PYP : Preparatory Year Programs
All newly admitted students are required to complete the preparatory year program before
starting undergraduate study. Students may be exempted from part or the entire program
according to the implementation rules of the promotion exam. The majority of newly
admitted students join the preparatory year program, which aims at preparing students
for undergraduate study; in particular it aims at achieving the following goals:
- To improve the proficiency of students in English language before they undertake
- To develop and improve students’ knowledge of analytic skills and techniques through
the medium of English;
- To develop students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills;
- To introduce students to new subject areas and techniques such as workshops and
graphics, thus improving their mental skills;
- To familiarize students with the various majors available at the university;
- To improve students’ physical health and fitness through a physical education
- To familiarize students with the requirements of undergraduate study, including
study skills and discipline in all its forms.
The PYP Duration
The duration of the preparatory year program is a minimum of one year, divided into two
regular semesters and a summer session, if necessary (and if there is any available
course). The preparatory year represents the first and second academic levels of all the
undergraduate programs. In addition, some students might be required to complete one
semester of intensive English language training before starting the PYP program
depending on the student’s score in the admission test.
The grades earned by the student in the preparatory year courses are recorded in her
transcript together with the semester GPA and cumulative GPA. However, these grades are
not considered in the calculation of the cumulative GPA for the undergraduate program. A
student may be exempted from the preparatory year program if she proves her proficiency
in English and mathematics either by passing the promotion examinations or by submitting
credentials. If a student passes only a part of the promotion examination (English,
mathematics, or computer), she will be partially promoted to the next academic level,
but is required to fulfill any remaining preparatory year requirements during the same
Final Evaluation of the PYP Students
Student performance will be evaluated at the end of the preparatory year to determine
those who have fulfilled the university preparatory year requirements. The performance
of a student in all courses taken shall be considered in addition to the results of all
exams taken at the end of the program. Levels of evaluation are classified below.
Fully Passing the PYP
Any student may register for the first university academic level if she fulfills the
- Successfully completing all the preparatory year courses with the grades indicated
in 2 and 3 hereunder;
- Earning grade D or better in the first and second level courses of English in the
- Earning grade C or better in the first OR second level courses of mathematics in the
preparatory year. (Those who would like to join computing or ID/Arch programs must
earn grade C in MATH002).
Promotion of a student to the first university academic level, after completion of all
preparatory year requirements, takes place at the beginning of the semester immediately
following her completing these requirements. The student may select any of the majors
offered by the university, provided that she satisfies the required criteria for that
Partially Passing the PYP
If a preparatory year student passes only one of the required courses (either English or
mathematics), then the student will be eligible to study some of the first level general
university courses, provided that the student simultaneously fulfills the remaining
preparatory year requirements during a single semester; otherwise the student will be
obliged to dedicate the time exclusively to the preparatory year.
Dismissal from the PYP
The University has the right to dismiss the student from the preparatory year program if
the student either:
- Earns a DN grade twice consecutively in the same course.
- Fails one of the preparatory year courses within a maximum of three regular
- Could not complete the preparatory year program in four semesters or less.
Required Grades for Passing PYP Courses
- D grade & above in all PYP English Courses.
- C\D or D\C grade & above in the PYP Math Courses. (Those who would like to join
computing or ID/Arch programs must earn grade C in MATH002).
- D\D grade & above in the remaining PYP Courses.
- Passing the skills exam for the Interior Design (ID) and Architecture (Arch.)