the exam.
34. Is there transportation for students to CEPA test centers?
No, students have to provide their own transportation to the test centers.
35. What things should I bring with me to the test center?
Students must bring with them their valid original passport or Emirates ID card, and their CEPA ticket.
36. Should I bring pencils, paper and/or calculators to complete the test?
There is no need for students to bring anything with them to complete the test. The test center will provide all test materials needed to complete CEPA. Calculators are not allowed.
37. Am I allowed to bring my mobile phone to the test?
Yes, but your phone must be switched off and put away during the test.
38. Where can I get my CEPA-English score?
After you sit for the CEPA-English exam, your score will be uploaded under the 'Report' on your page on the student portal as soon as marking is complete. Also, an SMS message with the score will be sent to each student. The results will be used to determine your eligibility for future studies, as well as an appropriate level of English study to place you in.
39. If I am not sure whether I will pursue higher education in the future, is it still necessary for me to sit for the CEPA-English exam?
Even if you are not sure that you want to pursue higher education, it is always better to sit for CEPA-English, so that you do not lose the chance to study in the future.
40. Where and when can I get an On-line Unified Medical Examination Form?
Every NAPO applicant must complete a medical form, which is an official document containing important information about a student's medical status. The information is provided by the student and must be authorized by a health center doctor. The institutions have access to the information regarding the medical conditions of their students in order to be able to provide students with disabilities with appropriate medical support along with a proper academic environment. The results of the medical report do not influence the acceptance decision. The information on student medical forms is kept strictly confidential.

NAPO applicants can fill in and print out medical forms directly from their pages on the student portal. Only students who completed their applications and submitted all required documents are eligible for this service. All these students will receive an SMS message notifying them that their medical forms are available on the NAPO student portal to fill in and print out.
41. What information does an On-line Unified Medical Examination Form include?
The On-line Unified Medical Examination Form consists of four pages. The first one includes step-by-step instructions starting from how to fill in the application form all the way through to the last stage when a student completes the medical check-up and leaves the form in the health center.

Page 2 includes applicant's medical history. You have to fill it in on-line by yourself. Some of the fields like NAPO ID number, name, date of birth, etc., are pre-entered for convenience. The information on the form can be altered until it is finally submitted. After that, you will not be able to make any changes. Only after you submit the information about your medical status, will you be able to print out the medical form. You can only print it four times.

The doctor who has conducted the medical check-up has to fill in page 3 of the form.

Page 4, the last one, includes instructions for doctors.
42. Where can I perform a medical check-up?
Certain health centers in each education zone have been assigned to perform students' medical examination. You can choose one of the centers listed on page 1 of the medical form. If the examination has been done in a health center not mentioned on the form, it will not be accepted and you will have to re-do it. Please show your health card at the medical center.

After you complete the medical check-up, please make sure to leave the form in the health center. NAPO staff will collect the forms from the centers and upload the information on the student portal.

Please fill in the medical form and perform the medical check-up as soon as you receive an SMS message informing you that your medical form is available in your page on the student portal.

If you have any questions, please contact NAPO at 02 642 8400 or napo@mohesr.gov.ae.
43. Do NAPO and CEPA provide special accommodation for students with disabilities?
NAPO applicants with disabilities such as vision, hearing and physical impairments as well as learning difficulties, and common and intractable diseases must reveal information about their disabilities in order for the institutions to provide appropriate medical support and a proper academic environment. Diagnostic information related to the applicant's disability is highly confidential. It does not influence the acceptance decision.

Disabled students are entitled to reasonable CEPA exam arrangements that provide fair and valid assessment. NAPO and CEPA staff is in charge of responding to the requests for special accommodations. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants shall specify the disability on their page on the student portal; otherwise, they cannot be guaranteed that the special accommodations will be available.

At least two weeks before the exam, the applicant has to submit a medical report which should be completed and signed by a physician, familiar with the candidate's disability and, if possible, includes the required accommodations.

The accommodations provided must not place disabled applicants at an advantage or disadvantage in comparison to other students.

Please note that special accommodations will be given for students with asthma, anemia, blood pressure, thyroid and kidney diseases only in severe cases, provided a student submits a medical report.
44. How will I learn whether I have been approved for studies?
After the signing ceremony, SMS messages with congratulations will be sent to each student approved for studies at UAEU, HCT, ZU, IAT, ADVETI, ECAE or study abroad under the sponsorship of MOHESR. Also, these students will receive a congratulatory message on the student portal. In addition, lists of approved students will be published in the local Arabic newspapers. Please make sure to confirm admission on your page on the student portal. In order to do this, you have to provide your application number and date of birth.

Students can view the name of the institution where they were approved for studies, faculty (if approved by UAEU), college (if approved by HCT) or campus (if approved by ZU), and approval status on their page on the student portal. Students need to confirm whether they intend to register. If the student confirms their intention to register, they will be given instructions regarding what must be done next. Also, the student will be able to download various forms required by the institutions, e.g. housing request form, etc. Then, the student will be redirected to the respective institution's website for further information.

If you do not receive an SMS or your name does not appear in the published list, please call NAPO for assistance at 02 642 8400.
45. I attend one of the institutions of higher education in the UAE and want to continue my studies at another institution for personal and/or academic reasons. What are the inter-institution transfer procedures?
NAPO is no longer responsible for the inter-institution transfer. If you study at one of the following institutions – UAEU, HCT, ZU, IAT, ADVETI, ECAE and what to apply for transfer, you must contact the receiving institution directly. The institution will use the non-current application form to process the transfer and subsequently inform NAPO. NAPO will update its database correspondingly.
46. How can I apply to a private institution located in the UAE?
If you are planning to pursue tertiary studies at a private institution located in the UAE, please contact the institution directly. Please visit the MOHESR or the CAA websites for the list of licensed institutions which is updated on a regular basis. The list includes the approved academic programs for each institution. If you need more information, please contact the Certificate Equivalency Department (Section of Attestations) at MOHESR (Tel.: 02 695 1269, 02 695 1437, 02 695 1268, e-mail: equalization@mohesr.gov.ae).

Even if you are not sure that you want to continue into higher education at UAEU, HCT, ZU, IAT, ADVETI, ECAE or abroad under the sponsorship of MOHESR, you are highly recommended to apply and sit for CEPA, so that you do not lose the chance to pursue education there.
For more queries, please contact us at: napo@mohesr.gov.ae