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Transfer Certificate Information and Template

All private schools in Dubai are governed by the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which stipulates that parents of children transferring to Kent College Dubai need to present the school with a transfer certificate when transferring from another school in Dubai, or from an overseas school, or from a school in another Emirate. The only exception to this regulation is for children joining FS1, FS2 or Year 1 who have not already been enrolled in a Dubai school. 

Please note that without the transfer certificate it will not be possible to legally register your child in school or with the Ministry of Education/KHDA. 

The transfer certificate certifies your child’s enrollment details at the current school and is used by the KHDA to confirm year group (grade) placement. Your child’s current school creates the letter. KHDA requires paper transfer certificates for within-Dubai transfers.

CLICK HERE to download a School Transfer Certificate Template.

Who needs a transfer certificate?

  • All children moving from overseas or another Emirate entering Year 2 through Year 13 
  • All children transferring from other schools in Dubai, regardless of year group 

Transfer Certificates are not required for children entering FS1, FS2 or Year 1 unless your child has already been enrolled at a school in Dubai.

Should you not provide us with a certificate and Emirates ID within four weeks of your child’s starting date, KHDA mandates that your child is not allowed to attend school and may fine parents. Transfer certificates are not obtained by KCD and are wholly the parents’ responsibility.

What should the transfer certificate include?

The below information is required to be typed on the previous school’s letterhead, signed by the Head of School/Principal, with a school stamp over the signature. 

1) School Information: Curriculum, whether it is a 12-grade or 13-year system, term/semester dates.

2) Pupil Information: Full name and date of birth, date of leaving, and current or most recently completed grade/year group.

3) Status: Whether or not the child finished the year (“completed,” which must be accompanied by “passed and promoted” unless the child “failed” the year and must repeat; or, whether the child is leaving before the school year is finished (“incomplete”).

Is my child’s school 12-grade or 13-year?

This refers to the terminal year group/grade; so it stipulates whether the school system finishes at 12th Grade or Year 13. British curriculum schools are almost always 13 year; American, IB, Indian, Australian and most European countries are almost always 12 grades. Click here for equivalency tables. 

Should the transfer certificate be attested?

Location of Your Child’s 

Current School:

Stamps/Attestation Required:
DubaiKHDA attested transfer certificate provided by your child’s current school or last school attended. 
North America, Western Europe and Australia School Principal’s signature and school stamp 

Attestation not required.

GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (excluding Dubai) School Principal’s signature and school stamp.

Attestation by the Educational Authority in the Emirate or attestation by the Ministry of Education in the GCC country.

Middle East (exc UAE), South and Central America, Asia, Russia and former Russian States, Eastern Europe, Africa and New Zealand School Principal’s Signature and school stamp.

Attestation by the Ministry of Education of the country of origin. 

Attestation by UAE Consulate or Embassy in the origin country OR by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE.

CLICK HERE to download a School Transfer Certificate Template.

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