Study in UAE: tuition fees, cost of living and list of top universities


Study in UAE: tuition fees, cost of living and list of top universities

UAE is truly cosmopolitan and at the same time one of the fastest growing and developing economies in the world. Learning is comparatively cheaper because of the education policies of UAE. Students would nearly spend double the amount for the same course else where in the world. Due to vast development activities especially in the areas of infrastructure, trade and commerce, the possibilities of securing a job are also very high.
The law abiding country is hospitable, secure and caring. Entertainment is endless here. It is also called the city of events and all the world’s best musicians, theaters and performers come here for entertainment.
The cosmopolitan culture itself is a great bonus for a learners to know the social etiquette that is necessary in today’s world.
It is famous for its Nouveau Arab architecture.The desert city-state alignsthe shores of the beautiful Arabian Gulf, replete with clean, sandy beaches and clear blue green waters that attract visitors. It has an ancient heritage that survives amidst the skyscrapers and highways of a modern, cosmopolitan city. This “Pearl of the Arabian Gulf”, concentrated mainly on its exquisite creek, the finest natural shelter in 1600km (1000 miles) of coastline.

Cost of living and study in UAE

Going for higher qualification in UAE would cost an individual around 20,000-40,000 AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham, US $1= 3.75 AED. Also if a student wants to pursue an undergraduate course than the fees and charges would be around $20,000-$30,000. Apart from that accommodations in UAE is anywhere around 1500 AED after sharing a flat. Whereas it’s 5000 AED per month to rent an apartment, after which there are, extra expenses such as food, traveling, entertainment, health etc would cost an individual around 1000-1500 AED extra.

Admission procedure for study in UAE

Eligibility for Undergraduate Study

Admission for undergraduate study for international students in UAE requires a minimum of 12 years of schooling. Some universities like the Al Ghurair University, University of Wollongong in Dubai and Middlesex University Dubai requires a minimum percentage of 50% to 60% incase of CBSE or ISC board students.The student must also fulfill English language requirements by either obtaining a cut-off score in IELTS and TOEFL or securing 70% marks in English.
Eligibility for Postgraduate Study

Almost all universities and colleges accept students with a diverse range of qualifications and backgrounds. To get admission to any postgraduate program, one must have a bachelor’s degree that is recognized in Dubai and the home country. Foreign universities with branches in UAE look for qualifications similar to that in their country. For example Murdoch University UAE looks for postgraduate qualification that meets the same academic standards as an Australian three year bachelor degree. However, it does not mean it has to be an Australian degree. For admission to programs other MBA (managerial studies), one needs bachelor’s degree along with TOEL or IELTS. If a student wants to seek admission to an MBA program in UAE, he/she should have relevant work experience of 2-4 years depending upon the program and the university they have applied.

Top universities in UAE

  • Abu Dhabi University
  • Ajman University of Science and Technology
  • American University of Sharjah
  • ALHOSN University
  • Khalifa University of Science and Technology and Research
  • New York University Abu Dhabi
  • United Arab Emirates University
  • University of Sharjah
  • University of Bolton UAE Campus

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  1. I would be grateful if I am among the lucky one to be selected. I finished my secondary school last year and I had B2 (Very good) in maths and B3 (good) in english
    My name is Abdulsalam Saheed, citizen of Nigeria
    I have no one to pursuit my career, I’d like to study Biochemistry
    Please help me with my career.
    Thank You


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