- Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Semester
- Program Description:
Programs. Study abroad students are welcome to take undergraduate courses in any of the four colleges and schools at the American University of Sharjah including: the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD), the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the College of Engineering (CEN), and the School of Business Administration (SBA).
Accreditation. The American University of Sharjah is accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The bachelor of science degree programs in engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Bachelor of Architecture program of the College of Architecture, Art and Design is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of the United States. The School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Education. Embrace the strong intellectual tradition of the Middle East through education at AUS. Take accredited courses in your major, while enhancing your Arabic language skills through formal classroom instruction and daily conversational practice with native speakers. Exchange students can expect to learn about the Emirati and Gulf Arab Culture while being immersed in the full spectrum of the Arab/Islamic world. They can choose from a wide array of courses concerned with Arab-Islamic culture and civilization, modern Arab history, economics in the Middle East and so much more.
Tuition. Program cost varies by program. In addition to bilateral partnerships, AUS has memberships in consortiums such as the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), and Academic Programs International (API) connect our university with hundreds of universities from more than 40 countries worldwide.
Safety and Security. The UAE is popular among tourists and expats from across the world. You will always feel right at home in the UAE especially with its very low levels of property crime, and very low levels of violent crime. Women feel extraordinarily safe and secure here. In addition to that, the AUS Campus is self-contained with strong security and a Police College located just outside its gates.
- Setting Description:
- Consciously based upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of a larger process of the revitalization of intellectual life in the Middle East. AUS is located at the intersection of four very different worlds: the traditional Arab city of Sharjah, celebrated by UNESCO and ISESCO as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World; the cosmopolitan and futuristic city of Dubai; the wide open desert where students can experience life as a Bedouin; and finally the Indian Ocean resort shoreline where snorkeling and traditional water sports abound. AUS is conveniently situated on a beautiful, park-like campus full of Islamic-style architecture, only 15 minutes from historical downtown Sharjah and the city of Dubai. Sharjah has been named the 2015 Capital of Arab Tourism, ISESCO’s Capital of Islamic Culture, and UNESCO’s Culture Capital of the Arab World.
- Program cost varies by program. In addition to bilateral partnerships, AUS has memberships in consortiums such as the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), and Academic Programs International (API) connect our university with hundreds of universities from more than 40 countries worldwide.
Based on 2 Reviews
- In short, this opportunity is incredibly unique. You should take it. You will be glad you did.12/27/17
From the same class as the other reviewer, I can corroborate the accuracy of everything stated in their review. However, I felt compelled to write a review because the other author neglected to mention the illustrious city of Dubai. As one of the hottest
travel destinations for the rich and famous of world, Dubai also has mighty prestige beyond the flashy cars you will find on a Google search. You will not be disappointed by the sights you will see, and for me, that alone should persuade you to take the journey to the other side of the world. The UAE is exuberant. From the luxury brands you will not see in such concentration to what I deem to be the highest social standards of any country in the free market. This place is CLASSY, and best of all, you get to experience it for months on end without breaking the bank. From campus, a 20-30 minute cab ride into the city split 3-4 ways was hardly ever more than than a few dollars each person. Therefore, I was under the impression that the cabs in Sharjah were pretty reasonable. Also, local cuisine could be enjoyed for ~$4-6 while the food chains, and the UAE had practically ALL of the food chains I frequent, were on par with prices in the U.S. As for collectibles and apparel, the items in the bazaars and independent shops were a bargain compared to things found in the mall. Back on campus, you'll be stunned by the beauty of the academic buildings, impressed by the composure and elegance of your peers, and even challenged by the high standards for academics. Don't sweat it, though! Most universities allow study abroad credits to be exempt from GPA calculation (pass/fail). Trust me, you would rather be spending time with your new friends than studying anyway. Exchange programs are 100% about the experience so attend your classes and do your assignments, but be ready to prioritize your own whims and those of your peers over institutional learning each and every day. As I begin to wrap this up, I want to mention that I had no Arabic experience (and neither did most of my peers) and it was no problem! Everyone in the university knows English and every sign in Dubai is in English as well. This is the perfect study abroad trip for a wannabe world traveler! Seriously. Once you return home, you will have more friends to visit than you ever imagined. I do mean connections from quite literally ALL over the world. It is an amazing feeling to know you have friends spread all around the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Asia. This campus is an absolute dream of diversity with over 70 nationalities represented and the strongest national concentration at a mere 15%. Awareness of this fact makes each and every person you meat uniquely fascinating with their own story defining what brought them to Dubai and the University of Sharjah!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Student Septemeber 2014-June 201508/18/16
AUS is an amazing place to study and the people at IXO couldn't be more helpful. Everything ran smoothly from the time of my arrival until my exit. The country is safe and the people respectful. Many outings are planned by the IXO team so you get to see
and do a lot while you are there. From overnight camping in the desert, to trips to neighboring countries like Oman. Not only does IXO do great trips but the university has many, many clubs that plan trips as well. It is great to get involved. The standard of education is high. The learning resources avaliable to you are many. The architecture of the university is absolutely stunning. The grounds are very safe with police guards and the majority of the women's dorm staff were lovely. Bring money! Money goes quickly. The only downside is, although beautiful scenery AUS is in the middle of no where. Taxis begin to cost a lot as the bus schedule too get off property is not the greatest. All and all I had an amazing time and highly recommend AUS to anyone looking to receive a great education as well as explore the Gulf region. It's a safe place to live where everything is accessible and other countries are just quick plane rides away.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend