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Student Exchange Program

Student Exchange Program

Student Exchange Program

Every year senior students have the chance to study abroad through the university’s Student Exchange Program. This promotes exchange of ideas, enhances cultural understanding and appreciation, and provides an international learning experience for eligible students.

The University of Dubai has exchange agreements with the following institutions:

  1. Eligibility Requirements
    • GPA = 3.0
    • Earned Credit Hours = 99 (this may vary depending on the requirement of the host institution)
    • The student must have taken at least 2 major courses prior the commencement of the exchange term
    • Fluent in both written and verbal English
  2. Application Process
    Exchange application and coordination starts 6 months prior to the intended exchange. It is recommended that students approach the Career Development & International Student Office (CDISO) in advance to secure adequate information and placement for the program.
    1. Documents for submission
      • Student Exchange Application Form (download form)
      • Student Exchange Recommendation Form (download form)
      • Passport copy with photo and validity page
      • Copy of valid UAE visa. Visa must be valid at least 1 year from the date of application.
      • 2 passport – sized photos in white background
      • Supporting documents showing financial capability
        • Bank statement
        • Parent’s / sponsor’s bank statement
      • Medical Insurance with International Coverage
    2. Application Process
      • Submit all the documents stated above to the CDISO office at least 3 months prior the nomination dates stated by the host institution
      • Documents submitted is verified and forwarded to Host institution for evaluation
      • Acceptance letter is issued by Host institution
      • Course selection. All selected courses must be approved by the faculty advisor and the host institution. A Learning Agreement must be signed by the student, faculty advisor and CDISO
      • Visa application (when applicable)
      • Housing application
      • Fees payment
    3. Orientation – All outgoing students are required to attend the orientation before going to their host institution. Date and venue will be announced to selected students.
  1. Eligibility Requirements
    1. What year can they qualify to do their exchange at UD (senior)?
    2. TOEFL score for undergrad and GMAT for graduate students?
  2. Documents for Submission
    1. Application Form
    2. Visa Application Form
    3. TOEFL or IELTS
    4. Transcript
    5. Copy of passport with photo and validity page
    6. 10 passport size photo
  3. Application Process
    1. Home institution nominates students
    2. Students submit all documents stated above at the very latest 1 month prior the start of the exchange term period to the host institution.
    3. Issuance of Acceptance Letter
    4. Course selection
    5. Send all documents (transcripts, View academic calendar and available courses via (put the link or PDF file);
    6. Pay all the necessary fees to the accounting office at least 3 days prior the start of the semester at the accounting office
  4. Areas of Study
    1. Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations on:
    2. Bachelor of Science in Computing & Information Systems
    3. Master of Business Administration with concentrations on:
    4. Master of Science in Computing & Information Systems
    5. Master of Laws
  5. Learning Methodology
  6. Location & Campus Facilities
    The University of Dubai is located in Academic city.
  7. Visa
    The University of Dubai now offers visa sponsorship. Students must apply for a UD sponsorship visa at least 1 month prior their intended date of exchange/travel.
    • Visa application forms must be submitted at least 1 month prior the intended travel date to the UAE.
    • Visa fees must be paid directly to the University of Dubai – (Account details will be shared to accepted students)
  8. Weather
    Like any Middle Eastern country, the United Arab Emirates specifically Dubai is warm and humid for 8 – 9 months in a year with temperatures ranging from 35 – 45 degrees Celsius. The hot and humid climate can be experienced from April till November. The temperatures go down to around 10 – 20 degrees Celsius from the months of December till March making it cool and pleasant for more outdoor activities.
  9. Housing
    University of Dubai is located in one of the oldest parts of Dubai called Deira. It’s a great place to explore along the bustling corniche, through the souks, in heritage sites and creekside restaurants and bars. Deira’s heavily lived-in atmosphere and traffic-laden, bustling streets have been made more accessible by the introduction of the Metro. The heart of Deira is densely built up with a mix of old apartment blocks, while nearer the creek there are several new buildings offering modern apartments, many with spectacular views across the water. Rents are relatively low in some of the more built up areas, while the creekside dwellings cost much more. Although congested at most times Once you get past the horrible traffic and lack of parking that plagues it, Deira’s best attribute is its walkability.

    University of Dubai has special discounted rates with the following hotel apartments.

    1. Auris Hotel Apartments
    2. Xclusiv
    3. Khalidia Hotel Apartments

    More information regarding affordable housing in Deira can be found at

    2. Suggested Areas of Housing
      1. Bur Dubai
      2. Karama
  10. Transportation
    Dubai is a small city so it is easy to go around using public transportation. During the cooler months walking the streets is also one way to go around. You may go to the website of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) the government entity responsible for the transportation and traffic within Dubai and its neighboring Emirates at www.rta.ea to know more about the available means of transportation, schedules and directional maps in and around Dubai (e.g. metro, taxi, bus)
  11. Sightseeing and More
    You can view more of what you can do in Dubai by clicking on
    1. 10 Unique Ways to Explore Dubai
    2. Sports and Activities
    3. Arts & Culture
    4. Parks and Beaches
    5. Attractions
    6. Tours
    7. Shopping
  12. Health, Finance and Security
    1. Hospitals and Medical Centers
      For medical attention and care, Dubai is home to top qualified medical practitioners. There are 3 hospitals near the University of Dubai such as Rashid hospital (government owned) or renamed to Latifa Hospital, the American Hospital and City Hospital all of which are open 24/7 to cater to all your health needs. Aside from these hospitals, the University of Dubai is also accessible to most clinics and health centers which are open Sunday through Thursday except for Friday from 9 AM – 9 PM.
      1. American Hospital
      2. City Hospital
      3. Latifa Hospital
        Oud Metha Road, Al Jadaf
        Dubai, United Arab Emirates
        Phone: +971 4 219 3000, 4 324 1111
      4. Amber Clinics
        2nd Floor – Rigga Business Centre Al Rigga Road Deira Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 19 19th St – Dubai – United Arab Emirates,Phone: +971 4 230 9100
      5. Prime Medical Center
        Deira Branch
        Phone: +971 4 272 0720
    2. Finance
      There are several banks that you can use for your banking needs while you are on your exchange (e.g. money transfers and exchange, withdrawals, deposits etc.). Below is the list of banks for your reference and guide:
      1. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank ADCB
      2. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank ADIB
      3. Commercial Bank International CBI
      4. Commercial Bank of Dubai CBD
      5. Dubai Islamic Bank DIB
      6. Emirates NBD
      7. Emirates Islamic Bank
      8. First Gulf Bank
      9. Mashreq Bank
      10. National Bank of Abu Dhabi
      11. National Bank of Fujairah
      12. National Bank of Umm Al-Qaiwain
      13. Noor Islamic Bank
      14. RAKBANK
      15. Sharjah Islamic Bank
      16. Union National Bank
  13. Estimated Cost for a Regular Semester (Excluding Airfare)
    ItemEstimated Cost (US$)
    Academic Fees 
    Miscellaneous Expenses 
    Visa Fees