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University 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 3 Levels. Instruction is offered in all domains of the English Language according to a standard curriculum in English as a second language. In addition, students are offered TOEFL preparation courses. UAPP classes amount to a weekly total of 24 hours in levels 1, 2 and 13 hours in level 3.

Courses and Credit Hours per Week
Level 1,2 
Course                   
Hours

Credit 

Writing
11
6
Speaking
53
Reading
4
2
TOEFL Preparation

2


Level 3
Course                
Hours

Credit 

Writing
6
6
Speaking3
3
3
Reading
2
2
TOFEL Preparation 
2
2



Students who score between 370 and 499 on the TOEFL are accepted at UAPP. Proficiency in writing is the basis on which students are placed in the different levels within the program. Upon acceptance at UAPP, students have to sit for a writing placement test in order to be streamed into the appropriate level.

At the end of every level, students are required to score a minimum of 65 cumulative grade point average in order to be promoted to the next levlel 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

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Ms. Fatimah Saleh AlMutairi

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Ms. Hala Al-Wafai

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Ms. Kim Abdullah

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Ms. Karen Palmer

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Ms. Mariam Chanbour Ghalayini

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