Application and Selection Process

Application Deadlines

The SMSP staff must receive all nomination packets from the three universities by Thursday, March 28, 2019, at 10:00 am.  Each participating university may nominate up to twenty (20) students for SMSP.

Students must submit an application to their university requesting to become a nominee by the deadline for each university.  The program does not accept individual applications.

Zayed University
Deadline: TBC
Li-Chen Sim

UAE University
Deadline: TBC
Eman Saeed Al Shandouri

Higher Colleges of Technology
Deadline: TBC
Ahmed Al Mulla

What Makes a Good Scholar?

SMSP does not have a minimum required GPA or IELTS/TOEFL exam score; candidates, however, are expected to:

  • Be top students with noted intellectual curiosity and a record of accomplishment;
  • Possess excellent English language competency;
  • Be self-aware;
  • Have outstanding interpersonal skills and be able to contribute to the class;
  • Be creative or have other special talents or gifts;
  • Demonstrate leadership potential;
  • Be enterprising and demonstrate a spirit of adventure and flexibility.


To be eligible for this program a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in his/her third or fourth year of a baccalaureate course of study in the 2019-2020 academic year, second year of a higher diploma, or third year of a higher diploma with the intention to begin a baccalaureate course of study in the 2018-2019 academic year;
  • Be a student in good standing at one of the three participating universities — Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), or Zayed University (ZU);
  • Complete and submit a dossier to the designated administrator at his/her home university; and 
  • Be among the top students in the UAE as demonstrated by their academic accomplishments.

Application Process

  • Finalists Chosen
  • Selection Days
  • Program Starts
  • Students must submit an application to the designated administrator at his/her home university. Twenty students will be nominated to the program from each participating university for the second stage of the selection process. Nominations are submitted from university representatives to SMSP.

How to Complete Your Application

Students and school coordinators must ensure that the nominee applications are complete by the applicable deadlines. A nomination is not complete unless all documents are received by the deadline.

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