If you are looking to experience an unfamiliar culture in a familiar setting, the American University of Sharjah is the perfect university for you. Though the official language of instruction is English, students from all over the world take advantage of this opportunity to learn Arabic, a critical language, in one of the most dynamic nations in the world. 

Sharjah may not compete with the dazzle and glitz of Dubai, but the people’s sensitivity towards its history and culture explains why Unesco declared Sharjah the cultural capital of the Arab world. The endless arts areas, souqs, and museums will keep you exploring for hours on end. Sharjah is also uniquely located on world trade routes is the only Emirate with direct access to the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. This is what has allowed Sharjah to develop from a smaller trading town to one of the more active commercial trading centers in the region. 

Find out what ISEP students are saying about studying at AUS specifically, in the UAE in general, and even learn about a students' fashion adventures.

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Course Description

The American University of Sharjah in the Middle East is an independent, fully accredited institution serving a diverse student body from the region and around the world. Courses are taught in English giving students an opportunity to study in accredited programs like architecture (NAAB), business (AACSB), and engineering (ABET). Sharjah’s culture, firmly rooted in Islamic traditions, embraces courtesy and hospitality, making it a welcoming place to live and study.

Students on the Exchange and Direct program will be fully immersed in regular University courses taught in English in a variety of fields while taking an Arabic language course.

While students are allowed to take any offered courses, they are especially encouraged to take advantage of the numerous courses in Arabic language and literature, as well as Middle East culture, history, and contemporary politics. AUS is a unique place to study Middle East culture which is why Exchange and Direct students are encouraged to look at Middle East studies courses that are spread across disciplines.  Unique course offerings include AACSB-accredited Islamic Finance, Islamic Art & Architecture (NAAB-accredited), Introduction to Islamic Philosophy, History of Material Culture in the Arabian Gulf Region, Chemical Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering (ABET- accredited). Additionally, courses in Arabic translation, literature, and poetry are offered in both Arabic (for native or native-level speakers) and English.

All university departments are open to incoming ISEP students, provided students have the appropriate prerequisites to register for courses and provided there is space available.   Courses requiring labs (engineering) or studio (architecture, design) may have limited spaces for exchange students due to seating limitations.

Please check the Undergraduate/Graduate course catalog further information.

From the main website, choose ‘Academics and Research’ from the red navigation bar and choose ‘Registrar Services’. Click ‘University Catalogs’ to see the course catalog, and ‘Course Offerings’ to view the schedule for the upcoming semester as well as previous semesters. The quickest way to search for courses available in any given semester is to click here. 

The Fall schedule of courses is typically uploaded to the Banner system by mid-March, and the Spring courses by mid-October each year. If courses are not yet uploaded, check the previous Fall for as a basis for the current Fall course-offerings and the same goes for the Spring. Similar course-pattern offerings in the fall and spring respectively are not always guaranteed and may differ slightly. Students can also look at the course catalog for information on courses offered - not all courses are offered each semester. Arabic language classes are no longer required and are only available with a minimum enrollment of 12 students. Elementary-level Arabic classes are usually available.

Website for Course Availability

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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Architecture

    Urban Planning

  • Area Studies:

    Near and Middle Eastern Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canada, Foreign) United States Studies Western European Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology: Recommended!

    Anatomy Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Genetics Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Microbiology and Immunology Physiology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Actuarial Science Auditing Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics E-Commerce Economics Entrepreneurship Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies Organizational Leadership

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Intercultural Communication Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Public Relations Publishing

  • Computer and Information Sciences Recommended!

    Artificial Intelligence

  • Education

    Curriculum and Instruction

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Aeronautical Engineering Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Industrial Engineering Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering Petroleum Engineering Water Resources Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature Professional/Technical Writing Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

  • History:

    American History (United States) Asian History European History History, Other

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies: Recommended!

    Ethics Islamic Studies Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences: Recommended!

    Chemistry Physics

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Geography Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts: Recommended!

    Art History Cinematography and Film Production Design and Visual Communications Drama and Theatre Arts Drawing Graphic Design Industrial and Product Design Interior Design Music Performance Music Theory and Composition Painting Photography Studio Arts Voice and Opera

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.5 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 550
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • Language Test: CEFR   C1

Special Application Instructions

Students from Non-English Speaking countries (where English is NOT the official language) must provide a TOEFL that is no more than 2 years old, with a minimum grade indicated above.

Language Courses: Arabic language background or classes are no longer required at the American University of Sharjah. Arabic language classes are usually available at the elementary level, but all levels are subject to a 12-student enrollment minimum.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Graduate Entry Requirements:

There are 3 routes for students to be eligible for graduate courses:

1. Senior undergraduate students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 can register for up to two graduate-level courses while they are enrolled at the undergraduate level. 

2. Visiting graduate-level students can enroll in graduate-level courses on exchange, but they must be enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited home institution, be in good standing at the home institution, and have achieved a minimum internet-based TOEFL score of 80. 

3. Graduate degree-seeking students must meet all AUS graduate admissions requirements, and must have achieved an undergraduate degree from a university approved by the UAE Ministry of Education.


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