Study In UAE - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in UAE as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in UAE as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in UAE

Why study in UAE

Cost of studying in UAE

Universities in UAE for international students

Cost of living in UAE for international students

How to get a visa to study in UAE

How to apply and study in UAE

Tuition fees to study in UAE

Applying to study in UAE


How international students can study in UAE

To study in the UAE, you’ll need to apply to your chosen university online or you go physically to the school. To apply, you’ll generally need to provide a completed application form, a valid passport, certificates and transcripts of your most recent academic qualification, academic references and proof of proficiency in English which is very important so as to show your standing in English use.

While each institution or university sets its own admission requirements, state universities often expect students to be proficient in speaking Arabic, as well as English.because they are the main language used at universities in the UAE. If you are a non-native English speaker, IELTS/TOEFL results are likely to be required to show that you have undergone English training.


Applying to universities in UAE

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.

Tuition fees for international students


The cost of studying in UAE actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in UAE have different tuition fees.



To study in the UAE, you’ll need to apply to your chosen university online or you go physically to the school. To apply, you’ll generally need to provide a completed application form, a valid passport, certificates and transcripts of your most recent academic qualification, academic references and proof of proficiency in English which is very important so as to show your standing in English use.

While each institution or university sets its own admission requirements, state universities often expect students to be proficient in speaking Arabic, as well as English.because they are the main language used at universities in the UAE. If you are a non-native English speaker, IELTS/TOEFL results are likely to be required to show that you have undergone English training.


Tuition fees vary among institutions in UAE. . While program fees vary significantly, prices for a master’s degree or Ph.D range from around US$13,070 to US$32,670 for some academic  programs.

The cost of living in UAE according to expatistan


Housing           [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

Dirham 9,353

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

Dirham 7,371

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

Dirham 540

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

Dirham 6,765

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

Dirham 4,692

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

Dirham 324

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

Dirham 294

            40” flat screen TV

Dirham 1,546

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

Dirham 476

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

Dirham 28

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

Dirham 41

Clothes            [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

Dirham 318

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

Dirham 257

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

Dirham 382

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

Dirham 444

Transportation [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

Dirham 87,307

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

Dirham 1.84

            Monthly ticket public transport

Dirham 110

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

Dirham 30

Personal Care  [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

Dirham 20

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

Dirham 66

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

Dirham 204

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

Dirham 31

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

Dirham 18

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

Dirham 21

            4 rolls of toilet paper

Dirham 10

            Tube of toothpaste

Dirham 13

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

Dirham 72

Entertainment [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

Dirham 198

            2 tickets to the movies

Dirham 77

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

Dirham 572

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

Dirham 395

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

Dirham 57

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

Dirham 23

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

Dirham 35

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

Dirham 1,960

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

Dirham 0.90

            1 month of gym membership in business district

Dirham 529

Visa to study in UAE

To study in UAE as an international student, you require a visa. Below are the requirements and process for getting a UAE visa.

What documents will be required?

All visitors to the UAE require passports that are valid for at least three months from the date of arrival in the UAE (for tourism purposes) and six months from the date of arrival for those seeking employment or residence. Entry is not granted to Israelis and you may be refused entry to the UAE if your passport is stamped with an entry into Israel.

How long is the visa valid for?

Transit visas

This type of visa is a 4-day (96 hour) visa, which is issued by sponsorship of an airline operating in the United Arab Emirates. A transit visa can only be issued if a visitor has a valid ticket for an onward flight and the issuing of transit visas are normally free of cost.

Other Visit Visas

There are two other types of visit visas issued by the UAE government. The first is a 14-day visa, also known as an Entry Service Permit. This visa must be sponsored by a United Arab Emirates company or hotel and will normally take 2-3 days to issue. The second is a Multiple Entry Visa, which is useful for individuals who are continuously visiting the UAE. This visa has special privileges for visitors from Germany and the United States. More information and requirements about these two visas can be found to your right.

Residence Visa

For individuals planning to live in the United Arab Emirates, you have to obtain a residence visa, which is also referred to as an employment visa. A residence visa will be issued by the Immigration department of the emirate you will be staying in and provided to you by your sponsor (the company or person you are working for). If you have entered the country on a visit visa, you can transfer to a residence visa by either re-enter the country or else make the transfer at the Immigration department.

If you are coming to the UAE with family members, you should obtain a family visa, which will allow you to sponsor your parents, spouse, daughters, and sons under the age of 18. Family visas are only possible if you earn more than Dhs. 4,000 (US$ 1,100) a month.

Residence visas are normally issued for 3-years and in order for it to be processed, you will need to take a medical test and obtain a health card. Individuals who test positive for AIDS will not be permitted to obtain a residence visa. A health card costs around Dhs. 300 (US$ 82) and should be renewed yearly. It can be issued at the Ministry of Health or else at a recognized private hospital.

Other information:


A penalty charge of Dhs. 25 (US$ 7) - Dhs. 100 (US$ 28) per day is imposed on visitors who overstay. If the overstay extends to a significant amount of time, then a court hearing is issued and the judge will decide what penalties will occur.

Who requires a visa?

A visit visa applies to tourists who wish to spend more than 14 days in the UAE, whether it is to visit relatives or for business purposes. The categories given below identify whether an individual requires a visit visa before arrival or whether one can be issued to them at the airport or entry point.

- AGCC Citizens

- Citizens of the Arab Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) member states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia) do not need a visa.

- AGCC Residents

- AGCC expatriate residents may obtain a non-renewable 30-day visit visa upon arrival.

- British Citizens

Residents of the UK, with the right to abide in the United Kingdom, may obtain a free visa on arrival, which is valid for 60 days and can be renewed for an additional 30 days for Dhs. 500 (US$ 137). Holders of the British Overseas Citizens Passport, who don't have the right to abide in the UK, will also obtain the free visa.

- 33 Privileged Countries

There are 33 countries that are given the same on arrival free UAE visa on arrival similar to UK citizens. These countries include citizens of France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Malta, Spain, Monaco, Vatican City, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, United States (US), Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. A new law was passed on March 31st 2003, where the citizens of these 33 countries can only obtain a one-month non-renewable visit visa on arrival, which costs Dhs. 100 (US$ 28). Though the government officially passed this law, it does not seem to be always implemented.

- Other Nationalities

Citizens of countries that are not mentioned above require the sponsorship of a UAE resident (relative or friend), hotel, travel agency, or company, in order to obtain a visit visa. This type of visit visa is also known as the tourist visa. For a relative or friend to sponsor a tourist visa, he or she must earn over Dhs. 4,000 per month and hold a valid residence visa. A hotel can sponsor a tourist visa, only if the visitor stays at the hotel, and they will hold your passport until all hotel payments are cleared. Procedures involved in issuing a tourist visa require that the visitor fill out a visa application form and submit it to the sponsor along with a first few pages of their passport. With these details, the sponsor can apply for a tourist visa, which will cost Dhs. 650 (US$ 178) and take a maximum of 7 days to issue. The sponsor must deposit the visitor's tourist visa at the airport immigration at least one hour before the visitor's flight arrivals, which will cost Dhs. 10 (US$ 3) for processing.

List and ranking of all the universities in UAE

This is the list and ranking of all the universities in UAE. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in UAE and their ranking


Rank    University       Location

1          United Arab Emirates University


2          Higher Colleges of Technology

Al-Ain ...

3          American University of Sharjah


4          University of Sharjah


5          Zayed University

Dubai ...

6          Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

Masdar City

7          American University in Dubai


8          Abu Dhabi University

Abu Dhabi ...

9          University of Wollongong in Dubai


10        Ajman University of Science and Technology

Ajman ...

11        Khalifa University

Abu Dhabi ...

12        American University of Ras Al Khaimah

Ras al-Khaimah

13        The Petroleum Institute

Abu Dhabi

14        The British University in Dubai


15        Al Ain University of Science and Technology

Al Ain ...

16        Canadian University of Dubai


17        University of Dubai


18        ALHOSN University

Abu Dhabi

19        American University in the Emirates


20        Amity University Dubai


21        Al Ghurair University


22        Gulf Medical University

Ajman ...

23        Murdoch University, Dubai


24        SZABIST Dubai


25        Dubai Medical College


26        Manipal University, Dubai


27        Islamic Azad University U.A.E. Branch


28        University of Jazeera


29        Ras al-Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University

Ras al-Khaimah

30        Dubai Pharmacy College


31        Jumeira University


32        City University College of Ajman


33        University of Modern Sciences


Un       Ittihad University

Ras al-Khaimah

Un       Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai


Un       Saint-Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics, Dubai Branch


Courses you can study at universities in UAE

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine

Items to pack while going to study in UAE

In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in UAE or any other study abroad destination

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

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