The American University of Sharjah was founded in 1997 by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and Chair of the Board of Trustees and President of AUS. Consciously based upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of the larger process of revitalization of intellectual life in the Middle East.
AUS is a leading comprehensive coeducational university in the Gulf, serving students from the region and around the world. Admission is based on qualifications only, without regard to race, color, gender, religion, disabilities, age or national origin. AUS is accredited by the U.S. Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the U.S. Department of Education in the State of Delaware and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates.
All six of the bachelor degree programs in the AUS College of Engineering are accredited by ABET, and AUS was the first university in the Gulf region and the second outside the United States to receive this accreditation. The Bachelor of Architecture program of the College of Architecture, Art and Design is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board of the United States. This is the first program outside of North America to receive this prestigious accreditation. NAAB is the only organization authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, as well as the Master of Business Administration and Executive Master of Business Administration degrees offered by the School of Business and Management are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
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. 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.
Total student enrollment in Fall 2016 was approximately 6,000 students, with a total of 372 full-time faculty. Seventeen percent of the student population is Emirati, and the remainder of the top 10 nationalities at AUS includes students from Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United States. There are currently over 100 nationalities represented among the student population of AUS.
Meet your ISEP coordinator:
Linda Angell, Ph.D, is the Director of the Office of International Exchange Programs at the American University of Sharjah. Prior to taking this role in January 2010, she served as Associate Professor of Operations and Project Management within AUS's School of Business and Management. Before moving to the United Arab Emirates, Dr. Angell worked both as an academic (Victoria University of Wellington, Pennsylvania State University) and a manager within a wide range of public and private institutions in New Zealand, the U.S., Germany and the U.K . She has served as evaluator for the Dubai Quality Awards and as evaluator and team manager for the Business Excellence Awards in New Zealand. She is on the Council of Advisors for ISEP and is a member of AIEA, EAIE and NAFSA. Dr. Angell holds a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration from Boston University, an MBA with High Distinction from Babson College, and a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
American University of SharjahSharjah, United Arab Emirates Campus Website5,000 - 20,000 on Campus250,000+ residents in SharjahLanguage(s) spoken on campus: Arabic, English, Persian, Hindi, Urdu
The American University of Sharjah campus is located in the beautiful University City area of Sharjah, in between the Sharjah International Airport (a five minute drive, just across Sharjah’s Airport Road from University City) and the Dubai International Airport (a 20 minute drive). The park-like oasis of University City is home to a wide range of colleges, universities and heritage offices, and provides a vibrant resting area for a wide range of birdlife migrating to and from all over the world.
The AUS campus is a stand-alone and self-sufficient campus offering a wide range of amenities and facilities, including two convenience grocery stores, a book store, a variety of cafes and coffee shops, hair salons for men and women, a health clinic, a pharmacy, a travel agency, a branch of the Sharjah Islamic Bank, a post-office, a mosque, a drycleaner, a pre-school, several ATMs, bus stations, a taxi-stand and more. A regular bus service is provided to local grocery stores, and to and from the two closest stations of the Dubai Metro System. Taxis are readily available on campus, and throughout Sharjah and the other emirates. See transportation options available on campus.
AUS has approximately 70 student organizations and clubs for students to participate in, many of which are cultural clubs (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 many different sports teams for both men and women. The International Exchange Office plans a schedule of exchange student activities each semester.
Sharjah has been widely recognized for its development as a traditional Arab City, and provides an interesting contrast to its neighbor, Dubai. The city of Sharjah was designated as Capital of Arab Tourism for 2015 by the Arab Council of Tourism Ministers, in addition to being named the 2014 Capital of Islamic Culture by the Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture. Previously, Sharjah was awarded the 1998 UNESCO Cultural Capital Award for the Arab World. The Ruler of Sharjah places a very strong emphasis on education and cultural preservation through University City and a wide range of museums. Sharjah has a wide range of cultural offerings, including traditional souks (the Blue Souk, Fish Souk, Vegetable Souk, Bird and Animal Souk, Plant Souk, etc.), Heritage Village 'Heart of Sharjah' areas, a working port loaded with traditional Dhow fishing vessels, etc. See more information about Sharjah Tourism.
Culturally, Sharjah reflects local values as 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 or transparent clothing. There are no alcohol or pork products available in Sharjah.