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I look forward to welcoming you to Abu Dhabi University (ADU), an institution that is rated in the top ten internationally (QS World University Rankings) for student and faculty diversity and for seven consecutive years has been rated among the world’s top universities. Given our diversity, no matter which country you are from, you will be at home with us and have the opportunity to make new friends from diverse backgrounds for life.  

We are a comprehensive University offering cutting edge programs in engineering and applied sciences; business, finance and economics; the built environment, including architecture; health sciences; law; and arts and sciences. Committed to offering internationally respected education, we are accredited by the UAE’s Commission of Academic Accreditation and by the US based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (the State of California’s accrediting body). In business we are among the world’s one percent of business schools that enjoy both the AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. Most of our engineering programs hold ABET accreditation and our program in architecture is unique in the UAE in holding the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validation. Although we have demanding standards, by graduating with us, your degree will be respected across the world and open doors to postgraduate education and competitive employment. It’s not surprising therefore that our alumni are found in influential positions within and beyond the region. As an alumnus of Abu Dhabi University you will join our community which will support you throughout your career development with lifelong learning opportunities.

However, life at ADU isn’t all about work and no play. As a student, you will play a part in University governance and learn from participating in clubs, societies and sporting activities. We have among the best sporting facilities among UAE universities, including an international standard cricket pitch, a FIFA standard football pitch, an outdoor running track, tennis courts and other facilities. Our students do us proud in inter-university sporting and other competitions; in academic, research and innovation competitions; in debating, volunteering and entrepreneurship. We invest in an outstanding student experience and our graduates leave us not only with outstanding academic education, but also with transferable work-skills to excel in the competitive job market. 

Thank you for considering Abu Dhabi University and good luck with your application. 


Professor Waqar Ahmad FAcSS PhD BA
Chancellor, Abu Dhabi University

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At Abu Dhabi University we run programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as academic programs for the Military College. We offer 55 different programs delivered within our four Colleges.

Archana Thomas, India

Senior Chemical Engineering Student
Student Council President (2017-2018)
I chose UAE to pursue my higher studies as it is my home away from home and due to the level of freedom and security I enjoy here. ADU attracted me as it recognized my high school certificate (CBSE), offered me an Honors scholarship and most importantly the International Accreditation of the programs.

Being an international university, it was easy for me to find friends from similar cultural background and to learn about other cultures. I learned a lot beyond classroom sessions taking part in competitions, attending seminars & conferences, field trips. Campus life is rather vibrant with multiple cultural clubs, hangout spaces, indoor games and lot of campus events.

A great place to grow, learn and contribute!
Fatima Ado, Nigeria

Senior BBA in Accounting Student
As an International student travelling a long way to study, I am pleased to say that I am having a fantastic experience at Abu Dhabi University (ADU). My ambition has always been to have a positive influence on others, and ADU has given me that opportunity.

As a female dorm Resident Assistant, I have been able to help students settle into their new environment, as well as make dorm life fun. Volunteering as a Peer Mentor has meant I can help students who are struggling with their studies, and I have also been able to bring a taste of home with me as Treasurer of the Nigerian Club.

When I first came to ADU, I have to admit I was scared. However, with the help of my amazing instructors and lovely fellow students, I have been able to build my confidence and am now having the best experience of my life. It is the shared experiences with the people in the international ADU community – the students, staff, and faculty - that will stay with me forever. I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of the great ADU family.
Ali Al Jahwari, Oman

Student of Bachelor of Law
Choosing Abu Dhabi University (ADU) was an easy decision as it presented me with the best opportunities in terms of program, location, faculty expertise, and facilities. Studying law was always my dream and, after facing many challenges in life, this ambition kept me on track. As a full-time employee, the flexibility of ADU’s timings and the support of my supervisor and lecturers have played a vital role in my success.

I appreciate the open door policy in particular, as well as the approachability of all faculty – these two aspects translate into a tightly knit family environment that caters for the needs of students in a multitude of ways. Studying at ADU has given me numerous opportunities to develop my analytical, leadership, and proactive thinking skills. These skills have, in turn, helped me develop confidence in my capabilities and myself. With a reputation that precedes itself, I am proud to be a student at Abu Dhabi University.

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