Internationally Recognised Universities In Dubai

All about higher education prospects in the UAE.

If you live in Dubai and your child wants to get higher education in one of Dubai’s Universities, here’s a list of internationally recognized universities in Dubai. 

This has a great deal to do with the fact that parents and their student children want an internationally recognized university education.  After all, most employers will require this.

Therefore, the good news for parents with student children who are living in Dubai is that there are internationally recognized universities actually in the emirate.  Many are affiliated with British, French, or American university campuses.

As a result, you don’t have to leave the emirate and pay both international tuition fees and expensive living costs for your student child when they attend college in another nation.

In this guide, we’re going to look at 10 of the most popular tertiary education establishments in the emirate.

The list of universities we’re going to focus on is not exhaustive, and because education is actually a growing business in Dubai, it’s worth keeping abreast of developments in the university world in the UAE. 

Newly affiliated campus extensions of university colleges from ll over the world are opening up in Dubai at a relatively rapid rate. Whether you want to study fashion at a French university or information technology at a British one, you will find that your needs and desires are covered in Dubai.

Tuition fees and entrance requirements differ depending on the college you choose and also the subject and degree type course you select. What’s more, the different universities all have differing levels of facilities and amenities – so it’s important that you check any choice out closely and in person. 

Also, check the level of affiliation that any individual university has, as you need to be sure that your degree really will be internationally recognized.

Amity University Dubai

Amity University Dubai
Amity University Dubai is the largest multi-disciplinary university in the United Arab Emirates

Contact details:-
P.O. Box 345019
Dubai International Academic City
HELPLINE: 800AMITY (26489)/ +971 4 4554 900

Established in 2011, Amity University Dubai is a for-profit private higher education institution located in the large city of Dubai (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants).

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Amity University Dubai (AU) is a coeducational higher education institution. Amity University Dubai (AU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study.

See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details.

American University in Dubai

Contact details: –
P. O. Box 28282
Phone: +971 4 3999000

This is a well-established institution in Dubai, and the curricula across the university’s degree programs are skill-based and professionally conditioned. 

To the extent relevant to any given discipline, the University fosters a learning mode that is collaborative. 

Degree courses available range from the likes of interior design to information technology and from visual communication to Middle Eastern studies.

Boston University Dental School

Featuring the Dental Health Centre and the Institute for Dental Research and Education.

Contact details: –
P.O. Box 505097
Dubai Healthcare City
Tel: +971 4 424 8613

The curriculum and program content at the Institute parallels that of the comparable programs at Boston University, and students at the Institute will have full electronic access to the Boston University Medical and Dental Library. 

The Institute offers a three-year combined Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAGS) and Master’s of Science Degree (MSD) in the following fields: Endodontics, Oral, and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Postdoctoral Prosthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology, Interdisciplinary Curriculum.

Canadian University of Dubai

Contact details: –
P.O.Box – 117781
Tel: + 971 (4) 321 8866 – 321 9090

As a portal to Canadian Higher Education, the Canadian University of Dubai offers a unique opportunity to students who plan to continue their studies in Canada, with the added bonus of being able to transfer credits obtained while studying in Dubai. 

Courses are as diverse as Golf Management and Human Resource Management, Marketing, Hotel Administration, and Tourism, as well as there are courses in more traditional disciplines such as Engineering and Computing.

The British University in Dubai

Contact details: –
The British University in Dubai
Block 17
Knowledge Village
PO Box 502216
Tel:  00971 4391 3626

The university has partnerships in place with the likes of the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff, and Birmingham, and the institution is the first research-based postgraduate university in the region.

University of Dubai

Contact details: –
Tel: +971 4 2072-600

The university works and runs in partnership with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has centers of education for studying everything from teaching and education to business administration and IT.

French Fashion University Esmod

Contact details: –
Tel: 971 (0) 4 429 12 28

Apparently, ESMOD is the oldest and most renowned fashion design school in the world, and the French Fashion University is the only one of its kind in the Middle Eastern region. 

The university offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elements of the fashion industry, such as fashion design and fashion and marketing, as well as shorter and more intense courses in elements of the business, such as trend forecasting analysis and fashion branding.

Heriot-Watt University Dubai

Contact details: –
Tel: +971 4 361 6999

The Dubai campus of this British University offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, particularly in the fields of engineering and management.  With opportunities for student exchange programs and grants and flexible study packages available, this university is a popular choice.

Middlesex University in Dubai

Contact details: –
Middlesex University
Dubai Knowledge Village,
Block 16
P.O. Box 500697
For general inquiries, call: +971 (0)4 3678100 or email:
For admissions-related enquiries call: +971 (0)4 3678133 or email:

Directly affiliated with the UK’s own Middlesex University, the Dubai campus offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in subjects such as accountancy and tourism.

It has an excellent Career Development Service, which works closely with leading employers in the UAE and in the region to enhance employment prospects for graduates and internships for current students.

SAE Institute

Contact details: –
Block 16
Level 2
Knowledge Village
Phone: +971-(04) 3616173

The SAE Institute is Australian in origin and is now the largest private college in the world, offering courses in everything from audio production to film production, from international animation to applied multimedia.

Manchester Business School Dubai

Contact details: –
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 672222

Manchester Business School opened its Middle East Centre at the Dubai Knowledge Village in 2006.  The center provides support and coordination for more than 500 MBA students in the region, all of whom are experienced functional specialists or business managers. 

According to the School’s CEO: “Our MBA programs are ranked as some of the very best in the world.  They deal with the professional needs of mid-career executives with the aspiration, ambition, and commitment to take on influential senior roles.”

Dubai Universities – summary

This is just a small introduction to a very broad and wide range of tertiary educational establishments available in Dubai. 

Since the creation of the emirate’s Knowledge Village and the enticing incentives this offers educational bodies and establishments around the world, the quality offerings for university and higher education in Dubai and the Middle East have improved. 

If you have a student child, or indeed if you’re looking to further your own education, begin exploring the wide range of options in place in Dubai.

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