UAE Student Visas

Any foreign national (excluding those from the GCC) who wants to study in the UAE must obtain a UAE Student Visa. Please note that an offer letter from GBS Dubai is required before starting the visa application process.

As the rules and regulations of the government are subject to change, anyone applying for a visa should refer to the official government portal for the latest information.


Our guide to UAE visas

Our guide to the UAE visa process is available for you to download here. Note that the most up-to-date information can be found on the UAE government website.


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FAQs About UAE Student Visas

The costs for a UAE student visa will depend on various factors which include the type of visa you need, the duration of your stay and the requirements of the institution. The average cost of a UAE student visa ranges from AED 5,000 to AED 6,000.

There are universities and educational institutions in the UAE that may cover the costs of you getting a student visa, along with providing student scholarships for eligible students.

UAE student visas will usually be issued for the length of an academic course, with an added grace period for travel to and departure from the country. Generally, a UAE student visa will be valid for a minimum of 90 days up to a maximum of one year.

Students are advised to research the terms and conditions for a specific UAE student visa to ensure that it meets the requirements for the course of interest.

A student must have a UAE Work Permit in order to legally work while on a UAE student visa. A student who is caught working on a student visa might be deported and banned from re-entering the UAE in the future.

Students who are interested in working during their course are advised to research the requirements for obtaining a permit to legally work in the UAE.

Students can apply for UAE student visas depending on their eligibility. This visa is designed to give students the right to legally stay in the UAE for the duration of their course at a recognized institution. This also applies to those studying on student scholarships.

To get a UAE student visa, students will need to have a confirmed offer of admission from a recognized educational institution in Dubai. Students will need to follow the relevant process to apply for a student visa in Dubai.