Americans wanting study abroad might consider Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Several American universities or universities with American-style curricula have established Dubai campuses. This also provides native residents opportunities to study at American universities and study abroad in the United States. Most degrees offered by the schools are in technologically oriented subjects, and the schools generally receive accreditation from an American accrediting agency.

American University in Dubai

American University in Dubai serves the educational needs of more than 2,700 students (as of the 2010-2011 academic school year). About 93 nationalities are represented within the AUD student population. Founded in 1995, the university has received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools through its Commission on Colleges. The school awards bachelor's degrees in a variety of fields that include studies in architecture, visual communication, business administration, mechanical engineering, interior design, electrical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, information technology and communications and information studies. A certificate in Middle Eastern Studies and a master of business administration degree can also be obtained.

American University in Dubai

P. O. Box 28282

Dubai, U.A.E.


American College of Dubai

Founded in 1990, American College of Dubai can be found in the Garhoud area of Dubai, where it established its permanent residence in 1998. Accreditation for the college has been obtained through a United Arab Emirate body, the Commission for Academic Accreditation, an agency of the U.A.E. Ministry of Higher Education. Established primarily as a business school, the bachelor of business administration serves as the primary undergraduate offering. Other programs of study can, however, be taken through the school in preparation for transfer to another academic institution to complete the last two years of study. Most major academic disciplines can be studied following the completion of these general education requirements. The school does offer one other program that can lead to the international U.K.-based designation of a certified chartered accountant.

American College of Dubai

P.O. Box 36778

Dubai, U.A.E.


Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai

The Rochester Institute of Technology is one American institution of higher learning that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Dubai. Undergraduate majors include degrees in the applied arts and sciences field, along with degrees in business and management, computing and information sciences, and engineering. Engineering subfields include electrical and mechanical engineering, while computing and information science majors can purse specializations in information technology, information security and forensics and applied networking. The university offers five Dubai-based master's degrees in business administration, networking and systems administration, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and innovation and service leadership.

RIT Dubai

Dubai Silicon Oasis

Headquarters Building, A-Wing

P.O. Box 341055

Dubai, U.A.E.


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Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities. He has taught various courses in these fields since 2001. A former licensed financial adviser, he now works as a writer and has published numerous articles on education and business. He holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in theology and has completed doctoral work in American history.