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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 2016 09/20/2015** Rolling Admission 01/23/2016 05/30/2016
 NOTE: Program dates are approx. and include mandatory orientation week.

** 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:
Joseph Rasich
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Various, Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering, History, Economics, Marketing
Program Description:
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Program Overview

WMU students now have the unique 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.

Students studying 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 also available for language students. During their studies, 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 a NAAB accredited architecture school. Addtionally, AUS' College of Arts and Sciences offers, among others, International Studies, Arabic Language, the sciences, Math, Mass Communications, English language, and literature.

Learn more about the American University of Sharjah:
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Sharjah is the third largest and third most populous city in the UAE. It is located on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf and is regarded as the cultural capital of the Emirates.

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Academic Eligibility
Good academic standing; Minimum GPA of 2.75

Academic Program
Study Abroad students are welcome to take courses in all four AUS colleges and schools:
  • College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) - the only Architecture program outside of North America holding the prestigious NAAB accreditation
  • College of Arts and Science (CAS) - many offerings including Arabic and Translation Studies and an International Studies programs
  • College of Engineering (CEN) - all programs ABET-accredited
  • School of Business and Management (SBM) - AACSB-accreditedExamples of some specialty courses include: Islamic Banking and Finance, Arabic and Gulf Studies, and Islamic Architecture and Design.
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

2015 Program Fee: $17,095

The WMU program fee includes: Tuition, administrative fees, instructional costs, housing, access to on-campus health clinic and housing, international health and emergency assistance  insurance.
The program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for spring  semester.

The program fee does not include:  airfare and travel costs, housing deposit, passport fees, meals, visa fees and miscellaneous expenses. Costs not included in the program fee are estimates and may vary according to individual needs and preferences. The budget does not include activities which are not part of the academic program, such as personal travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.

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.

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs).   The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
   Commitment fee
+ Qualified fees (tuition)
+ Non-qualified fees (other costs)
= Total program fee

Commitment fee:  The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the President's Grant for Study Abroad and the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's International Study Scholarship.

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, they 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.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead.  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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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
Summer Intensive Arabic Language Program

Country Information (external links)
Lonely Planet - United Arab Emirates
Lonely Planet - Sharjah
Country Specific Information - United Arab Emirates
Culturegram - United Arab Emirates


Arabic Language Program Faculty Director:

Mustafa Mughazy
Associate professor of Arabic and Linguistics
Office: (269) 387-2933     
Location: 818 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338

WMU Study Abroad
Joseph Rasich
Study Abroad Specialist
(269) 387-5890

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