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Study in Dubai 2024: A Complete Guide for Studying in the UAE

Top-universities and a complete guide to studying in Dubai.

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Dubai offers globally recognized educational institutions beaming with great career opportunities. Did you know that studying in Dubai is much cheaper than elsewhere? So, put your best-foot-forward and stand out among thousands of applications. 

For Indian students aspiring to study in Dubai, here are some important things you should know about applying for a student visa in Dubai.

Annual Intakes in the UAE

In Dubai, the under-graduation courses admission happens in the months of April/May; July/August; and again in December/January months.

The post-graduation courses admission happens in the months of July/August; and in December/January months.

In some universities, the admission happens all through-out the year. So, the admissions happen in fall, spring and summer. The Fall season attracts most of the international admissions.

Top Universities in Dubai

  • American University of Dubai
  • S.P. Jain University
  • Manipal University Dubai
  • British University Dubai
  • The Canadian University of Dubai (CUD) 
  • Strathclyde Business School, Dubai 
  • The Saint-Petersburg State University of Engineering & Economics, Dubai Branch 
  • The Murdoch University, Dubai 
  • Manipal University, Dubai 
  • Hult International Business School 
  • Amity University Dubai
  • Heriot Watt University
  • London Business School
  • Cass Business School, Dubai
  • Middlesex university

Local Universities in Dubai

  • The Dubai Medical College for Girls 
  • Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University 
  • Institute of Management Technology in Dubai
  • Dubai School of Government 
  • The Dubai School of Dental Medicine 
  • The Higher colleges of Technology
  • Biotechnology University College Dubai (BUC)
  • Zayed University
  • University of Dubai
  • Al Ghurair University
  • Khalifa University
  • University of Dubai
  • The Islamic Azad University UAE Branch

What are the Types of UAE Student Visas?

Type of Student Visa

Visa Purpose

UAE Student Visa Cost

Family-Sponsored Dubai Student Visa

It is referred for the students who are attending an educational institution. The students are allowed to apply for the visa application as per their parent's sponsorship.

Visa Processing Fee:

AED 2300 – 2700

Refundable Visa Deposit:

AED 2500 – 3000

(The refundable amount can be returned after the completion of studies in the Universities.)

*There may be a need for AED 1300-1500 for health insurance if your proposed university needs it as a mandate.

Educator Sponsored Dubai Study Visa

The visa type helps the students in receiving a UAE student Visa until the course completion. With this, the university can sponsor the students for full-time.

Short Stay Dubai Student Visa

The visa type is for the students exchanging a short period of stay in the UAE. It is granted with a 60 days stay and can be renewed when required.


Note: Above provided information is as per the official website of UAE government.

Eligibility Criteria for a Dubai Study Visa

Let us now discuss and understand the basic requirements while applying for a Dubai Study Visa.

  • Students should submit LORs, personal essays, marks sheets, predicted grades to the respective university website. 
  • IELTS score and a minimum score of 65% - 70% is required in the 12th standard.
  • A minimum of 55% in bachelor's is required.
  • 6.5 score in TOEFL/IELTS, is needed. 
  • Students have to submit LORs and personal essays to the selected universities.
  • Most business schools prefer 2-3 years of experience for admission. 
  • Students should submit their personal essays, LORs, and grades. 
  • Selected candidates will have to attend an interview.

Documentation for a Dubai Study Visa Application

The following documents are required to process the visa:

  • Photocopies of Passport about 4 in number.
  • Once the student arrives in the UAE, he/she has to submit three copies of passport with an entry visa stamp. 
  • An offer letter which is an evidence of acceptance to UAE tertiary institute 
  • Evidence of funds in the form of bank statements. 
  • In case the student plans to live in the university provided accommodation, then a tenancy agreement is required. 
  • A photocopy or softcopy of the tuition fee receipt for the program selected for the current year. 
  • Visa fee copy for the current year study of the intended course. 
  • An attestation of the under graduation for the students intending to apply for the post-graduation. 
  • Medical test results taken at an authorized UAE medical center

Application Process for a Dubai Study Visa

The 8 steps for obtaining a Dubai Student Visa:

Step 1: Choose Dubai as your destination for higher education.

Step 2: Finalize your Course and Institution in Dubai.

Step 3: Check out the visa and entry requirements.

Step 4: Apply for your required course.

Step 5: Obtain your I-20 and Offer letter from UAE University.

Step 6: Attach all required documents as per the checklist to your visa application.

Step 7: Submit your application at the Dubai Visa application center with required fees in cash.

Step 8: After visa approval, collect the visa copy from the application center to move to Dubai.

Related FAQs

Costs of Studying in the UAE

  • Dubai is a sophisticated city, and the cost of living for a student can vary from $1200-$1500 USD, which includes food, rent, entertainment, and other expenses. 
  • An undergraduate program can cost between 37,500 to 70,000 AED
  • The living expenses for an undergraduate can cost approximately 2500-4000 AED.
  • The fee for a post-graduate program can cost 55,000 -75,000 AED per month.

Processing Time for a Dubai Study Visa

It takes around 2 to 5 weeks to process a student visa. It is a smooth process, assuming you have submitted the right documents.

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