Combining modern education with the time-honoured tradition and culture of an Islamic nation, pursuing your higher education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will ensure your experience of studying abroad is interesting both academically and culturally.

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Discover UAE

Discover UAE

A federation made up of seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Sharjah), the UAE is located in western Asia at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. With a Northern coast on the Persian Gulf, the UAE shares borders with Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Emerging as one of the most popular education destinations in the world, the UAE government is investing huge sums of money in infrastructure, education and technology which makes the country very attractive to international students. This development is also attracting top ranking global universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University and Paris Sorbonne, who have already established campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

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AED 37,500 to AED 70,000 per year.

Average Tution Fees


AED 38,900 per year

Range Living Cost



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Top Universities

  • University of Birmingham
  • American University of Sharjah
  • United Arab Emirates University
  • Khalifa University
  • American University in Dubai
  • University of Sharjah
  • Abu Dhabi University
  • Ajman University


  • Business management and administration
  • Graphics and design
  • Economics
  • Hotel management, catering technology and tourism
  • Mass media
  • Science and technology
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Energy and energy management

Why Study in the UAE

Home to some of the world’s most modern and cosmopolitan cities, studying in the UAE will give you access to a student lifestyle that is both fast-paced and fascinating.

  • Top ranked world universities have branch campuses in the UAE

  • You will gain an internationally recognised degree

  • Learn about a different culture

Student Life in UAE

Student Life

If you are a non-Arabic student from a non-Arabic region, one of the most interesting aspects of your time in the UAE (aside from your studies, of course) will be your chance to experience a vastly different culture to your own. A country which is known for its Arabian hospitality and honour, the Arabs are friendly and don’t hesitate to display the charms of their old-world customs, whether that’s serving traditional coffee or more modern-day services. Artisans and craftsmen will be only too glad to explain their art and go out of the way to show their wares, whilst camel herders and falconers will patiently and painstakingly introduce you to their hobbies and crafts.

Tuition Fees

  • AED 37,500 to AED 70,000

    Average tuition for undergraduate

  • AED 40,000 to AED 200,000

    Average fees for MBA related programmes


Cost of Living

In general, you can expect your living expenses whilst studying in the UAE to be around AED 38,900 per year.

Average Monthly Costs

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    AED 1500


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    AED 300

    Study Materials

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    AED 360

    Mobile & Internet

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    AED 250

    Travel & Others

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    AED 830

    Movies & Others

Work and study in The United Arab Emirates

In order to work in the UAE you will need a work permit, which are not granted on a student visa. However, recent changes have opened up some new possibilities.

Contacting the Labour Department of the United Arab Emirates may enable you to obtain a work permit to take on a part-time job in Dubai. Some universities such as the American University of Sharjah also offer the possibility of on-campus placements where you can work in various university departments.

Please check with your preferred university for further details, or speak to one of our advisors.

Work and Study in UAE

Entry Requirements


General School Certificate or its equivalent A medical fitness check-up certificate 75% or higher to be eligible for baccalaureate programs at all colleges except for the College of Medicine and Health Sciences;


A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent An IELTS score of 60 or better A TOEFL score of 600 (paper based) or 6 (computer-based) You must pass an interview for medical courses.

Language Requirements

Although the language of instruction in public institutions is Arabic, English is the second language and a qualifying score in English language test such as TOEFL or IELTS is mandatory.

      UAE Scholarships


      Scholarships and bursaries are a great way to make studying in the UAE more affordable.


      All international students will require a visa to study in the UAE. Most student visa’s are issued for one year, and must be renewed every year until your higher education is completed. However, in the case of outstanding students, the UAE government recently approved a decision to grand 5-year visas.

      For undergraduate students, you must have scored a minimum of 95% or equivalent during the final year of your school.

      For undergraduate students

      For graduate students, you must achieve a distinctive GPA of at least 3.75 from universities either within or outside the country.

      For graduate students

      These extended visa benefits will extent to any members of your family as well.

      Visa benefits

      UAE student visa requirements

      • You must obtain a letter of admission from the college or university you're going to study at.
      • You must be sponsored by a parent or relative (residing in the UAE) or the university itself.
      • You must get an approval of the relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDFRA).
      • Visas are valid for a year, and you should renew before the beginning of the next academic year by presenting a continuation of study certificate.
      • You can apply online and upload a photo of yourself with the application. In addition to visa fees, a deposit of AED 1000 (about $300 US) is required which is refunded when you leave the UAE.

      Scholarships or Bursaries

      If you’re eligible, you can apply for scholarships and bursaries offered both UAE and international students by the government and private bodies. These can include a waiver of the full tuitions fees as well as a monthly allowance in some cases.

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