Applying From Overseas

Admission Requirements for Candidates Applying From Overseas

For information on how to apply, please click on the How to Apply link. Deadline for receipt of applications is February 17, 2012. Applications received after the closing date will not be processed.

Candidates Applying with American or Canadian High School Certificates

Candidates in Pakistan and overseas following the American or Canadian system of education may apply if they meet the following critieria:

  1. Present evidence of satisfactory completion of higher secondary school with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.25 or 85% final average or an overall final grade of B (B plain) as assessed by their home institution.
  2. Candidates who have completed their studies with an American high school certificate in Pakistan should have studied biology, chemistry and physics at the higher secondary school level (grades 9 - 12).
  3. Candidates from overseas may apply with mathematics in lieu of physics at the higher secondary school level (grades 9 - 12).

Candidates following the American or Canadian (or equivalent) system of education, if shortlisted, are also required to submit SAT II scores in three or more subjects. Candidates applying from within Pakistan must submit SAT II for biology, chemistry and physics. 

Candidates should not that a combination of SAT II and AP scores is not acceptable.

The above requirements are also applicable to candidates applying with an additional two years of college or university education, but who do not hold an undergraduate degree.

The required SAT II transcript must be received in the Admissions Office directly from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) no later than August 31, 2012. The code assigned to Aga Khan University for SAT reporting is 1746.

Candidates who have copies of their SAT II scores must submit attested copies of the same to meet the published deadlines. Submission of attested copies should be followed up with original copies of the mark sheets from ETS.

International Baccalaureate

Candidates with an International Baccalaureate (IB) need to have achieved a minimum score of 32 to be eligible to apply for admission.


Provisional Candidates
For provisional candidates, shortlisting, interviews, ranking by the Admission Committee will take place on a provisional basis; admissions for candidates selected with a provisional status will be confirmed only if the pending transcripts (HSC, SAT II, AP, etc.) are in accordance with the minimum eligibility requirements specified by the University and submitted wtih the published timelines.

It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that all pending documents are received in the Admission Office by the published deadline.

Candidates from Overseas:  AKU Admission Test

For candidates appying from overseas at the high school level, and who have pursued the IB, British, American or Canadian system of education (or equivalent), or other international education systems as evaluated by the University, the SAT I will be acceptable in lieu of the AKU Admission Test.  For the 2012 admissions only, overseas candidate have the option of writing the AKU Admission Test or submitting the SAT I. For the 2013 intake, candidates in this category will be required to write the SAT I in lieu of the AKU Admission Test.

The minimum eligibility requirement for SAT I is 1800 with a minimum score of 550 in each of the three components: writing, critical reading and mathematics.

Overseas candidates who have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from a recognised college or university will be required to submit the MCAT in lieu of the AKU Admission Test.  The minimum required score is 24.

Candidates presenting indigenous (their home country) systems of eduction where the SAT I may not be available, including Afghanistan, Tajikistan and East Africa, will continue to have the option of writing the AKU Admission Test. The curriculum on the basis of which the test is developed is available on the University's website.

Validity of Test Scores
The SAT I, SAT II and MCAT scores are valid for a period of two years from the date the test is written. For admisison to the 2012 academic year, tests written from May 2010 and after will be accepted.

Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) 

The PMDC is the licensing body in Pakistan.  In addition to meeting minimum academic eligibility requirements, all candidates must meet the PMDC requirements for admission to the medical colleges.

In 2011, the PMDC adopted regulations that require all eligible candidates to write the Centralized Admission Test (CAT) of their respective provinces. If applicable, candidates in Pakistan will be required to write the CAT to completed admission requirements for AKU. This stipulation will not be applicable to candidates from provinces where the CAT is not conducted.

The University also conducts its own Admission Test. The entire admission constitutes a provisional ranking order for admission. Thereafter, admission to the University will be confirmed only if candidates in the provisional rank order of the University also secure the requisite marks in the CAT, if this is applicable to the candidate.

In order to register those individuals admitted to the MBBS programme, candidates following systems of education other than the Pakistani system are required to submit an equivalence certificate from the Inter Board Committee of Chairman (IBCC) in Pakistan.  With the exception of those candidates noted, below, the qualification must be equivalent to the pre-medical qualification in Pakistan with a minimum 60% achievement.

PMDC Requirements for Candidates Applying from Overseas with Physics in lieu of Mathematics
In accordance with the current rules of the PMDC, candidates with qualifications other than those from the Boards of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in Pakistan, are eligible to apply for admission to the Medical College without a pre-medicine equivalence, that is, offering biology, chemistry and mathematics in lieu of physics. Candidates in this category will be required to obtain an Eligibility Certificate from PMDC by submitting the following to PMDC:

  • SAT II examination score with minimum 550 marks in each subject, that is, biology, chemistry, physics / mathematics.
  • Valid TOEFL or IELTS with a score of 500 or 5.5, respectively.
  • Equivalence from IBCC: this equivalence should state that the candidate's high school achievement is equivalent (in any discipline) to a high school qualification in Pakistan.