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University College

University College is the home of all new undergraduate students. It provides a unique general education platform to ensure the successful transition of undergraduate students from high school to university life.

The vision of University College is to be the welcoming academic home of undergraduate students of Abu Dhabi University, which will be a catalyst for enhanced and innovative educational experiences enabling students to thrive in higher education and beyond.
The mission of University College is to help students successfully transition from high school to university life by providing them with a comprehensive first year educational experience driven by retention and which equips them with essential skills for future success.

About our University College

The General Education courses at University College will enable you to:

  • Communicate effectively, responsibly and competently through various written and/or oral formats
  • Identify, collect, organize, analyze, evaluate and use information effectively and responsibly
  • Apply critical thinking to make informed and logical judgments
  • Comprehend and use quantitative ideas and methods for critical assessment of data and effective problem solving
  • Demonstrate skills in the use of current computing and information technology
  • Relate to both a local and global context
  • Learn and practice strong values, ethical conduct and social responsibilities, especially personal, academic, and professional integrity
  • Develop collaboration in diverse team settings

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Academic Success Center

In line with our Student First approach, we have a state-of-the-art Academic Success Center at our Abu Dhabi campus. The center, which was developed by the University College, equips students with a robust set of smart learning strategies designed to help them excel in their academic careers. Comprising modern study spaces, multi-purpose spaces, custom built-in technology and services, the center is intended to help students discover new ways to study effectively, learn efficiently and achieve academic success.

The center’s space supports both collaborative and individual learning styles. It is set to host a wide variety of activities throughout the academic year to engage students and support them in achieving their full potential through independent study, tutoring, academic and skill building workshops, in addition to competitions and challenges. These sessions will help students improve essential skills including time management, goal setting, organization, and multitasking.

Everything from the spatial design to the use of technology and resources has been developed with the explicit purpose of enhancing learning and driving academic excellence. We plan to utilize the space hosting events, workshops and mentoring sessions that will focus on developing soft skills not taught in the classroom.

The Academic Success Center is open to all Abu Dhabi University students from Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 8pm.