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Study Abroad - Dubai


Dubai – city and capital of the emirate of Dubai, one of the wealthiest of the seven emirates that constitute the federation of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is the second largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which is located to its south. Dubai has the highest population density in the UAE. Known as the “capital of UAE’s economy”, Dubai, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, is its key financial and trading hub. Dubai’s fast growing knowledge-based and services economy soon matched and almost replaced its revenue from oil.

Why Study in Dubai?

Dubai is one of the growing educational hubs across the globe – providing a multicultural environment with increased settlement of foreign population enabling international experience – an integral part of pursuing studies abroad. Most of the international universities have their branches located in Dubai. Abu Dhabi being UAE’s capital city, Dubai is the largest city. Dubai’s strategic location allows its provinces to be positioned within a 5 hour radius of half of the world’s population, bridging Asia to the West.


Cosmopolitan: Dubai has an extremely high standard of living wherein millions of people from all over the world call it home, creating a truly cosmopolitan culture. Students in the UAE are exposed to more nationalities than anywhere else in the world, moulding them to be truly globalized leaders for the 21st century.


Proximity to India: Dubai is well connected internationally – most importantly close to India as compared to other preferred destinations for studying abroad. It is a hardly a 3 hour flight from India making room for students to take low-cost flights back home at a moment’s notice!


Affordable and Quality Education: As compared to the education cost in many other popular destinations, Dubai provides high quality education at a very reasonable cost. Dubai further promises comprehensive options to students in terms of courses based on their qualification.


Safety: There are students from all over the world coming to pursue further education in Dubai. The country is safe and the culture is diverse. The students here are welcomed by the nationals and women are treated with respect. People from other nationalities practise their religions easily without any external fear in Dubai.


Active & Vibrant Lifestyle: For adventure lovers there are a lot of activities to choose from. They are parasailing, desert safaris and mountaineering. The sea tours are enjoyable as well.


Tax Free Income (Jobs in Dubai): The sectors emerging in Dubai include entertainment, education, banking and real estate. Tax Free Income is perhaps is one of the key selling points for study in Dubai as the career prospects are healthy in a range of sectors including Oil and Gas, Construction, Hospitality and Banking.


Visa: Dubai has a hassle-free visa process wherein the Dubai Institutions will apply for your visa making it all the more easy. Chances of getting a visa to study in Dubai are very high and you need not get tensed about attending rigorous interviews


Intakes: This is really a big benefit. Many Institutions have as many as start dates in January, May, July, August, September, November.  September is a major intake in Dubai, as in most of the courses will be available during this month.


Strong Network of Indian Community: Indians form a large part of the population in the Dubai. With increasing opportunities in petroleum, construction, banking and IT sectors there has been an exponential increase in these numbers over the past few years. Areas like Bur Dubai and Sharjah are densely populated with Indians. Moreover Indian students will be excited to learn the Indian community in Dubai makes the most of all the Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Navratri etc.


No language Barrier: More than 80 % of the population including the locals in Dubai speaks in English, making it convenient for foreign students to communicate and interact with the local population.

Eligibility Criteria to study in Dubai

There are many Universities and Colleges where International Students can choose to study, but they should meet the admission requirements:

  • 1) A valid passport. 
  • 2) Recent twelve passport-sized photographs with white background. 
  • 3) Admission Offer Letter received from UAE university. 
  • 4) Students Bank statement for the verification of funds.
  • 5) A tenancy agreement. If a student does not have any, he must get a letter from university if he will be staying in the University Accommodation.
  • 6) Copy of tuition fee receipt for the current year of the study program
  • 7) Copy of visa fee receipt for the current year of the study program
  • 8) Post-graduate students need to show proof of their undergraduate degree

Once the student reaches Dubai, he needs to undergo a medical test from an authorized medical centre. The test generally includes a medical and chest X-ray for HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, Leprosy, Syphilis and Tuberculosis.

What after Study?

Under the current visa norm, the international students studying in the United Arab Emirates are now qualified for a five-year student visa, replacing the one-year visa term. The silver lining is, if you are excel exceptionally in your studies in Dubai then you will be eligible for a 10-year residency while remaining students can get a five-year visa. The dependents of the applicant will receive a visa extension in order to help them to begin their careers after graduating. Professional Specialists, such as doctors and engineers are also eligible for a 10-year residency visa.

The Dubai work visa is generally referred to as the “Residence permit for employment”. Under the visa, the eligible applicants aspiring to work in Dubai in the private sector can stay up to three years. Eligible applicants must provide a range of evidence to substantiate their application including medical certificate. Universities in Dubai are blessed with the Career Services Center who solely functions to inform you about the job opportunity with one of the 4,500 companies located across Dubai’s creative clusters. Upon securing a valid job o­ffer from Dubai Employer, then that employer should apply for a Student Part-Time Employment Permit on your behalf. You must Sign the agreement – Standards of Student Part-Time Employment form with the Employer. The form will be submitted by your employer along with the Permit application. If your application for Student Part-Time Employment Permit is successful, then you will receive notification through email.


  1. 1) Research Your Options: Before you shortlist the universities/institutes, decide what you want to study, where you want to live, overall cost, various opportunities etc.


  1. 2) Select Universities/Institutes: Shortlist the universities/Institutes & study programs that meet your requirements.


  1. 3) Prepare for entrance exams: Prepare for the standardized tests like TOEFL/IELTS etc. based on the requirements of the universities. Register for these tests in advance. You should complete these tests before few months of the intake.


  • 4) Finance your studies: Ensure that you have the money ready for your entire period of study in Dubai along with accommodation, local travel, food, and other miscellaneous expenses.


  • 5) Apply to university: Every University has its own admission requirements. Complete the applications well before deadlines. We can help you in choosing the right Institute and provide guidance on application process
  1. 6) Confirm admission: Once you get your acceptance letters from the universities that you have applied to, choose the university you would like to study at.


  1. 7) Get Student Visa: Once you get admission confirmation done, you can apply for your student visa (entry permit) through the sponsor (University/ Parent/Relative). Your Sponsor need to apply for a residence visa once you enter the country.

Student visa will be issued for 1 year and can be extended as per the course duration. Any student staying more than 6 months outside Dubai, will make his visa invalid.

Facts about Dubai

Dubai offers many benefits to international students, including tuition-free education, affordable housing, and affordable living.

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    Top Universities in Dubai

    Hult International Business School Dubai
    Hult International Business School
    University of Wollongong in Dubai
    University of Wollongong in Dubai
    Birla Institute of Technology and Science - Dubai
    Birla Institute of Technology and Science - Dubai
    Middlesex University - Dubai
    Middlesex University - Dubai
    Heriot Watt University - Dubai
    Heriot Watt University - Dubai

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