Dubai, in recent years, has become a cultural and trading hub in the Arab world. Plus, it is an emerging study destination in Asia. 

If you are still undecided on whether to study in Dubai or not, check out the list below of the top universities in Dubai. 

Why Dubai?

Before delving into Dubai’s top universities, let’s discuss first the reasons why you should study in Dubai. Aside from its quality and world-class education, here are other reasons why you should study in Dubai. 

First off, Dubai itself can offer a lot of opportunities to international students. In fact, Dubai is hailed as the richest city in the Middle East, and one of the richest in the world. It is all thanks to its oil reserves that has catapulted the city, and the whole UAE, into being a wealthy country. 

Also, in recent years, the UAE government has made staying in the UAE more accessible for them. Instead of the usual one-year study visa that students have to process to extend every year, the UAE government has also introduced a five-year student visa. Students who perform exceptionally well are eligible to apply for a 10-year residency, which can make it easier to work and stay in Dubai after the student graduates. 

Aside from the opportunities students can get, Dubai is also a diverse country, and one of the safest countries in the world, which is even safer than other European countries such as the UK, and France. 

Top Universities in Dubai

Below are the top universities you can check out in Dubai. 

American University in Dubai (AUD)

AUD is a private higher educational institution (HEI) in Dubai known for providing American-style education to both local and international students. Moreover, the institution not only prides itself on teaching a diverse student population but also boasts a diverse faculty holding excellent qualifications and credentials. Also, it ranked in the 2021 QS World University Rankings.

AUD itself is accredited by both regional and global independent bodies making it a truly international institution. Its departments include the following: 

Zayed University (ZU)

ZU, another top-notch university in Dubai also ranked in various world university rankings such as the QS Ranking, and the Times Higher Education Ranking. Moreover, it is a public university, founded in 1998, that prides itself on its globally recognized study programs for its students in various fields, such as the arts, business, communication, education, sciences and humanities, technology, and so on. 

Al Ghurair University (AGU)

AGU is another globally accredited university in Dubai offering world-class education to both local and international students. Moreover, not only are the students imbibed with the skills needed for their specific disciplines, but the school also provides its students with important transferable skills such as critical thinking, communication, and other practical skills needed in various industries or job roles. 

Aside from academic excellence, the university also prides itself on its graduates’ high employability rating (85%) or higher degree program placement within six months after they graduate. 

These are the top universities in Dubai and the whole of the UAE. To learn more about living as a student in the UAE, including the cost of living there, including education cost, check out MSM Unify’s article on  How Much Does It Really Cost To Study in the United Arab Emirates?