Dwelling beautifully alongside the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers spectacular locations, tall buildings, huge shopping malls, dazzling beaches, and, supposedly, a newly unveiled “Mars Science City.” Now, that’s a city I’d like to hang out in.
It’s almost like going to UAE can be a wonderfully educational experience in itself. But, luckily for you, there are also great universities for you to pursue your Master’s or Bachelor’s degree anywhere in the city. As a foreign student, there are some interesting options to consider, and there is plenty to learn about the history, culture, and politics that make UAE unique.
The population in the UAE has a spectacularly high literacy rate – up to 90% - and these days the country has invested tons of money into the improvement of their science and technology institutes. Joining ranks with some of other major research and training enterprises, the UAE has formed the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) group, where they’ve been working with major companies around the world in developing nanotechnology, biotechnology, and a major supercomputing centre in South Asia.
Universities as well are starting to gain a wide reputation all over the world, and students there have gone on to work in science, technology, and politics, making UAE an excellent choice for higher education.
If you find yourself in the UAE and, especially, in a city like Dubai, you’ll be surrounded by a wide range of nationalities, cultures, languages, and religions. And, beyond the classroom, you have plenty of places to find on the weekends – beaches, shopping centres, clubs, and giant skyscrapers.
Universities in the UAE have a high standard for academic admission. Students entering have to show high markings on all of their courses. So if you’re a student there, you’ll be alongside some very serious, intelligent students from all over.
Well, it’s quite simple: the UAE is known for their science and technology, so that seems like a good place to start. But, don’t go leaping there so fast. There are other interesting topics and subjects to pursue while you’re enjoying a trip along the beach or tearing up the indoor ski slopes.
Here is a list of some interesting degrees to pursue in the UAE:
What’s the first city that comes to mind when you think of the United Arab Emirates? Is it Dubai? Of course it is! Dubai has some of the biggest universities, and some of the most spectacular historical and cultural landmarks in the world. You can plenty of information about Dubai, including living costs, places to visit, and information about cultural life.
In each of the major cities and all over the UAE, you can find plenty of universities and institutions offering Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in lots of subjects. Furthermore, some of those universities even reach some of the top rankings worldwide, giving them a great global reputation.
Here are some universities and institutions we’d highlight:
Each university in the United Arab Emirates has its own system on their website that allows future students to apply for and enrol in their degree programmes. So, once you select the university of your choice, you can go through their application and submit your materials there.
Here are some of the basic requirements you’ll need for every application:
In some universities and regions, students must be Muslims to attend, and at others admission is only available to nationals. However, other, more expansive universities are starting to arise around the region, giving international students opportunities to learn and attend courses.
Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice;
Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in the UAE you will need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures; some schools will require Arabic, while others will require strong English skills. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.
To apply to study in the UAE, you’ll need to provide proof you have a diploma for your English proficiency.
The certificates generally accepted by the universities in the UAE are:
Still, you should always check on your university’s website, just to be sure what the exact requirements are.
Let's take a closer look at tuition and living expenses in the UAE:
The cost of attending universities in the UAE can be quite high. But you can look for scholarship opportunities or choose one of the more affordable study programmes.
On average, international students pay between 5,000 and 27,650 EUR per year at public universities. Tuition fees at private universities go even higher.
Compared to other countries around the world, the UAE can be a relatively expensive place to live. You should budget 1,100–1,700 EUR/month for living costs in the UAE.
Here's a breakdown of average monthly expenses:
The United Arab Emirates, in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, extends along part of the Gulf of Oman and the southern coast of the Persian Gulf. Its neighbours are Saudi Arabia to the west and south, Qatar to the north, and Oman to the east. Most of the land is barren and sandy.