Why Study in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most multicultural and fastest growing cities in the world defined by its diverse people and cultures. Just over 10% of Dubai’s population is Emirati national and the remaining almost 90% are from the countries around the world.

In contrast to other highly populated cities, Dubai has a high standard of safety and crime rate is some of the lowest in the world. Almost every day throughout the year the weather in Dubai is warm and sunny. In the winter it has an average daytime temperature of 25°C and around 12-15°C around its coast line. In the summer, the weather in Dubai is hot with temperatures reaching mid 40°C.

The official language of the UAE is Arabic however, English is also widely used across this region. Studying in the English Language is possible in almost all of Universities in Dubai without any discrimination of any kind. Dubai has an efficient and cost-effective public transport system that connects the 4,110 square kilometers of the city. More than 700 scheduled bus services operate across 79 routes serving the main residential and commercial districts of Dubai. Compared to other European and Asian Countries, expenses incurred by students very less and they earn a recognized degree with quality education blended with a great experience of multicultural society. Most Universities in Dubai have high World Ranking.


Education System in Dubai

Education in Dubai covers the levels of primary, secondary and collegiate education. The school system in Dubai is not different from the education system in the United Arab Emirates.

There are many public and private schools catering to both citizens and residents. The Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates is responsible for accreditation of schools.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) supervises all schools, institutes, vocational institutions, adult and special needs centers, day care centers and government and private universities in Dubai.

Secondary Education

Secondary Education is from 15 to 18 years old. Most of Dubai’s secondary schools require students to first take standardised tests such as Advanced Placement, SAT, IB Diploma, IGCSE, GCE Advanced level or CBSE. Other options include vocational education PEARSON BTEC Level 2 Diplomas and Level 3 Extended Diplomas.

Tertiary Education

Dubai's tertiary education is a successful paradigm of transnational global higher education – the youngest yet strongest international tertiary model.

Dubai now hosts students, faculty and universities from different countries with many based in Dubai International Academic City ( - the world’s largest free zone dedicated to higher education and the pursuit of intellectual growth.

Home to numerous regional and international colleges and universities, it serves over 24,000 students from all around the world with more than 400 undergraduate and post-graduate programs offered.


Dubai has on offer globally recognized educational institutions and lucrative career opportunities. Considering the huge influx of immigrants, numerous well known foreign universities have established their campuses in Dubai to impart high-quality education that is at par with western standards.

Dubai plays host to international universities, branch campuses, privately and government owned colleges. There are more than 25 International Branch Campuses (IBCs) in Dubai for international students representing 13 different national curriculums of Postgraduate and Undergraduate courses offered through the education hub in Dubai. There are 65 colleges and universities based in Dubai and 5 public universities.

Some of the best universities are:

  • Murdoch University, Dubai
  • Middlesex University, Dubai
  • Curtin University Dubai
  • University of Wollongong in Dubai
  • MODUL University
  • Heriot Watt University Dubai Campus
  • Canadian University Dubai
  • University of Strathclyde Business School UAE
  • The Universities of Manchester Middle East Centre
  • University of Birmingham Dubai
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • University of Dubai
  • American University in Dubai
  • American University in the Emirates
  • Emirates Aviation University
  • Synergy University Dubai
  • Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University
  • Jumeira University
  • Amity University
  • The British University in Dubai
  • University of Modern Sciences
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Saint Joseph in Dubai
  • University of Bradford Dubai

Universities with campuses in Dubai and Universities in Dubai have more or less similar entry requirements for their graduate and postgraduate modes of study.

Eligibility for Undergraduate Study

For admission into universities in Dubai for undergraduate studies, candidates must meet a certain eligibility criteria which are listed below:

  • The candidate must have a minimum of 12 years of schooling.
  • Some universities require a minimum percentage of 50% to 60%.
  • Students must take English proficiency tests such as IELTS or TOEFL, and score at least 6.0 in IELTS or equivalent.

Eligibility for Postgraduate Study

Almost all universities and colleges accept students with a diverse range of qualifications and backgrounds. International students who want to obtain a Postgraduate degree should fulfill the below mentioned criteria:

  • Student should hold an undergraduate degree that is recognised in the home country as well as Dubai.
  • Programs other than MBA, a bachelor's degree along with a valid TOEFL or IELTS score is required.
  • If students wish to seek admission into an MBA program in Dubai, they should have acceptable work experience of 2-4 years depending upon the program and the university to which they intend to apply.

Student can even study in Dubai without IELTS or TOEFL. International Students are often provided internship programs as part of their courses which gives them real world experience in a leading global economic centre.

Tuition Fees for an undergraduate program in Dubai ranges between 37500 to 70000 AED per year and for a postgraduate program in Dubai ranges between 55000 to 75000 AED per year. The Living expenses ranges between 2600 to 3900 AED per year.

Scholarships for international students are made available by the Dubai Government and also the Universities in Dubai. The main criterion for getting a scholarship is to excellent academic results.

UAE labor law does not allow international students to undertake paid work during the time of their studies however, after completing graduation they can get tax free jobs in the UAE. Internship opportunities after completion of studies are also available to students, they just need permission from their respective universities to take up an internship or work in an internship program. There are certain universities in Dubai that help the students with internship opportunities. If you get an internship offer then you are allowed to work as an intern in Dubai during your studies.

Part Time Jobs in Dubai

With recent changes to the job opportunities for international students, to get a work permit, the student needs to get in touch with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Labour Department provided they have sponsorship from the University, which will allow them to work in Dubai, part-time.

Work Opportunities On-Campus

On-campus jobs in Dubai are a new addition to the job sector for international students. Many universities provide job opportunities to students in libraries, different departments of the university and in administration as well.

Before commencing studies in Dubai, international students need to obtain student visas for the duration of their study. The student visa is valid for 12 months and has to be renewed each year before expiry, until the study program is over. In the UAE, students are first granted ‘Student Entry Permit’ and then a ‘Student Residence Visa.’ At Espire we help you with your visa requirements and guide you through the process.


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