Attestation of Documents and Equivalency Letter
All applicants for admission are required to obtain an Equivalency Certificate for their secondary school leaving qualifications from the Ministry of Education – UAE. The attestation/ratification process is dependent upon whether you completed your secondary schooling within the UAE or outside the UAE.
Applicants who hold certificates from the UAE
All applicants who have completed schooling within the UAE and who hold certificates other than the UAE General Secondary School Certificate are required to get their certificates attested/ratified by the educational authority in the city where they did their final year of studies. For example, if you did your final year in Dubai, you are advised to go to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) to obtain the required attestations. If you did your final year in Sharjah, you are advised to go to Sharjah Education Zone, etc.
Applicants who hold certificates from outside the UAE
Applicants who obtained their secondary school certificates outside the UAE are required to
ratify/attest their certificates for all secondary school levels/grades (e.g. grade 10, 11 and 12) and
provide an Equivalency Certificate from the following:
- The Ministry of Education or the educational authority in the country where studies were
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country where studies were done.
- The UAE Embassy in the country where studies were done.
- In case the attestations couldn’t be done, as in b. and c., certificates must be
attested/ratified by the embassy of the country where studies were done in the UAE as well
as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE.
- After obtaining the above attestations/ratifications, the student must provide the
Equivalency Certificate Issued by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
If you are unable to provide the Equivalency Certificate as outlined above before the
commencement of the semester, you will be asked to sign a “Declaration Letter” agreeing to
provide the Equivalency Certificate. You will be permitted to begin your studies at CFD, but you will
be given a maximum of one semester to get the Equivalency Certificate. The College of Fashion and
Design reserves the right to take appropriate action against any applicant who cannot provide the
appropriate documentation during this time period, which may include termination of the student’s
enrolment at CFD.