“Your talent is a seed; cultivate it, and in no time, you will harvest successMatshona Dhliwayo, Zimbabwean philosopher

Dubai is one of the most popular destinations for African scholars. Students are looking to benefit from the affordable tuition fees offered by the universities in the UAE. Thanks to the increasing number of private institutions in Dubai.  

There is a great number of Universities that offer courses in English. Popular world-class courses in Dubai included; science and technology, mass communications, and social sciences

Education in Dubai may be expensive for African students. This list will present to you some of the cheapest and most affordable universities in Dubai.

Heriot-Watt University Dubai

Heriot-Watt University was the first university to set up in Dubai International Academic City. The campus offers an extensive range of undergraduate and post-graduate degree programs.

The Heriot-Watt University has won several awards since its establishment. It was named one of Dubai’s top universities in 2019. It was awarded five stars in the first-ever quality rankings by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Heriot-Watt University was one of the three universities awarded five stars.

The tuition fees for an undergraduate degree are between AED 58800 and AED 65100 per year. Tuition fees for postgraduate degrees are around AED 85050. 

American University in Dubai

The American University in Dubai is a private institution of higher learning and one of the cheapest universities in the UAE. Founded in 1995, the university focuses on offering programs based on the American system of education. Its courses are taught in English, which is an added advantage to African students. 

The student population is around 4000, with international students from more than 180 countries. It is regarded as one of the universities with the most diverse student population in the UAE.

Its location in Dubai is perfect for job seekers since its close to major companies and organizations. Most of the courses at the university are accredited by the United States. Below are some of the courses offered at the university.

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Arts in Leadership and Contemporary Media
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Arts in International Affairs
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Construction Management 

Tuition fees for full-time are AED 46,515 per semester. Part-time students are chargers AED 3,900 per credit.

British University in Dubai

The British University is also a Privately owned research-based university located in Dubai. The university was established in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh in 2004.

Since it was founded, this affordable university has developed rapidly in recent years. The university population is made up of international students from 81 countries.

The bachelor programs offered at the British University in Dubai are:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science.

Post Graduate degrees offered are: 

  • Education
  • Business
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Computer science
  • Project Management.

Al Ghurair University

The United Arab emirates university was founded in 1999. It is among the first private universities accredited by the Ministry of Education. The tuition fees for undergraduate programs cost between AED 39,000 per year and 51,237 AED per year. 

The cheapest program is the Bachelor of Arts in public relations, and the most expensive is the bachelor of science program. Below is a list of programs offered at the university.

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Public Relations
  • BBA in Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Law
  • BSC in Computer Science