The American University of Sharjah is located in the Emirate of Sharjah, in the beautiful setting of University City, about ten minutes' drive from the border with Dubai.
It is situated between the Sharjah International Airport and Dubai International Airport, and is approximately two hours away from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The beautiful campus buildings reflect Islamic architectural traditions.
AUS serves a diverse student body from the region and around the world. Sharjah's culture, firmly rooted in Islamic traditions, embraces courtesy and hospitality, making it a welcoming place to live and study. Courses are taught in English and while students can choose from a wide range of areas of study they are encouraged to consider taking advantage of the numerous courses in Arabic language and literature, as well as Middle East culture, history and contemporary politics.
For more information on classes, accommodation, program dates, and chance of placement, visit the AUS program page on the ISEP website.
Sharjah is one of the more conservative emirates, with a dress code requiring that both men and women cover their shoulders and legs to below the knee, and avoid wearing revealing/low cut/transparent clothing. There are no alcohol or pork products available in Sharjah.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
2 | UK Education Abroad & Exchange University
Students will be notified by the UK Exchanges Coordinator on how to access the Exchange University application AFTER their UK application has been approved.
Students will earn transfer credit from the Exchange University. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by the Exchange University. The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school; however the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.
- PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials.
- Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK.
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad.
Housing & Meals
ISEP-Direct students are housed on campus; tuition, room and meals are included in the program cost.
A customized orientation program will be delivered by the Office of International Exchange Programs (IXO) to cover specific information relevant to exchange students. The IXO orientation will span three days.
The first will be geared towards familiarizing students with AUS and will cover practical and essential topics such as: IXO team building, health services, campus security and safety, cultural considerations (e.g. dress code, male-female interaction), academic terms and issues, IT Department support, public relations (concerning passports and visas), student clubs and organizations, library and campus tour, academic codes of conduct, banking, etc.
The second day will focus on the practicalities of setting up a bank account, getting student IDs, signing up for sports activities, and touring the library.
Finally, the third day will focus on familiarizing students with Sharjah (and how to get around).
AUS has approximately 70 student organizations and clubs for students to participate in, 33 of which are cultural clubs (e.g. Emirati Club, Iranian Club, etc). A wide range of cultural events are available for students. AUS maintains a Sports Complex, and a varied Athletic program with 21 sports teams. The Office of International Exchange Programs plans a schedule of exchange student activities each semester.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please check the Program Cost and Budget information for each term. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.