Study Location / UAE

All you need to know about studying in UAE

Why study in UAE

It’s almost like going to UAE can be a wonderfully educational experience in itself. But, luckily for you, there are also great universities for you to pursue your Master’s or Bachelor’s degree anywhere in the city. As a foreign student, there are some interesting options to consider, and there is plenty to learn about the history, culture, and politics that make UAE unique. The population in the UAE has a spectacularly high literacy rate – up to 90% - and these days the country has invested tons of money into the improvement of their science and technology institutes. Joining ranks with some of other major research and training enterprises, the UAE has formed the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) group, where they’ve been working with major companies around the world in developing nanotechnology, biotechnology, and a major supercomputing centre in South Asia.

Here’s why you should choose UAE as your study abroad destination!

Diverse Cultures Across Seven Emirates

There are seven separate emirates that make up the UAE: Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, and Abu Dhabi. In addition, each of these individual emirates has its own exclusive culture. Although English and standard Arabic are the principal languages of these areas, you are also likely to come across those who speak Punjabi, Egyptian Spoken Arabic, Somali, Tagalog, Bengali, and a host of other languages.

A Variety of Educational Options

There are many excellent universities spread across the UAE, many of which offer the best study abroad programs in UAE education. Chances are that whatever subject you wish to study, there is a university that offers it. The UAE excels in programs focusing on science, technology, business, and more.

Safe Learning Environment

If you rely solely on the media to learn what the rest of the world is like, you might think the UAE is in a constant state of turmoil. However, this could not be further from the truth. The UAE is actually a safe and peaceful place to study. Students are likely to find the residents warm, welcoming, and willing to share their culture and learn about others.

Sunny Weather

If you enjoy beautiful beaches and hot weather, then the UAE is definitely the right place for you to study abroad. Hitting up the beach is the perfect way to relax after hours of studying. Consider visiting popular sites such as Marina Beach or Jumeirah Public Beach in Dubai, or travel to Saadiyat Public Beach or Corniche Beach in Abu Dhabi for a good time.

Sunny Weather

If you enjoy beautiful beaches and hot weather, then the UAE is definitely the right place for you to study abroad. Hitting up the beach is the perfect way to relax after hours of studying. Consider visiting popular sites such as Marina Beach or Jumeirah Public Beach in Dubai, or travel to Saadiyat Public Beach or Corniche Beach in Abu Dhabi for a good time.

Bargaining, Belly Dancing, and More

Another reason to consider the UAE for your study abroad experience is for the activities and unique experiences available on the streets every day. If you enjoy shopping, hiking, or learning something new like belly dancing, then there are plenty of opportunities.

Travel Opportunities

The UAE is basically the ideal hub from which to branch out and see many parts of the world. There are international airports in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi.

Life-changing Experiences

The greatest benefits of studying in a foreign country is meeting unique people and gaining unforgettable experiences.

Better CV and Career Options

While there are not many UAE study and work abroad options that earn you money while you are a student, you may still be able to find internships and other opportunities to build your CV. Becoming a study abroad student comes with all kinds of benefits, including helping you increase your independence, time management, problem-solving skills, and open-mindedness.

The United Arab Emirates Education System

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is home to a wide range of universities, both public and private. The UAE has established an excellent and diversified system of higher education in a very short period of time. UAE higher education institutions can be divided into three categories: Public, private, and Global Partnerships.

  • Public Institutions UAE citizens can attend government institutions free of charge, and the UAE has one of the highest application participation rates in the world. Ninety-five percent of all girls and Eighty percent of boys enrolled in the final year of secondary school apply for admission to a higher education institution.
  • Private Institutions UAE citizens can attend a wide range of private institutions, many with international accreditation, supplement the public sector. The Ministry of Education through its Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) is responsible for the accreditation of private institutions.
  • Global Partnerships A number of international universities have campuses and programs in the UAE. Some are housed in special zones, including Dubai Knowledge Village and Academic City. 

The UAE government and the individual Emirates have forged numerous partnerships with US institutions aimed at improving education in the UAE, and promoting exchanges between Western and Arab cultures.

The cost of studying in UAE

Institutions in the UAE are permitted to set their own tuition fees, so costs will vary depending on where you choose to study. Tuition fees will also vary depending on the level and type of degree you choose. On average, you can expect to pay around AED 48,000 for a master ’s degree and up to AED 120,000 for some specialised graduate degrees. Courses are charged in semester credit hours as opposed to months or years. You may be eligible for a scholarship to help towards your tuition fees, check with your institution to find out more. All international students will need to have valid health insurance for their stay in the UAE. It is common for institutions to offer health insurance cover once you have arrived in the country and have undertaken a medical examination. The medical examination is thorough and tests for HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis and syphilis, among other things.

Employment opportunities in UAE

Students are allowed to work for 15 hours a week or 60 hours a month only when the semester is in session. During summer breaks or when the academic session is not in progress, the students are allowed to work up to 40 hours per week. The Emirate also offers strong opportunities for future employment and career growth, particularly with Expo2020 having created approximately 250,000 new jobs across a wide range of industry sectors. Additionally, Dubai has a lower cost of living than other comparable global cities in the USA, UK, Australia and Candada, and is ranked as the 8th safest country in the world.

A guide to study application & Visa requirements

Step 1 - Register with GT Western and talk with an Education Counsellor

Step 2 - Choose a course according to your areas of interest

Step 3 - Shortlist a university that suits your preferences, entry requirements and budget

Step 4 - Apply for the UAE university with our assistance

Step 5 - Get counselling on visa from our experts

Step 6 - Pay financial deposits

Step 7 - Receive Confirmation of Enrolment from the university

Step 8 - Apply for your visa with our help

Step 9 - Attend our pre-departure session and get ready to depart for UAE

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