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Thanks to our international recognition as an accredited institution, students from all over the world have been able to study at The American University in Dubai.

Over the years Study Abroad and Visiting students from colleges and universities from the four corners of the world have studied at the American University in Dubai. 
Click here to see the list.
Application Process

Students joining AUD for one semester or more with the intention of transferring credits back to their home institution should submit the following documents. Please make sure that the following items are included with your application, your admission will depend on the receipt of all necessary documents that are required throughout the review of your application.

  • Completed Admissions Application for Study Abroad/Visiting

  • Official College Transcript (sealed). A minimum CGPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent of good academic standing is required.

  • English Requirements: International TOEFL® (see chart below for scores) or Academic IELTSTM or the equivalent score on another internationally-recognized exam (English).
    AUD’s international code for TOEFL® is 0063. PBT is accepted from specific centers in the UAE. Students should consult with the Admissions Office for further details. This requirement may be waived for students who are studying at English medium institutions.

International TOEFL® or Academic IELTSTM


Total Essay/Writing
TOEFL Paper-based 550 (CAT213) 4
TOEFL IBT 79-80 24
Academic IELTS 6.5 6.5
  • Completed Course Approval Form. From the student’s university for the courses to be taken at AUD and are targeted for transfer to the student’s program at the home institution.

  • Completed Registration & Enrolment Form.

  • Completed and signed by the student: (1) Waiver and Release, (2) Consent to Release Education Records, (3) Declaration, and (4) Acknowledgment. All forms available in the Application Kit.

  • Two (2) recent passport-size photographs; passport photocopy with validity page; photocopy U.A.E. ID

  • Non-refundable application fee of AED200/US$54. A reservation deposit (non-refundable) of AED5,000/US1,370, which is fully applied toward tuition, is required upon acceptance for admission. Visiting students from one of AUD’s partner exchange institutions are exempt from these fees. The list of approved institutions is available online. Due to the high number of applicants, students are requested to pay this deposit within two months of the start of the term of entry. No application will be accepted after this date without the reservation deposit.

  • Completed Health History Form. This form must be signed and stamped by a Physician.

  • Copy of valid health insurance card.

Visiting students interested in applying to AUD for a degree program must be in good academic standing [i.e., with a minimum 2.0 CGPA on a 4.0 scale or equivalent] at the institution from which they are transferring. AUD may require higher than this 2.0 minimum CGPA. As this depends on the university from which the student is transferring, all applicants should consult the AUD Admissions Office for the requirement pertinent to his or her institution.

Visa Information
Study Abroad/Visiting students who are accepted and enrolled at AUD are eligible to be sponsored by the university and will be issued a Student Residence Visa valid for the duration of the enrollment (up to two semesters).
New students should request for the visa by contacting one of the representatives in the Admissions Office.
Required Documents and Process
  • The Visa Application Form duly filled and returned (available at the Admissions Office)
  • Colored photocopy of the passport with validity page (at least 6 months)
  • 1 photo
  • Copy of current visa, if applicable
  • Copy of tenancy contract (Ejari). Waived for those living in AUD Housing.
  • Visa charges: AE D1,000 (US$ 274) + a refundable AED 2,000 (US$ 548) passport security deposit
  • Extra Charges: these are applicable only to those students who enter the UAE with another type of visa (tourist etc.) and wish to obtain an AUD Student Residence Visa while they are in the UAE.
    • Change of visa status AED 600 (US$ 164)
    • Issue visa while in country AED 690 (US$ 189)
Visa processing usually takes 3 to 4 working days. Delays may occur from the Department of Naturalisation and Residency Dubai (DNRD).
Visa Processing
During the first week of the semester, students should contact the Visa Officer for visa processing. To process the Student Resident Visa and add it to your passport you need to do the following:
Step 1 - Process your U.A.E. ID Card
The ID card is a mandatory electronic means of identification that the Emirates Identity Authority issues each national and expatriate person residing in the U.A.E. Before AUD can process your Student Residence Visa, we need a copy of your U.A.E. ID Card process papers (U.A.E. ID Card Request Form + Fingerprints).
Kindly present your original passport to the typing office located in Al-Manara Centre near Noor Bank metro station in order to print your U.A.E. ID application. Then proceed to the Emirates ID Center in Knowledge Village next to Mediclinic Hospital, Block 12, first floor for your fingerprints.
Step 2 - Bring the following documents to the Visa Officer (Admin Bldg. Room 120)
  • U.A.E. ID Card process papers (original + copy)
  • Original Passport
  • Original Visa
  • 4 Photos
  • 2 passport photocopies with validity page
  • 2 visa photocopies
  • Copy of the tenancy contract (Ejari). Waived for those living in AUD Housing.
    • If you are the tenant: copy of Ejari
    • If you are living with your family: copy of Ejari + copy of the tenant’s passport
    • If you are living with non-family members: copy of Ejari + copy of the tenant’s passport + no objection letter from tenant to host you.
Step 3 - Settle your fees at the Finance Office (Admin Bldg. Room 124)
  • Pay AED 350 (US$ 96) for the medical test
  • Get receipt signed by the Visa Officer
Step 4  - Book the medical test* at the AUD Health Center by providing the following documents: (Bldg. A Room 116)
  • Receipt from Finance Office duly signed by the Visa Officer
  • Passport copy
  • Visa copy
  • 2 Photos
* A medical test at an authorized UAE medical center is required by the Department of Naturalisation and Residency Dubai (DNRD). A positive result for HIV, Tuberculosis (TB), Hepatitis B or C, or leprosy is grounds for immediate deportation. Students under the age of 18 will be exempted from doing the medical test.
Check with the Visa Officer 10 days after your medical test is conducted to confirm the transfer of your Student Residence Visa to the passport.
Cancellation Fee AED 150 (US$ 41)
AUD-sponsored students who complete their semester(s) at AUD must contact the Visa Officer to process their visa cancellation two weeks before returning to their home country. These fees are subject to change without notice by the UAE government authorities.
Health Insurance
Private health insurance covering care in the UAE is mandatory for all AUD-sponsored students. In order to meet this requirement by enrolling in the AUD-sponsored health insurance plan, students are charged a non-refundable fee on their bill that will be determined upon registration.

​Download printable copy of the instructions by clicking here.
Health Insurance
Health Insurance for all students
Private health insurance care in the UAE is mandatory for all AUD students
. In order to meet this requirement, visiting students are asked to provide the finance office with a health insurance plan valid in the UAE (international/ travel insurance) for their stay period at the university.

This requirement is mandatory and required prior to your class registration once your file is cleared by the Admissions Office.

Please e-mail your health coverage to

AUD-Sponsored Students

Visiting students requiring AUD residence visa have to enroll in the AUD-sponsored health insurance plan as part of the visa process. 

Health Insurance Fees
Student joining beginning of
Fall Semester (covering September, 2016 – August, 2017): AED1,700
Spring Semester (covering January, 2017 – August, 2017): AED1,200
Summer I Term (covering May, 2017 – August, 2017): AED600
Health insurance fees are payable at the time of visa application. 
Accommodation is available by semester for those who wish student housing.For further information, please click here.
The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship
U.S. Citizen Students with exemplary academic achievements and currently enrolled as fulltime undergraduate degree candidates at an accredited four-year college/university in the United States may be eligible to apply to The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship. Click here for more information.
Note: Students applying to the AUD Clinton Scholarship do not need to fill the Study Abroad/Visiting Student Application Form.