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American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Program Terms: Fall,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/15/2014** Rolling Admission 02/05/2015 06/09/2015
 NOTE: Orientation week is mandatory to attend. Spring 2015: Thurs, Feb 5th - Students should arrive and move into dorms. Thurs, Feb 5th to Sat, Feb 14th - Orientation program Sunday, Feb 15th - Classes begin Fri, Apr 3rd through Sat, Apr 11th - Spring Break Thurs, May 28th - Classes end. Mon, June 8th - Last day of final exams Tues, June 9th - Students must move out of dorms.
Fall 2015 02/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2016 10/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
Arabic, English
 Housing Options:
Dorm (double)
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Undergraduate Sophomore
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Various, Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, History, Economics, Marketing
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Western Michigan University Study Abroad office is pleased to offer a new educational opportunity for semester study in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). Located next to Dubai, Sharjah is the third largest of the seven Emirates and is considered the "Cultural Capital of the UAE," having been named an Arab Capital of Culture by UNESCO in 1998.

WMU students in Sharjah may pursue a general studies program in which they take 12 or 15 credit hours in various disciplines. Intensive Arabic language program is offered for language students.
Students are housed in dormitories on the beautiful AUS campus. One of the top universities in the region, AUS features an AASCB accredited business school, an ABET accredited engineering school, and NAAB accredited architecture school. AUS College of Arts and Sciences offers, among others, International Studies, Arabic Language, the sciences, Maths, Mass Communications, English language and literature.

The university itself is accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE, and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the US.

More information on the program may be found on the AUS website at:

Spring 2014 Program Dates: 01/24/2014 - 05/30/2014

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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 

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Academic Eligibility
Good academic standing

Academic Program

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

Program Fee for Spring 2014: $15,475
Program Fee for Fall 2014 TBD . Please, see the specialist.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). *Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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Students are housed in dormitories on the beautiful AUS campus.

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
American University of Sharjah
Exchange and study abroad office

Country Information (external links)
Lonely Planet - United Arab Emirates
Lonely Planet - Sharjah
Country Specific Information - United Arab Emirates
Culturegram - United Arab Emirates
Attractions in Sharjah
Definitley Dubai
Dubai Department of Tourism
Guide to Dubai
Visit Abu Dhabi

Arabic Language Program Faculty Director:

Mustafa Mughazy
Associate professor of Arabic and Linguistics
Office: (269) 387-2933     
Location: 818 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338
Mailing Address
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA

Study Abroad Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
Study Abroad Specialist,
Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave,
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: (269) 387-5890
Fax:   (269) 387-0630
campus site:
B 2425 Ellsworth Hall 

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