Information for New and Returning Students

This page is being regularly updated to reflect the latest advice from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), World Health Organisation (WHO), Ministry of Health and other sources including local partners. We are monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact, and doing all we can to make safe and reassure our staff and students.

Please look through the below questions and answers which will help you to start the academic year with us.

-Last Updated 22nd February 2022

What do I need to do before coming to campus?

All Students

All registered student must download the Al Hosn App and present their status in the app to Security when entering campus. 

If you are newly arrived in the UAE and are unable to register with the Al-Hosn App straight away, you must show the equivalent evidence of the conditions below each time you enter campus. 

To enter campus students must have either a green Al-Hosn status, or in some rare cases a grey Al-Hosn status. 

Check carefully below to make sure you meet the following conditions: 

Al-Hosn App Green (most students) 

  • You have had both doses of a UAE approved COVID-19 vaccination AND
  • You have had any booster vaccination that is due AND
  • A Negative PCR test within the last 14 days 


  • You have a valid official UAE COVID-19 Medical Exemption Certificate AND a negative PCR test within the last 7 days

 Al Hosn Grey statusStrictly only in the following 3 circumstances

  1. You have had both doses of a UAE approved COVID-19 vaccination, including any booster that is due, but you couldn’t  upload them into the Al Hosn App AND you have a negative PCR test result from within the last 14 days;
  2.  You are partially vaccinated awaiting a second dose or booster dose AND have a negative PCR test result from within the last 7 days; 
  3. You are unvaccinated but have a negative PCR test result from within the last 7 days.

Students Vaccinated Overseas

The only exception to these two rules is for students who have had a full course of valid vaccinations from another country, that have not yet been registered in the Al Hosn App. Where this evidence is available along with a valid negative PCR test within the last 14 days, you will still be allowed to access campus. We will continue to monitor your current status through the Al Hosn App readers at both of our building entry points. 




Teaching and Examinations

Following the 19th January 2022 Ministry of Education directive, we have been working to address to recommence on-campus learning from Monday 24th January 2022.

New & Returning Students

Week beginning 31th January 2022 onwards

Following the 19th January 2022 Ministry of Education directive, we have been working to address to recommence on-campus learning from Monday 24th January 2022.

Teaching will now only be held on campus for all scheduled taught sessions. If you can’t attend in campus teaching sessions, you should either contact your personal tutor or Programme director.

The situation with respect of COVID-19 will continue to be kept under review in line with the circumstances in the UAE and in line with the UAE Ministry of Education’s regulations and Protocols with respect to operating educational institutions.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to your teaching, learning or assessment from January 2022 you should contact either your personal tutor or Programme Director for specific academic queries or for more general or administrative queries: as usual.


What if I choose not to be vaccinated?

Vaccination is encouraged as it is currently the most effective means of protecting yourself against Covid-19. However, if you are unvaccinated against Covid-19 you would need to provide either a valid medical exemption and a negative PCR test result every seven days or without an exemption a negative PCR test result every 7 days.

What happens if I test positive for Covid 19?

The chance of testing positive for Covid-19 is now significantly reduced, particularly if you are fully vaccinated. 

However, if you do test positive or think you may have come in close contact with someone with Covid-19, you should follow the Dubai Health Authority guideline as outlined here. You should also notify the university through the Wellbeing team or call us on 044280500 and ask to speak to a Covid-19 Coordinator.

If you are under 18 years old and living in student accommodation, please contact the Student Wellbeing Manager for support and guidance.

If you have to isolate, you will be able to access any learning online until you can return to campus.

If your symptoms are severe, such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, call 998 immediately. 

New and Returning Students - overseas travel form

Can I study online?

The Ministry of Education have issued a directive that all programmes must be taught in person unless they are accredited as distance learning/online.

There are exceptions to this for reasons related specifically to Covid-19

-        For a short period where you need to self-isolate, contact your programme team for guidance and online access where appropriate

-        For longer term issues of absences directly related to Covid-19, submit an application for Extenuating Circumstances and Extensions Guidance 

What are the measures in place on campus?

We will continue to follow rigorous sanitation and social distancing measures on campus, according to both the measures required by the Ministry of Education and also to our own clear principles to keep our community as safe as we can. This includes:

  • Temperature checks
  • Face masks
  • Hand sanitisation
  • Social distancing in classrooms (1 metre) and around campus (1.5 metres)
  • Continuous sanitation and cleaning measures, particularly for high-volume areas and items
  • One-way traffic systems and zoning areas to reduce cross-programme transmission

We feel that these measures should give everyone confidence that their learning environment is as safe as we can possibly make it.

We ask that everyone in our community does their best to follow these rules in order to keep each other protected.