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American University of Sharjah

Address: 1 - University City - Sharjah - UAE

Description American University of Sharjah

  • Year of foundation: 1997;
  • Location: Sharjah, UAE;
  • Students age: from 18 years old;
  • Number of students: 6100 people;
  • Language of instruction: English;
  • Type of study: private university.

American University of Sharjah, founded in 1997, is renowned in the Middle East for its academic excellence and multicultural environment. AUS is an American model, independent, nonprofit, coeducational higher education institution that combines a broad liberal arts education with a vocational education. At AUS, all classes and administrative activities are conducted in English.

The university is an ideal place to promote intercultural understanding, an educational environment in which every student can realize their full potential. The university prides itself on a 50:50 male to male ratio in its graduate and undergraduate courses.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in American University of Sharjah

Program name

Quick overview:

  • College of Architecture, Art and Design;
  • College of Arts and Sciences;
  • College of Engineering;
  • School of Business Administration.

Quick overview:

  • Master in Urban Planning;
  • Master in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages;
  • Master in Translation and Interpretation English-Arabic-English;
  • Master of Science in Mathematics;
  • Master of Business Administration (General MBA);
  • Master in Accounting (MSA);
  • Master of Finance (MSF).

Accommodation, housing and food

Accommodation on campus is the most convenient place for students to stay while studying at any university. At AUS, more than 1,800 students live on campus, use academic buildings, a library, a food court, and a sports complex.

AUS dormitories consist of 7 dorms for men and 5 womens dormitories, staffed around the clock, seven days a week.

The living environment of the university is distinguished by a multicultural atmosphere, a balanced combination of social and academic activities. The hostels provide a comfortable environment for life, recreation, sports and study.

Events American University of Sharjah

The American University of Sharjah is located in a city recognized as the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2014 and the Cultural Capital of the Arab World by UNESCO in 1998. There are more than 20 museums in Sharjah, including collections of artifacts and art, exhibits on science and natural history. The city hosts many cultural festivals, art and economic exhibitions, educational conferences, fairs, which are attended by world famous speakers. This context contributes to the reputation of the academic center at the intersection of ancient cultural traditions and modern intellectual currents.

AUS students enjoy a vibrant and dynamic campus life with access to a wide range of extracurricular activities, clubs, teams and associations. These activities are an integral part of the AUS student life.


  • As a provider of quality higher education in the Gulf, AUS is licensed, and its programs are accredited by the Academic Accreditation Commission of the UAE Ministry of Education.
  • Undergraduate programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering offered by the College of Engineering are accredited by the ABET Engineers Accreditation Commission. The Computer Science Bachelor program offered by the College of Engineering is accredited by the ABET Computer Accreditation Commission. The School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business. The Bachelor of Architecture program at the College of Architecture, Art and Design is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board.
  • AUS offers 45 undergraduate courses, 16 graduate programs and 3 doctoral programs in academic divisions: College of Architecture, Art and Design, Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, School of Business Administration.
  • Although Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Emirates, the language of instruction at AUS is English.

Equipment American University of Sharjah

There are many restaurants, fast food outlets on campus to suit different lifestyles and budgets. Students can order takeaway (home delivery) at numerous off-campus retail outlets.

Each dorm has a computer room, laundry room, pool table, foosball, Wi-Fi and snack vending machines. Most hostels have fitness rooms, cable TV.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Some services are paid additionally to tuition fee:

  • Non-refundable application fee;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Student activities fee.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Applicants provide:

  • Official certificate of secondary education, certified by the relevant authorities: American high school diploma - at least B or 80% of the final grade (12th grade) or on average for the best two years in 10th, 11th and 12th grades; British High School Diploma - 5 IGCSE / GCSE subjects (O level) and two GCE subjects (AS / A level); IB diploma in six subjects (excluding Islamic education) - at least 24 points; German Abitur - minimum score of 7 in the last year.
  • Official reports of the last three grades of high school, certified by the relevant authorities.
  • Color scan of the passport.
  • English language test results: IELTS Academic - 6.5, TOEFL iBT - 80, TOEFL iTP - 550, Cambridge English - 176, EmSAT Achieve-English - 1550.

Scholarships American University of Sharjah

AUS offers a range of grants and scholarships to help students pay for their tuition. The university allocates funds for highly qualified undergraduate students with limited financial resources.

New students can apply for a financial grant, a merit-based scholarship, and a family tuition grant (awarded to a younger sibling when a family enrolls two or more children in the AUS) to cover up to 75% of the tuition fees. After the first semester, students can also apply for an additional scholarship.

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- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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