Deira International School

Admission Requirements

 After the application has been submitted online, the following documentation should be emailed to the school’s Registrar or handed in at the Admissions Office: 

  • Official transcripts/reports for the last three academic years translated into English

  • Medical forms and child’s immunization records

  • 6 passport size pictures of applicant

  • Copy of birth certificate

  • Passport copy of applicant

  • Passport copy of applicant’s father or sponsor of applicant

  • Copy of residency visa of parents/sponsor and applicant

  • Copy of Emirates ID

Parents pay a deposit fee of AED 3,000 to book the space for the child before testing.

When child is invited for an admission test, an admission test fee of AED 840 is payable to the school. VAT is inclusive

Prospective students for EY1 and EY2 have an interactive play session assessment with our Early Years team of teachers.

Entrance assessments in English, Mathematics and verbal & non-verbal reasoning tests are required for Y1 - Y10 candidates. 

Students who are applying for IB Diploma Programme are required to have 6 iGCSE Grades A*- C.  IBDP students are required to have a minimum of 3 Grade A*- B in at least 3 different subjects to qualify for Higher Level, and 3 Grade A* - C to qualify for 3 Standard Level subjects. Please note,  Dual Award Science will be seen as one subject area and Dual English will be seen as one subject area.

Students who are applying for IB Career-Related Programme are required to have a minimum of 2 iGCSE Grades A* - C  (one in English is preferable).

IB entry requirements for the students with  previous results from other curriculums - MYP, Indian, American etc. will be considered alongside internal testing and CAT4 tests on entry.  All students will have an interview with the IB Coordinator and Careers & Universities Counsellor.

We do not normally accept students for entry to Year 11 or Year 13; both these year groups are already half way through IGCSE or IB Diploma courses respectively, and achieving compatibility with other school’s subject choices, specifications and modules usually makes it extremely difficult for students to fit into these years successfully.

A student is admitted or declined depending on the result of the interview or assessments. If ESL and/or Special Educational Needs are identified, the decision is based on the school's ability to cater effectively for such needs and the threshold capacity we can take into each year group.

Once a student is accepted, a 50% of the 1st Term’s tuition fee should be paid in advance. The booking fee of AED 3,000 will be deducted from the 50% advanced payment.

Note*: the booking fee will not be refunded if the student chooses not to take the offered place. Refunds under special circumstances will be in accordance with the KHDA’s School Fees Framework.

Once a place is offered to a child, a Transfer Certificate should be provided from the previous school and stamped by the relevant authorities listed below. This is a requirement by the Ministry of Education in UAE to allow students to complete the official registration process at DIS.  

If a student is being transferred from another school in Dubai, internal transfer will be done via KHDA online system. If a student is being transferred from another Emirate of the UAE or from any other school located outside the UAE, a Transfer Certificate should be stamped by the relevant authorities listed below.

If a student is being transfered from another school in Dubai:

  • internal transfer will be done via KHDA online system

If a student is being transfered from another Emirate of the UAE:

  • a transfer certificate in Arabic is required with a school stamp

    and a stamp of the Ministry of Education of the Emirate where

    school is located

If a student is being transfered from the school located outside the UAE,
a transfer certificate should be authorised and stamped by the following

  • Ministry of Education

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • UAE Embassy pertaining to the country the school is in


Failure to provide accurate information and academic reports may result in the annulment of the school’s acceptance offer.

The Ministry of Education requires all families to submit the above mentioned documents for each child entering education in Dubai, without these documents entry for your child may be refused. 

Note: Transportation form must be completed for those students who require bus transportation. Parents should check that we offer a bus service to the child’s living location before they start the application process.


  • Deira International School
  • Dubai Festival City, P.O. Box 79043, Dubai, UAE
  • +971 4 232 5552
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