Doha, 20th August, 2017 – Under the umbrella of Pre-University Education, the Academic Bridge Program (ABP) offers its students a unique opportunity to enrol in a university course while studying at the ABP. The scheme is known as cross-registration and is very popular with students. “The ABP offers an incredible chance to highly qualified students to take a class at one of the universities in Education City”, said Dr Mark Newmark, ABP’s Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, who is in charge of cross-registration. The process of selecting suitable candidates is complex, explains Dr Newmark, and criteria vary depending on each university and the course(s) offered to ABP students. Additionally, the ABP applies its own selection standards using IELTS scores (sub-scores of at least 6.0 in reading and writing are required) and first semester grades. Another indication of cross-registration suitability is a student’s performance on the initial ABP placement test. Some universities also conduct their own placements tests with the selected ABP students before they enrol them in various courses. In the fall 2017 semester, most courses on offer will cover English, humanities and social sciences, with some in maths and science.
In order for students to gain maximum benefits academically and personally, they are “matched” with the course that is right for their interests and abilities, depending on the course’s availability. Dr Newmark emphasizes that ABP students who cross-register at different EC universities tend to do very well in them, earning grades A and B. He attributes that to their hard work as well as the stringent filtering process in place. Cross-registered students usually bring back very positive stories from their respective universities and generally really enjoy the experience. Although they have the soft option of withdrawing and coming back to the ABP full time, a vast majority stay on and meet the university challenge head on. Sultan, a former ABP student, now at Weill Cornell Medical College, has only good things to say about his cross-registration experience after a course he took at Georgetown University: “It was challenging and interesting, but also fun, and a chance to meet new people and see for myself what university is really like.”
Ahmed, a newly admitted ABP student who wants to study biological science at CMU, is enthusiastic about the prospect of cross-registration: “It will be a great opportunity for me to take an inside look at how a university operates and how professors teach there, to gain an insight into university life. I’m really excited about it.”
University cross-registration is a very special feature of the ABP, providing its students with an unparalleled chance to prove themselves in a real college setting and gain academic credits in advance.