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The UAE (United Arab Emirates) is a vast federation of popular seven states on the southwest shore of the Arabian Gulf. Needless to say, one of the largest in oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the UAEs capital. It is one of the most popular destinations for Indian and international students. UAE boasts an employment rate of 97 percent. UAE is mostly known for its high-quality education and employment. It is home to a number of the worlds best educational institutions in the world. The fact is – most of the universities are ranked by the QS World University Rankings outside of the EU and are situated in UAE. A number of 33 highly ranked universities are based in UAE and also have branch campuses of other top universities in the United Arab Emirates. This is one of the reasons; UAE has become one of the most demanding destinations for higher studies. Out of 33 universities, 5 universities are featured within the QS world university rankings.

The job opportunities in UAE are huge in different sectors, like Engineering, Business, Accounting and Finance, Computer Science & Information Technology, Healthcare, and Education, to name a few. The average AED is 4,746 per month for a fresh graduate in UAE, though it varies from course to course and university to university pass out. Students need to have a post-study work visa in the UAE to work after completing the graduate degree. There are many different types of post-study work options available in the UAE for students available in different parts of the country.


Abu Dhabi

Int Students


Happiness Index


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212099 Dirham

UAE University


No. of Universities


Session Intake


It provide two main Intakes for international students:- September & June both the intakes are equally important for the students & universities.


UAE Education Types


The United Arab Emirates is a destination of wide range of universities, both private and public. The UAE has founded an excellent as well as diversified system of higher education in a very short period of time. Education is organised by the authorities in accordance with the primary, preparatory, secondary, technical, bachelor, master and doctoral level studies.

  • Technical Diploma: Technical diploma studies are created to provide students with broad spectrum of technological skills and knowledge. After completing this diploma a student is ready to get a job.Certificate or diploma are awarded to pursue further higher studies, normally it takes 6 years to complete.
  • Bachelors Program: Like other bachelor degrees awarded by other universities in the world, UAE universities also do the same. There are some hard and fast eligibility criteria to follow to get admission in bachelor degrees. These are graduate degrees awarded after a period of study lasting for 4 to 6 years. All bachelor programs are defined according to the field of study and specialisation.
  • Masters Program: Universities in UAE offer a wide range of master degree programs in various disciplines. This master’s program enables students to progress to a doctorate level program. The program is defined in accordance with the field of study, specialisation and path. Each university in the United Arab Emirates has its own system on their website that allows future students to apply for and enrol in their degree programmes. So, once you select the university of your choice, you can go through their application and submit your materials there.
  • Doctorate Program: Masters degrees in the UAE are organised in a similar way to those in other parts of the world, with MA, MSc and MBA courses available at most institutions, a student can opt for doctoral study after successfully completing the course. Students are selected for the doctorate programs offered by UAE universities from their academics and previous educational background and research. The doctorate is awarded after a period of full time research study lasting 3-4 years.

MBBS Ranked Universities


Bashkir State Medical University






RUB 2.99L


Chuvash State Medical University








Kazan Federal University






RUB 4.68L


Yaroslav The Wise Novgorod State University




Veliky Novgorod


RUB 2.78L


Academic Prerequisites

Technical Diploma – Min 60% in the 12th standard exam, TOEFL – 80 minimum, Passport copies

Bachelors Program – Bachelor’s Diploma copy, Passport copies, CV, Testing Scores, and Essays, Evidence of Scholarship and Funding if it is financed by any corporate or university, TOEFL – 80 minimum, LOR & SOP

Masters Program –  Passport copies, CV, Testing Scores, and Essays, Evidence of Scholarship and Funding if it is financed by any corporate or university, TOEFL – 80 minimum, LOR & SOP

Doctorate Program – Bachelor & Masters’s degree proof, TOEFL – 80 minimum, Passport copies, CV, Testing Scores, and Essays, Evidence of Scholarship and Funding if it is financed by any corporate or university, TOEFL – 80 minimum, LOR, LOA, and SOP

Documents Required

X & XII Marksheets
X & XII Marksheets
NEET Scorecard
NEET Scorecard
Passport Size Photo
Passport Size Photo
Bank Statement
Bank Statement

Courses in UAE

Name of Course Duration Average FEE Average Salary Range
Master in Engineering (M.Tech) 3 Years 61,000 AED AED 41,000 - AED 43,500
Master of Business Administration (MBA) 2 Years 55,000 AED AED 110,000 - AED 133,350
Master in Computer Science (M.Tech) 3 Years 54,500 AED AED 39,000 - AED 42,000
Master in Information technology (M.Tech) 3 Years 49,000 AED AED 35,000 - AED 38,500
Master in Data Science 2 Years 63,600 AED AED 46,000 - AED 48,350
Master in Applied Computing (M.Tech) 2 to 3 Years 59,000 AED AED 49,000 - AED 51,230
Master in Civil Engineering (M.Tech) 2 to 3 Years 43,050 AED AED 31,000 - AED 34,000
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) 3 Years 41,050 AED AED 56,000 - AED 59,800
Bachelor of Dentistry & Surgery (BDS) 5 Years 71,000 AED AED 117,000 - AED 192,000
Bachelor of Hotel Management (BHM) 3 Years 33,000 AED AED 88,100 - AED 102,500
Master in Media Studies 2 to 3 Years 36,500 AED AED 45,600 - AED 48,350
Master in Culinary 3 Years 44,000 AED AED 25,400 - AED 27,500
MBBS or Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 6 Years 183,100 AED AED 96,229 - AED 99,340
Finance & Accounting 2 Years 33,000 AED AED 51,000 - AED 54,500
Master in Fashion Designing 3 Years 34,000 AED AED 39,004 - AED 42,230

Cost of Studying in UAE

The cost of living in the United Arab Emirates depends on one’s lifestyle, but, most of all, the expenses depend on the chosen location, mainly the city of UAE you are studying in one dwells in. Honestly speaking for Indian students the living costs will stay the same as the international students who are coming from outside of the European Union territories. You can enjoy a decent lifestyle and comparatively low tuition fees in UAE with the living expenses and others in your budget; as UAE comes under a reasonable budget for international students.

The cost of study in the UAE includes the cost of food, home allowances, clothing, utility cost, insurance, and more. It goes without saying that your week-by-week or month-by-month sustenance expenses will depend upon your expenditure, for instance, if you are visiting somewhere and shopping or eating out, then it will be a bit costly.

Here, we have listed some of the important expenses that you need to know while studying in UAE, though the utility will totally depend on the climate where you are currently living, and also the UAE property you are using. If you are living far away from the city then the utility cost will be different. Let’s have a look at the expense for Indian students.

Type of Expense Avg. Monthly Cost (AED)
Accommodation 1666.00
Food 900.00
Transportation 300.00
Internet 50.00
Health Insurance 830.00
Miscellaneous 150.00
Total 3896


The United Arab Emirates is mostly known for its high-quality education and employment. It is home to a number of the world’s best educational institutions in the world. The fact is – most of the universities are ranked by the QS World University Rankings outside of the EU and are situated in UAE.

However, study and living costs in UAE are not always affordable. Although tuition fees at public universities are quite low, you can get a scholarship, your studies will be smooth and easy. Year after year, the UAE Embassy in India along with other UAE organizations awards scholarships to all but 6,000 meritorious students from all over the world.

The scholarship amount would be no less than 30 Crore in INR. These scholarships amount are awarded to international applicants who want to pursue their higher studies in the United Arab Emirates and have excellent academic records with a limited number of funding options to study in the UAE.

The Ministry of United Arab Emirates awards a number of scholarships to international students, out of which 25 percent of the scholarships are financed directly by the Ministry itself in the framework of scholarship schemes. They are applicable for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral level programs, or other major programs.

1.  Outstanding Academic Excellence Scholarships

This scholarship is provided by the University of Wollongong in Dubai. The scholarship is offered at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. This scholarship provides a 10% – 40% contribution to their tuition fees. 

2.  International Student Tuition Scholarships

This scholarship is applicable for the most promising international students, either in Science or in Humanities, to follow a 2-3 years course by Wisconsin Stout University. Graduate students are awarded AED 22036 per academic year with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

3.  Master Research Teaching Scholarship

The scholarships are given to excellent international students to enroll in its Master’s programs in the excellence of sciences offered by Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The monthly stipend provided is AED 4,000. 

4.  SP Jain Center of SPG Management Global MBA Program

The scholarship offered by S P Jain to the very selective students admitted to the MBA program. Almost 75% of courses can be covered with scholarship money. All participants receiving scholarships must maintain a required GPA and abide by the Code of Conduct.

5.  HH Sheikh Hamdan Scholarships

The scholarship programs offered by Abu Dhabi University promote access to its bachelor’s degree, especially nationally certified degree programs to international students, taught in its member establishments. The scholarship is AED 10,000 per year.

6.  Zayed University Undergraduate Merit Scholarship

The Zayed University Undergraduate Merit Scholarship is given to national and international students for bachelor’s degrees in any discipline on the basis of their academic performance. It is up to 50% of the tuition fee may get covered with this scholarship. 

7.  Multicultural Student Scholarship

The scholarships support a scholarship program for international students who wish to pursue an international bachelor’s or master’s program at the University of UAE. The grant amounts to AED 36727 per year.

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Visa UAE - Type of Visa

To study in the United Arab Emirates, you will need a student visa, which is also called student residence visa. It is issued to international students who are over 18 years as well as residing in the United Arab Emirates. One’s student visas in need to be sponsored by a higher education institution or by a local relative. The types of visas are:

The cost of UAE student visa depends on your tenure, nationality, and whether it is a short-stay or a long-stay as per the program.


Visa in UK

  • Short-term Study: - Study
  • Tier 4 General Student - Study
  • Child Student - Tier 4
  • General Work - Tier 2

Visa in Australia

  • Visa (Subclass 485)
  • Visa (Subclass 500)
  • Visa (Subclass 590)

Visa in USA

  • F1 - Visa
  • M1 - Visa
  • J-1
  • H-1B

Visa in New Zealand

  • Fee Paying Student
  • Exchange Student
  • Post - Study Work
  • Skilled Migrant Category Resident

Document Required for Visa

Your application for a student visa for United Arab Emirates will only be approved when you will be able to show that you have each of the following documents:


Valid passport/ photo ID
12 Recent Passport Photographs
Valid passport/ photo ID
Proof of Health Insurance
Proof of Accommodation

Careers in UAE

The best part of studying in the UAE is the work opportunities for international students. Indian and international students have the opportunity of both working during their study and after studying in the United Arab Emirates. There are huge scopes of getting jobs in the following fields.

Part-Time Work Opportunities

The universities in UAE allow international students to work up to 15 hours per week or 60 hours per month.

Post Study Work VISA

Students must require a post-study United Arab Emirates work visa to work after completing the graduate or postgraduate degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the United Arab Emirates offers a great multicultural study experience, therefore, bringing together cultures from all around the world. Students who travel to UAE for higher studies appreciate the cultural diversity, highly developed cities, and the great variety of social life. The United Arab Emirates boasts 7 top-class international-level universities, out of which 3 institutes are ranked within the world's top 500.

If you have a plan to pursue higher studies in a multicultural country with a budget, then UAE is the best option for sure. Though tuition fee varies from program to program and the duration of the program you choose. Normally tuition fees at private universities start at AED 37,500-70,000 AED per year.

To obtain a student visa in United Arab Emirates, a few compulsory documents must be presented, ranging from verification of enrolment, proof of English proficiency, academic qualifications, and much more.

Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain, Ras Al-Khaimah and Ajman are some of the best cities to study in UAE for international students.

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE at the UG and PG levels is mandatory to study in the United Arab Emirates. You can’t study in UAE at public and/or private universities without appearing in any of these exams.

The cost of living in UAE depends on your lifestyle and the city you decide to dwell in. So, for Indian students, the estimated cost of living in the United Arab Emirates is 4,000-27,000 AED or 2,81,400-5,42,700 INR.

Students must require a post-study work visa UAE to work after completing the graduate degree. There are many post study work options in UAE for students available in different parts of the country.