Cost of studying engineering in Dubai
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Cost of studying engineering in Dubai
 Studying abroad is a major investment, both in terms of time and money.  Therefore, it is important for you to make a knowledgeable choice. With Dubai emerging as an education hub, offering similar courses to that of universities from USA or UK and at a lower cost, thousands of international students have started to flock to the city to pursue higher studies, especially programmes like MBA and engineering. Do you know that the city is home to over 50,000 international students? Interestingly,  20% of the total international students are pursuing engineering.

And why not? Pursuing engineering in Dubai has its own perks ranging from affordable tuition fees to exposure to the international community and work opportunities. To avail these perks you need to pick a university and an engineering programme that best meets your requirement. The decision to choose the right university can be crucial, especially, when Dubai boasts  of some top international universities campuses like University of Wollongong, Dubai, Amity University, Dubai and Manipal University, Dubai, among others. Before you begin, there are some points that you need to consider like budget, return on investment and placement.

In this article, we bring you some major elements that comprise your cost of studying engineering in Dubai so that you can have a better insight regarding expenses.


Engineering tuition fees in Dubai

When it comes to picking a study abroad destination, we usually have USA and Australia in our mind. But what deters our plan is costly tuition fee in these study hubs. USA boasts of top engineering colleges like MIT with an average tuition fee of $46,400, which is among the highest in the world. So, what about students who cannot afford to pursue engineering from USA? This is when Dubai enters the scene, with the same courses available in top engineering colleges in USA but at an affordable price.

Engineering tuition fees in Dubai is much lower compared to countries like USA. For example, tuition fees at top engineering colleges like Heriot Watt University, Dubai, is AED 58,000 per year i.e., $15,790 only. Similarly, American University in Dubai will cost you just AED 94,187 or $25,642 per year. The engineering tuition fee in Dubai is, hence, one of the major attractions for international students.


Engineering tuition fees in Dubai


Tuition fees(annual)

American University in Dubai (AUD)

AED 94,187

Heriot Watt University Dubai

AED 58,000

Amity University Dubai

AED 40,000 -58,000

Manipal University Dubai

AED 39,000

Source- Official university website

Cost of studying engineering in Dubai: Accommodation

The next big question, as soon as you have decided which university you plan to go for, is where do you put up and how to travel around Dubai? Regarding this, there are factors that you need to consider like budget, university proximity and social life etc. There are plenty of options at one’s disposal when deciding where to live in the global city. However, you can choose whichever helps you in managing the cost of studying engineering in Dubai.  


University Accommodation

Your first option could be university accommodation. Some universities offer their own accommodation like Heriot Watt University, Dubai. The accommodation fee in Heriot Watt University is inclusive of various services like housekeeping, gym and internet. However, the accommodation fee does not include any personal expenses like laundry and meal services.


Cost of studying engineering in Dubai: Accommodation

Accommodation type



Twin sharing room

AED 27,560

AED 33,075

Single Room

AED 52, 370

AED 62, 840

Refundable security deposit

AED 2000

AED 2000

Source- Heriot Watt University official website


Rent out

Renting is the next option available if university accommodation is not a feasible option for you. You can start by searching on internet as there are various sites that provide information on students’ accommodation in various places across Dubai. In case you find an apartment, you can always post it on social media sites like Facebook and search for roommates. After all who would not want to save his cost of studying in Dubai?


However, before you rent an apartment, make sure you get the rent agreement papers to avoid any hassle during your stay.


Cost of studying engineering in Dubai: Accommodation cost

Room type

Average rent per month

1 bedroom outside city centre

AED 5,184

1 bedroom in city centre

AED 7,690

Source- Expatisan- cost of living index website



The cost of studying engineering in Dubai is incomplete without travel expenses. Being an international student you would want to explore the exciting life that Dubai offers. You can easily commute depending on your means of transportation like metro, buses and taxi. Being an international student, saving a few bucks will be your ultimate goal in an expensive city, thus public transport is the safest and the cheapest bet.


Cost of studying engineering in Dubai: transportation cost


Average Price

Public transport (One way)


Monthly pass

AED 289

Taxi (1km)


1 litre of gas

AED 1.90

 Source- Expatisan- cost of living index website



This has to be your priority before heading to your planned engineering university in Dubai. Majority of the universities in Dubai require students to have their health insured either through the university or a private agent. One of the top engineering colleges in Dubai, Heriot Watt University, offers medical health insurance at an annual premium of AED 1399 only. The annual limit per person is AED 50,000. Students without any health insurance will have to purchase the above health plan.

Heriot Watt University

AED 1399 per year

 Source- Heriot Watt University’s official website


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