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About Admissions

Dear Student,

We are excited that the American University in Dubai (AUD) is one of your university choices in the region. We are an institution that delivers excellence in teaching and personal and professional development, serving a diverse and global society.

AUD is internationally and locally accredited. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), one of six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

AUD is also recognized by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs (MOE-HEA),
providing quality education and promoting continuous institutional improvement in an
American educational model. Students choosing AUD will find that it is committed to fostering intercultural understanding, demonstrated through its courses, its worldwide exchange programs, and the many activities and organizations that promote appreciation for cultural diversity. AUD is located in Dubai Media City, a business hub for advertising, communication, media, and marketing companies, which makes it a popular and desirable place.

We hope this kit serves as a guide to help you with the application process. Our Admissions team understands students’ educational goals and facilitates the admissions process by answering your questions, ensuring you have a smooth process, and then reviewing your application in a timely manner.

Best wishes,
Carol A. Maalouf
Director of Admissions


Even though the Fall 2020 term will be taking place on campus, AUD has announced a number of measures to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

We continue to be committed to protecting the health and safety of our campus, our community and beyond. At this point, New Student Orientation will occur virtually in observance of practicing social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

Virtual New Student Orientation (VNSO) 2020 is now ready!

The link will be available to all deposited incoming students. Each student only has one link to access the virtual orientation session, but parents/family members may sit with the student during the program.

What is the Virtual Parent Orientation?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, AUD will be implementing an online orientation program this fall for both students and parents. Our online program will be a complete orientation experience! The orientation will be taking place on two separate steps.

  1. Students and parents will be accessing the online link to go over the orientation modules, at any time it is convenient for them, as long as it is done before August 21st.
  2. Upon completion of the online orientation, students will be scheduled for the Virtual Life orientation session which will take place between August 23-27.

At the Orientation for parents and family members students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about a variety of student services including housing, financial aid, student health, community safety, counseling, career planning, and the academic programs
  • Meet academic deans and university staff, and become acquainted with their roles in the university community and their contributions to student learning and development
  • Meet current AUD students and find out their perspectives on life as a student at AUD campus
  • Learn about the many ways for parents and families to contribute to the adjustment and achievement of a AUD student, as well as the transition you will experience at home
  • Find answers to your questions about student life away from home, university level study, and the academic and social environments at AUD

Orientation is mandatory, it gives students an important head start in preparing for their college career. Parents are not required to attend, but by participating in the Online Orientation they can learn more about AUD and gain a greater understanding of what students will be experiencing.