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American University of Sharjah

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


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American University of Sharjah


A young university with a reputation for excellence and diversity

American University of Sharjah is an independent, not-for-profit, coeducational university founded in 1997 by Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. AUS's mission is to offer American-style higher education in English to a diverse group of students in the context of Gulf Arab and Islamic culture. American University of Sharjah has more than 5,600 students, including about 5,100 undergraduates. The student population is evenly divided among women and men, and students come from 95 countries.

AUS has been recognized for its academic excellence and multicultural campus life by several international agencies and publications, including US News and World Report. AUS is listed among US News and World Report’s top 25 Best Arab Region Universities. Within that category, American University of Sharjah ranked first in business, management and accounting and in economics, econometrics, and finance. The university also ranked in the top ten for arts and humanities. Forbes Middle East ranks AUS's MBA degree program among the top three among private universities in the Middle East and North Africa. The university is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the UAE Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Affairs Division. It is also accredited in the US by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

A city renowned for its Arab culture and international population

The city of Sharjah, on the Arabian Gulf coast, is home to some 1.4 million people, more than 80 percent of whom are expatriates. In 1998, UNESCO named Sharjah the Cultural Capital of the Arab World, in part due to the 20-plus museums in the city. The AUS campus is located in the University City area near other educational institutions and a ten-minute drive from Sharjah International Airport. Also within driving distance are the city's beach, parks, museums, the Sharjah Aquarium, shopping areas, and Islamic sites. The emirate of Dubai borders Sharjah to the southwest, and the Dubai International Airport is less than a half hour drive from the AUS campus.

On campus, students can enjoy more than two dozen team sports, some 60 student clubs, and on-campus amenities including a daycare center, health center, pharmacy, post office, transportation center, travel agency, career development services, salons, bank, and numerous restaurants.

A strong commitment to international research

American University of Sharjah regularly hosts international conferences and symposia on topics such as mechatronics, infrastructure management, cross-cultural communication, business culture, and design. AUS is also home to the Gulf Ecosystems Research Center (GERC), which focuses on pollution and biodiversity studies for the benefit of schools, government agencies, city planners, and engineers. GERC faculty members collaborate with researchers at a number of other centers including the Woods Hole/MIT Joint Oceanography Program, the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction in Oregon, and Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Highly accomplished faculty members from the US, Canada, and beyond

More than 90 percent of the American University of Sharjah's 365 faculty members hold terminal degrees in their fields of study. Among the many professors with notable accomplishments and experience are:

  • Professor of Chemical Engineering Dana Abouelnasr, PhD., whose resume includes teaching engineering sciences at Cal State Bakersfield, working in environmental engineering and health for the US Centers for Disease Control, and publishing and presenting research related to waste sludge fuel recovery, public health and pollution, and carbon capture.
  • Professor of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, Imad Abu-Yousef, PhD., whose research in polymer chemistry and medicinal chemistry includes published work on possible drugs for Alzheimer's disease, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of compounds found in mangosteen fruit, and polymer compounds for the treatment of wounds.
  • Associate Professor of Economics Ramon Cobo-Reyes Cano, PhD, who has taught at the University of Exeter, the University of Granada, and UC Santa Barbara. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Journal of Economic Behavior, the American Economics Review, and other academic journals.

Approximately half of AUS's faculty members are from the US and Canada.


Undergraduate degree programs in the AUS College of Architecture, Art and Design

The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at AUS offers five bachelor's degree programs:

  • The Bachelor of Architecture, accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of the United States
  • The Bachelor of Interior Design
  • The Bachelor of Science in Design Management
  • The Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design
  • The Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication

CAAD also offers minors in film, design management, illustration and animation, photography, and product design. Students in CAAD programs have access to state of the art labs for computer design, metalwork, clay, wood, photography, and other media.

Bachelor's degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences

American University of Sharjah's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers bachelor of arts degrees in English language and literature, international studies, and mass communication. The CAS also has bachelor of science degree programs in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, and in physics and mathematics.

Minor areas of study in the CAS are:

  • Actuarial mathematics
  • American studies
  • Applied and computational mathematics
  • Applied physics
  • Arabic language and literature
  • Biology
  • English language
  • English literature
  • English/Arabic translation
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental sciences
  • Governmental studies
  • History
  • International studies
  • Mass communication
  • Middle Eastern studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Theatre, and
  • Women's studies

CAS students will find support and resources in the AUS Writing Center, the Mathematics Learning Center, the MCM Audio-Visual Studio, and in the clubs related to arts and sciences areas of study.

AUS College of Engineering undergraduate degree programs

The College of Engineering (CEN) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) offers bachelor of science degree programs in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering and in computer science. These programs are accredited by the relevant commissions of ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, in the US. Minors are available in aerospace, biomedical, computer, electrical, environmental and water, mechanical, mechatronics, and petroleum engineering as well as in computer science, engineering management, and renewable energy.


The CEN sponsors monthly guest lectures during the fall and spring semesters and supports interdisciplinary research in the areas of:

  • Built environment
  • Water, energy, and the environment
  • Emerging technologies for industrial development
  • Commerce and government
  • Healthcare and medical technology

AUS research teams are also working on new applications for robots, drones, and Internet of Things technology.

Undergraduate studies at the AUS School of Business Administration

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (SBA) degree program may major in accounting, finance, economics, management, management information systems, or marketing. Minors are available in these areas of study, too, and the SBA also offers a minor in supply chain management.

The first of its kind in the MENA region, the SBA's Interactive Trading Floor provides students and faculty access to real-time financial markets and micro-economic data via 24 Bloomberg terminals. The facility is a technologically advanced 24-seat learning environment designed to be the exact duplication of the trading floor found in a typical Wall Street or Dubai International Financial Center investment firm, including the same live feeds, industry software and analytical tools. 

The Internships and Placement Office of the SBA works to connect students to learning and employment opportunities with partner organizations, and at least one internship or practicum is required for graduation. The AUS School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

An international alumni network and global employment opportunities

Alumni of American University of Sharjah live and work in 37 countries for employers such as Bee’ah, Cisco Systems, Citibank, CNN, Dell, Emirates Airlines, Ernst and Young, IBM, L’Oreal, Microsoft, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Saudi Aramco, Schneider Electric, Sharjah Museums Department, Shell EP International, UAE Armed Forces, Unilever, and the World Gold Council. The AUS Alumni Association and the AUS Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs (OAAA) offer a variety of career-development, social, and networking opportunities for graduates.

Grants and scholarship programs at the American University of Sharjah

New undergraduate students may apply for a variety of need- and merit-based AUS scholarships, including the Distinguished Student Scholarship, the Academic Accomplishment Scholarship, the Sharakah School Scholarship, and the Chancellor’s Scholar Award. Continuing students may be eligible for Merit, Dean's List, and Chancellor's List scholarships. Junior and senior-year students who meet GPA and other requirements may be eligible for the Sheikh Khalifa Scholarship, which covers up to four semesters of tuition.            

A number of grants are available from AUS to help offset tuition and housing costs. The university offers a Family Tuition Grant discount for multiple siblings enrolled as undergraduates at the same time. There is a Study Tour Grant program to help qualified students cover the costs associated approved study tour programs. AUS has also partnered with the Sharjah Islamic Bank to offer families the Ta'allam student loan program, which has very low annual interest rates.

Location & Contact

Address PO Box 26666
United Arab Emirates
Contact Email:
Phone: -+971 6 515 1000
Fax: -+ 971 6 515 2200

Majors & Degrees

Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Application Deadlines

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Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
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% of undergrad students who live in college housing 40%

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Full-time - 352
Part-time - 51
Male - 281
Female - 122