Admissions Overview

As a highly regarded, growing community school, places at GEMS World Academy – Abu Dhabi are greatly sought-after. We therefore encourage you to apply as early as possible for your child’s place.

Our Admission Process

  • Click here to make an enquiry or complete your application online.
  • Following a successful admission appointment, you will receive your conditional offer letter.

  • Ensure all documentation is uploaded on your child’s SR application. Documents you must supply in order to enrol your child include a copy of your child’s passport and their most recent school / nursery report. Our Front of House Team will be happy to guide and support you through this step.

  • Our Government Relations Executive (ADEK representative) will ensure your child’s file and documentation are completed for approval by the regulator.

  • On successful completion of the above steps, an official offer letter for your child will be sent to you.

  • Complete payment via the online link included in your offer letter. Alternatively, bank transfer or cheque payments are also accepted.

  • Admissions will send you information regarding your child’s first day of school.

  • Our admissions team will contact you within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with you.

For further information relating to admissions at GEMS World Academy, Abu Dhabi, please call us on 02 641 6333.

Documentation/Previous Schooling

All new students must provide official documentation of previous school experience, including transcripts, a most recent report card and any standardised test scores. All documents provided must be in English and display an official school stamp. To meet admission requirements, we may request certification of any translations from the consulate of the country in which your child last attended school.

Official Documentation/Transfer Certificate Requirements

Location Requirement for UAE Ministry of Education
Canada (except Quebec) North America Western Europe Australia
  • School stamp and signature required
GCC Countries
  • School stamp and signature required
  • Ministry of Education in the country of the previous school’s location
Middle East (except UAE and GCC Countries) South and Central America Asia former Russian States Eastern Europe Africa New Zealand
  • School stamp and signature required
  • Ministry of Education in the country of the previous school’s location
  • UAE Embassy in the country of the of the previous school’s location OR Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE
Another emirate of the UAE   School stamp and signature required. Ministry of Education of the Emirate
Abu Dhabi TC is not required.  

Inclusion Support

GEMS World Academy – Abu Dhabi is a fully inclusive school and we strive to serve Students of Determination with mild to moderate learning needs who are able to be successful in the regular classroom with specialist assistance, subject to availability. In addition to the student’s most recent school report, any individualised education plan and specialist reports must be submitted for review by our Inclusion Panel.

In some cases, the engagement of a Learning Support Assistant (at the parents’ expense) may support the admission of a Student of Determination.

English Language Proficiency

To ensure students are able to fully participate in our instructional programmes, learners are required to have English language proficiency. Students may still be admitted without such proficiency, provided they satisfy all enrolment regulations and qualify for our ELL (English Language Learner) programme, subject to availability.

Re-enrolment Process

Securing your child’s continued place at GEMS World Academy – Abu Dhabi for the upcoming academic year is easy. Simply complete the online re-enrolment form via the GEMS Parent Portal and pay the re-enrolment deposit of 5% of the upcoming year’s fees before the end of March. Note that this deposit is non-refundable should a student not take up the confirmed place in September, but it is fully adjustable against the first term fees. The deposit can be paid online via credit card, in person at our accounts office or via bank wire transfer.


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