Admission & Application Requirements

  • In order to be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Translation Studies or Audiovisual Translation, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, and strong language proficiency in English and Arabic. 
  • Applicants are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. The IELTS or TOEFL score must be no more than two years old.  This requirement will not be waived under any circumstances. An English-language related major will not exempt applicants from this requirement, neither will holding any specific passport.

All of the following requirements are due by the application deadline, and are to be uploaded to the online application. Please make sure that you upload clear, scanned copies of these documents. Photos taken of documents will not be accepted. 

All applicants must be advised that while scanned copies of these required documents will be accepted during the application process, they are regarded as unofficial. All admitted students are required to submit notarized and official copies of all required documents upon enrollment. 


Application Requirements


A completed online application form: Click here to apply

Academic transcripts

Applicants must upload copies of their official academic transcript for all four years of their undergraduate studies, as well as any other subsequent studies to the online application. Transcripts in languages other than English or Arabic must be accompanied with an official translation.

Standardized test results

Official copies of standardized test results must be sent directly to the admissions office. Please refer to the institutional codes below:

  • TOEFL: 3565
  • IELTS: No code required. Students should submit/mail the report to the Admissions Office 

Admissions Essay

The online application contains two questions to which applicants must respond to in essay format. Admissions essays are an important part of the application, so it is to the advantage of the applicant to dedicate the time necessary to write and proofread a detailed and coherent text.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae as part of the online application.

Identification Document

Applicants should submit an electronic copy of their passport as part of the online application. The passport copy should be clear and legible and should contain all the personal information including the full name, nationality, passport number, and photo of the applicant.

Application Fee

The fee is non-refundable QR 250 (or USD 65) and is payable by card only. 


Please do not submit any additional application materials which are not on the list of required items. Any additional materials received will be automatically discarded.

HBKU cannot return documents to the applicant once they are submitted.

All documents submitted through the online application must be in PDF format. Any documents submitted in a different format will not be accepted.


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