Study in Dubai
Guide for African Students 2022
Study Abroad in Dubai
Dubai is located in one of the seven United Arab Emirates and is home to professionals from all around the world. It is known for its extravagant architectural projects, including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Dubai has a famously fast-growing economy and is known for innovation. Of course, the luxury shopping experiences also make it a dream destination for many international students.
Why study in Dubai?
A regional hub
Thanks to big oil and gas revenues, as well as a long-term, well thought-out growth strategy, Dubai has become the top hub for business in the Middle East and North Africa. It harbors the regional headquarters of the biggest financial institutions in the world and is one of the most visited tourist destinations on the planet.
A modern city
Dubai is one of the most connected technologically innovative cities on the planet. Project SmartDubai2021 is one example of how Dubai’s government is committed to making the city one of the most integrated cities in the whole world through an extensive plan that is supposed to stop the use of paper in government services by the end of the current year.
An international environment
80% of Dubai’s population is not Emirati. Among those 80%, 150 nationalities from all over the world are represented. It is not uncommon for you to find people who speak your native tongue, or a place that specializes in your country’s cuisine. This makes Dubai a truly cosmopolitan city where you can meet people from all walks and shapes of life.
World class universities
A significant number of well-known schools from all over the world have opened new campuses in Dubai. Most of these branch campuses offer the same degree that the home university provides.
Among the well-known institutions to have set up in Dubai, we find names like Cass Business School, Duke University, Amity University and Seed partner, Heriot Watt University.
Perfect your English language skills
English is the main language of instruction used in most universities in Dubai and, with such a multi-national population, English is increasingly the go-to language for communication. As previously mentioned, students will need to provide an English test score, such as IELTS or TOEFL, to prove their language proficiency – students not meeting the direct admission requirements may need an English language program first.
Access to UK Universities
Dubai can be a stepping stone towards studying in countries such as UK, Australia or USA if you wish. Starting your studies at a branch campus in Dubai will be cheaper and also the student visa process to study in Dubai will be simpler than for established destinations like the UK or USA.
The branch campuses in Dubai offer differ opportunities for students to transfer to the main campus with 2+2 being a particularly common option (after 2 years in Dubai, transfer to the main campus in the UK, for example, for the remaining 2 years). This route will save you money compared to spending all 4 years in the UK, for example, and it will also allow you to experience life in two different cultures.