Study in Dubai: Know all about studying in Dubai
Updated on May 1, 2016 - 4:14 p.m. IST by Manashjyoti #United Arab Emirates
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Study in Dubai:
In the opulence of Dubai, it is easy to miss the fact that the city is also a rising academic destination. For example, Dubai today not only has a number of reputed home-grown universities like Zayed University and University of Dubai, but also private, non-sectarian institutions like the American University in Dubai, which offer both US and UAE accreditations for all its programs. If you are considering to study in Dubai, you will also be encouraged by the fact that the majority of the around 85% expatriate population in the city speaks English, making it that much easier for you to get through with your daily life smoothly.

Generally, a lot of preparation goes into studying abroad and, once the destination is fixed, students want to know all the relevant details related to it. This may include information regarding top universities in the destination, popular courses and how to pursue studies there. Since Dubai is an upcoming destination, students may find it a little difficult to get key information easily like other destinations, including the UK and Canada. So, in a bid to make it easier for students, we have put all the crucial information regarding Study in Dubai in one place, in this article. Please read on.

Top queries before planning to study in Dubai

Q: What are the top universities in Dubai?

A: While Dubai currently has one university listed in the QS ranking, American University in Dubai (AUD), ranked 551-600 in the world, there are three other universities that are listed in the top 50 universities in the Arab region. These include Zayed University, University of Dubai and Higher Colleges of Technology (Dubai Branch). So, if you are exploring top universities to study in Dubai, these are the universities you can try


Top universities in Dubai and their tuition fees


World QS Ranking

Arab Region Rankings(QS)

Tuition fees



American University in Dubai (AUD)





Zayed University




AED 96,000- 128,000

Higher Colleges of Technology (Dubai Branch)





University of Dubai





Murdoch University Dubai



AED 156,000-168,000

AED 72,000-96,000

Q: How to apply for higher studies in Dubai?

In case of American University in Dubai (AUD), a normal academic year is made up of Fall [September-December] and Spring [January-April] semesters. Also, May-June and July-August are the two summer sessions.

In the case of Heriot Watt University, applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with all programs having a September intake. 

The academic requirement for admission into a university in Dubai includes English language requirements, IELTS/TOEFL. In addition, students applying for MBA programs are expected to have good scores in GMAT.

In addition to academic requirements, students need to submit letter of recommendations and GRE scores in certain cases.


Q: What are the top courses to study in Dubai?

If you picked MBA, you are dead right, because apart from being one of the top courses to study in Dubai, it is also among the safest with a slew of job opportunities on offer. Some of the best places to get a business degree in Dubai are London Business School, Manchester Business School, Cass Business School and HULT International Business School.


Apart from MBA, other courses that make the cut of top courses to study in Dubai are Engineering, Accounts and Finance and Medicine.


Q: What are the major scholarships for international students to study in Dubai?

There are a number of major scholarships for international students to study in Dubai that they can avail while studying in the city. These include scholarships offered by UOWD to new and existing students, covering 15% to 50% of tuition fee costs. Students are generally allowed to apply for as many scholarships as they wish, but can receive no more than one scholarship (or tuition grant) at a time.


American University in Dubai also offers a number of scholarships to international scholarships, including MSCM Scholarship for Graduate Admissions and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Scholarship.


Q: What is the cost of education study in Dubai?

The rise of Dubai as an academic destination is good news for Indian students because the cost of studying in Dubai is lower compared to destinations like the US and Australia. For example a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Murdoch University Dubai costs AED 156,000, which translates to around $42,000 spread over three years. Now a similar course in the USA would cost around $22,958 (out-of-state fees) at public universities every year in the USA, as per QS sources. The fee is even higher in private universities and can reach up to $31,231 per year for undergraduate studies, which is much higher than in Dubai. Now while the tuition fee of Murdoch University Dubai isn’t the standard across other universities in Dubai, it more or less gives you a fair idea of the fee range.

Q: How to get student visa in Dubai?

Before commencing their study in Dubai, international students need to obtain student visas for the duration of their study. The student visa is valid for 12 months and has to be renewed each year before expiry, until the study program is over. In the UAE, students are first granted ‘Student Entry Permit’ and then a ‘Student Residence Visa.’

To get student visa in Dubai, students need to first accept the Offer of Admission extended by their respective universities, fulfill all academic conditions, wherever applicable, and submit all the relevant financial documentation. In fact, students upon their arrival in the UAE on an entry visa are put through a medical and biometric testing, and if everything comes out fine, are issued the ‘Student Residence Visa.’ The entire process usually takes around 15-20 working days. If a student fails the medical and biometric testing, they are repatriated back to their original countries.


Also, universities in Dubai mandate that students who are on a University Resident Student Visa to be covered by medical insurance for the duration of their study.


Q: What are work opportunities in Dubai? 

International students in the UAE can explore a number of on-campus and off-campus work opportunities in United Arab Emirates. Students generally can seek off-campus work during the summer, while they can take up on-campus work at various university campuses and colleges as part of work during study in Dubai program.


Dubai being a commercial hub, with all the big corporations having their branches here, students should face little difficulty in finding jobs. Also, upon completion of studies, work opportunities in Dubai are unlimited.


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