The UAE is a federation of seven emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Qaiwain. While Abu Dhabi is the centre of federal government activities, most ministerial departments also maintain offices in Dubai. The two largest emirates Abu Dhabi and Dubai provide over 80% of the UAE’s income.
The UAE educational system comprises of a variety of academic and professional training institutions. Academic Programs include diplomas, degrees as well a postgraduate studies. A student may also enroll for professional training to gain an internationally recognized certificate.
The UAE has established an excellent and diversified system of higher education in a very short period of time. Nationals can attend government institutions free of charge, and a wide range of private institutions, many with international accreditation, supplement the public sector.
Government institutions are overseen by the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research.Private universities and colleges are licensed by the Commission for Academic Accreditation, operating within the Ministry, which also accredits their programmes.
Applying for Admission
Each UAE Institution sets its own admission standards. Some practices are common to many institutions, however, undergraduate and graduate admissions to the universities may vary from one institution to the other also from one program of study to the other. Enrollment for a professional training program may not require any specific background knowledge. It is advisable to check with the institution prior to admission.
Once you’ve identified programs of interest to you, you must apply for admission. The first step in this important process is to be sure that the institution at the top of your list is willing to accept you. The institution will need to review your academic background to determine whether you are likely to succeed in its program.
A residence visa is required, to enroll in primary, secondary or high schools which means students will normally be under the sponsorship of one of their parents.
Students under parent’s sponsorship wanting to enroll into tertiary level university, college or institution:
- Sons, below the age of 18 in full-time education can be sponsored by their parents
- Unmarried daughters of any age can be sponsored by their father (or their mother if she is employed in a high-level profession)
Students attending a tertiary level university, college or institution:
- Full-time students can be sponsored by the university, college or institution, that’s if this service is offered by the university, college or institution.
Student Residence Visa Documents, Requirements, and Restrictions
- Student Residence Visas are normally only valid for 1 year at a time, renewed each year during the study program.
- Documents needed:
- Passport with at least 6 months validity, the passport must have two blank visa pages (one to endorse the visa and one for entry stamps)
- 4 Passport copies
- 12 Photographs
- Upon arrival, 3 passport copies with entry visa to the UAE
- Evidence of acceptance to a UAE tertiary institute (offer letter)
- Possibly bank statements showing evidence of funds in the UAE
- Possibly a tenancy agreement (or letter from university if staying in university accommodation)
- Copy of tuition fee receipt for the current study year of the program
- Copy of visa fees receipt for the current study year of the program
- Post-graduate students will need to have their undergraduate degree attested
Contact Student Visa Expert to help you to study in UAE with an internationally recognized degree.