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Zayed University

Dubai, Abu Dhabi View map
United Arab Emirates


Named after the Founder of the Nation – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Zayed University is a national and regional leader in education innovation. Since our founding in 1998, we’re proud to have met the President’s high expectations and become globally recognized as the leading university in the region for excellence in educational innovation, research and student leadership development that serves the changing needs of the nation in economic, social and cultural advancements.

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Based in United Arab Emirates with two modern campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi offering a wealth of facilities and services, every student who studies at Zayed University will all have the same student experience. Facilities and services include:

  • Student Council
  • Community Outreach
  • Community Engagement Center
  • International Student Services
  • Student clubs
  • Sports clubs and teams
  • Health promotion programs
  • Leadership programs
  • International and local trips
  • Graduation activities
  • Sheikha Latifa Center (Dubai Campus)
  • Hamdan Bin Mohammed Center for Heritage (Dubai Campus)

Dubai campus (Al Ruwayyah)

Located in Dubai Academic City in the Al Ruwayyah district, our Dubai campus is home to five major university buildings, an abundance of classrooms, laboratories, studios, meeting rooms, offices and one temperature controlled atrium, the length of two football fields. The atrium itself is a vibrant hub for students to study and chill. It also has an outdoor courtyard and an amphitheater.
The University is continuously supported by the Dubai government which provides funds for the expansion and refurbishment of the campus’ facilities.

Abu Dhabi campus (Khalifa City)

In August 2011, we opened our brand new Abu Dhabi campus in Khalifa City. With more than 400 teaching spaces, including an outstanding library, bustling common areas, as well as relaxing residential facilities for both students and scholars, the innovative architectural development of our Abu Dhabi campus alone makes the university an attractive hub for both Abu Dhabi’s public life, as well as student life. The campus also boasts a 1000-seat theater, three-story convention center, and numerous retail spaces.

Efficient transport routes also makes travel between the university’s two campuses much easier and faster.

Zayed University welcomes both national and international students, with 32 different nations represented on campus.

Committed to making every student’s experience as comfortable as possible, many of our full-time international students live on our distinctively characteristic Abu Dhabi campus. We have female residence halls and male residence halls which all benefit from an abundance of close-knit residential facilities, including dining halls, laundry rooms, recreational areas and gyms. Exchange and visiting students are also welcome.

At Zayed University, we welcome applications from international students who’re able to meet the admissions criteria as outlined below:

  • An attested secondary school certificate with a minimum average of 70% or equivalent overall average
  • GCSE/IGCSE/GCE: Completion of (5) subjects at the ordinary level and (2) subjects at the GCE Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced level with a minimum of C grade for each subject (Arabic and Islamic Studies are not included)
  • International Baccalaureate: You must have successfully completed the IB diploma with a minimum of 24 points
  • Transferred students: You should be in good academic standing with a GPA 2.0 or higher
  • IELTS of 5.5+ or TOEFL iBT of 71+
  • Complete the necessary application form, including all required documentation
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement between 250-500 words, outlining your desire to study at Zayed University
  • You should also ensure that all certificates earned outside UAE should be attested by the U.A.E Ministry of Education

If you’re an international student who’s interested in applying to study at Zayed University, please visit our website for more information about international admissions.
To help with financial costs, we also offer a range of scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate international students. Options include:

  • Undergraduate Merit Scholarship
  • Graduate Merit Scholarship
  • Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantship

Our Alumni and Student Careers Office is committed to providing high quality and professional advice, guidance and counselling to ensure students are well supported and informed when it comes to pursuing a career after graduating.

Some of the services offered include:

  • Career Assessments – helps students understand their strengths, personality and career suitability.
  • Career Planning – assists students with planning and developing career goals by constructing a personalized plan of action.
  • Career Coaching – ongoing support tailored to develop students’ career management skills.
  • CV Building – helps students learn how to create a professional CV that showcases their skills and strengths.
  • Mock interviews – students gain experience and are given feedback based on their practice interviews.
  • Job Search Strategies – helps students understand how and where to look for employment opportunities.
  • Alumnae Relations – services and program support the development of our Alumnae. 

University Highlights

Total students - 6,367


International students - 169


Total faculty staff - 533


Total students - 6,367


International students - 169


Total faculty staff - 533

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