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.
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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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
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.
In general, you can expect your living expenses whilst studying in the UAE to be around AED 38,900 per year.
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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.
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.
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.
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For graduate students, you must achieve a distinctive GPA of at least 3.75 from universities either within or outside the country.
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These extended visa benefits will extent to any members of your family as well.
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.
The largest city in the UAE, Dubai is home to most of the major international universities in the UAE with big names such as Murdoch University, Rochester Institute of Technology and S P Jain School Global Management.
Renowned for its shopping centres, premier sporting events and phenomenal architecture such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai attracts huge amounts of visitors - its revenue from tourism dwarfing even that of its oil business. This is a cosmopolitan city in which you’ll experience a wide range of different cultures.
One of the fastest growing economies in the world, it offers fantastic career possibilities after graduation.
Studying in Dubai offers much more value for money than studying a comparable course in other countries.
Dubai is an exciting, modern city which attract world-class musicians, theatre and art.
The capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is the second most populated city and is the seat of government administration in the UAE.
A modern city with wide streets lined with sleek high-rise buildings and shopping centres, Abu Dhabi is home to some of the best colleges in the UAE such the New York Institute of Technology and the INSEAD business school.
As well as providing plenty of opportunity for new cultural experiences, Abu Dhabi is also great for art lovers, with the famous Louvre Abu Dhabi showcasing must-see artworks from around the globe.
What students love about studying in Abu Dhabi:
A great city to live in, Abu Dhabi is consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live within the Middle East.
With more than 120 nationalities making the UAE their home, Abu Dhabi is a melting-pot of cultures.
Home to world-class universities, studying for your degree in Abu Dhabi will open doors for you all over the world.
Famous for its cricket and in particular the Sharjah Cup, Sharjah is a very student-friendly city.
Boasting a list of well-known international universities such as the Exeed School of Business and Finance, as well as the Westford School of Business and Management, international students should also make the most of its many tourist attractions such as the Sharjah Heritage Museum, the aviation museum at Manhattan Fort and the experiential art installation Rain Room.
Sharjah is known as the cultural capital of the UAE.
The official language of instruction is English
It’s great for experiencing an unfamiliar culture whilst being in a safe environment.
Just 45 minutes from Dubai, Ras Al Kaimah (or RAK city as it’s also known) is located in an enviable position on the UAE’s coastline and is famous for its 64 kilometre stretch of white sandy beaches.
Boasting a fascinating history and culture that dates back over 7,000 years, it’s a great place to study and is home to the Birla Institute of Technology, one of the world’s leading technology institutes.
Affordable fee structures make Ras Al Kaimah a viable alternative to the US, UK or Australia.
In recent years, His Highness Shaikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi has put a great deal of emphasis on promoting international education standards.
Universities here are well known for their modern curriculums and good internship programmes.
You cannot work in UAE with a student visa. You have to apply for a work visa and then start looking for a job. Employment trends are looking up in the UAE with Dubai and Abu Dhabi taking the lead. The construction and service industries are the major employers. However, there now seems to be a great demand for skilled and qualified technical and IT personnel. With the construction industry in booming, and with new landmarking coming up, there is also a growth in the hospitality and tourism sectors. With the UAE transitioning from a resource-based economy to a knowledge and IT powered economy, there is parallel growth in various related sectors of the economy. Of course with the economy growing and diversifying, there is concomitant demand for professionals in the accounting field.