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Students who elect to study abroad in Sharjah with API will enroll at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and choose from a range of undergraduate classes open to Emirati and international students.

AUS awards credit in similar fashion to most U.S. universities. Students usually take 2 classes in order to receive 6 credit hours per semester, or 3 semester credits per course.

What's Included?

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Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Resident Director

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Transit Pass

Housing

UAE Visa, I.D. Card, Medical Tests

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Application documents must ALL be turned into API by deadline
  • Entry requirements: valid passport and visa (supplementary visa and application materials provided post-acceptance)

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Sharjah programs. All excursions are subject to change.

The summer program also includes a visit to the top of Burj Khalifa observation deck for panoramic views of the city, an Arabic cooking class and a refreshing day at Ski Dubai.

  • Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi is the capital and largest of the United Arab Emirates. It is a place of enormous wealth thanks to its oil reserves, but it is also a region with an eye towards sustainable economic and environmental development. Students may visit the most expensive hotel ever constructed in the world, walk along the seaside Corniche, or tour the rapidly developing Saadiyat Island (home to international museums such as the Louvre, Guggenheim, and others) and Yas Island (home to a world-class racetrack, yacht club, and Ferrarri World). Al Ain (which in Arabic means “The Spring”), also known as the Garden City due to its greenery, is the second largest city in the Abu Dhabi Emirate and the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates. It is close to the Omani border, and has a unique desert/mountain landscape that make it a popular tourist attraction for locals and expats alike.
  • Dubai

    The 2nd largest, Emirate, Dubai shatters the stereotypes of Eastern and Western cultures while simultaneously and relatively seamlessly mixing them together. The pace of development in Dubai is breathtaking, and the urban (and coastal) landscapes are constantly changing. Students may have the opportunity to tour some of the opulent malls (and snow ski in one!) as well as the traditional souqs along Dubai Creek (such as the Gold Souq, the Spice Souq, and others). Whether riding a traditional abra (boat) across the creek or the new state-of-the-art metro system, students will be able to experience this exciting city in many ways. There is no better way to top off a day in Dubai than to ride the elevator to the 124th-floor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest skyscraper) and see the city spread out below, as well as the Palm Jumeirah and The World archipelago island developments.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3-6 semester credits per session

Students who elect to study abroad in Sharjah with API will enroll at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and choose from a range of undergraduate classes open to Emirati and international students.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive a transcript from the American University of Sharjah upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Kelsey Patton

    Kelsey Patton will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - kelsey.patton@apiabroad.com

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    Lana Aveyard

    Lana will be your Resident Coordinator in Sharjah and a resource for you while you are with us in the United Arab Emirates!

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most courses at AUS are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits. Students take 1 or 2 courses and receive 3 or 6 credit hours during the summer session.

Not all courses are offered every year. Intermediate and Advanced Arabic course availability during the summer program is dependent on enrollment demand. The course selection may vary, and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may have prerequisites, and some courses may require 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).

Registration takes place upon arrival; however, we recommend that after consulting the API website for course listings, students have 4 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 session at AUS.

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.

AUS Course Link

Be sure to click on the "Class Schedule" link (not Course Catalog) for course offerings available by term.

AUS Course Link

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  • Courses in English and Arabic
  • Courses with UAE and international students
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (American University of Sharjah)
  • Visa cost included

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.

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Any lab fees will be the responsibility of the student.

The prices below are for students interested in taking only 1 course per session. Students who are interested in taking a second course will incur an additional fee of $2,580

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
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Summer Jun 7, 2019 - Jul 25, 2019 $7,400 Mar 5, 2019 Apr 15, 2019