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College of Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Aviation

Type Undergraduate
Credit Hours 126 Hours
Duration 4 Years
Language English
Study mode Full Time
Intake Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Delivery mode Day
Campuses Abu Dhabi


This leading-edge four-year program is offered to meet the needs of the dynamic airline industry in the MENA region and beyond. It will equip you with the technical skills, problem solving abilities and leadership competencies required for a successful career as an aviation practitioner.

Focusing on aviation common core study areas, in your final year you can opt for one of three concentrations: Flight Operations, Infrastructure Operations and Technical Systems. Open elective courses allow you to specialize further and strengthen your professional profile. The program includes practical exposure using flight training devices and various real and fast-time simulation platforms.

Originally the program was established to train students sponsored by Etihad to become future pilots but has evolved to meet the needs of the aviation industry more comprehensively, giving you more options for aviation career routes and has been benchmarked against similar programs internationally. 

“I enjoy challenging my students to look at things in a different way.”

"Although a young university, ADU is very forward thinking. I’ve enjoyed contributing to the redevelopment of the program, making it relevant to budding pilots and non-flyers alike.  

I enjoy challenging my students to look at things in a different way. Coming from a very individualistic environment, I’ve been taught to succeed on my own merit so I encourage my students to move away from the group mentality. At the same time, I like to think I make learning fun – I’m not rigid in my teaching and my door is always open."

Kirk Webster, Senior Lecturer

Tuition fees structure & calculation

Abu Dhabi

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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

Graduates are equipped to work in a variety of sectors of the aviation industry including ground support services and operations in airports, in industry and state safety oversight, or in the aerospace industry.

Flight safety and aviation regulation, business analysis and aviation research and development, and commercial and customer operations are other sectors relevant to graduates of this program.

Graduates with a concentration in Flight Operations are also well prepared to continue training within flight schools and obtain a commercial or airline pilot license. Many graduates of this program have become pilots for leading airlines such as Etihad Airways

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
39 credit hours
0 credit hours
64 credit hours
Major Electives
0 credit hours
Open Electives
15 credit hours