Program Overview

Just 40 minutes from the center of fast-paced, cosmopolitan Dubai, Sharjah Emirate welcomes students to explore Gulf culture in relative quiet and comfort. Long considered the cultural capital of the UAE, Sharjah was named the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2014 for its efforts to preserve and promote culture. Sharjah has extensive museums, traditional souks (markets), and sites to explore.

This program combines Arabic language and Middle Eastern and Gulf studies courses with electives in social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, business, engineering, and more at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). Studying with peers from all over the Arab world provides unique exposure to many different perspectives and ideas.

The American University of Sharjah (AUS) combines American-style education with the traditional values and modern aspirations of the UAE and the Gulf region. The University hosts about 5,500 students from 93 nations – more than 65% are from Arab nations. Faculty come from more than 45 countries. About 40% of all students live in campus housing. AUS business, engineering, and architecture programs have U.S. accreditation (by AACSB, ABET and NAAB, respectively), easing the transfer of your course credit back home.

All courses are taught by AUS faculty. Please visit the CIEE website for more information about the program, including dates and courses.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.
Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

  1. Completion of the GEO application process.
  2. Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20202/1/2020Late August Mid-December
Academic Year2020-212/1/2020Late August Late May
Spring Semester20219/1/2020Mid-JanuaryLate May

Travel Advisories

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