Top reasons to study B.Tech in Dubai
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: You don’t have to dig deep to figure out the best places to study engineering abroad, because all you have to do is pick a university ranking list published by one of the many ranking agencies and it will be there. But while one has it easy deciding that the USA and UK are the best options, it is not that easy to judge between the mid-range destinations. One major disadvantage is a dearth of comparative information. Take for example, China, which has quite a few universities listed in ranking lists like QS, but then there is not much information available on aspects like scholarships, job prospects and international exposure it offers to students. 

And if by any chance you are planning to study BTech in Dubai, a similar dilemma may confront you: Is it safe? What about scholarships for international students in Dubai? How much does it cost? And importantly, is studying engineering in Dubai worth the trouble?

Time for some good news…

The good news is we have dug up information on all the crucial areas making sure you are able to take a correct decision.Read each sub-heading carefully and you will get a pretty clear idea about the practicality of studying BTech in Dubai.


Study BTech in Dubai: Tuition fee

Tuition fee is singly the biggest reason whether to select a study-abroad destination or not. The reason being studying abroad is costly, with students frequently having to take out loans and depend on scholarships to make ends meet. To get an idea how much a top-level engineering degree may cost, you needn’t look any further than Harvard, which costs more than $47,074 per year or MIT, where the same degree costs $40,451, two of the most sought-after engineering institutes in the world.

Also, going by engineering tuition fees across countries, it isn’t just the USA which has high tuition fees, as most of the other top academic destinations have tuition fee in the range of $20,000 -$40,000 per year.


So, how does Dubai compete with these countries? The answer is –by offering courses that are way cheaper!


Yes, BTech tuition fee in Dubai is much lower, with the highest fee being charged by American University in Dubai (AUD), AED 94,187 per year, which is around $25,642. And as you move down the table, it gets even cheaper, with Manipal University Dubai charging the lowest fee at AED 39,000 ($10,617). So, for students deterred by high tuition fees, Dubai can be a genuine contender for their study-abroad pick.


Cost of studying engineering in Dubai





Ranking (QS)

American University in Dubai (AUD)

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

4 years

AED 94,187 per year

(137 credits over four years)


Heriot Watt University Dubai

Bachelor of Engineering (Honors)

4 years

AED 58,000 per year


Amity University Dubai

Bachelor of Technology

4 years

AED 40,000 -58, 000 per year


Manipal University Dubai

Bachelor of Technology

4 years

AED 39,000 per year


Study BTech in Dubai: Top Universities

While AUD is the only university in Dubai that features in the QS list, there are a handful of other good universities like Manipal University Dubai and Heriot Watt University Dubai, where you can benefit from the high standard of teaching and modern equipment aiding your practical classes. If you study engineering in Dubai, especially at any of the universities listed in the chart above, you are also assured of a UAE and US accredited engineering degree, and can become part of a wide alumni network spread across the world, a case in point being AUD. American University in Dubai, in addition, boasts of state-of-the art labs and facilities, which are in sync with the program offerings.

Additionally, small class size in most universities, along with maximizing learning, ensures that the student-teacher bonding is strong. It also makes feedback, from both parties, instant and effective.   


Scholarships for BTech in Dubai

A scholarship could be just the right incentive you need to study engineering in Dubai. And the best bet to earn a scholarship in Dubai is Heriot Watt University, where in addition to merit scholarships, students are also eligible for discounts.


Among the merit scholarships on offer, include 100% 1st year scholarships, in addition to a host of 40% scholarships and 20% scholarships that are up for grabs.

Talking of discounts, students taking early admission for the September intake can claim a discount of AED 3000. Additionally, there are also provisions for discount under Full Advance Fee Payment Discount, which offers discount of 3% of the net annual tuition fees.


In fact, female students seeking to study engineering in Dubai are in for some special treatment, what with Manipal University, Dubai, in association with the Indian Embassy, doling out a number of “100% Higher Education Scholarship” to them. The award, which goes by the name of Mahila Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, carries a full tuition fee waiver for the entire duration of the program, and is awarded annually.


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Study BTech in Dubai: Dubai is meant for foreigners

Unlike cities that are built with local sentiments in mind and consequently reflect local flavors, Dubai is truly a global city. The demography, for example, is made up of around eighty-five percent expatriate population, making you almost as much a local there as the majority population! And the infrastructure of the city is simply mindboggling, with many of the wonders of the twenty-first century finding their pride of place in the city –- be it the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa; the largest mall in the world by area, the Dubai Mall; or the one and only 7-star hotel in the world (though unofficially), the Burj Al Arab. While studying in Dubai you will get to see this futuristic city growing in strength and be a part of its success story.


Study BTech in Dubai: Show me the money!

Guarantee of a good job after completing an engineering degree is what inspires students to take up engineering in a particular country, and it is no different in case of Dubai. Now according to PayScale, engineering, along with business management, is among the safest courses to study in Dubai with fresh engineering graduates earning anything between AED 52,357 - AED 356,409. So unless one is a total slouch, one can easily earn back what is invested and much more after completing the engineering degree.


The good thing about universities like AUD is they have excellent placement records, with students getting to start their careers in top engineering firms; if you didn’t know already, Dubai is chock-full of regional and international firms dealing in every aspect of engineering, from the basic to the complex. As such it isn’t difficult to find a firm that pays to your strength and future goals.


Part-time and post-study work opportunities in Dubai

Most students studying abroad don’t want to laze away their spare time, but want to put it to creative use. And why not, when these creative pursuits can also bring in some much welcome cash!


Part-time work in Dubai then can be seen from the prism of both creative work and an opportunity to earn money. Creative because you aren’t yet a true blue professional and don’t have to throttle your creative instincts at the altar of professionalism. In fact, with the UAE bringing in new legislations whereby international students studying in Dubai no longer have to transfer their university sponsorships to their employers, jobs have become more secure as students no longer are at the mercy of employers.


Again, from a monetary point of view, while Dubai mayn’t be the most expensive destination, one can’t discard the fact that studying abroad is typically far costlier than studying at home. Remember, even before you reach the shores of Dubai, you have to appear in exams like SAT and English proficiency tests like TOEFL or IELTS, which will cost money. And this in addition to Visa &Passport, health insurance and travel related expenses. If you combine these factors, taking up a part-time job does make sense.


Also, apart from part-time work in Dubai, students can pursue post-study work in Dubai. That is, if they don’t want to go for higher studies after completing their graduation.


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