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College of Engineering

Bachelor of Architecture

Type Undergraduate
Credit Hours 162 Hours
Duration 5 Years
Language English
Study mode Full Time
Intake Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Delivery mode Day
Campuses Abu Dhabi, Al Ain


Concerned with the art and science of merging human activity harmoniously with interior and exterior environments, architecture is the process of planning, designing and constructing buildings and their surrounding landscapes.

This five-year program will introduce you to the world of architecture and design, help you tap into your creativity and develop your skills in art and design as well as the required technical and environmental knowledge. You will learn to identify the physical, physiological, psychological and cultural needs of different user groups and how to meet these needs, develop conceptual designs, conduct design development, prepare working drawings and contractual documents for the construction of different types of buildings from villas to high-rise towers.

We are the only university in Abu Dhabi to offer a professional degree in Architecture.

We are also the first architecture program in the UAE to have international accreditation RIBA from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). We are extremely proud of this accolade because it is testament to our program excellence.

“When my students graduate it’s like my kids have grown up”  

"The Bachelor of Architecture program at ADU is founded on the same principles as how architecture is taught in Europe, with a focus on design. I am proud to be part of the great team who worked tirelessly to achieve Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accreditation and helped grow the program to what it is today. We are one of only a handful of universities in the MENA region to be able to boast this accolade.  

International visibility is key to helping us achieve our development goals and, as faculty members, we are constantly collaborating with international institutions in our home countries and elsewhere, building our reputation in the UK, Europe, and the Far East. I’ve been with the program almost from the start and when my students graduate it’s like my kids have grown up."

Dr. Paolo Caratelli, Professor of Architecture

Tuition fees structure & calculation

Abu Dhabi

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Al Ain

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Tuition is based upon the College and/or Department classification as opposed to the course classification or level. Tuition rates for undergraduate students vary from the tuition rates for graduate students.

The tuition fee calculations are an example only and are based on the assumption that elective courses will be taken with the College that the student is taking their major with. However, if the student selects elective courses outside of this College, the total cost payable may increase or decrease to reflect the tuition rate of the College where the elective is delivered.

Costs of books and supplies are not included in the Tuition and Fees. Students at Abu Dhabi University are also required to pay certain fees and other costs to attend the University. Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to change tuition and fee rates at any time. A tuition schedule is published prior to registration for each semester.

For more information, please click here to view the University's tuition fee structure. Fees are subject to change during the year as per government charges and testing bodies.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Architecture Degree from ADU is designed to be recognized as a professional degree in most regions of the world including North America, Europe and all Arab countries. This puts you on the right track to become a registered licensed architect. 

There has never been a better time to study architecture in the UAE and Abu Dhabi in particular. Its stunning city skyline boasts some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and many of its innovative buildings push the limits of architectural imagination. As it continues to expand and compete with the likes of Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, it provides a plethora of material to study and research, the perfect place to explore new forms and designs, with no limits on your creativity. 

Both private companies and public agencies seek architects for a variety of professional positions. Many work for engineering and architecture consulting offices or construction companies as designers and project managers. As well as becoming a professional architect and establishing your own design office, the study of architecture is also an excellent vehicle for further academic study at postgraduate level including our Master of Sustainable Architecture program.

Graduates have gone on to work in companies including Al Bayaty Architects, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Musanada, RW Armstrong and Shankland Cox Ltd among many others.

Entry requirements

High School Curriculum
Minimum Grade*
Language Proficiency
MOE Advance 80% Academic IELTS 5.0
or EMSAT English 1000
or ITP (taken at Amideast) 500
or Internet- based TOEFL (iBT) 61
MOE General 80%
UAE Literary Streams High School (Before 2017) 80%
UAE Science Streams High School (Before 2017) 80%
**American / Canadian 80%
**British Curriculum or IGCSE / GCE
(Completed Year 13/Grade 12 of High School)
**Indian/Pakistani/Bangladesh 50%
**International Baccalaureate 24 points

Course outline

General Education
33 credit hours
4 credit hours
110 credit hours
Major Electives
9 credit hours
Open Electives
6 credit hours