Admission In Medical College

United Arab Emirates

About United Arab Emirates

ArabThe United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupies an area of 83,600 sq km along the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Qatar lies to the west, Saudi Arabia to the south and west, and Oman to the north and east. The capital and the largest city of the federation, Abu Dhabi, is located in the emirate of the same name. The United Arab Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing tourist destinations, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, sun, sand, sea, sports, unbeatable shopping, high rated educational institutions, top-class hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment.

Education System

Higher education system has evolved over generations from students migrating to far off places for learning to the present era of creation of education clusters and education hubs by many countries. This paper explores and analyses the transition of higher education system in United Arab Emirates (UAE) towards internationalization with the growth of new universities, emergence of diverse programmers, and international collaborations through establishment of branch campuses, making UAE the largest educational hub in the Middle Eastern region. This paper also examines the importance of the reforms initiated by the government and the challenges of the education system to align it with the new economy. The study would be particularly of interest to researchers, academicians in the higher education sector, higher education institutions and policy makers.

Keywords: higher education, internationalization, transition, United Arab Emirates, UAE, education hubs, quality initiatives, challenges, education clusters, new universities, international collaboration, branch campuses

Why United Arab Emirates

The Emirates are a great place to live and work; but I should note that high paying jobs may be more difficult for a non-resident to start with; but the opportunity to make a good living for you and your family is there, but only if you apply yourself well. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are also very expensive cities in general, though I am certain you could find comfortable housing for your family.

Visa Process

The UAE educational system comprises of a variety of academic institutions - Schools, Colleges and Universities. Furthermore, there are several Training Institutes that offer professional qualification and training programs in various fields. Each institution has its own objective, structure, and admission requirements.

There are a few governmental universities and colleges in UAE where admission is restricted to nationals only. However, there are several private institutions where enrolment is open to any student who meets the admission requirements.

A student may enrol in any program of his/her choice. Programs may vary from academic, technical, and professional degree programs in various disciplines, preparing students for careers in research and professional practice in every field.

Enrolling in primary, secondary or high schools a residence visa is required. However, student visas are provided by all colleges and universities and also a few training institutes. Prior to issuance of visa all formalities need to be completed as per the university chosen

Student Visas

To enrol in primary, secondary or high schools a residence visa is required and educational institution may be permitted to make their UAE visa application based on the sponsorship of their parents. This option is available to full-time students.

Students under parent's sponsorship wanting to enrol into tertiary level university, college or institute have the following regulations:

  • Sons, below the age of 18 in full-time education can be sponsored by their parents.
  • Unmarried daughters of any age can be sponsored by their father (or their mother if she is employed in a high-level profession).
  • Students attending a tertiary level university, college or institute: Educator-sponsored Dubai study visa
  • Full-time students can be sponsored by their educational institution if the institution is eligible. This allows them to obtain a UAE study visa for the duration of their course
  • Full-time students can be sponsored by the university, college or institute please check with the university, college or institute because not all offer this service.

Student Residence Visas are normally only valid for 1 year at a time, renewed each year during the study program.

Documents needed:

  • Passport with at least 6 months validity, the passport must have two blank visa pages (one to endorse the visa and one for entry stamps)
  • Passport copies (about 4)
  • Photographs (about 12)
  • Passport copies (about 2 copies)
  • Upon arrival, passport copies with entry visa to the UAE (about 3 copies)
  • Evidence of acceptance to a UAE tertiary institute (offer letter)
  • Possibly bank statements showing evidence of funds in the UAE
  • Possibly a tenancy agreement (or letter from university if staying in university accommodation)
  • Copy of tuition fee receipt for the current study year of the program
  • Copy of visa fees receipt for the current study year of the program
  • Post-graduate students will need to have their undergraduate degree attested

Students from some countries will undergo a security check to make sure they are not considered a threat to UAE security.

A medical test at an authorised UAE medical center (allow AED 350-500) will normally be required. The medical check is a blood test and chest X-ray for HIV (AIDS), Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis (TB), Leprosy, and Syphilis. If results come back positive for any of those conditions, the person is deported, except for syphilis which is treated, but this may change, check with UAE immigration department or UAE Ministry of Health (and keep in mind it's possible to get conflicting reports from them).

Student Residence Visa Fees

Student Visa Fees vary between universities, colleges and institutions. Varies between 1,000 to 3,000 AED for a one-year student residence visa.

Some universities, colleges and institutions may require a refundable visa deposit, may vary between 2,000 to 3,000 AED.

Renewal charges vary between 1,000 to 3,000 AED yearly.

There might also be differences in fees between different emirates.

There are also differences depending on if the university is located in a UAE education free zone such as Dubai Academic City or Knowledge Village, or not.

Please check with university, college or institute applying to for up-to-date information.

Visa Validity

If a student stays out of the UAE for longer than six months, their student residence visa becomes invalid and they will be denied entry to the UAE until it is cancelled. Usually the sponsor will report the visa holder to the immigration authorities.

  • Visas normally take 2-5 weeks to process once all the correct documentation has been supplied.
  • Express visas take 1-3 weeks to process.
  • Cancellation of visa normally takes 1-3 weeks, express cancellation takes 1-2 weeks.


  • What are the different job opportunities in Dubai? Over the past two decades, Dubai has become a land of opportunities. The country is going through a phase of such immense growth, expansion and development, that it needs people from different backgrounds and countries with the right experience and education, and that too in large numbers.
  • What is the process of attestation? How and where do I get my documents attested? Attestation is involves a process of authentication of the documents you are presenting as proof of qualifications. This means the party conducting the attestation verifies the validity of the information contained in your documents. The UAE Federal Labour Law requires all documents showing proof of qualification files with an application for an employment visa to be attested by the UAE embassy of the employee’s home country. The UAE embassy in your home country may require your documents to be certified by certain agencies or attestation bodies in your home country’s government prior to submission to their office. Because this process is done outside of the UAE, it is best to bring your already-attested documents when you come to the UAE. Otherwise, you might have to ask a family member or a friend to have your documents processed for you.


Visa, accommodation & transportation will be provided by the university basis on the requirement, following are the cost for the same:

  • Student Visa charges: AED1700/- (VISA to be renewed each year and subject to change as per UAE policy)
  • Hostel Fee is AED 28,000/- per year (includes food, accommodation & transportation).
  • If student requires only transportation, then fee per month is AED 350/- for Dubai, Sharjah & Ajman and is payable for the entire year (non-refundable).

University List

List of public universities and colleges

  • Higher Colleges of Technology
  • Zayed University
  • Dubai Medical College for Girls
  • Afraaz University
  • Emirates College for Management & Information Technology

List of private universities and colleges

  • Al Ghurair University
  • Allied Institute of Management Studies (AIMS), Dubai
  • American College of Dubai
  • American University in Dubai
  • Amity University Dubai
  • American University in the Emirates
  • Amity University Dubai
  • Biotechnology University College, Dubai
  • Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani - Dubai
  • British University in Dubai
  • Canadian University Of Dubai
  • Cass Business School
  • Centre for Executive Education, Dubai Knowledge Village
  • Emirates College for Management & Information Technology
  • Dubai School of Dental Medicine
  • Dubai Medical College for Girls
  • Dubai School of Government
  • Dubai University College
  • The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management
  • Emirates Aviation College
  • European University College Brussels (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel)
  • European University College (formerly Nicolas & Asp University College)
  • HAwowid
  • Emirates College of Technology
  • Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Hult International Business School
  • IIM Indore
  • Institute of Management Technology, Dubai
  • International Horizons College - Dubai
  • Islamic & Arabic Studies College Dubai
  • Islamic Azad University, Dubai
  • Jumeira University
  • Kinsale University - Dubai Campus
  • London Business School
  • London College of Fashion - Short Courses in the Middle East
  • London College of Make-up FZ-LLC
  • London Human Resources Institute, Dubai Centre, Knowledge Village
  • Manchester University Business School
  • Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Manipal University
  • Middlesex University - Dubai Campus
  • Murdoch University Dubai
  • Rochester Institute of Technology - Dubai (RIT Dubai)
  • S P Jain School of Global Management, Dubai
  • SAE Institute
  • Shahid Beheshti University, Dubai
  • Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST)
  • Skyline University College
  • Synergy University
  • Universal Empire Institute of Medical Sciences
  • University of Atlanta Dubai
  • University of Dubai
  • University of Modern Sciences
  • University of Strathclyde Business School - Dubai Campus
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Wollongong - Dubai Campus
  • Wings University
  • Brentwood Open learning College