American University of Sharjah
American University of Sharjah (AUS) is an independent, not-for-profit coeducational institution that is proud of its role as a leading comprehensive coeducational university, serving students of more than 90 nationalities from across the region and around the world.
Since 1997, AUS continues to be one of the best-known and most highly respected universities in the Middle East. For more than 20 years, we have inspired thousands of students to achieve academic excellence and engaged world-class faculty with outstanding credentials.
Founded by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, the university was envisaged by His Highness as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. Consciously based upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of a larger process of the revitalization of intellectual life in the Middle East.
Our graduates have established a tradition of success as leaders and innovators in workplaces across the United Arab Emirates, the region and the world. We boast a diverse body of award-winning students in all areas of research, innovation and academia, as well as highly acclaimed and widely published faculty, from Fulbright Scholars to seasoned industry professionals.
AUS offers 26 majors and 48 minors at the undergraduate level, 14 master's degree programs and one PhD program through the following academic divisions:
- College of Architecture, Art and Design
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Engineering
- School of Business Administration
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.
Licensing and accreditation
Students graduating from AUS earn a highly regarded degree from an American-accredited university, without having to travel to the USA. All of our degrees are internationally recognized, which means our graduates are eligible to secure employment and pursue further studies anywhere in the world. Find out more about our licensing and accreditation here.
AUS has 365 full-time faculty, hailing from the world’s best universities and dedicated to help students reach their full academic potential.
Our faculty are active researchers who are uniquely positioned to deliver a rigorous university education in the GCC, as they combine a breadth of international knowledge with deep, regional understanding.
One-third of our students live on campus along with our warm community of faculty and their families. We offer a huge range of student-led extracurricular activities, ranging from ethnic and national clubs, to personal interest groups in areas such as performing arts, photography, science and philosophy, to community service campaigns, and many more. We also have wide range of sports teams that compete in local, national and international events.
You will also have opportunities to pursue leadership roles in our Student Council and Student Leadership Program, as well as experience a huge variety of community activities and cultural events.
AUS offers financial assistance to highly qualified undergraduate students to help with their education costs, with more than AED80 million (more than USD20 million) awarded in merit- and need- based grants and scholarships. These are awarded regardless of race, color, gender, religion or national origin.