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American University of Bahrain recognizes strong academic performance at the high school level as the primary determinant for university-level success. Therefore, to be considered for admission to the university, all applicants must have completed a secondary (high) school education or the equivalent of 12 years of schooling. Each applicant is evaluated on individual merit and in consideration of probable success at American University of Bahrain. 

Admission is highly competitive. Cumulative grade point averages (GPA), standardized test scores, and admission interviews are among the methods of evaluation. 

An applicant for freshmen admission must submit the following:

  • Completed American University of Bahrain Application Form
  • Application fee: 25 BD (non-refundable)
  • Official secondary (high) school transcripts with graduation date and unweighted, final GPA
  • Official standardized-test results (including writing results)
  • One recommendation letter (from counselor or teacher, or principal/headmaster)
  • Official transcripts from any previously completed college-level or university-level coursework
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Other standardized test scores which may be reviewed and approved from time to time. Non-Arabic speaking students from American and international schools that do not have the language ability or access to take these tests are exempt from this requirement.

Secondary Education Certificates

The minimum required average for accepting an application is the equivalent of 75% or more in the final year of secondary education (national exams only). Other program-specific requirements or restrictions may also apply.

American University of Bahrain recognizes secondary school certificates awarded by ministries of education and by private secondary schools recognized by the host country. The university also accepts certificates awarded by recognized qualification authorities and national and international boards.

Provided below is a list of some common certificates and the corresponding minimum levels of performance required for admission to the university. These certificates and levels of achievement serve as guidelines for admission and may differ from other institutions or the standards that are generally accepted in an applicant’s native country. The university may consider other types of secondary school certificates.

  • Bahraini high school certificate: minimum 75%
  • American-style high school diploma: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) on a 4.0 scale (only subjects classified as academic are considered in the calculation of the cumulative GPA).
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): must have completed any six subjects with at least three at the higher level
  • Lebanese baccalaureate: must have obtained the baccalaureate
  • French baccalaureate or equivalent: must have obtained the baccalaureate
  • Indian board(s) certificates: must have earned a senior secondary school certificate (12th standard)
  • German Abitur: minimum average of 3.0
  • IGCSE, GCSE, GCE: must submit a minimum of eight different IGCSE/GCSE subjects with four C grades and four B grades or higher

English Language Proficiency

English language proficiency is required for admission. English language proficiency can be demonstrated by any one of the following tests:

  • IELTS – 6.0
  • Other equivalent English proficiency tests such as TOEFEL (iBT 60)

Scores are valid for 2 calendar years. Applicants who score below the minimum required English proficiency score but who otherwise meet admission standards may be admitted to the University Preparatory Program (UPP). However, students with demonstrated academic excellence and English language proficiency can be directly admitted to the university, bypassing the UPP.