• *** Final Exam dates for Fall 2018 semester start on December 15 and end on December 20.
  • *** Withdrawal deadline for Fall 2018 semester is on November 8, 2018
  • *** Fall 2018 semester starts September 02, 2018 and ends December 20, 2018
  • *** Administration office hours are 8am - 5pm

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.
    Visiting Admissions Checklist


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 AED420/US$115. 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
Students have the option to apply for a Student Residence Visa with AUD, or check other options with the UAE embassy in their home country.
IMPORTANT: Depending on the type of passport the student is holding, other options of getting different types of visas could be available to visit the UAE. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to check these options, requirements, rules and regulations with the UAE Embassy in their home country.  AUD will not be liable or held responsible for any violations, or any complications that might occur due to the fact that the immigration rules might change from time to time during the student’s stay in Dubai. 
Students who are accepted and enrolled on a full-time basis have the option to apply for a visa and can be sponsored by the University. They will be issued a Student Residence Visa valid for one year.  Students who wish to apply for this visa, should request for it by contacting the Admissions Office at least 2 months before the scheduled date of entry. 

Required Documents and Process:
  • The Visa Application Form duly filled and returned click here
  • Colored photocopy of the passport with validity page (min. 6months validity)
  • 1 photo 
  •  Copy of current visa, if applicable
  •  Copy of tenancy contract (Ejari). Waived for those living in AUD Housing.  
  •  Visa charges: AED2,000 (US$548) + a refundable AED3,000 (US$822) 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.
    o   Change of visa status AED600 (US$164)
    o   Issue visa while in country AED700 (US$192)                                     
Visa processing usually takes 3 to 4 working days. Delays may occur at the Department of Naturalization and Residency Dubai (DNRD).

Visa Processing after the student arrives in Dubai
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 on the passport students need to do the following:

Step 1 - Process your UAE ID Card
The ID card is a mandatory electronic means of identification that the Emirates Identity Authority issues each national and expatriate residing in the UAE Before AUD can process your Student Residence Visa, a copy of your UAE ID Card process papers (UAE ID Card Request Form + fingerprints) is needed.
Kindly present your original passport to the typing office located in Al-Manara Center near Noor Bank metro station in order to print your UAE 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)
  • UAE ID Card process papers (original + copy)
  • Original Passport
  • Original Visa
  • 4 Photos
  • 2 passport photocopies of 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 hosting you.

Step 3 - Pay your fees at the Finance Office (Admin Bldg. Room 124)
  • Pay AED400 (US$110) for the medical test
  • Get receipt signed by the Visa Officer

Step 4 - Book the medical test* at the AUD Health Center (Bldg. A Room 116) by providing the following documents:
  • 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 Naturalization 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 to confirm the transfer of your Student Residence Visa to the passport.

Health Insurance
Health insurance fees are payable at the time of visa application.
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 fall semester bill covering the period September 1 through August 31.

Student joining in Fall Semester (covering September to August): *AED 1,785 - $489
Spring Semester (covering January to August): *AED 1,260 - $345
Summer I Term (covering May to August): *AED 630 - $173
*Insurance fees are subject to change.
Cancellation Fee
AED200 (US$55)
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.
IMPORTANT: For other options of getting other types of visas in the UAE, please note that it is the student’s responsibility to check the requirements, rules and regulations with the UAE Embassy in their home country. AUD will not be liable or held responsible for any violations, or any complications that might occur due to the fact that the immigration rules might change from time to time during your stay in Dubai.
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.