Studying in Dubai

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Live and learn in one of the world's most exciting cities

With amazing facilities for students, wonderful weather and a host of activities, Dubai is a great choice as a study destination.

Studying here can be a career-defining decision, with access to some amazing experiences and opportunities - as well as some of the best higher education in the world.

Here's some information that will help you get a better understanding of what it means to be a student in the fascinating United Arab Emirates.

Visas

Convert your GBS Dubai HND Diploma into a UK degree with a third year at one of GBS' UK campuses.


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Accommodation

GBS Dubai recommend some of the best residential accommodation the city. From clean and basic, to full-service residences with pools and restaurants, we can help you find the accommodation that is right for you.


Speak to a student advisor to find out more.

Cost of Living

Dubai Caters to every possible taste, from regular daily living and dining to five star luxury. The city offers a wide range of cuisines and social venues, and you'll be sure to find some familiar names alongside new discoveries.


The cost of living will depend upon your own choices. Good quality food is available throughout Dubai, ranging between $5 - $500. Typically, you will spend $30 per day for transport and food, less if you choose to cook for yourself!

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Earn while you Learn in Dubai

Until recently, overseas students in Dubai could not work, but that has changed now. As an international student, you can take a part-time job or an internship. these positons will need to fulfil the legal criteria and meet your course requirements.


Part-time jobs for international students in Dubai require a work permit from the UAE Labour Department. Speak to a member of the GBS student services team to find out more about how we can help with this.


Gaining work experience alongside your studies can be a great addition to your CV, and could open the door to new opportunities - but remember that your studies are your priority while you're here!

Supporting you all the way

As a student at GBS Dubai, you have access to an amazing support network that you can turn to whenever you need academic support, welfare support or just someone to talk to.

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PART OF THE GBS DUBAI FAMILY

What our students say

Dubai is such a safe place to study. My teachers are kind and supportive and have built my self-confidence.

 

Aziza, GBS Dubai student from Dagestan

GBS Dubai staff and teachers are always ready to offer help and support – and so are my classmates!

 

Hernando, GBS Dubai student from Colombia

I love the environment at GBS Dubai - great facilities and amazing opportunities.

 

John, GBS Dubai student from Nigeria

I plan to open my own business - and my studies at GBS Dubai will definitely help me fulfill this dream.

 

Manik, GBS Dubai student from India

Dubai is such a safe place to study. My teachers are kind and supportive and have built my self-confidence.

 

Aziza, GBS Dubai student from Dagestan

GBS Dubai staff and teachers are always ready to offer help and support – and so are my classmates!

 

Hernando, GBS Dubai student from Colombia

I love the environment at GBS Dubai - great facilities and amazing opportunities.

 

John, GBS Dubai student from Nigeria

I plan to open my own business - and my studies at GBS Dubai will definitely help me fulfill this dream.

 

Manik, GBS Dubai student from India

Browse our courses

GBS Dubai offers a wide range of industry-focused education courses, designed to fit around your busy schedule.

FAQs for Studying in Dubai, Student Visa and Cost of Living

Dubai is a great place to study and one of the world’s leading destinations for higher education. Studying in Dubai gives you the opportunity to study at world-renowned universities and colleges providing courses that deliver a great blend of academic, professional and personal development.

Studying in Dubai is also a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow amongst fellow students from across the world, which can provide invaluable perspectives that go beyond learning in the classroom.

Dubai is one of the world’s fastest-emerging hubs for business and commerce, providing a great range of future career opportunities. Studying in Dubai gives you access to many courses that include job placements and internships, which are great opportunities to build practical knowledge and experiences.

The cost of studying in Dubai will vary depending on a variety of factors including the course level and the institution. Generally, tuition fees in Dubai will range between AED 40,000 to AED 100,000 per year for a typical undergraduate course.

You will also need to think about other costs of studying in Dubai. The cost to live in Dubai will include things like accommodation, food, and transportation among other miscellaneous expenses which will all need to be considered when budgeting.

There are opportunities to work part-time while studying in Dubai, which can help to offset the tuition and living costs of studying in Dubai.

The cost to live in Dubai as a student will depend on many different factors including the finances you’ll be able to commit to your tuition, living and transport expenses.

Tuition fees will be the biggest consideration, but accommodation will also be a very important factor to consider when studying in Dubai. Accommodation costs will depend on factors including your budget, type of accommodation and location. Living in an apartment for example will be more expensive than shared accommodation.

Transportation will also be an important factor in the cost to live in Dubai. It is possible to have low costs for your essential travelling, but it will depend on the distance between where you are studying and where you are staying. There are other key expenses that you must consider including food, utilities and healthcare which must also be budgeted for studying in Dubai.

Students studying in Dubai can't work independently on a student visa.

While studying in Dubai, you can work part-time on-campus with the approval of your educational institution. It is essential to follow the terms of your student visa to avoid penalties or legal consequences up to and including deportation from Dubai.