Dubai is known as the Education Hub for providing excellent facilities in terms of education to locals and International Students. Many campuses in Dubai offer education to International Students, providing popular courses like Science, Engineering and Technology, Architecture, Aviation, Management, Business, Economics, Media and Mass, Computers and IT, Law, Natural Sciences etc. The degrees are highly reputed and globally recognised leading to work opportunities in the country and globally. While Architecture is in high demand, programs in building construction and Interior designing are very popular courses.

  • Safest place to live, this solves the biggest worry of every parent!
  • Well established Education System.
  • Universities in Dubai provide modern infrastructure.
  • Tuition and living costs are less as compared with other countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, and European Countries etc.
  • One of the fastest growing economies with ample opportunities, allowing a bright career for students globally post their study.
  • Students experience the cultural diversity with more than 200 nationalities in Dubai, which is very helpful for their future.

Study Undergrad (for international students) in Dubai

  • IELTS / TOEFL needed
  • A minimum of 12 years of schooling with minimum 60% and above.
  • Some universities like the Al Ghurair University, University of Wollongong in Dubai and Middlesex University Dubai requires a minimum percentage 65% if you are coming from CBSE or ISC board
  • Students who gets more than 75% in English may be exempted for IELTS

Note: Competitive Universities need EmSAT for UG admission.

The EmSAT is a national system of standardized computer-based tests, based on United Arab Emirates national standards. The Competitive and primary university admission criteria for public and private universities. The test includes several subjects Arabic, English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Biology. However, Arabic is not mandatory for international Students.

Study postgraduate (for international students) in Dubai

  • Foreign universities with branches in Dubai look for qualifications similar to that in their country. For example Murdoch University.  Dubai looks for postgraduate qualification that meets the same academic standards as an Australian three year bachelor degree. However, it does not mean it has to be an Australian degree.
  • 60% and above percentage in Undergraduate degree will be considered.
  • For admission one needs bachelor’s degree along with TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Admissions to MBA programs in Dubai require students having relevant work experience of 2-4 years depending upon the program and the university applied.
Study ProgramAverage fees(*AED)/Annum
Under Graduate37,500 to 70,000
Post Graduate55,000 to 75,000
  • Intakes for Under graduation: April/May; July/August; December/January.
  • Intakes for Post-graduation: July/August; December/January.

In some universities, the admission happens all through-out the year. So, the admissions happen in fall, spring and summer. The fall season attracts most of the international admissions.

Students are advised to apply 3-4 months before the intake.


United Arab Emirate provides off-campus part-time job opportunities to International Students ONLY on PERMISSION from department of Labour and students require permission from the University or College for part-time work.
Student age should be above 18yrs to work.

  • During sessions, students can work for 15 hours per week or 60 hours per month.
  • During summer breaks, they can work for 40 hours per week or 160 hours per month.
  • Have a Valid Passport and required no. of photographs.
  • Undergraduate degree certificates and mark sheets in case of Post graduate courses.
  • Admission Offer Letter received from Dubai University/Institute
  • English test scores.
  • Sponsor for visa , who can be either the Institute/Parent or relative allowing the visa filing only through them.
  • Sufficient funds and related evidences
  • Arranged accommodation proof
  • Funds ready to transfer the tuition fee for the first year which has to be paid as part of admission process.
  • Student visa fee receipt.
  • Any additional documents like statement of purpose, recommendation letters may be required as per University requirements.
  • Undergo and satisfy medical requirements post arrival(tested for HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, Leprosy, Syphilis and Tuberculosis.
  • Medical/travel insurance

An extra 1,200 AED (330 USD) per month should generally be included for general living expenses(AED15000 per annum).Student should be ready with funds for 1 year tuition and living costs transferable, and sufficient evidences to prove the funds covering the entire course fees.



Research Your Options:

Before you shortlist the universities/institutes, decide what you want to study, where you want to live, overall cost, various opportunities etc.

Step 2:

Select Universities/Institutes:

Shortlist the universities/Institutes (about 10 universities should do) & study programs that meet your requirements and you want to apply for.

Step 3:

 Prepare for entrance exams:

Prepare for the standardized tests like TOEFL/IELTS etc. based on the requirements of the universities & colleges. Register for these tests in advance. While applying for the tests you should also plan for the time  required in case you need to retake the test. You should complete these tests before few months of the intake.

Step 4:

Finance your studies:

Ensure that you have the money ready for your entire period of  study in DUBAI along with accommodation, local travel, food, and other miscellaneous expenses. Decide on how you will finance your studies – personal saving, education loans, student scholarships or assistantship.

Step 5:

Apply to university/Institutes:

Every University/Institute has its own admission requirements. Complete the applications well before deadlines. Your consultant can help you in choosing the right Institute and guidance on application process and submissions

Step 6:

Confirm admission:

Once you get your acceptance letters from the universities/Institutes that you have applied to, choose the university you would like to study at. The next step is to pay the required fees and proceed with Admissions confirmation.

Step 7:

Get Student Visa:

Once you get admission confirmation done, you can apply for your student visa(entry permit) through the sponsor(University/Institute/ Or Parent/Relative). Your Sponsor need to apply for a residence visa once you enter the country.

Student visa will be issued for 1 year and can be extended as per the course duration. Any student staying more than 6 months outside Dubai, will make his visa invalid.

Processing time : 2-4 weeks

  • International students in Dubai on a student visa cannot take up a job in Dubai. Nevertheless, internship opportunities are available following the completion of their studies in Dubai. Internships are usually unpaid.
  • Dubai has provided ways to encourage international students by allowing them to do internships post their graduation. Recent graduates can take up internships through their University/Institute permission and recommendations.
  • University students who graduate with a distinctive GPA of at least 3.75 from universities will be allowed a long-term visa for 5 years renewable visa allowing you a permanent stay. You can find a job and settle in the country. Visa benefits will also include families of the outstanding students.
  • Graduates can also look for jobs with in Dubai and upon finding an employer can apply for a work permit through their employer, without which it is not allowed to work.
  • The main type of Dubai work visa is the “Residence permit for employment issued for an employee”.
  • The Dubai residence permit for employment issued for an employee permits an individual – intending to work in Dubai within the private sector – to remain in the country for up to 3 years.
  • An international student must plan on supporting themselves after the completion of their studies, so that they have the time for looking for jobs in Dubai after graduation.
  • On receiving a job offer, that employer will be processing a Dubai work permit without which no recent graduate can begin working full-time in Dubai.
  • The minimum employment age in the UAE/Dubai is 18 years.
  • Strategy report, prepared as per your profile
  • Course recommendations
  • Admission application process & submissions
  • Statement of Purpose [SOP]
  • Letter of Recommendation [LOR] guidance
  • IELTS coaching
  • Scholarship assistance & applications, as per availability
  • Student visa application documentation guidance, as per the University/College
  • Resume preparation
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Post-landing assistance
  • Design – Design and Innovation, Fashion & Textile Design, Jewellery Design, Construction Design and Architecture, Interior Design
  • Management – Business Management, International Business, Retail and Supply Chain Management, Disaster Management
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Information Technology & Computer systems Engineering
  • Marketing – Digital Marketing, Business Analytics
Name of UniversitiesMOHRE(CAA) AccreditationKHDA Accreditation
Abu Dhabi University – DubaiY 
Al Dar University CollegeY 
Al Falah UniversityY 
Al Ghurair UniversityY 
American College Of DubaiY 
American University in DubaiYY
American University In The EmiratesY 
Amity University Dubai Y
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Y
British University in DubaiY 
Canadian University In DubaiY 
City, University of London  
Curtin University Y
Dubai Institute of Design and InnovationYY
Dubai Medical College For GirlsY 
Dubai Pharmacy College For GirlsY 
Dubai Police AcademyY 
Emirates Academy Of Hospitality ManagementY 
Emirates Aviation UniversityYY
Emirates College For Management And Information Technology

[on probation, no new admissions]

Esmod French Fashion Institute Y
European University CollegeY 
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart UniversityY 
Heriot-Watt University Y
Higher Colleges Of Technology – Dubai BranchY 
Hult International Business School Y
Imam Malik College For Islamic Sharia And LawY 
Institute of Management Technology – DubaiYY
Islamic And Arabic Studies College – DubaiY 
Islamic Azad University Y
Jumeira UniversityY 
London Business School Y
Maktoum Bin Hamdan Dental University College

[on probation, no new admissions]

Manipal University Y
MENA College of ManagementYY
Michigan State University in Dubai Y
Middlesex University Dubai Y
MODUL University DubaiYY
Mohammed Bin Rashid School Of GovernmentY 
Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine And Health SciencesY 
Moscow University for Industry and Finance (Synergy) Y
Murdoch University, Dubai Y
Rochester Institute of Technology – DubaiYY
Royal College Of Surgeons In IrelandY 
S P Jain School of Global Management Y
SAE Institute Y
Saint Joseph UniversityYY
Saint-Petersburg State Economic University Y
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology Y
The College Of Fashion And DesignY 
The National Institute for Vocational Education (NIVE) Y
The University of Manchester Worldwide Y
University Of Balamand In DubaiY 
University of Birmingham Dubai Y
University of Bradford Y
University of DubaiYY
University of Exeter Y
University Of Jazeera

[on probation, no new admissions]

University Of Modern Sciences

[on probation, no new admissions]

University of South Wales, Dubai Y
University of Wollongong in DubaiYY
Zayed UniversityY 
1University of Wollongong, Dubai Campus
2University of Birmingham, Dubai Campus
3Hult International Business School, Dubai Campus
4Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai (RIT Dubai)
5Heriot Watt University, Dubai Campus
6Canadian University, Dubai
7Murdoch University, Dubai Campus
8Modul University, Dubai Campus
9Manipal University, Dubai Campus
10University of Stirling, Dubai Campus
11Middlesex University, Dubai Campus
12University of South Wales, Dubai Campus
13American University of Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai
14The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Dubai
15Emirates Aviation University, Dubai
16Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Dubai







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