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​University of Academic Preparation Program - (UAPP)

Mission of the Program

The mission of the University Academic Preparation Program is to prepare students to communicate using the English Language skills, and to encourage them to be life-long learners with sound critical thinking skills who respect diversity, appreciate dialogue, understand the value of personal development and are ready to serve the community.

Purpose

Dar Al-Hekma's University Academic Preparation Program (UAPP) is specifically designed to enhance students' English skills, and in so doing, provide them with the best possible grounding to enter the University's degree programs.

Learning takes place in a collaborative and friendly atmosphere where our dedicated team of professionals offers practical advice to help students develop their English language and study skills to become better autonomous learners.

The UAPP enables students who successfully fulfill the requirements of the program, to become academically qualified to enroll in University courses. Students are trained to develop critical thinking and active learning skills with academic readiness for university level work.


The University Academic Preparation Program, with a writing and speaking focus, has three levels. Instruction in the four skills of the English language according to a standard curriculum in English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered in all levels. Students in Levels 2 and3 can take two general courses under the General Education Program along with the English courses at the UAPP. The minimum enrollment in the Program is 20 hours of English per semester for Levels 2 and 3 and 26 hours for Level 1.

Courses and Credit Hours per Week
LevelReadingWritingListening & SpeakingSentence SkillsTotal
Level 16106426
Level 23104320
Level 33104320

E- learning

The University Academic Preparation Program, with a writing and speaking focus, has three levels. Instruction in the four skills of the English language according to a standard curriculum in English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered in all levels. Students in Levels 2 and3 can take two general courses under the General Education Program along with the English courses at the UAPP. The minimum enrollment in the Program is 20 hours of English per semester for Levels 2 and 3 and 26 hours for Level 1.


The TOEFL test serves as a criterion to stream students into the different levels of English proficiency that the Program offers. Students are placed in those levels according to their paper- based TOEFL scores respecting the following scheme of cut-off scores.

English Proficiency Level

Paper-based TOEFL Score

Level 1

380 - 429

Level 2

430 - 470

Level 3

471 - 509

University Admission

509 and above


the end of a semester, students must achieve and maintain a minimum of 65 cumulative grade point average of D+ to be promoted from one level to the next within the program. At the end of Level 3, students become eligible to enroll in their mainstream degree programs.

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Ms. Ghada El-Koussy

Director of the Program

University of Academic Preparation Program

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Ms. Hala Al-Wafai

Lecturer

University of Academic Preparation Program

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Ms. Jihan Al-Bayati

Lecturer

University of Academic Preparation Program

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Ms. Kim Abdullah

Lecturer

University of Academic Preparation Program

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Ms. Karen Palmer

Lecturer

University of Academic Preparation Program

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Ms. Lakya Goss

Lecturer

University of Academic Preparation Program

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Mariam Chanbour Ghalayini

Lecturer

University of Academic Preparation Program

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