List of Top Universities in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in the world. Expansive and clean beaches, luxurious hospitality and mammoth architectural marvels, Dubai has got it all. However, in the past few years, the Middle Eastern powerhouse has also positioned itself as one of the most popular destinations for education. Dubai houses some of the best educational institutes and universities in the Middle East, boasting world-class curriculum, and extra-curricular facilities. Here is a list of top 6 universities in Dubai, and all that you need to know about them:

Zayed University

Zayed University is one of the three state-run universities and was established in 1998. The University campus is located at the Al Ruwayyah, near the Academic City. It is also the first university in the UAE to be accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, USA.

The University is named after the country’s first President Late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It offers some of the best graduations and posts graduation courses in several divisions, like Law, Hospitality, Business Management, Finance among others. Depending on which course you apply for, the fees range between AED84,400 to AED124,000 for a complete programme.

American University in Dubai (AUD)

The AUD was founded in 1995 and is one of the first private foreign universities to be established in the UAE. The University is also among the best in the Middle East. It also happens to be the only university out of the USA and Latin America to be accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools.

The AUD is located at the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, making easily accessible from anywhere in the Emirates. Level of education is word class, and the curriculum is designed to produce leaders of the future. The University offers various programmes in Engineering, Business Administration, Architecture, and Social Sciences. The fees usually range from AED80,000 to AED90,000, depending on your programme.

The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD)

The UOWD was established in the year 1993 and is one of the oldest in the country. The university houses more than 3500 students from over 108 countries. It is affiliated to one of the world’s best Universities, the University of Wollongong in Australia.

It is one of the most sophisticated Universities in the UAE and is situated at Dubai Knowledge Village. The university specializes in logistics science, applied finance and engineering management, among other several courses. The University also provides specialized courses on Arabic and English languages, from teaching and corporate perspective. Annual fees for various undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from AED67,500 to AED217,600.

Canadian University of Dubai (CUD)

The CUD is a private Canadian University, founded in 2006. It is located off Sheikh Zayed Road, at walking distance from the Dubai metro station. The University has adopted the Canadian curriculum, though accredited by The University Ministry of Education. Courses offered by the CUD are globally recognized and command international credibility. The university offers programs in five branches of academia, namely Architecture and Interior Design, Business Administration, Media and Communication Study, Environment and Health Sciences and Applied Science and Technology. The average course fees range from AED66,000 to AED80,000.

American University in the Emirates (AUE)

The AUE is another American University, founded in the year 2006. It came into existence due to the rising demand for higher education, keeping in mind the growing needs for regional development in economic and financial terms.

Situated in the Dubai International Academic City, the AUE offers programmes in the fields of Security and Strategic Studies, Business Administration, and several other courses which are unique in the entire Gulf region. Within a short span of time, the American University in the Emirates has gone on to become one of the most prestigious universities in the Middle East. The University has also been actively contributing to research in various fields. Here, the average annual fees range from AED4,000 to AED6,500.

British University in Dubai (BUiD)

The BUiD was established in 2004 and became the first University in the Middle East to offer research-based master’s programmes. It was formed in partnership with the University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, and Cardiff University. This BUiD is one of the few prestigious universities is in the whole of the Middle East which offers PhD courses on various subjects. Apart from this the university also offers several graduate and postgraduate programmes in the field of science and engineering, including Industrial Engineering, Sustainable Environment Design, Informatics, IT Management, Structural Engineering, etc. The annual fees for a program range between AED55,000 to AED75,000.

Important things to keep in mind:

  • Applications for admission are accepted in the last week of April. All the applications must be submitted through university websites.
  • Dubai is an expensive place to live for foreign students. The fees mentioned above does not include residential expenses.
  • All the above-mentioned universities have skipped documentation policies. Hence keep all your documents ready to avoid complications.
  • Some of the courses may require candidates to clear entrance tests. So it is recommended to check whether the desired degree requires any of these.