Considering studying in the UAE, and need some advice? Well, you’ve come to the perfect place! Now let’s put aside the fact that I still have 2 years to graduate from high school, shall we? As a student in the UAE, I assure you, I can probably give you more than enough information about this matter (I go to a school that mostly talks about universities and all that jazz).
1. Al Ain -known as the Garden City of the Gulf- is not only one of the world’s oldest permanently inhabited settlements and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but is also a place of oases, plantations, natural springs and craggy mountains. In addition to this, Al Ain is the proud land of the oldest university in the UAE which was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1976. The United Arab Emirates University, a national university, is rated as the 6th of the top universities in the Arab region and 1st as the best university in the UAE. UAEU offers a wide range of research-intensive undergraduate (52 Bachelor’s degree programs) and graduate programs (37 Master’s programs) across business, economics, education, engineering, food and agriculture, humanities, the social sciences, IT, law, medicine and health sciences, and the natural sciences.
Besides the fact that UAEU was rated in the top 500 universities in the world, it was also included in the list of the top 50 world universities that have been founded within the past five decades. In objective to sustainably manage the UAE’s water resources, the United Arab Emirates University created a water institute to find ways to smartly and efficiently tackle the UAE’s growing water scarcity. UAEU offers housing for Bachelor students and charge 1200 Euros/semester (including food services) and offer graduate students housing for 1350 Euros/ semester (including food services). For those who prefer places of their own, the option of renting a property is always available. A monthly rent for a 45m2 furnished studio ranges from around 770 to 1,250 Euros (utilities/month = 120 Euros). On the other hand, a monthly rent for a bigger furnished accommodation of 85m2 ranges from approximately 1,200 to 1,600 Euros (utilities/month =50 Euros). UAEU also offers safe and reliable internal and external transportation services to the university’s community, however taxis and local buses are also available. When in times of stress (though I hope not too stressed), indulging yourself in the history, heritage and wonders of this city is highly recommended. Whether its cycling up the rocky height (1240 meters) of Jebel Hafeet, exploring the Al Ain National Museum, checking out the date palm oasis, visiting the animals in the Al Ain Zoo, or just enjoying a nice stroll under the shady walkways of the Al Ain oasis (which is home to a 3,000 year old falaj irrigation system). Water sports lovers will be pleased to find that Al Ain houses Wadi Adventure- the region’s only man made white water rafting, kayaking and surf facility which is built in the foothills of the august Jebel Hafeet. When in times of need (for good food I mean), visit the Town Square of downtown Al Ain which has been recently transformed into a food street offering a number of Arabic, Chinese, Indian, and continental cuisines.
2. Abu Dhabi, capital of the seven emirates, is home ground to four high rated and well established universities. Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, rated 3rd of the top universities in the UAE, is a graduate level research-oriented university that focuses on alternative energy, sustainability, and the environment. This university was also rated the 14th by the US News & World Report among the best Arab region universities.
Khalifa University is also a highly looked upon university, offering ten undergraduate engineering-based programs (six of which have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET) and 9 graduate degree programs. Well established and prestigious international universities such as Paris- Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and New York University of Abu Dhabi have made Abu Dhabi their home. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in the capital, Paris- Sorbonne University offers degrees of Humanities, Sciences, Arts, Languages, Economics, Law, and French Literature to more than 700 students from over 75 countries. Housing in PSUAD is offered at a rate of 3000 Euros per semester.
As for the New York University of Abu Dhabi, it is situated in Saadiyat Island (which is also the home to famous museums such as Louvre and Guggenheim), the campus encompasses a wide range of students life from places like meeting rooms, student and faculty residences, laboratories to multipurpose halls, dining areas, lounges, performing art centers, art galleries, sport facilities, and one impressive library (which is the proud owner and publisher of the first authoritative English translations of Arabic classics). Students at NYUAD are offered 22 undergraduate programs as well as courses in the core curriculum to choose from and graduate students are offered fellowship programs in Bioengineering, Nanotechnology, Smart Systems, Computer Engineering, Urban Systems, as well as many other fields.
The New York University of Abu Dhabi also offers study abroad opportunities from Shanghai to London, Sydney to New York, and around the UAE. The cost of attendance at NYUAD for one academic year is about 67,140 Euros (including health insurance, a room, meals, travel and personal expenses, tuition, and mandatory fees). A monthly rent for a 45m2 furnished studio outside the university campus ranges from approximately 1300 to 1800 Euros (utilities/month = 90 Euros). While a bigger accommodation of about 85m2 ranges from 2000 to 2400 Euros (utilities/month = 90 Euros). NYUAD offers a free daily shuttle bus to students of the university. Abu Dhabi, like any other cosmopolitan metropolis city, has a wide range of shopping centers, restaurants, sport facilities, amusement parks (such as Ferrari World), beaches, parks, as well as boating and water sports. You can't possibly live in the capital without taking a nice stroll along Abu Dhabi Corniche.
3. Sharjah, known as the emirate where the culture is queen, is home to one of the top universities in the UAE as well as the Arab region (ranked 2nd in the UAE and 7th in the Arab region). The American University of Sharjah is a well known American educational establishment of higher education, but has an outstanding reputation for its ground in Arab culture and heritage. Though having an extensive reputation in the science of Engineering, AUS offers a wide variety of studies with 26 majors and 46 minors for undergraduates and 13 masters. Over 90 nationalities live on campus, and are all privileged with many exchange opportunities to the United States. Renting an apartment is also an option in Sharjah, and a monthly rent for a 45m2 furnished studio ranges from approximately 440 to 600 Euros (utilities/month = 80 Euros). While a bigger accommodation of about 85m2 ranges from 820 to 950 Euros (utilities/month = 120 Euros)
If you’re planning to take a rest from studies, visiting places like the Arabian Wildlife Center, forts transformed into museums such as Al Hisns, the Sharjah Art Museum, the beautifully-designed Blue Souk (Sharjah’s most photographed shopping mall), the Expo Center (hosts many international events, exhibitions, conferences, and fairs such as the Sharjah International Book Fair, Sharjah Shopping Festival, and many more) is highly relaxing, entertaining, and rewarding. Not to mention that the Eye of the Emirates Wheel shows unforgettable sceneries of Sharjah’s waterfronts and landscapes.
visas in the UAE take about 2 to 5 weeks to process and are fairly
straightforward once you have all the documents needed as well as the medical
and security checks out of the way. More information on what documents are
needed to apply can be found here:Study in UAE: UAE Student Visa Requirements