American University of Sharjah (AUS) is a comprehensive, independent, non-profit, coeducational institution of higher education that fosters excellence in teaching, learning and research. AUS offers American-style education grounded in Gulf Arab culture. All programs are coeducational with English as the language of instruction.
While Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Emirates, the language of instruction at AUS is English. All classes and administrative functions are conducted in English.
AUS is an extremely diverse community of faculty, staff and students, e.g. 80% of our 6,500+ students come from outside the UAE, from around 92 countries throughout the Arabic/Islamic region and beyond. Studying abroad at AUS allows students to enroll directly at a US-accredited institution, while exposing them to a truly internationalized community in a rapidly growing, exciting part of the world.
The AUS campus offers the full range of amenities, including cafés and restaurants, a grocery store, convenience store, bookstore, health clinic, pharmacy, bank, sports complex and more. It is conveniently located 20 minutes from the historic downtown Sharjah, the city of Dubai, and Dubai International Airport.
UNESCO (1998) and ISESCO (2014) recognize the Emirate of Sharjah as Cultural Capital of the Arab and Islamic World. These honors reflect ongoing efforts to preserve and promote the Gulf Arab world’s rich cultural heritage through many world-class museums, art foundations, archaeological sites, and institutions of higher education. Sharjah’s University City neighborhood, home of AUS, is a beautiful park-like complex featuring Islamic architecture that is home to a number of other institutions of higher education, including a teaching hospital. As a traditional Arab city, Sharjah provides a real cultural contrast to Dubai, located just next door.
American University of Sharjah (AUS) Fact Sheet
Exchange students enroll directly in courses in the following academic areas:
- College of Architecture, Art & Design: Architecture, Interior Design, Design Management, Multimedia Design, Visual Communication Master of Urban Planning
- College of Arts & Sciences: English Language & Literature, International Studies, Mass Communication, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Translation & Interpreting, Museum & Heritage Studies
- School of Business Administration: Economics, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Information System and Marketing
Ms. Grace Morales - International Exchange Programs Advisor
Phone: +971 6 515 4018
International Exchange Office (IXO) MG 43
American University of Sharjah
P.O. Box 26666
Academics & Support
The schedule for spring courses
will be available at the end of October.
The schedule for fall courses
will be available in mid-March.
Need a syllabus? Send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the course name and number (ex. ARA 101).
On admission to AUS, students register for five courses (15-16 credits). View the course catalogs here
Arabic language courses up to the intermedidate level are available. Please refer to the 'Arabic Language Offerings
' advising sheet for details.
- Fall Term: Starts mid-late August, ends late-December
- Spring Term: Starts mid-late January, ends mid-May
The AUS campus houses 12 separate residential halls for men and women, and approximately 40 percent of AUS students live on campus. Accommodation ranging from private rooms to double rooms is available. Complete housing information can be found here