Authenticating Documents

The Cultural Division in the UAE Embassy only authenticates UAE citizens’ documents from U.S. accredited postsecondary institutions and from U.S. accredited K-12 schools.

Postsecondary Students

I. Procedure for Document Authentication

To begin the authentication procedure (for UAE Citizens only) please complete the following checklist (here) and submit via email along with the required documents

  1. Original final transcript (a maximum of 2 transcripts). Please make sure that there is the word “Awarded” or “Completed” or "Conferred" on your transcript and the date of completion.
  2. Copies of any transfer work from institutions in the United States. Please provide a copy of transcripts from any other U.S. schools attended. Students can give their schools the Cultural Division's address below, to send transcripts directly.
  3. A copy of your passport.  This office only authenticates UAE citizens’ documents. If you are NOT a UAE citizen, please refer to the above note (1).
  4. Letter of enrollment verification or Degree verification from an official university representative (i.e. Registrar, Chair/Head of the department, your university Academic Advisor, etc.) in a sealed envelope or to be emailed to (leslie@uaecd.org).  This document MUST confirm the method of delivery of your courses (face-to-face, online, distance learning, independent study, and hybrid/blend).  If you attended more than one university, you have to do the same thing for all other institutions you attended.  This document will speed the authentication process. 
  5. Original diploma (and other documents you want to certify (e.g., letter of completion, letter of achievement, letter of enrollment verification).
  6. A prepaid, self-addressed return envelope that includes your home address and phone number. Students may consider arranging for private delivery, through companies such as FedEx or DHL.
    Tips: You may include a money order of $35.00 made payable to "Cultural Division of the UAE Embassy" along with your home address and phone number. FedEx charges each mail going to the UAE @ $90.00 if you pay by a Credit Card.                                         
  7. Please fill out, sign and return the Release of Information Consent Form.
  8. After You mail your documents, please send us a Notification.

Mail to:

The Cultural Division of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
2406 Massachusetts Ave, NW 
Washington, DC 20008
Attn: 
Leslie Reid or Saeed Awamleh (for SCO and ENEC students)

 

 

 

 

II. Regulations


The Cultural Division at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates only authenticates UAE citizens(1)’ transcripts, degrees, certificates, diplomas, letters of completion, letters of achievement, letters of enrollment verification and grade reports completed at US accredited institutions. To authenticate document/s, please be advised that:

  1. The Cultural Division in the UAE Embassy only authenticates UAE citizens’ documents from U.S. accredited postsecondary institutions recognized by one of the six (6) Regional Accrediting Organizations.
  2. Programs, such as art, business administration, computer science, education, engineering, law, medicine, psychology, public administration, public health, social work, and other programs, have to be accredited by the appropriate Professional Accrediting Organization.
  3. Online, Correspondence, Independent Study, and Distance Learning degrees ARE NOT approved by the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research (MOHESR) and will NOT be certified.
  4. Students are not allowed to take credits through non-traditional courses (Online, distance learning, hybrid/blend, correspondence, and independent studies) except in accordance with stated guidelines and after approval of the Cultural Division in Washington, DC.
  5. Credits taken at unapproved universities are not recognized and therefore will NOT be authenticated (See section on accreditation for more information on approved institutions).
  6. Undergraduate students can take a total of 25% of their credit hours in non-traditional courses.
    • All Online, hybrid/blended(2), correspondence, distance learning, and independent studies courses must be approved by the Cultural Division before the student enrolls in the course.
    • Students must provide the Cultural Division in Washington, DC with a letter from his/her home university describing the courses in detail.
    • Online, correspondence and distance learning courses must be completed at an approved university. Independent Studies courses must be completed at the home university.
  7. Courses that were denied authentication will not be authenticated unless taken again, through traditional classroom attendance.
  8. Transfer of university/college must be within the country of sponsorship (United States).

Notes: 

(1) If you are NOT a UAE citizen, please call the UAE Consular Section in Washington, DC at (202) 243-2415 or visit the UAE Embassy website to find out all steps required to legalize your document(s).

(2) Hybrid/blended courses are restricted. Students MUST be approved by their scholarship sponsors before enrolling. 

 

K-12 Students

 

I. Regulations

 

The Cultural Division at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates only authenticates UAE citizens(1)’ grade/card reports, high school diplomas, letters of completion and certificates completed at U.S. accredited schools. To authenticate document/s, please be advised that:

  1. The Cultural Division in the UAE Embassy only authenticates UAE citizens’ documents from U.S. accredited schools recognized by the appropriate Regional Accrediting Organization and/or the Department of Education in the state where the school is located.
  2. Online, distance learning and home-study grade/card reports and diplomas ARE NOT approved and will NOT be certified.

Note: 

(1) If you are NOT a UAE citizen, please call the UAE Consular Section in Washington, DC at (202) 243-2415 or visit the UAE Embassy website to find out all steps required to legalize your document(s).

 II. Checklist of Required Documents  

  1. Original final grade/card reports. 
  2. Copies of any grades completed at other schools in the United States.  Please provide copies of grade/card reports from any other U.S. schools attended.  Students can give their schools the Cultural Division's address below, to send grade/card reports directly.
  3. A copy of your passport.  This office only authenticates UAE citizens’ documents. If you are NOT a UAE citizen, please refer to the above note (1).
  4. Letter of completion or enrollment verification from an official school representative (i.e. Principal, Registrar, Counselor, Secretary, etc.) in a sealed envelope or to be emailed to (leslie@uaecd.org). This document MUST confirm the completion of the grade(s) and the method of delivery of your courses (face-to-face, online, Home Study, independent study or hybrid/blend).  If you attended more than one school, you have to do the same thing for all other schools you attended.  This document will speed the authentication process.  
  5. Original diploma and other documents you want to certify (e.g., letter of completion, certificate).
  6. A prepaid, self-addressed return envelope that includes your home address and phone number. Students may consider arranging for private delivery, through companies such as FedEx or DHL.
    Tips: You may include a money order of $35.00 made payable to "Cultural Division of the UAE Embassy" along with your home address and phone number. FedEx charges each mail going to the UAE @ $90.00 if you pay by a Credit Card.           
  7. Please fill out, sign and return the Release of Information Consent Form.

Mail to:

The Cultural Division of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
2406 Massachusetts Ave, NW 
Washington, DC 20008
Attn: Leslie Reid