Study in Sharjah, considered the “Cultural Capital of the Arab World”! Stroll the palm tree-lined walkways of the Al Majaz waterfront as you explore a thriving arts scene, incredible shopping, museums, cafes, and beautiful Islamic architecture. Nearby, enjoy Dubai (just an hour away), desert landscapes, and the coastal lagoons and mangroves of the Gulf of Oman. 

Limitless course options! Deepen your understanding of business, liberal arts, communication, design, or the investigative sciences by exploring them through the unique intersection of the Arab Gulf, the Middle East, and the world at large. 

Beyond the classroom, AUS students enjoy a vibrant campus life with access to a wide range of extracurricular activities, clubs, athletic teams, and associations. The study abroad office not only helps you get involved with these opportunities, but they also work hard to provide a welcoming and comfortable home base for all international students.   

AUS is a fully ABET (Engineering), NAAB (Architecture) and AACSB (Business) accredited institution serving a diverse student body from the region and from around the world.  


The stunning city of Sharjah offers a rich environment that led UNESCO to declare it the Cultural Capital of the Arab world in 1998. The endless arts areas, souqs, and museums will keep you exploring for hours on end. Sharjah is also uniquely located on world trade routes and is the only Emirate with direct access to the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. 


Find your home away from home while living in one of the on-campus student resident halls. Every resident hall is fully equipped with a computer lab, laundry room, games (like a pool and foosball table), and Wi-Fi connectivity.  


Dining options are around every corner at AUS. These include on-campus grocery and convenience stores, several food outlets, coffee shops with access to a variety of Arabic and Western drinks, and in-room kitchenettes for preparing your own gourmet meal. Many students also order from nearby off-campus restaurants that deliver directly to the resident halls. ISEP Direct students can expect to spend approximately 520 USD per month on food. 


The International Exchange Office (IXO) offers an exciting schedule of outings and activities throughout the semester, including a city tour to get to know Sharjah and day trips to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.  


The Global Day Festival at AUS is one of the largest events on campus—don't miss it! Students from all over the world set up booths representing their home culture through food, drink, music, language, traditional clothing, and more. When you are ready to see more of the U.A.E., consider a trip to the desert, sea kayak in the Gulf of Oman, or spend a few hours or even a few days in Dubai, which is just an hour away. When you are ready to relax, Sharjah Beach is the perfect place to catch the ocean breeze. 


The Academic Support Center on campus offers services to support you throughout your experience at AUS. Utilize resources such as disability accommodations, peer mentors, and student success workshops to help make your time abroad a productive and fruitful experience. 

What We Love About AUS

With vast academic options, almost any major can study at AUS—and it’s easy to make friends! From chess to gastronomy to women’s empowerment, the variety of clubs at AUS provides an exciting opportunity to get involved in campus life. 

See ISEP Direct budget and estimated expenses

Program Website

Course Description

As a student at the American University of Sharjah, course options are almost boundless!  While the table below represents some of our more popular course options, AUS provides an opportunity to explore the convergence of culture and religion through virtually any subject.  Study arts, history, communication, film or global business. Investigate biology, environmental sciences or engineering through a different lens.  Or study architecture and design by uncovering first-hand how some of the most ancient structures and palaces in the world were created. 

Credits Earned
Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn similar numbers of credits as a U.S. semester institution –12-15 credits is standard. Grades and transcripts are issued in the U.S. letter grade system of A-F.  

AUS classes are primarily 13-14 weeks within a 17-18 week semester. Classes are usually 3 credit hours and meet for approximately 3 hours per week (M/W/F or T/Th). 

Sample Classes Available: 






Political Science 


International Relations and Global Studies 




Business Law 




Comparative Politics 




Applied Aerodynamics 


Consumer Behavior


Genetics and Molecular Biology 


American Foreign Policy 


War and Peace-The Middle East 


Biomedical Systems Modeling 




Principles of Neuroscience 


Public International Law 


Global Political Economy 


Fluid Mechanics 


Mergers & Acquisitions




Politics and Civil Society in the Middle East 


International Security 




Global Marketing


Medical Parasitology 


International Organizations 




Design of Experiments


For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please click on the "other academic conditions" dropdown link below.

Website for Course Availability

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American University of Sharjah

AUS is located in the Emirate of Sharjah, in the beautiful setting of University City, about a ten-minute drive from the border with Dubai. The beautiful campus buildings reflect Islamic...

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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:

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

  • Computer and Information Sciences

    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

  • 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:

    Ethics Islamic Studies Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Physics

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Geography Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    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
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
  • LPR Reading Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
  • LPR Listening Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
  • LPR Speaking Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
  • Language Test: CEFR   A1
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students from countries where English is NOT the official language must provide a valid English test that is not more than 2 years old, with one of the minimum scores listed above.

The CAAD Program (College of Architecture, Art and Design) within the College of Architecture, Art and Design, requires a portfolio for any Architecture, Interior Design, and other Design major students. This is required when placed at AUS.

The portfolio must include students' previous studios including the current semester together with their portfolio of all their design work. Projects of all the years and semesters of studies should be clearly labeled. The portfolio is submitted before the AUS application deadline. 

Students will get CAAD's acceptance and what appropriate courses they can take based on portfolio, courses completed and in progress, seat availability.

Students are required to submit a supplemental application which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

Most students will be reuquired to obtain a visa to attend this program for a semester or one year. Please see visa guidance in the ISEP country handbook here


Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

How to Find Available Classes

The quickest way to search for courses available in any given semester is to view the specific schedule for the upcoming semester as well as previous semesters. 

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 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 all courses offered at AUS, although please note that not all courses are offered each semester.

Arabic Language Courses

- Arabic as a Second Language courses are not offered regularly at the American University of Sharjah. Arabic language classes are often available at the elementary level but cannot be guaranteed, as they are subject to a 12-student enrollment minimum.

- Students planning to take courses in Arabic translation, literature, and poetry in Arabic must meet the English language requirements listed above, and submit an additional ISEP Language Evaluation or other official test demonstrating that they have at least a B2 level in Arabic. 

Graduate-level Entry Requirements

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 a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Students in accelerated master's programs (with combined undergraduate and graduate study), having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 are allowed to take master courses if they have already completed the first 3 years of their studies in their home universities, and as long as they meet the requirements for taking the course. This should be explicitly mentioned in the ISEP Course List.

Semester dates typically run as follows:


Arrival and orientation: Third week of August

Courses start: Last week of August

Exams: Week before Christmas


Arrival and orientation: Second week in January

Courses start: Last week in January

Exams: Last week in May

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

NOTE: Psychology courses at AUS are limited. Enrollment in psychology courses cannot be guaranteed. 

Proof of English Language Exceptions:

1. Students who undertook all their schooling (K-12) in an English-speaking country.

2. Graduate students who completed a Bachelor’s Degree entirely in English.

3. Graduate students who have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in a university in an English Speaking Country.

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