Where the language of instruction is English, postgraduate diploma, masters and doctoral programs require evidence of the minimum English proficiency for admission. Candidates whose mother tongue is English and who can demonstrate proficiency in an interview with the Dean of Postgraduate Studies are exempted from this. Otherwise proof of competency must be demonstrated by either:
a. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 or higher (or equivalent in the new versions), or
b. Band 6.0 or higher ranking on the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum of 5 in each of its components.
TOEFL or IELTS results are considered valid for entry to diploma or masters programs for two years after testing; entry to doctoral programs is exempted from these requirements if a masters degree with these requirements has been completed not more than two years prior to entry into the doctoral programs.
A candidate with IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 500/197 may take a zero credit advanced English course during his/her first semester. Such a student will not register in any postgraduate courses. To gain admission in the program and register for postgraduate courses, he/she should pass with the equivalent of a "B" grade. The English course grade will be recorded on the transcript as PASS/NO PASS.
The English proficiency level for conditional students to register in bridging courses will be specified by the department which offers the courses.
For programs where the main language of instruction is Arabic, the programs will designate minimum skill levels required in the Arabic language, and the English language.
Registration for postgraduate courses may be deferred for up to one year until the language requirement is met. During this period the student may not be able to register in any postgraduate courses. If there has been a deferment and a student thereafter wants to rejoin a program, approval of the concerned college is required.