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Higher education in United Arab Emirates for foriegn studens. List of 22 top institutions

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Here you can find 28 best schools and colleges with higher education in United Arab Emirates for international students. Also, we put together information with description, rankings, reviews and 2023 fees for programs for international students, how to apply to make the right choice. FREE admission services to our partner institutions, places are limited.

Undergraduate and graduate programs in English in the UAE

Higher education in the United Arab Emirates for schoolchildren, students in English is focused on future specialists of international companies. The duration of the standard program is 3 years, and the Bachelor's course contains several main sections:

  • general courses (fundamental disciplines);
  • subjects of specialization;
  • electives;
  • internship;
  • consultation project;
  • thesis.

University teachers are highly qualified: leading experts in their field, they have extensive practical experience.

The Master's program in English in the UAE offers the International Business program and several popular rotation programs (individual modules of the Master's program for studying under a unified system in different countries of the world). Courses:

  • international marketing;
  • finance;
  • banking services.

Master's programs in the UAE are focused on the best educational standards, aimed at creating a large baggage of academic knowledge, mastering practical skills in the chosen field, and the ability to quickly and professionally respond to external instability. Teachers of the course - leading experts from various fields of business + for students organize trainings and master classes with popular experts, top managers of large companies.

Bachelor's and Master's programs in Arabic for foreign students in the United Arab Emirates

Higher education in the UAE for schoolchildren and foreign students includes undergraduate and graduate programs in Arabic. State and independent educational institutions offer students quality education in various specialties:

  • arts, humanities;
  • applied arts;
  • classic;
  • design;
  • education;
  • art;
  • story;
  • literature;
  • museology;
  • performing arts;
  • philosophy;
  • religion and theology;
  • fine arts;
  • business and social sciences;
  • languages, culture;
  • medicine;
  • technical science;
  • technology;
  • engineering programs.

Leading teachers of prestigious universities read profile and general disciplines, and practicing specialists of large enterprises act as invited lecturers. Undergraduate programs at universities in the UAE have a traditional duration of 3-4 years, Master's programs - 2-3 years. Upon graduation, graduates receive prestigious diplomas bearing weight in international companies.

MBA Programs in English in the United Arab Emirates

Higher education in the UAE offers programs for Masters in business administration: these courses are aimed at managers, experienced professionals with the potential to work in managerial positions. For admission to MBA courses, a bachelor's degree, experience in the field of study and a high level of English proficiency are required. The training system includes basic academic disciplines, subjects aimed at the formation of professional skills, managerial competencies. Theoretical knowledge is fixed in the framework of practical projects:

  • Master of Business Administration in International Hospitality Management;
  • Certificate program for managers;
  • General Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration for Executives.

The courses are taught by leading teachers of prestigious universities, practitioners, experienced TOP managers and leaders of their own business. The MBA diploma opens up additional career opportunities.

The schedule of courses and forms of studies are adapted to the students' abilities:

  • 4-day weekend 1 time per month / two months;
  • evening classes;
  • online learning.

Duration - 18-24 months. If necessary, studying is interrupted and resumed for 4 years.

Short-term professional courses for foreign students and adults in the UAE

Higher education for students in the UAE, in addition to traditional Bachelor's and Master's programs, includes short-term professional courses. They are aimed at adult students - individuals, corporate groups. The training program is aimed at the formation of professional skills, competencies, expanding ties in the professional environment. Educational institutions have experience working with leading international companies and offer specially designed courses for specific organizations. 

The duration of the programs is from 1 day of intensive work to several weeks with classes in the evening. The schedule of courses is agreed with a student. Upon completion, a certificate is issued.

The main areas of short-term professional courses in educational institutions of the UAE:

  • food and drink;
  • financial management;
  • leadership and management;
  • human resources;
  • specialized training;
  • American hotels and rentals;
  • customer service;
  • administrative program;
  • teamwork;
  • sales and marketing.

Higher education obtained in the UAE meets all the requirements of world standards: graduates of public and private educational institutions, departments of American, English, European universities, who studied in the Emirates, have the advantages of graduates of rating universities. The price of courses depends on the chosen specialization and a course.

Learning programs-summary information

Name Meaning Equivalent Min. age Duration,
Next stage Cost
GCSE General certificate of secondary education secondary education (non-accomplished) 14 1–2 A-Levels 15,000 USD+
A-Levels Advanced level secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 15,000 USD+
BTEC Business and Technology Education Board secondary special education 14 2–3 University/ work 15,000 USD+
Oxbridge Preparation Preparing for Oxford and Cambridge secondary education (accomplished) 17 1 University 15,000 USD+
International Baccalaureate International baccalaureate secondary education (accomplished) 16 2 University 18,000 USD+
Foundation/ Pathway Year Preparatory year admission to the 1st year of university 17 1 University 14,000 USD+
NCUK The Northern consortium 2 year university 17,5 1 2 year University of NCUK 13,000 USD+
Special Preparation (Medics/Math/Business) Specialized training - 14 optional optional 4,000 USD+
Academic English Academic English Language school 8 + 6–12 months School or University 8,000 USD+

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1 University of Toronto
2 McGill University
3 University of British Columbia
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10 McMaster University
11 University of Manitoba
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20 Laval University
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26 Vancouver Island University
27 Mohawk College
28 Centennial College Toronto
29 Niagara College
30 Capilano University
31 Seneca College
32 Algoma University
33 Saint Clair College
34 Douglas College
35 LaSalle College

Times Higher Education’s top 50 best universities in USA 2022

World University Rank US Rank University City State
2 1 Stanford University Stanford California
3 2 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
4 3 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
5 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
7 5 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
8 6 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
9 7 Princeton University Princeton New Jersey
10 8 University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
12 9 Johns Hopkins University Baltimore Maryland
13 10 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania
15 11 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California
17 12 Columbia University New York City New York
19 13 Cornell University Ithaca New York
=20 14 Duke University Durham North Carolina
22 15 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan
24 16 Northwestern University Evanston Illinois
26 17 New York University New York City New York
28 18 Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
29 19 University of Washington Seattle Washington
33 20 University of California, San Diego San Diego California
38 21 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta Georgia
44 22 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas
48 23 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign Illinois
49 24 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison Wisconsin
50 25 Washington University in St Louis St. Louis Missouri
53 26 University of Southern California Los Angeles California
=54 27 Boston University Boston Massachusetts
=56 28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill North Carolina
61 29 Brown University Providence Rhode Island
=64 30 University of California, Davis Davis California
68 31 University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California
=80 32 Ohio State University (Main campus) Columbus Ohio
=85 =33 Emory University Atlanta Georgia
=85 =33 University of Minnesota Minneapolis Minnesota
90 35 University of Maryland, College Park College Park Maryland
=94 36 Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette Indiana
=98 37 University of California, Irvine Irvine California
=101 38 Dartmouth College Hanover New Hampshire
105 39 Michigan State University East Lansing Michigan
=111 40 Vanderbilt University Nashville Tennessee
=114 41 Penn State (Main campus) State College Pennsylvania
117 42 University of Virginia (Main campus) Charlottesville Virginia
120 43 Georgetown University Washington D.C
=121 44 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio
=124 45 University of Arizona Tucson Arizona
=124 =45 Rice University Houston Texas
=131 47 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder Colorado
=133 48 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
=140 49 Indiana University Bloomington Indiana
=147 50 University of Rochester Rochester (NY) New York

Top 50 best universities in the UK 2022

1 Cambridge
2 Oxford
3 St Andrews
4 London School of Economics
5 Imperial College London
6 Loughborough
7 Durham
8 Lancaster
9 University of Bath
10 East Anglia (UEA)
11 University College London
12 Warwick
13 Exeter
14 Birmingham
15 Bristol
16 Edinburgh
17 Leeds
18 Manchester
19 Southampton
20 Glasgow
21 King's College London
22 Nottingham
23 York
24 Newcastle
25 Royal Holloway, University of London
26 East Anglia (UEA)
27 Aberdeen
28 Queen's University Belfast
29 Sheffield
30 Heriot-Watt
31 Cardiff
32 Dundee
33 Swansea
34 Liverpool
35 Surrey
36 Queen Mary, University of London
37 SOAS University of London
38 Leicester
39 Reading
40 Sussex
41 Essex
42 Harper Adams University
43 Aston
44 University for the Creative Arts
45 University of Stirling
46 Nottingham Trent
47 Kent
48 Arts University Bournemouth
49 Oxford Brookes
50 Lincoln

Cost of living in United Arab Emirates

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 708 981
Food 177 339
Transportation 45 90
Communications and utilities 142 142
Clothing 25 97
Sports and leisure 45 146
Total 1,142 1,795


Statistics of English courses in United Arab Emirates

Programs Intensity Group Language requirements The minimum cost of the week
General English 10 4-8 Beginner 500 AED+/week
General English Evening course 4 4-8 Beginner 475 AED+/week
Intensive English 12-15 4-8 Beginner 650 AED+/week
Business Skills 8-10 2-8 Intermediate 570 AED+/week
IELTS/TOEFLPreparation 8-10 4-8 Intermediate 570 AED+/week
Conversational English language course 8-12 4-8 Beginner 650 AED+/week
English through activities 10 4-8 Beginner 750 AED+/week
Academic English 20 6-15 Beginner 14,320 AED+/course
One-to-One Tution individual 1 Beginner 315 AED+/lesson

Accommodation in United Arab Emirates per month

Shared room outside of centre 715$
Shared room in city centre 991$
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 1,072$
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 1,525$


Estimated Costs

Estimated Costs Min. Average
Consular fee of the embassy AED 340 AED 680
Flight (Moscow - Dubai - Moscow) AED 950 AED 980
Medical insurance AED 65/week AED 75/week
Study material AED 65 AED 80
Delivery of invitations by express mail AED 200 AED 220
Transfer/Escort AED 285 AED 300
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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