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.

  • Learners applying for FS1-FS2-Year1 must be able to use the Toilet independently.
  • Learners applying for year 2 upwards must provide us with a recent report card to confirm the next grade level.

Our Admission Process

  • Click here to create your application online, if your facing any difficulties please call us on 02 659 5959. Our Front of House Team will be happy to guide and support you through this step.
  • Following a successful submission of your application, you will receive an automated email with a link to complete the learner profile, ensure all documentation is uploaded on your child’s application.

  • Documents you must upload in order to process your child’s application includes the below: Recent Passport Size of the Applicant's Photo; Applicant's Passport; Applicant's Recent School Report / Nursery Report in English; Applicant's Birth Certificate in English; Applicant's Immunization Records In English; Special Education Document if applicable.

  • On successful completion of the above steps. Our school register will be in contact with you after reviewing your application, upon seats availability an official offer letter for your child will be sent to you.
  • To confirm your enrolment you will be required to reserve the seat by paying a Registration fee equivalent to 5% of the Annual tuition fees upon acceptance of the Offer Letter. Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable and to be adjusted from the first term fees.
  • Complete payment via the online link included in your offer letter. Alternatively, bank transfer or cheque payments are also accepted.

  • On successful completion of the payment, our school register will send you a welcoming email to confirm your enrolment and information regarding your child’s first day of school.
  • Prior to your child’s joining date, Our Parent relations Executive will share with you teacher letter, hand book, School Timings, Uniform details and all needful information for your child to start in the school.
  • Our Government Relations Executive (ADEK representative) will ensure your child’s file and documentation are completed to approve your child’s registration on Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge system (ADEK)

For further information relating to admissions at GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi, please call us on 02 659 5959.

Documentation/Previous Schooling

All new students must provide official documentation of previous school experience, including a Transfer Certificate and a Most recent report card. All documents provided must be in English and display an official school stamp.

  • If joining us from another school in the same Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Certification is Not required.
  • If joining us from another country or transferring from another Emirate of the UAE, to meet admission requirements as per Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) we may request certification of any translations from the consulate of the country in which your child last attended school. For more information please check below.

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 to be requested upon enrolment. 

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 Connect and pay the re-enrolment deposit of 5% of the upcoming year’s fees before the end of April. 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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