Adjacent to Dubai, Sharjah is the third largest of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Formed in 1971, the federation comprises the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain. The UAE is located on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered to the south and west by Saudi Arabia and to the east by the Sultanate of Oman. Like its neighbor Qatar, the UAE has one of the strongest economies in the region and the world. The Emirates of the UAE have made great strides in reinvesting their wealth with an eye toward economic and environmental sustainability.
Sharjah is known as the “Cultural Capital of the UAE,” and has quite a lively history itself. Uniquely located on world trade routes and the only Emirate with direct access to both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, Sharjah has developed from a small trading town, relying on fishing and pearl diving, to one of the most modern, dynamic commercial and trade centers in the region.
Students who choose to study abroad in Sharjah can experience an unfamiliar culture in a familiar setting with API at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). AUS was founded in 1997 and is consciously based upon the American system of higher education. The beautiful campus has been described by many as the “jewel of Sharjah” and is itself a must-see destination for tourists and dignitaries alike. Thoroughly grounded in Arab culture, AUS is a leading comprehensive coeducational university in the Gulf, serving students from the region and around the world.
The official language of instruction is English, and students will have the opportunity to choose from courses in Arabic language and culture, art, architecture and design, business, engineering, natural sciences, mass communications, and more. AUS awards credit in similar fashion to most U.S. universities, and students generally take 4-5 classes in order to receive 12-15 credit hours per semester.
For a complete listing of courses, please click here.
The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: January 11, 2018
- Departure Date: May 16, 2018
The Fall 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: August 23, 2018
- Orientation: TBA
- Classes Start: TBA
- Mid-Term Exams: TBA
- Classes End: TBA
- Final Exams: TBA
- Departure Date: December 20, 2018
*Students are advised to confirm all arrival and departure dates in their API student portal prior to purchasing their flight.
Housing is separated by gender, and all students (male and female) are subject to a curfew (12:00 a.m. weekdays; 1:00 am on weekends). 40% of the student population of AUS lives in campus housing. Residence halls are located on campus, within walking distance to classes (though shuttle service is also provided around campus). Shuttle service is also available at select times to transport students to popular shopping and entertainment areas in Sharjah and Dubai. Students typically have one roommate, and most rooms have one bathroom, a kitchenette, as well as access to laundry facilities, the campus athletic facilities and pool, and study/storage areas.
Once accepted, students must submit a $275 housing deposit directly to API through their online student portal. A portion of this deposit is retained for maintenance fees following the conclusion of the program, and students are eligible to receive the remainder as a refund barring any damages to their housing.
During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized excursions, which are included in the price of the program. Overnight lodging, breakfast, entrance fees and transportation to and from the excursion locations are included. Although excursions are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program excursions prior to departure.
- Abu Dhabi
- Doha, Qatar
Health and Safety
All students will travel abroad with GeoBlue international health insurance, which is purchased by the College. Students will receive an electronic and hard copy of their insurance card, and should a doctor's visit (commonly referred to as hospital visit abroad) be necessary, they should reach out to their on-site study abroad coordinator/resident director. Students will be required to contact GeoBlue prior to their appointment, unless of course in the case of an emergency, and should follow the procedures outlined here.
Students are also encouraged to register themselves in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens traveling abroad. STEP allows Americans abroad to receive updates from the nearest embassy or consulate and allows the Department of State to better assist you in an emergency.
For additional health and safety tips, please visit our Health & Safety link on our main page.
Students studying in the UAE are required to obtain a visa, and do so with the assistance of API. Students will complete a visa application, and the American University of Sharjah will issue a visa to legally enter the UAE. Once students arrive at the university, they will work with API to secure a temporary national ID card that is valid for the length of their stay.