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Adjacent to Dubai, Sharjah is the third largest of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Formed in 1971, the federation comprises the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain. The UAE is located on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered to the south and west by Saudi Arabia and to the east by the Sultanate of Oman. Like its neighbor Qatar, the UAE has one of the strongest economies in the region and the world. The Emirates of the UAE have made great strides in reinvesting their wealth with an eye toward economic and environmental sustainability.
Sharjah is known as the “Cultural Capital of the UAE,” and has quite a lively history itself. Uniquely located on world trade routes and the only Emirate with direct access to both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, Sharjah has developed from a small trading town, relying on fishing and pearl diving, to one of the most modern, dynamic commercial and trade centers in the region.
Students who choose to study abroad in Sharjah with API can experience an unfamiliar culture in a familiar setting at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). AUS was founded in 1997 and is consciously based upon the American system of higher education. The beautiful campus has been described by many as the “jewel of Sharjah” and is itself a must-see destination for tourists and dignitaries alike. Thoroughly grounded in Arab culture, AUS is a leading comprehensive coeducational university in the Gulf, serving students from the region and around the world.
AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates. AUS has been accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since June 2004. The bachelor of science degree programs in chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering offered by the College of Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The bachelor of science degree program in computer science offered by the College of Engineering is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. 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 School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The official language of instruction is English, and students will have the opportunity to choose from courses in Arabic language and culture, art, architecture and design, business, engineering, natural sciences, mass communications, and more.
Take advantage of this opportunity to learn a critical language and culture in one of the most dynamic nations in the world!
“I had the most amazing semester abroad, and compared to the other study abroad programs on campus, API was surely the best one. API had more activities and excursions than other programs. I truly believe that API was a contributing factor to my great semester."
Explore the local souqs (markets)
Enjoy the beaches of the Arabian Gulf
Ride a camel or go dune bashing in the desert!
Shawarma (Arabic sandwich)
Maqluba (spiced chicken and rice)
National Day Festival (December)
Sharjah Light Festival (February)
The American University of Sharjah is one of the top universities in the MENA (Middle East/Northern Africa) region and is modeled on the American university-style of education. It carries many prestigious U.S. and international accreditations, such as AACSB (business), ABET (engineering), NAAB (architecture), and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (U.S. university accreditation).
Carolyn Lutes will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
Lana will be your Resident Coordinator in Sharjah and a resource for you while you are with us in the United Arab Emirates!