Transfer Applicants – Diploma only

Whatever the reason for wishing to change institutions, ACK welcomes transfer students who have completed comparable courses at an institution accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Kuwait.

As recognition can only be considered for institutions accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Kuwait, you may wish to check the UNIVERSITY LIST section of the National Bureau for Academic Accreditation & Education Quality Assurance (NBAQ) website

The period for submitting a Transfer Student application is published on the Application Dates webpage and late applications are not accepted.

Before you apply, be sure to review the Transfer Application Criteria and Required Documents  to make sure you have all the things you need for your transfer application.

In addition to the non-refundable KD 30 Diploma application fee, transfer applications are subject to a non-refundable KD 50 credit transfer processing fees regardless of the outcome of the application.

Transfer Student Application Process

Transfer Application Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible to apply as a Transfer Applicant if you meet the following conditions:

  1. Completed units at an institution accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education in the State of Kuwait;
  2. Have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.00;
  3. Units to be considered for credit are a minimum “C” grade or its equivalent in accordance with ACK’s Grading Policy and were completed no more than six years ago at time of making the application.
Required Documents

In addition to providing the following required documents, applicants must complete an online ACK Diploma Application as well as the Credit Transfer Application.

  1. Official SEALED transcript from each institution where courses were attempted
  2. Unit/Course Outlines

High School Certificate

a. Government and Arabic Private School Graduates:

1. One true copy of the High School Certificate in Arabic authenticated by the Ministry of Education.

2.One true copy of the High School Certificate in English authenticated by the Ministry of Education.

b.Foreign Private School Graduates (American, British, Indian, Pakistani, etc.) and Graduates from outside of Kuwait:

  1. 1.One copy of the High School Transcript.
  2. 2.One original Equivalency Letter issued by the Private Education Department addressed to the Australian College of Kuwait.
  3. Valid passport copy (including residency page for non-Kuwaitis).
  4. Valid Civil ID copy.
  5. One photograph (4x6).

It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit all required documentation in the required timelines and pay the required fees.  Incomplete applications are not accepted.

False or misleading documentation

Submission of false or misleading documentation (including IELTS® or TOEFL® Certificates) is considered misconduct and is subject to actions in accordance with Student Code of Conduct Policy and Procedure. This may include withdrawal of the offer of a place, cancellation of enrollment and, if applicable, revoking of any awards granted if the information used as the basis for admission cannot be verified.

Transfer Application Regulations
  • 42 credits (14 courses) are the maximum number of transfer credits that a student can be granted in a given Diploma qualification. Any exceptions to this need to be approved by the Vice President – Academic Affairs.
  • Applications are subject to evaluation; applicants should not assume any credits will be granted.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit all required documentation in the required timelines and pay the required fees. Incomplete applications are not accepted.
  • Credit Transfers are GPA neutral and students granted credit can opt to take the units as normal. Students should inform their decision to the College no later than the first week of the semester.
Proof of English Proficiency

All classes are conducted in English; therefore admission to ACK requires an assessed minimum level of English language competence.  ACK utilizes the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT®) (a computerized test) to place applicants according to their appropriate English language level.

Applicants with a valid Academic IELTS® or TOEFL® Certificate are not required to undertaken the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT®).  ACK uses the following international services for verification of IELTS® and TOEFL® Certificates

  • IELTS Online Score Verification Service (British Council, London)
  • TOEFL Online Score Verification Service (Princeton, New Jersey)

Applicants opting to take the OOPT® must register for the test and pay a Non-refundable English Placement Test fee of KD25.

English Language Requirements
All students applying to ACK must demonstrate that they are competent in the use of the English language and satisfy the College’s requirements.
  • Academic IELTS Certificate (Minimum score required is 3.0)
  • TOEFL Internet Based English Certificate (Minimum score required is 71)
  • Validity period of OOPT®: An OOPT® result is valid only for the semester being applied for. After this time the OOPT® result cannot be used for admissions purposes and the applicant must re-sit the test.
  • Retaking the OOPT®: An applicant wishing to sit the OOPT® again may do so after 24 hours from the initial test date.
  • IELTS/TOEFL Certificates: A valid IELTS/TOEFL Certificate may be submitted within the advertised Admissions period. ACK accepts an overall band score of 5.5 IELTS or 71 TOEFL score for Direct entry into the Diploma programs.
  • Validity period of IELTS®/TOEFL®: 2 years from the test date.
Complete the online Diploma application
Apply Online Complete the Credit Transfer Application available from the Admissions Unit *Non-refundable Diploma application fee of KD30 is to be paid to ACK at the time of application submission.