Dar Al Uloom University is committed through its curriculum, campus culture and environment to helping students develop the knowledge and skills that allow them to successfully meet the challenges of everyday life. DAU is distinguished by its international benchmark University Preparatory Program (UPP) which aims to complement, enhance and broaden learning in all fields of study. The UPP is developed in alignment with our university objectives, which clearly state the importance of empowering students with knowledge, practical life-skills and religious and multicultural values. Moreover, what distinguishes the UPP courses is that they feature an integrative, interdisciplinary aspect which ensures both breadth and depth while encouraging majors from across disciplines to interact.
The UPP includes 35 credit hours in the disciplines of physical education, English communications skills (Level A and Level B), Arabic language, Islamic studies, computers and basic skills, and mathematics. Each of these courses is considered an integral component and university requirement of every bachelor’s degree offered at DAU. Students can cover them in the three-semester academic program.
The program is required of all the students enrolling in the university. However, if students pass the UPP English placement test, they may be promoted to start other humanities courses and/or undergraduate courses. Grades obtained in the UPP English CEFR A1 (Level C, 12 credit hours) are not included in the students’ grades point average GPA. Nevertheless, to advance through the UPP and enter college, students must pass the pre-requisite courses.
The UPP is necessary for the following reasons:
• In their pre-college education, students usually have a passive role in learning. However, at college level, they are expected to consult different sources of knowledge. They are also expected to participate in intellectual exchange of ideas, orally and in writing. These skills will be taught and practiced during this program.
• Most students enrolling at college level don’t have a sufficient command of English, the language in which most courses will be taught. The UPP aims at bringing students up to the required level.
• The curriculum also covers some deficiencies in pre-college education, English in particular, the UPP will also try to improve students’ study skills and critical thinking abilities.