Study Abroad Program in Sharjah, UAE
About American University of Sharjah
Marhaba! We're so excited that you're preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the American University Sharjah (AUS) as your destination. American University Sharjah is located in one of the seven territories that comprise the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—Sharjah –and is a perfect choice for the student who seeks a unique and traditional experience in the Emirate that is known as the culture center of the UAE. Sharjah is rich in museums, historical centers, exquisite mosques and souks (markets) that reflect centuries-old Arab architecture, history and customs.
There are just a few specific forms, as well as writing an academic statement for this program, that you'll need to complete before your application can be submitted to AUS for an admissions decision. The forms can be found under the Forms tab and instructions on writing your academic statement can be found under the Academics tab.
What the American University Sharjah program has to offer
The American University Sharjah program is a semester or yearlong study abroad program. Students take 5 classes each semester, one of which must be an Arabic Language course. The remaining four classes can be from other departments with the understanding that courses are subject to space availability and any pre-requisites for a course are met.
Arabic Language Course
As a requirement of our program at American University Sharjah, all students must take an Arabic Language course (MSA) as part of their course load.
What departments can I study in?
Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, Arabic Language & Literature
Architecture, Art & Art History, Biology
Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry
Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science
Design, Economics, Education
Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Sciences
Film, Finance, Heritage Management
History, Interior Design, International Studies
Management, Management Information Systems
Marketing, Mass Communication, Math
Mechanical Engineering, Multimedia, Music
Petroleum Engineering, Philosophy, Physics
Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration
Sociology, Statistics, Theatre
Visual Communication (photography!), Women Studies (2 courses)
Where can I find courses?
How do I know if a course has a pre-requisite?
Is there anything else I should know or consider when selecting courses?
You must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A–F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses. All students must take a total of 15 U.S. semester credit hours per semester. Each course is worth 3 U.S. semester credits and a student will take a total of 5 classes, one of which being an Arabic Language class, each semester.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or by AUS to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
Students studying at the American University Sharjah will take five classes each semester for a total of 15 U.S. semester credit hours. Each class is worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours. Students studying abroad for the year at AUS will take five classes each semester for a total of 30 U.S. semester credit hours for the academic year.
ExamsBecause of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting an academic record appeal for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit and grades you earned on the IFSA-Butler program at American University Sharjah. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
As part of your application to the program at AUS, you are required to write an academic statement. A well-written academic statement can make the difference between a regular application and an incredible one. American University Sharjah admits applicants who are driven, motivated and prepared for an academically rigorous semester. Writing a strong academic statement will strengthen your application and help differentiate you from other applicants.
Think of your statement as a college admissions essay. Your academic statement should be about 500 words and outline the reasons why you want to study at American University Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. A statement can be especially useful for providing additional information which is not immediately apparent from your transcript, but relevant to your application. You should discuss your reasons for wanting to study in the U.A.E. and why the program at UAS appeals to you.
Your statement should also describe how and why a study abroad semester AUS will assist you in achieving your academic, personal and professional goals.
Students will live in AUS residential halls. There are eight halls for males and four halls for females. While the halls are considered "on campus," a student will need to walk or ride a shuttle bus to get to their classes. AUS offers a shuttle bus service between the student residential halls and other areas of campus.
The residential halls at AUS are very comparable to the structure of American university residence halls with the use of Resident Assistants (R.A.'s) and Graduate Residents (G.R.'s). Rules and regulations and acceptable behavior are spelled out in clear language on the AUS web site. There is a Judicial Review Committee that oversees conduct infractions.
Residential halls are single sex: women's halls and men's halls are separated geographically as well as philosophically. Women's curfew is 10 p.m. and Men's curfew is midnight. Visitors are strictly monitored with visitors allowed into the common room areas only. Women and girls only can visit female halls while men and boys only can visit the male halls. Since both alcohol and drugs are illegal in Sharjah, students violating any of the rules regarding these substances will face legal action by the university, as well as by the Emirate.
Most residential halls are equipped with kitchenettes, which include refrigerators and hot plates. Many international franchise restaurants, coffee shops and snack services are located in the Student Center. Most of these outlets offer campus delivery service.
There are two Mini-Marts with a large variety of grocery items, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other household items. One is located in the Student Center and the other is at the Women's Welcome Center
When will I receive my housing assignment?
While all students will live in the Residential Halls of AUS, rooms may vary. Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
What will my residential hall room be like?
Each bedroom normally contains a single bed, study desk, rolling chair, wardrobe, bedside table, Venetian blinds and air-conditioning unit. One quilt, pillow and a bed sheet set is also provided.
Every residential hall has a TV Lounge has a cable television with a channel line-up including major networks, CNN and a Movie Channel. The halls are generally equipped with a Computer Lab, Fitness Room, Laundry, Billiard and Baby Foot. The campus has a variety of fast food and diet corners created to suit various lifestyle and budget. Washers and dryers are located in each Residential Hall.
What might I find different about living in the residential hall at AUS?
Students must complete a Leave Form (located under the Forms tab), which must be completed by the parent/guardian and allows the resident student to stay overnight, outside the dormitories during weekends and public holidays. It is important to note that the student when leaving the dorm for the weekend or public holiday signs-out with the Dorm Supervisor and signs-in when he/she returns back.
All resident students are expected to sleep at the residential halls every night, except during official dorm closing periods. No leave is given during the week days. Students may only apply for leave on weekends if they have returned to completed Leave form.
Dress code for both male and female students is strictly enforced. A student will not be permitted to leave a residential hall if they are not dressed appropriately.
Quiet hours are from midnight to 7am, seven days a week
The use of drugs or alcohol is strictly PROHIBITED on campus and in the Emirate. If a student is found using either, he/she will face severe fines, imprisonment, and/or deportation.
To learn more about life in the residential halls, click here to visit the AUS Resident Hall website and to read the Rules and Regulations
American University SharjahThe campus is in Sharjah University City, closer to the Sharjah airport than the city center. There are buses that students can take from the dorms into the city of Sharjah and/or to Dubai to the Malls and supermarkets. The campus offers a number of services for students. For a full description, please click here.
AUS offers great opportunities to get involved and meet other students! Joining a club is the best way. Click here to find out about clubs and organizations at AUS.
AUS student handbook offers information on everything from the Student Code of Conduct and residential life regulations to information on clubs and support services is available in this guide. Click here to find out more!
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the date listed as “Program ends” on the calendar.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Sharjah, exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students' experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Applicants to the program at American University Sharjah must complete three additional forms in addition to writing an Academic Statement (instructions for the statement can be found under the Academics tab). Please download, print and complete the following:
Remember, there is not a form for the Academic statement you need to submit. Regarding the completion of the AUS Leave form, please follow these instructions:
Your forms can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax, or regular mail. You can track which application forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the Student Portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program at the American University of Sharjarh:
A Wisconsin native, Program Advisor Kerry Springer has travelled and lived all over Asia, including studying abroad in Varanasi, teaching in Chennai, and carrying out fieldwork research in Pondicherry. Kerry holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a master’s degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. A foreign language enthusiast, she has both strong cross-cultural communication skills and first-hand insight into foreign educational systems, homestays, and student life abroad. Kerry looks forward to drawing on her own experiences in India to help IFSA-Butler and Alliance students make the most out of their endeavors across the Middle East and Asia.
Student Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 3077.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
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Interested in community work and volunteering? Click here to find out more about opportunities at AUS!
American University of Sharjah offers internships for international students in a variety of businesses and organizations. Most placements are in engineering, business and humanities, but other areas of interest may also be available. Interships replace one class at the university and are worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours.