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Abu Dhabi University

Established in 2003, Abu Dhabi University is a young private university located in the United Arab Emirates. Its founders, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other citizens of the United Arab Emirates, envisioned an institution that would be among the best in the UAE and throughout the world. It is now the largest private university in the UAE. Despite its young age, the institution already received Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Royal Institute of British Architects, AACSB, EQUIS and ABET accreditations. Abu Dhabi University has been rated by QS as 2nd globally for international faculty and 10th for international students.


  • United Arab Emirates

Top choice for

Global-minded achievers


  • Abu Dhabi
  • Al Ain
  • Dubai

Campus location

Main campus

Other campuses

Language prerequisites


united-kingdom (2)

CEFR level


Accepted certificates


Additional notes

IELTS 7 minimum, TOEFL 95 ibt minimum


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CEFR level


Accepted certificates

Short online course

Additional notes

We will accept you only upon completing a short online course on Arabic language

Some useful info

Number of students


Founding year


Semester fees

5000 AED

Acceptance rate



On campus

Accommodation details

Free movers have on campus accommodation just as any other student at Abu Dhabi University.

Monthly rent is 1000 AED. You will be given accommodation along with your application confirmation, so do not worry about that 🙂

Fall semester application deadline

June 16, 2023

Spring semester application deadline

January 10, 2024

Cost of living

3500 AED/month

Major expenses

Food: 1000 AED
Accommodation: 2000 AED
Misc: 500 AED

Visa and immigration

Documents needed:
– Passport valid for at least six months beyond the intended stay
– Passport-sized photographs
– Copy of the admission offer from the university
– Proof of tuition fee payment or a financial guarantee that shows the student can cover their expenses
– Completed medical examination form (some students may be required to undergo medical tests to ensure they don’t have contagious diseases)
– Proof of health insurance valid in the UAE

Once the visa is approved, the student will receive an electronic visa (e-Visa) through email.

Social and extracurricular activities

Abu Dhabi University (ADU) provides a diverse arena of social and extracurricular activities catering to its multicultural student body from over 70 countries.

Cultural clubs showcase unique traditions, fostering intercultural exchange.
Academic organizations connect learning with real-world scenarios through guest speakers and industry visits.

ADU’s athletic realm encompasses inter-university tournaments in sports like basketball and soccer, while the arts sector buzzes with exhibitions, music events, and drama clubs.
Leadership workshops and mentoring programs nurture personal development. Flagship events like the Cultural Fest and Innovation Fest highlight the university’s commitment to celebrating diversity and fostering innovation.

Community service initiatives and international exchange programs further broaden horizons, making ADU’s extracurricular experience holistic, enlightening, and engaging for every student.

Financial support

Up to 50% of tuition
Financial support is directly offered by Abu Dhabi University

ADU has implemented several financial support avenues for free movers wanting to apply at our institution:

1. Free Mover Scholarship (FMS):

Eligibility: Open exclusively to free movers with an outstanding academic record.
Benefits: Covers up to 50% of tuition for one academic year.
Application: Submission of academic transcripts, a personal essay, and two reference letters.

2. Cultural Exchange Grant (CEG):

Eligibility: For students promoting cultural exchange, showcasing their home country’s heritage.
Benefits: Financial aid of up to 30% of tuition, provided the student organizes at least two cultural events per semester.
Application: A proposal detailing the events, potential budget, and expected outcomes.

3. Work-Study Program:

Eligibility: Open to all free movers.
Benefits: Employment opportunities within the campus (e.g., library assistant, lab assistant) with a stipend that can offset living expenses.
Application: Resume submission and an interview with the Work-Study committee.


Why choose Abu Dhabi University?

• Diverse Community

• Academic Excellence

• Strategic Location

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