American University of Sharjah (AUS)
|Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates|
AUS is the foremost institution of University City, a 1,600-acre complex that consists of educational establishments and is located 10 km southeast of Sharjah city centre and about 15 km from the neighboring emirate of Dubai.
Landmark: Sharjah University City
AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates. AUS is accredited in the United States of America by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and by the Department of Education of the State of Delaware.
The bachelor of science programs in chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering offered by the AUS College of Engineering are accredited by ABET, http://www.abet.org, of the United States. The Bachelor of Architecture program of the College of Architecture, Art and Design is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of the United States. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) as well as the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degrees offered by the School of Business and Management are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Services And Facilities
- University Health Center
- Counseling and guidance
- Student residential halls
- Sports Complex
- Student Center
- Student clubs and organizations
- Community service program
- Performing arts program
- Alumni services
- Career services
- Corporate partnerships
For undergraduate applicants, the minimum admission requirements depend on the applicant's type of secondary education program and certificate. In all cases, for non-vocational certificates, only subjects classified as academic by AUS are accepted for admission consideration and the calculation of averages. Admission to the university is competitive, and the actual required minimum average for admission consideration and to guarantee a seat will depend on:
- secondary education certificate or school average
- SAT scores (as applicable)
- number of qualified applicants
- number of available seats
However, the minimum required average for accepting an application is the equivalent of 80 percent or more in the final year (national exams only) of secondary education, or 80 percent or more in the best two out of the last three years. Other program-specific requirements or restrictions may also apply.
Additionally, all students must also sit for the TOEFL exam. The passing score for TOEFL ITP is 530; for the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), it is 71. Applicants must obtain the required score in order to be admitted to an AUS college/school. Scores are only valid for two calendar years. Students who score below the minimum required TOEFL score but who otherwise meet AUS admission standards may be admitted to the Achievement Academy/Bridge Program at AUS.
To be considered for admission, all graduate applicants must meet general university requirements for graduate admission. Some graduate programs have additional requirements, which are listed on the AUS website.
For full admission to a graduate degree program at AUS an applicant must:
- hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an independently accredited university recognized by AUS (applicants with a bachelor’s degree obtained outside the UAE must submit an equivalency of their degree from the UAE Ministry of Higher Education)
- have attained a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or its equivalent, and 3.0 or its equivalent in 300- and 400-level courses in discipline(s) relevant to the graduate program
- have attained a minimum computer-based TOEFL score of 213 or Internet-based TOEFL score of 80
Furthermore, the TESOL program also requires a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 5.
Other categories of graduate admission may apply. Please see the AUS website for details.
Deadlines for all categories of admission are posted on the AUS website.
Undergraduate Tuition Fees for Academic Year 2012–2013 (in USD) Tuition for all majors 10 950 per semester (12 to 16 credits) Lab/Technology Fee Type A 175 per course Lab/Technology Fee Type B 240 per course Textbook Fee 250 per semester Tuition for all majors is 21 050 USD per academic year. In addition, technology fees may apply based on the courses registered for in a given semester. Achievement Academy 7 115 per semester Bridge Program Student Activities Fee 55 per semester Health insurance is required of all students. The insurance fee is 85 USD or 165 USD per semester, depending on the type of plan applicable to each student.
Financial Aids And Scholarship
AUS offers a number of grants and scholarships to help students with their education costs.
Designated funds are available to aid students who may need assistance with the cost of their education at the university. Highly qualified undergraduate students with limited financial resources may be awarded a financial grant while students with exceptional high school performance may receive a scholarship. And those students with siblings studying at AUS at the same time are eligible for a family tuition grant.
There are three types of aid offered at the university:
- Financial Grants
- Family Tuition Grant
In addition, students can apply for educational financing through Sharjah Islamic Bank.
Name of the Scholarship: Chancellor's Scholars Award, Merit ScholarshipProvided by: American University in SharjahEligibility Criteria:The Chancellor's Scholars AwardsIf you are a newly admitted student and meet the following requirements:
Merit ScholarshipIf you are a newly admitted student who has achieved a minimum average of 95 percent or equivalent in the last year of secondary education.Level of Study: UndergraduateAmount:The Chancellor's Scholars Awards range from 75 percent to 100 percent of the tuition fees.A merit scholarship entitles you to a 10 percent reduction on your tuition fees.How to Apply: The student must complete an application form
- have demonstrated outstanding personal qualities and leadership abilities in school and the community
- have made scientific or literary contributions to the community
- have received special school or community honors or awards for community service and school extracurricular activities
- have achieved a minimum average of 95 percent or equivalent in the last three years of secondary education
- have limited financial resources
Name of the Scholarship: Graduate Assistantships
Provided by: American University in Sharjah
These are of two types: Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs). Both are awarded on a competitive, semester-by-semester basis. A GA may be held for a maximum of two years.
To be eligible for a full or part-time GA, you must:
Have been admitted in good standing by meeting or exceeding all university and program-level requirements for full admission. Note that students on conditional or probationary status are not eligible for a GA.
Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Some graduate programs establish additional and/or higher standards.
For a full-time GA, register for and complete nine credit hours of graduate courses or be registered for thesis credit. For part-time GA, register for and complete six credit hours of graduate courses or be registered for thesis credit.
Graduate students who are employed full-time may not hold full-time graduate assistantships but are eligible for part-time assistantships.
Level of Study: Postgraduate
Stipend ( In UAE Dirhams )
Credit hour waiver
Full GRA Unit
Two-Thirds GRA Unit
Half GRA Unit
One-Third GRA Unit
How to Apply:
If you are a new student, please consult the Graduate Academic Calendar for the application deadline.
You need to provide a completed Application for Graduate Admission with the box requesting consideration for assistantship marked and relevant transcripts to the Office of Enrollment Management by the application deadline specified, and have three recommendation forms to the relevant graduate program director by the deadline established by the college or school.
Final decisions concerning GA appointments are made by the Provost through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs)
A GRA will provide you with opportunities to develop research experience by working with a faculty member on research-related activities.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs)
A GTA will provide you with opportunities to gain teaching-related experience through part-time employment in positions such as lab assistants.
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Around The University
Airport: Sharjah Airport 10.3 km
Sharjah Rotana 14.9 km
Sharjah International Airport Hotel 8.5
Sharjah National Park 11.9 km
Sharjah Archaeology Museum 7.9 km
Concord Cinema 11.2 km
Safeer Mall 11.2 km
Al Muhaisanah Medical Fitness Center 8.9
Royal Hospital 2.8 km
Al Dawli Health Consultations Center 3 km
Al Wafa Pharmacy 5 km
Sharjah Islamic Bank 118 m
Sharjah Islamic Bank 2.3 km
RAKBANK 3.3 km
Cafes & Coffee Shops:
Starbucks Coffee 270 m
Shakespeare and Co. Cafe & Restaurant 1.5 km
Tropical Internet cafe 17.7
Sharjah City Profile
|Location||Sharjah is located on the Arabian Gulf Cost and also have land on the Gulf of Oman. The emirate is neighbouring Dubai in the south, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al-Quwain in the north.|
|Cost Of Living||Approximately 850 USD per month|
|Accommodation||Hotels, apartments, flats|
|Sightseeings||Alqasba, Sharjah Art Museum and Contemporary Arab Art, Sharjah Discovery Centre, Sharjah Museum for Islamic Civilisation, Sharjah Hisn, Majlis Al Madifaa|
|Entertainment||Powerboat RacingSharjah Aquarium, Al Jazeera Park, Green Belt Park, The Lake Cornish|
|Events||Expo Centre, The Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah Light Festival, The Middle East Motor Tuning Show|