Can I work and study in Dubai

Find out more about the universities, the education system, tuition fees and language requirements.


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) today have a highly differentiated educational landscape in terms of origin and financing mode, in which at least the following five categories must be distinguished among the approximately seventy educational institutions licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR):

  • Federal universities financed by MoHESR: United Arab Emirates University (UAEU, 1976), Zayed University (ZU, 1998, Abu Dhabi and Dubai) and the 15 Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) at eight locations.
  • Universities financed by state-sponsored actors without a foreign partner university: University of Sharjah (1997), American University of Sharjah (1997, US accreditation); Abu Dhabi University (2003); Khalifa University (abbr .: KUSTAR, 2008), Petroleum Institute Abu Dhabi (2001); Ajman University (1988); Dubai School of Government (2005, cooperates i.a. with Kennedy School of Government, Harvard), i.a.
  • Non-state universities in national sponsorship, e.g .: Dubai University (2004), Masdar Institute (2008, only offers MA and PhD, cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)); Emirates Hospitality Academy (cooperation with the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne); British University in Dubai (2004, works closely with leading British universities, each dominating one subject), including
  • Foreign universities financed by state actors, (extensive) teaching autonomy: New York University Abu Dhabi (2010, financed by the Mubadala State Fund), Sorbonne Abu Dhabi (2006, also Mubadala), INSEAD Abu Dhabi (state support from the emirate), etc.
  • Non-governmental, commercial universities in foreign ownership, including Wollongong University Dubai (1993), Middlesex University Dubai (2005), American University Dubai (1995), an increasingly large number of Indian providers, of which Manipal University in Dubai Academic City is the most important institution should be.

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Study system

The university system is strongly based on the Anglo-American system. Universities offer the academic degrees Higher Diploma, Bachelor and Master as well as a few PhDs for some years.


The German higher education entrance qualification normally enables a higher education entrance in the UAE, which however requires a recognition procedure with the Ministry of Education.

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tuition fee

There are no tuition fees for Emirati students at the state universities or they are reimbursed. The majority of universities in the UAE indicate an amount of 10,000 to 15,000 EUR per semester (Bachelor programs), whereby a reduction can often be made through performance grants. Master’s programs cost between EUR 20,000 and EUR 50,000. The amount of the tuition fees for foreign students must be inquired directly from the respective university.

Language requirements

Residence permit and work permit

Questions about visa matters should be clarified with the. There you should also inquire about the requirements for a work permit.


Please also think of a foreign health insurance (see). One possible alternative is that. Also (vaccinations) must be taken.

Cost of living

The cost of living in the UAE is slightly higher compared to Germany, as a lot of food has to be imported.

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Some perks are available through the.


Housing options exist in the campus's own student residences; the costs per semester are AED 15,000 for a single room and AED 10,000 for a shared room. The free housing market is hardly affordable for students who are used to German conditions; In addition, leasing for less than a year is rarely offered. Shared apartments are not common.

(1 Euro (EUR) = 4.11008 Utd. Arab Emirates Dirham (AED); as of April 2019).

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