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King Faisal University

Preparatory Year Program

Organizational systems in the preparatory year programme
The preparatory year program is applied to all male and female students admitted to colleges participating in the preparatory year program.
1- Duration of study
Study in the preparatory year program consists of four academic quarters. An additional opportunity may be granted to a student who fails one of the courses. So that the duration of study in the program does not exceed (five quarters), in the following colleges (College of Computer Science and Information Technology, College of Business Administration, College of Engineering, College of Science, and College of Veterinary Medicine), and the Deanship of the Preparatory Year has the right to offer the fifth quarter during the summer semester.
2- Passing the program
In order for the student to pass the preparatory year program, he must achieve the following:
A - For the student who has received initial admission to the following colleges: College of Medicine - College of Clinical Pharmacy - College of Dentistry, he must successfully complete all courses from the college’s study plan in the preparatory year, provided that his cumulative GPA at the end of the program is not less than (3.50 out of 5.00).
B - For the student who has received initial acceptance into the following colleges:
College of Engineering - College of Computer Science and Information Technology - College of Applied Medical Sciences - College of Business Administration. He must successfully complete all courses from the college’s study plan in the preparatory year and his cumulative GPA at the end of the program should not be less than (3.00 out of 5.00).
C- For the student who has received initial admission to the College of Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine, he must successfully complete all courses from the college’s study plan in the preparatory year, provided that his cumulative GPA at the end of the program is not less than (2.75 out of 5.00).
*In the event that the student does not pass the preparatory year program within the period mentioned in Article 1 of these rules, the Deanship of Admission and Registration will allocate a college in which the student will enroll to complete his studies with a bachelor’s degree, or a diploma program according to the university’s admission standards at the beginning of the next academic year.
*If a student accepted into the program fails one of the courses, he may study the failed course and move on to study the courses of the next academic quarter, provided that his contact hours do not exceed the maximum limit of the academic load, which is set at (32) contact hours.
*The cumulative average obtained by the student during his studies in the preparatory year is not counted within the cumulative average for the bachelor’s degree.
*Students accepted into the preparatory year program may apply to the Deanship of Admission and Registration according to the procedures followed by them on the passing path, in order to pass the preparatory year program without studying the courses in the time period specified in Article One.
*To apply for the pass track, the student accepted into the program must meet the following requirements:
A - The student obtains a score of (6) or more in the IELTS ACADEMIC tests with a minimum score of (5.5) in each skill, provided that the certificate has not been more than a year old at the time of applying for admission to the university, or passing the test corresponding to the English language course (4) which you take. Deanship.
B- Passing all electronic and written tests determined by the Deanship of the Preparatory Year and obtaining a score of (85) or more according to the colleges shown in Table No. (1) shown below and according to the regulations and procedures determined by the Deanship for holding these tests:
Table No. (1): Tests required to be passed in order to apply for the passing track
the collegeThreads
english languageMathematics (1)BiostatisticsMathematics (2)Basic Sciences (1)Basic Sciences (2)Basic non-health sciences
Medicine  
Clinical pharmacy  
dentist  
Applied medical sciences  
Engineering   
the sciences   
Computer Science    
Business Management    
Veterinary Medicine   


3- Academic grades
Grades in each course are calculated according to the study and exam regulations as follows:
Symbol in EnglishDegree limitsPointsMeaning in English
A+95 - 1005Exceptional
A90 - 944.75Excellent
B+85 - 894.5Superior
B80 - 844Very Good
C+75 - 793.5Above Average
C70 - 743Good
D+65 - 692.5High-Pass
D60 - 642Pass
F0 - 591Fail
IP--In- Progress
IC--Incomplete
DN-1Denied
NP60 or more-No grade -Pass
NFLess than 60-No grade -Fail
W--Withdrawn




4 - Persistence, postponement, and apology for studying

*The preparatory year student is required to be dedicated to studying and must regularly attend lectures and practical lessons.
*The student is fully responsible for knowing and tracking the number of hours of his absence and the warnings he received in each course. Through the faculty member of the course, or through the electronic message he receives from the attendance and absence system of the Deanship of the Preparatory Year
*Excuses for absence are submitted electronically through the attendance and absence system of the Deanship of the Preparatory Year within a maximum period of one week from the date of absence.
*A student accepted into the preparatory year program is allowed to postpone or excuse himself from a maximum of one academic quarter during the study period, in the event of extreme necessity and with an excuse accepted by the Deanship Council, provided that the student brings the appropriate documents and reports that prove the case, provided that he presents the excuse for postponement before the beginning of the academic quarter. The apology must be made before the end of the fourth week of the beginning of the academic quarter. Paragraph (18) of the executive rules of Article Fourteen of the Study Regulations regarding examinations and postponement of study does not apply to female students of the Deanship of the Preparatory Year and is committed to the period mentioned at the beginning of this article.
*The period of postponement or apology is counted within the period necessary to complete the program requirements.
*A student accepted into the program may withdraw from any of the courses of the Preparatory Year Program with an excuse acceptable to the Deanship Council, provided that his remaining contact hours are not less than the minimum academic load, which is set at 4 contact hours, and that the student submits a withdrawal request electronically through the system of the Deanship of the Preparatory Year before End of the fourth week of any semester.
*The student is considered to have dropped out of the preparatory year programme. If he does not begin studying after the postponement or apology period referred to in Article (4-4) or if he does not register the semester’s courses in the university’s approved registration system (Banner) during the registration period announced by the deanship.
*If a student accepted into the program stops studying for one academic quarter, his enrollment will be canceled from the program and he will not be able to be re-enrolled in the program.
5- Academic warning
*The student will be issued an academic warning if his cumulative GPA falls below (3.00 out of 5.00); For students initially accepted into the following colleges: College of Computer Science and Information Technology, College of Business Administration, College of Engineering, College of Medicine, College of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, and College of Applied Medical Sciences.
*The student will be issued an academic warning if his cumulative GPA drops below (2.75 out of 5.00); For students initially accepted into the following colleges: Science and Veterinary Medicine
6- Dismissal from the preparatory year program and transfer within the program
*A student accepted into the program is considered dismissed from the preparatory year program in the following cases:
A - If the student’s cumulative GPA drops below (2 out of 5.00) after the end of the second academic quarter for students accepted into the colleges of (Engineering, Science, Computer Science and Information Technology, Business Administration, Veterinary Medicine).
B - If the student’s cumulative GPA drops below (2.25 out of 5.00) after the end of the second academic quarter for students accepted into the colleges of (Medicine, Dentistry, Applied Medical Sciences, Clinical Pharmacy).
T- If the student’s cumulative GPA drops below (2.5 out of 5.00) after the end of the third academic quarter for students accepted into the colleges of (Engineering, Science, Computer Science and Information Technology, Business Administration, Veterinary Medicine).
D- If the student’s cumulative GPA drops below (3 out of 5.00) after the end of the third academic quarter for students admitted to colleges (Medicine, Dentistry, Applied Medical Sciences, Clinical Pharmacy).
C- If he does not complete all the courses of the preparatory year program during the academic period mentioned in Article One of these rules.
*A student who has dropped out of the preparatory year program is allowed the opportunity to transfer to a college within the preparatory year program other than the college for which he has been initially accepted in the following cases:
A- The student who is initially accepted into one of the following colleges: College of Computer Science and Information Technology, Engineering and Business Administration is given the opportunity to transfer to the College of Science, provided that he has a cumulative GPA of (2.25) and higher.
B- The student who is initially accepted into one of the following colleges: College of Medicine, College of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, and College of Applied Medical Sciences is given the opportunity to transfer to the College of Veterinary Medicine, provided that he has a cumulative GPA of (2.25) and higher.
*A student who is initially accepted into one of the following colleges: College of Medicine, College of Clinical Pharmacy, and College of Dentistry is allowed to transfer to one of the following colleges: College of Computer Science and Information Technology, Engineering, Business Administration, and College of Science if he is unable to complete all of his remaining courses according to the study plan during the period. period referred to in Article One, provided that he obtains a grade of (3) or more.
*The student transferred after dismissal from the program must achieve the required average for the college to which he is transferred within one academic quarter, otherwise he will be considered dismissed from the program.
7- Exemption from some courses of the preparatory year programme
*The student may be exempted from studying the English language course (1) if the student passes the placement test and achieves the required grade determined by the Preparatory Year Deanship Council.
*A student enrolled in the preparatory year program may be exempted from some English language courses according to what the Deanship Council deems appropriate, in the event that he obtains a score of (61) in the Internet Based Test TOEFL or (5.5) in the IELTS test, or its equivalent, on the condition that he does not More than a year has passed since he obtained the degree, at the time of applying for admission to the university, while the condition of passing at the required average remains, provided that the student submits an exemption request before the end of the first week of the first academic quarter.
*The student may be exempted from studying one or more courses if he passes the electronic and written test approved by the Deanship of the Preparatory Year, provided that the certificate of passing the test is submitted before the end of the first week of the first quarter, and provided that the academic units from which the student is exempted do not exceed 50% of the total academic units. The approved study plan for the college to which he obtained initial admission.
*The student will be given a passing grade without a grade of “Pead” in the courses from which he is exempted.
8- Registration of courses for the preparatory year program
*The Deanship of Admissions and Registration, in coordination with the Deanship of the Preparatory Year, registers students’ courses for the first academic quarter as well as the fifth academic quarter in the university’s approved registration system (Banner). As for the rest of the quarters, the student is responsible for registering his courses in the university’s approved registration system (banner).
*The Deanship of the Preparatory Year offers the courses for the academic quarter and determines the Division Reference Numbers (CRN) for each student who is entitled to register in his account designated in the system of the Deanship of the Preparatory Year before the start of study for the academic quarter, and each student must follow his account to ensure this.
*The student registers courses on the registration system approved by the university (Banner) during the periods specified by the Deanship of the Preparatory Year and according to the previously specified reference numbers. The student bears responsibility for not registering courses or registering wrong section numbers.
9- Student disciplinary regulations at King Faisal University
*All students studying at the university, including students in the preparatory year program, are subject to the disciplinary system in accordance with the articles of the Student Disciplinary Regulations at King Faisal University.\
10- Final testing procedures
*If the student is unable to attend the final exam in any of the semester courses due to a compelling excuse, he must submit the excuse electronically through the attendance and absence system of the Deanship of the Preparatory Year within a maximum period of one week from the date of taking the exam. If the excuse is approved, an alternative exam is permitted within A period not exceeding the end of the first week of the following quarter, and the grade he obtains after taking the alternative test is given.
11- Grievance about grades
*The student who wishes to re-correct the final exam answer sheet must submit an electronic grievance request through the system of the Deanship of the Preparatory Year within a maximum period of one week from the date of announcing the results.
12- Denial of taking the final exam
*The student accepted into the program must attend the lectures and practical lessons for the course, and will be prohibited from taking the final exam if his attendance percentage is less than the percentage determined by the Deanship Council, provided that it is not less than (90%) of the lectures and practical lessons specified for each course during the academic quarter. The student who was denied is considered Whoever takes the test due to absence fails the course, and obtains a grade of (zero) in both the semester work and the final exam.
*The Deanship Council or its authorized representative - with exception - may lift the ban and allow the student to take the exam, provided that the student presents an excuse acceptable to the Council. The Deanship Council determines the attendance rate to not be less than (70%) of the lectures and practical lessons specified for the course.

-Unless specifically stated in these regulations
The regulations in force at King Faisal University, the system of the Council of Higher Education and Universities, its executive regulations, and the rules, regulations and decisions in force in the Kingdom shall be applied in this regard.

--These rules shall be effective as of the date of their approval by the University Council
---Approved study plans for students of the preparatory year program according to the participating colleges

Study plan for the faculties of dentistry, clinical pharmacy, applied medical sciences, and medicine
Course numberCourse NameNumber of credit hoursNumber of contact hours
2403-401English language 1520
2403-402English language 2520
2403-403English language 3520
2403-404English language 4520
2410-305University life skills12
2417-301Mathematics 124
2417-303Biostatistics24
2417-304Basic sciences 124
2417-305Basic sciences 224
2410-306Terms and skills in the specialty12
 Total credit hours30 
Study plan for the College of Science and Engineering
Course numberCourse NameNumber of credit hoursNumber of contact hours
2403-401English language 1520
2403-402English language 2520
2403-403English language 3520
2403-404English language 4520
2410-305University life skills12
2417-301Mathematics 124
2417-302Mathematics 224
2417-306Science is basic to non-health24
2410-306Terms and skills in the specialty12
 Total credit hours28 
Study plan for the colleges of computer science, information technology, and business administration
Course numberCourse NameNumber of credit hoursNumber of contact hours
2403-401English language 1520
2403-402English language 2520
2403-403English language 3520
2403-404English language 4520
2410-305University life skills12
2417-301Mathematics 124
2417-302Mathematics 224
2410-306Terms and skills in the specialty12
 Total credit hours26 
Study plan for the College of Veterinary Medicine
Course numberCourse NameNumber of credit hoursNumber of contact hours
2403-401English language 1520
2403-402English language 2520
2403-403English language 3520
2403-404English language 4520
2410-305University life skills12
2417-303Biostatistics24
2417-304Basic sciences 124
2417-305Basic sciences 224
2410-306Terms and skills in the specialty12
 Total credit hours28 

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