Visa Information for Visiting Students

  • Undergraduate Visiting Students applying for residence visa should be registered for at least 4 courses (12 credits)
  • Graduate Visiting Students applying for residence visa should be registered for at least 2 courses (6 credits)


It is mandatory for all Fall and Spring visiting students to apply for a Student Residence Visa from AUD (except for UAE and GCC nationals).

Students should apply for the visa 2 months prior to the start of the semester by contacting the Admissions Office at

As part of the visa process, students are required to enroll in the AUD-sponsored health insurance plan. The residence visa has to be cancelled at the end of the semester before leaving the UAE.


Students joining AUD for Summer session only (7 weeks), should check with the UAE embassy in their home country for the visa requirement. Depending on the type of passport the student is holding, there are different types of visas available to visit the UAE.

It is mandatory for students to provide proof of insurance, that covers them in the UAE during their entire stay. Please e-mail your insurance details to

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.


  • The Visa Application Form to be filled online click here
  • Colored photocopy of the passport with validity page (min. 6 months validity)
  • Copy of current visa, if applicable
  • Copy of tenancy contract (Ejari). Waived for those living in AUD Housing.

Additional fees: These are applicable only to students who enter the UAE with another type of visa (tourist, etc.) and apply for an AUD Student Residence Visa while in the UAE.

  • Change of visa status AED600
  • Issue visa while in country AED700

Visa processing usually takes 3 to 4 working days. Delays may occur at the Department of Naturalization and Residency Dubai (DNRD).



Visa Fee

Passport Deposit**

Health Insurance


One Semester

AED 1,000

AED 1,000

AED 1,600

AED 3,600

Two Consecutive Semesters
Extended Another Semester

AED 1,000

AED 1,000

AED 3,200*

AED 5,200

The Summer Session

AED 1,000

AED 1,000

AED 1,200

AED 3,200

*The rate may vary, therefore the annual rate will be applied.
**Passport Deposit is refundable upon cancellation of visa.


  • AED200 (if the student is inside the country)
  • AED300 (if the student is outside the country)

AUD-sponsored students who complete their semester(s) at AUD should contact the Visa Officer at +971 4 318 3128 to process their visa cancellation two weeks prior to leaving the UAE. These fees are subject to change without notice by the UAE government authorities.

Find out more about Study Abroad Program (International Visiting Students) at AUD..

Visa Information for all Applicants

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