Frequently Asked Questions

What do I have to pay if my family sponsors me at the ABP?

Does the ABP have any scholarships?

Can I be admitted to the ABP if I have a lower high school GPA than the ABP requires, but I have a higher IELTS/iBT TOEFL than is required?

Do I have to submit my final high school GPA to the ABP?

If I have attended a high school that follows a British curriculum, what grades do I need for admission to the ABP?

If I have grades/marks from an American, International Baccalaureate, or other international school, what grades/marks do I need for admission to the ABP?

When will I know if I have gained admission to the ABP?

I have already attended the ABP. May I continue at the ABP or return to the ABP?

May I choose which courses I want to take?

May I choose my teachers or the timings of the classes I want to take?

May I choose my level?

May I change levels?

What Science subject will I take?

What Math subject will I take?

Can I take a class at one of Qatar Foundation’s partner universities while I am a student at the ABP?

Will the ABP help me with university applications?

Can I gain admission to one of Qatar Foundation’s partner universities at the end of ABP’s fall semester?



What do I have to pay if my family sponsors me at the ABP?

Tuition fees for non-Qataris for the academic year 2013-2014, are QR 57,500 per year.

Tuition fees for Qataris for the academic year 2013-2014, are QR 47,500 per year.

Half the year’s tuition is due in September and half is due in January.

Students who study at the ABP for only one semester are required to pay the tuition fees for that semester, only.

Does the ABP have any scholarships?

  • In general, all Qatari students receive scholarships from the Higher Education Institute (HEI).
  • In the spring semester, the ABP offers a limited number of scholarships for non-Qatari students. The ABP does not offer any scholarships in the fall semester. These scholarships are based on evidence of financial need and academic merit. To apply for a scholarship, a student must have:
    • Paid the fall semester fees in full.
    • Maintained a GPA of at least 3.0 in the fall semester.
    • Had good attendance.
    • Had no behavioral or disciplinary issues.
    • Demonstrated financial need.

Can I be admitted to the ABP if I have a lower high school GPA than the ABP requires, but I have a higher IELTS/iBT TOEFL than is required?

No.

Do I have to submit my final high school GPA to the ABP?

Yes.

If I have attended a high school that follows a British curriculum, what grades do I need for admission to the ABP?

If you have attended a high school that follows a British curriculum:

  • You must submit AS level final grades or a letter from your school stating your predicted grades.
  • You must have passing scores in 2 or more AS subjects.
  • These scores must be in subjects other than Arabic.
  • Passing scores for ABP admission purposes are an “A” “B” or “C” grade. “D”, “E” and “U” are not considered passing grades for ABP admission purposes.
  • IGCSE scores alone are not sufficient for admission to the ABP.

If I have grades/marks from an American, International Baccalaureate, or other international school, what grades/marks do I need for admission to the ABP?

A student should have grades/marks that are equivalent to a ‘B’ or 80% average.

When will I know if I have gained admission to the ABP?

If you apply for regular fall admission, you will generally be notified by the week of July 20 if you have been accepted to the ABP. Notification is usually by SMS and/or phone call.

I have already attended the ABP. May I continue at the ABP or return to the ABP?

The ABP may accept applications for students who have studied at the ABP in a previous academic year. Prior study at the ABP is not a guarantee of admission. Those who studied at the ABP in a previous year at the ABP must include a letter with their admission application explaining:

Why they feel they should be allowed to return to the ABP.

How they believe they will benefit from the ABP.

Qatari students who have studied at the ABP during a previous academic year should be aware that HEI will generally sponsor Qatari students only for a total of two semesters.

May I choose which courses I want to take?

No. All students take a full academic course load that includes classes in English, math, computers, and science. The specific English, math, computer, and science classes that a student takes are selected by the ABP, not by the student.

May I choose my teachers or the timings of the classes I want to take?

No. The timing of classes and the students assigned to particular classes are selected by the ABP, not by the student.

May I choose my level?

No. The ABP has three levels of study: Foundation 1, Foundation 2 and Academic. The ABP carefully considers numerous factors when deciding your level. Those factors include your IELTS/iBT TOEFL scores, performance on the Accuplacer, and your writing sample. The goal in placing students is to ensure that students are challenged, yet capable of doing the work required.

May I change levels?

Changes of level are rare and are made only at the request of teachers and with administrative approval.

What Science subject will I take?

If you are placed in the ABP’s foundation 1 or foundation 2 level, you will take Science Language & Skills.

If you are placed in the ABP’s Academic English, you will take Integrated Science, Chemistry, Physics, or Biology. The specific science course is in part determined by your math proficiency and in part by the subject you intend to focus on at university.

What Math subject will I take?

If you are placed in the ABP’s foundation 1 or foundation 2 level, you may be placed in Math for Liberal Arts, College Algebra, or Pre-Calculus.

If you are placed in the ABP’s Academic English, you may be placed in Math for Liberal Arts, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus.

Can I take a class at one of Qatar Foundation’s partner universities while I am a student at the ABP?

One of the unique features of the ABP is that a number of ABP students are able to take classes at one of Qatar Foundation’s partner universities while they are students at the ABP. They take these classes through a process called cross-registration. Most ABP students take all their classes at the ABP. That said, the most able ABP students are allowed to take cross-registration classes. The ABP determines which students are eligible for cross-registration and the ABP’s Office of Academic Affairs and the universities work together to find cross-registration courses in which students are likely to be successful. It should be noted that taking a cross-registration course does not guarantee admission to a university.

Will the ABP help me with university applications?

The ABP guides students with university applications.

Can I gain admission to one of Qatar Foundation’s partner universities at the end of ABP’s fall semester?

Admission to Qatar Foundation’s partner universities is generally made at the beginning of each academic year (fall semester).