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Students who elect to study abroad with API at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) choose from a range of undergraduate classes open to Emirati and international students.
Any lab fees will be the responsibility of the student.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Sharjah programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
In addition to the API excursions, the International Office at AUS offers numerous activities and excursions throughout the semester. Examples of past events include a visit to the camel races, an Arabic cooking class, Atlantis Water Park and a day trip to Mussandam.
Experience traditional bullfighting in Fujairah! Unlike in Spanish bullfighting, where a matador has to deliver fatal blows to the bull, Fujairah's bullfighting is more like bull-wrestling or head-butting, where two bulls lock horns in a three to four-minute fight. After bullfighting, the students will visit Al Badiyah Mosque which is the oldest surviving mosque in the United Arab Emirates. The group will end the day with lunch and spending the afternoon at the beach.oldest surviving mosque in the United Arab Emirates. We will end the day with lunch and spending the afternoon at the beach.
Enjoy a day in the desert featuring dune bashing, camel ride, entertainment, and authentic food!
Students will enjoy this trip to the tip of the Arabian peninsula, where they will spend the entire day aboard a wooden dhow boat for water sports and leisure.
Camel racing is one of the traditional sports of the UAE. Watch epic races at Al Marmoom Camel Racing and live. It is an experience like no other.
The UAE’s largest aquarium and home to over 65,000 marine animals.
Learn how to cook Arabic food.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester
API students receive a transcript from the American University of Sharjah upon completion of their program.
Lana will be your Resident Coordinator in Sharjah and a resource for you while you are with us in the United Arab Emirates!
Carolyn Lutes will be your Program Manager and help prepare you to go abroad!
AUS awards credit in a similar fashion to most U.S. universities. Students generally take 4-5 classes in order to receive 12-16 credit hours per semester. Additional courses may be taken for an additional fee. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are enrolled in the required amount of semester credits to meet requirements of the home university. In all departments, entrance to specific courses is subject to the approval of AUS and the completion of certain prerequisites.
Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may have prerequisites, and some courses may require minimal additional fees for labs, equipment, etc. The campus is fully integrated, with male and female students attending the same courses with the same professors (though housing is separated by gender).
Pre-registration generally takes place online prior to arrival and is finalized once the students are on campus. We recommend that after consulting the API website for course listings, students have 10 courses approved by their home university prior to departure, in order to allow for scheduling conflicts and the possible unavailability of certain classes. There is a 3-day add/drop period at the beginning of the semester at AUS.
ARABIC COURSE INFORMATION
Arabic language courses are offered each semester (though the offerings may vary from term to term). A list of highlighted options may be found below (and all courses can be accessed through the AUS Course Link below).
If you have any questions while looking at the course schedule or filling out your application, please call the API office at (800) 844-4124.
Be sure to click on the "Class Schedule" link (not Course Catalog) for course offerings available by term.
AUS Course Link
American University of Sharjah Class Catalog
Housing is separated by gender, and all students (male and female) are subject to a curfew (12:00 a.m. weekdays; 1:00 am on weekends). 40% of the student population of AUS lives in campus housing. Dorms are located on campus, within walking distance to classes (though shuttle service is also provided around campus). Shuttle service is also available at select times to transport students to popular shopping and entertainment areas in Sharjah and Dubai. Students typically have one roommate, and most rooms have one bathroom, a kitchenette, as well as access to laundry facilities, the campus athletic facilities and pool, and study/storage areas.
Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included.
Meals are not included in the API program cost. Students can purchase meals at one of the many cafeterias/cafes located on or around the AUS campus or prepare light meals in the kitchenette included in their dorm room.