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21 best universities in the Emirates for international students: rankings, tuition fees, reviews

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Top 21 university in United Arab Emirates. Our company has put together a number of accredited and prestigious institutions for children, pupils, teenagers, international students. You can read a more detailed information about universities in United Arab Emirates, ranking and fees by clicking on the photo or title. The detailed info on the prices and description of programs is accessible by pressing on the program. FREE services for enrolling in partner institutions, the number of places is limited.
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Ranking of higher education institutions and tuition fees

Universities of the UAE are included in the ranking of the best according to QS World University. Today, the total number of universities in it is 959. This rating estimates universities around the world for a number of objective parameters:

  • academic reputation
  • reputation as an employer,
  • student to teacher ratio;
  • number of international students;
  • international faculties.

According to studies for 2018, the top five included:

  • United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), (350 positions in the international ranking);
  • American University of Sharjah (AUS);
  • Khalifa University;
  • American University in Dubai;
  • University of Sharjah.

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

This university is the first one formed in the territory of the Emirates. Despite his age, he still retains the position of a leading educational institution. Located in Al Ain, an oasis city rich in greenery and parks. According to the latest data, 14 thousand students from all over the world study at UAEU. Enters the Ivy League.


All programs have international certification. The range of directions is very wide: from business and economics to the humanities and IT. The university has research centers of national importance. All faculties are available for applicants from other countries.

Conditions for admission

To enter UAEU, you must meet the following requirements:

  • at least a year to study at a domestic university. This is due to the fact that in the UAE the duration of secondary education is 12 years;
  • speak English at the EmSAT 1250 or TOEFL ITP 525 / iBT 70 level. At a lower level, the university offers to take a preliminary annual English course;
  • secondary education document;
  • have a total mark in the certificate above average.


The price of training depends on the number of selected hours per semester for a particular subject.


Minimum required hours per semester

Cost, USD *

Humanitarian sciences









Business and Economics












Additionally, you have to pay:

  • full insurance
  • student visa
  • accommodation (approximately 1362 USD for six months),
  • educational materials,
  • non-refundable fee of 55 USD.

American University of Sharjah (AUS)

AUS is a non-profit independent institution formed on the basis of several American universities. Located in the center of Sharjah. Excellent teaching staff: most teachers have experience working in the most prestigious educational institutions in the world.


Accredited to programs in the field of engineering, civil engineering, computer science and architecture. Certified according to the standards of the American educational system : this affects not only the construction of the learning process, but also on life inside the student campus (about 50 different clubs, sports and cultural events are constantly held).

Admission Terms

For admission, you will need to provide a document on secondary education. According to statistics, the chances of being enrolled are very high (80% of applicants come), but the average mark in the certificate should be higher than the average, as well as the level of English proficiency.


Bachelor's degree for a foreign students will cost 21000USD per year, master's degree is cheaper - 19000. Accommodation on campus from 726USD per month.

Students who excel in their studies can apply for financial assistance from the university.

Khalifa University

The University of Khalifa is actively improving: according to preliminary data from QS World University, in 2019 it will beat the previous two and take 315th position. The peculiarity of this university is that the entire learning process occurs through research and scientific research.


The university includes:

  • College of Engineering (Bachelor in Computer Science, Engineering);
  • College of Arts and Sciences (Bachelor in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Petroleum Geophysics);
  • Medical College.

Admission Terms

Entering KU is quite difficult - according to statistics, only 1 out of 10 applicants is credited. For admission, you must provide a certificate of English proficiency and pass an entrance exam on it.

When enrolling, the personal achievements of each applicant are taken into account, therefore it is advisable to provide not only a complete set of documents and an autobiography, but also 3 characteristics from the competent and people, at least one of which must be from the teacher. This will increase the chances of admission.


Compared to other universities, studying at KU is inexpensive: undergraduate and graduate programs for foreigners will cost 1000 USD per year. The university also provides financial support to outstanding students.

The education system in the UAE is built according to European standards, so graduate diplomas are recognized and appreciated throughout the world. And for graduates who have found work in the UAE, the state offers a simplified system for obtaining citizenship.

Times Higher Education’s top 50 best universities in USA 2021

World University Rank 2021  US Rank 2021 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

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

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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