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Study In Abu Dhabi

Studying in Abu Dhabi is the chance to live a cultural experience like no other, in an economically and academically thriving country that will change your world views and fuel your sense of adventure. Abu Dhabi is the capital of UAE and UAE is bordered by Saudi Arabia, Oman and the Persian Gulf and is composed of seven emirates — Abu Dhabi (the capital), Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm al-Quwain. Abu Dhabi plays a significant role in making up this country’s cultural and natural wealth, but most of the UAE higher education institutions are located in Abu Dhabi, that have been at the forefront of the country’s aspirations to elevate higher education to the world-class standards that they have today. Abu Dhabi is home to the capital city and is the largest of the emirates, making up three fourths of UAE territory, as well as being at the centre of the UAE’s oil industry and is responsible for a third of its GDP. After Dubai, Abu Dhabi is the most populous of the UAE and the region’s most vital commercial and financial hub, where international students will find ample opportunities to develop themselves professionally.

You’ll have the chance to explore various cutting-edge attractions, such as the religious edifices like the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

The country’s deep-seated Islamic culture and tradition combined with their powerful drive towards innovation and modernity have led Abu Dhabi to be a one-of-a-kind destination for students all over the world.

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Fast Fact About Abu Dhabi

Population: 1.4 million
Currency: The Emirati Dirham (AED)
Language: Arabic
Area Size: 972 km²
Calling code: +971
Time zone: GMT +4
Academic year: September - June.
Study in the Abu Dhabi: Student Visas & Permits
Study in the Abu Dhabi
Study in Abu Dhabi

Student Visas & Permits

In order to study in Abu Dhabi, you will need a student visa, also called a student residence visa. Student visas in Abu Dhabi must be sponsored by a higher education institution or by a local relative and are only valid for up to one year at a time and will have to be renewed annually.
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Document Requirements

In order to be granted a visa, the following documents will be necessary:

Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity. Ensure you have two blank pages for your stamps and the visa.
Filled-out application form (provided by the institution).
Passport copies (generally 2-4 copies).
Photographs of yourself (12 copies).
Admission offer letter from the UAE higher education institution you applied for.
Proof of funds for tuition fees and living expenses.
Copy of visa fees and tuition fees receipt.
Proof of accommodation.
If applying for a postgraduate program, proof of your undergraduate degree.
Candidates from certain countries might be required to undertake a security check.
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Before You Apply

Tuition fees in the UAE vary widely across the country depending on university, location, level of study and course. For example, in Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s most expensive city, tuition fees for an undergraduate program range between 28,500 to 55,000 AED per year and a postgraduate program is between 40,000 to 65,000 AED per year. An extra 1,200 AED (330 USD) per month should generally be included for general living expenses.
Some universities will impose an annual fee for students taking between 12 to 16 credit hours (plus additional fees), but anything above or below will be billed per credit hour. In some other cases, no annual fee is charged, and tuition is based on the amount of credit hours the student is taking.
The official language of Abu Dhabi is Arabic, but there are many higher education programs that are taught entirely in English and indigenes have good knowledge of the language, so international students should have no worries about communicating.

Culture in Abu Dhabi today is a result of a long history, going back to ancient times and drawn from various shifting civilizations. From nomadic desert tribes, to the pearl harvesters along the Arabian Gulf, to the sea of skyscrapers that are the cities of today, Abu Dhabi takes pride in its history while planning for the future by encouraging contemporary practices within the fields of art, business, education, technology and innovation.

The deep religious roots of the UAE capital can be felt in almost all aspects of everyday life, and Islamic culture and local customs are something that visitors should be respectful of to avoid being offensive or falling foul of the law.
For example, unruly behaviour or public displays of affection are frowned upon by local law and could have serious consequences. Also, contrary to popular belief, dress codes aren’t as restrictive in the main cities and it's acceptable to express your individuality. That said, it's wise to err on the side of modesty when out socially.

Arabs are known for their sincere hospitality and strong sense of tradition; they are welcoming of people from all over the world and eager to share their culture and values.

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