The American College of Dubai (ACD) is a private educational institution incorporated under the laws of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The college is a constituent unit of the Al-Shafar Group of Companies, a well-known entity in Dubai, noted for providing social and public services to the local community. ACD is licensed as an institution of higher learning by the Dubai Municipality and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research--which accredits its academic programs.
The College is located on a purpose-built campus in the Al Garhoud area of Dubai near the Dubai International Airport and opposite the Dubai Festival City in a complex of schools and educational facilities. Its campus includes lecture halls, a separate library building with study areas, a major computer centre and related resource rooms, as well as a small clinic staffed by a resident nurse. Student activity areas include outdoor sports facilities such as a football field as well as basketball and volleyball courts. There is also a games hall beside the cafeteria as well as a dedicated activities area. ACD was established in 1990 and moved to its existing, purpose-built facilities in 1998. A major expansion of the campus was completed in 2001, at which time the library facility was constructed along with a larger student service area as well as additional Information Technology facilities. A subsequent major facility refurbishment was accomplished in 2008.
The mission of the American College of Dubai is to provide its students with the intellectual and social foundations necessary to prepare them to lead fulfilling lives as competent, committed and compassionate members of a global society. Utilizing well-equipped facilities and small class sizes, ACD focuses on delivering engaging instruction in an environment that fosters critical thinking and serious business career preparation. The Institution ensures its programs meet the needs of its stakeholders by constant interaction with the business community as well as other and international institutions of higher learning. The College also assists in the socialization and maturation of young adults by providing an environment that stresses the importance of ethical behavior and community involvement.
ACD seeks to provide a quality and affordable education that enables students to immerse themselves in a US-style higher educational system. Specifically, its programs include the broad-based General Education Requirements characteristic of the US educational system with an emphasis on widening the perspective of the educated individual. Transfer-oriented students completing these initial requirements are assisted in transferring their “credits” toward the completion of a degree at universities in the USA and other countries.
For students who wish to complete their degree in Dubai, the college provides business-related, job-oriented degree programs that enable students to complete all of their qualifications in the UAE. In order to better prepare for employment those who earn an ACD awarded degree, the college assists students in obtaining work-related experience through well–coordinated internships as part of their course of study.
US University System
The American College of Dubai offers a US style curriculum within the framework of the American university system which has several unique features that students should understand before beginning their studies.
Firstly, the American system is characterized by its commitment to broad educational goals and not to narrow specialization in a given discipline. The student in the American system must complete a number of general subjects in a diverse range of disciplines before beginning his or her chosen field of concentration. Even as students progress beyond their beginning year(s), they can select a number of subjects outside their main field of study called “electives” and can take them concurrently with the subjects in their field of specialization. These “electives,” although not always directly related to the area of specialization, will nevertheless count toward the degree. An associated number or total of these “electives” is often referred to as a “minor” while the area of specialization is called the “major.”
Secondly, the US university system is based on a modular system known as credits or credit hours. The credit hour system requires some explanation as it is exclusive to American universities and is somewhat confusing to the uninformed. Credits, with some 120 necessary to earn a B.A., B.Sc., or BBA degree, are calculated by the number of hours a student spends per week in class during a normal 15-16 week semester. If, for example, a class in Economics meets for three hours every week over the semester, a student receives three credits for Economics. Full time students usually takes no less than five subjects per semester and consequently they accumulate 15 credits every semester assuming they receive passing grades. To earn a degree, the student must earn 120 credits, with many of these credits coming from required subjects, others from elected subjects (or those which the student can choose). Since the average student takes 15 credits per semester (5 subjects x 3 credits each) he or she will need approximately 8 academic semesters to meet the BA or BBA requirements. This will normally require 4 academic years unless the student is able to speed up the process by taking summer courses or more than 15 credits per academic semester.
Thirdly, the system differs in the method of evaluating or grading the work of the student. In an American university, there is what is known as “ongoing assessment,” whereby a student knows on a regular basis how he or she is performing in the academic course or subject. This is due to the fact that examinations are held frequently and not only at the end of the term as is done in many educational systems. Furthermore, the grades are assigned by the instructors themselves and not by some external body or board.
Finally, the grading process itself differs from many other systems. Grades are assigned during and at the end of the term or even academic year in the following manner. A=Excellent; B= Good; C=Average; D=Poor but passing, and F=Unsatisfactory or Failure (whereby the subject must be repeated if it is a requirement for the degree). Each of these letter grades have a numerical equivalent as A= 4 pts; B= 3 pts; C= 2 pts; D=1 pt; and F=0 pts. A student’s grade point average (GPA) covering his or her performance in all subjects is expressed in these numerical terms. For example, if the average grade for a term or academic year or even a 4 year degree is a C grade, then the GPA will reflect this on a student’s transcript which will indicate that he or she has a 2.00 GPA. Some universities require a certain GPA for the student to graduate or to apply for advanced degrees beyond the undergraduate level. The highest GPA it is possible to achieve is a 4 point GPA--a score which is very rare even for the best of the students.
Adress: American College of Dubai | P.O. Box 36778, Dubai, UAE
American college of Dubai(below mentioned are for full time course, part time is according to subject basis so can not be specified):
BBA & UNIVERSITY TRANSFER PROGRAM
Full-time students (taking 15-16 credits or 5 subjects or more): 12500 AED per semester or 3402.37$
ACADEMIC ENGLISH PROGRAM: 12500 AED per semester or 3402.37$
ACD FOUNDATION PROGRAM: 8000 AED per semester or 2177.45$
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