Indians form a large part of the population in the UAE. With increasing opportunities in petroleum, construction, banking and IT sectors there has been an exponential increase in these numbers over the past few years. While most Indian migrants are a part of the manufacturing and transport industries, a sizeable number also form a part of the professional services sector. With a proven track record of the Indian success story in the UAE, an education in the region will help you break into the job market in a city in the UAE or even back home.
The proximity to home makes Dubai a very lucrative study destination to consider. The multicultural environment with an increased influx of foreigners will give you the international exposure that is a very integral part of any international education experience. There is a strong presence of campuses of international universities in Dubai which makes it attractive for students looking to study in a global environment.
Current labor laws in Dubai do not allow the student to work part time. However post graduate students who manage to secure full time work must change from the university sponsored visa to an employer sponsored visa. Please note that the employer sponsored visas are not applicable to part time work.
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In order to apply to institutions in Dubai the following documents are to be attached along with the application form
- Certificate of completion
- Proof of English language (IELTS/TOEFL/PTE)
- Work experience letters (for MBA applicants only)
Though there are specific deadlines for institutions which would be usually two weeks prior to course commencement. If an institution permits, your study overseas counselor can coordinate and get these deadlines extended.
The cost of Undergraduate study would range from AED 50000- 70000 per year
The cost of Post graduate study would range from AED 60000-75000 per year
Accommodation being perhaps the single largest expense to be taken into consideration as living quarters are a scarce resource in Dubai.
As a student you will have the option of living in university residences with separate accommodation for boys and girls. The costs for on campus accommodation is in the range of 2500-5000 AED per month. With the influx of foreign workers in Dubai, the demand for living spaces is high resulting in private accommodation being an expensive affair.
It is the most affordable with options alike for both vegetarians and non vegetarians easily available. All sorts of cuisines and varied options would be available. Eating out is most certainly an option with the vast selection of restaurants to opt from.
Dubai bus fare is AED 2 per ride. Taxi fares start at AED 3. However, having your own car is the cheapest, fastest and the easiest mode of transport. You can drive in dubai with an international license. However that is just an interim arrangement and you would need to eventually obtain a UAE driving license. If you have neither a car nor a valid driving license, you have another option of car pooling with fellow students to and fro from the university.
‘Friday is the Sunday’ in Dubai. Unlike the rest of the world, the UAE weekend is on a Friday and a Saturday and Sunday is a normal working day here. It is important to keep this in mind while planning your travel to Dubai or even while corresponding with the institution.