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American College of Dubai

College name American College of Dubai
Director's name William J O Brian (President and CEO)
Executive body or owner Board of Governors / Ahmed Ibrahim Al Kharje / Al Shafar Group
Date founded 1990
Number of students (approx)
Number of staff (approx)
Type of institute private profit-making college, Ministry of Higher Education license
College location / area Al Garhoud, near Cambridge High School - location map
Postal address PO Box 36778, Dubai, UAE
Telephone +971-4-2829992
Fax +971-4-2828060
Email info@acd.ae
Website www.acd.ac.ae
Curriculum US
Qualifications Associate degrees, BBA, ACCA
College fees 24,000 dhs per year (2010-2011)
Instructor salary range
Student satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 118 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 14 votes.    
Instructor job satisfaction rating
(by instructors, not about instructors)
3 stars from 24 votes.    

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American College of Dubai (ACD) degree courses and programs, and tuition fee structure 2010-2011 academic year
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) - Annual tuition AED 30,000 full-time. Reduced to AED 24,000 for 2010-2011 (supplied information)? Confirmation not found on website. Degree program accredited by MHESR (MoHESR) (checked 20 December 2010).
  • Associate Degrees in Liberal Arts, Business or IT - 2 year courses, still available in 2009-2010? Not available for 2010-2011 (supplied information).
  • Academic English course - Annual tuition AED 30,000 full-time - reduced to 24,000 dhs for 2010-2011?
  • Annual book rental AED 1200, extra curricular activity AED 120, computer lab AED 60 for 2009-2010? Reduced to annual book rental AED 800, extra curricular activity AED 80, computer lab AED 40 for 2010-2011 according to information supplied (not found on website).
  • Registration fee AED 200, book deposit AED 700.
ACD background information and history
  • ACD is not related to the American College of the Emirates (or American University as it's now called).
  • ACD was established in 1990, moved to new buildings in 1998. Campus expansion completed in 2001 with new library and IT facilities. Another refurbishment completed in 2009.
20 December 2010
  • American College in Dubai (ACD) website updated from www.centamed.com (not available) to www.acd.ac.ae.
  • Postal address is PO Box 36778 Dubai according to ACD website but PO Box 12867 Dubai according to CAA data and other sources.
  • Fees for Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Academic English Course are AED 24,000 per year according to information supplied.
  • Some courses not available.
20 September 2010
  • American College of Dubai (ACD) has become a StraighterLine Middle East partner which means students who complete Straighter Line online courses can use them as transfer credit towards ACD degrees (20 September 2010 press release).
  • StraighterLine offers online courses and programs for $99 per month plus $39 per course. Programs available include Accounting, Business Statistics, College Algebra, English Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Precalculus.
  • Unlike many online degree mills, StraighterLine is not a scam according to a Washington Post report 26 February 2010 which said ... StraighterLine, based in Alexandria, is a serious education company ...
13 September 2009
  • Al Shafar Group acquired 51% of the American College of Dubai. Date of acquisition unknown, announcement date on Al Shafar website (www.alshafar.ae) was 13 September 2009.
03 February 2009
  • ACD forms an Articulation Agreement with University of Phoenix (UOPX) which means students can transfer credits towards a UOPX Bachelor's Degree course. There is a University of Phoenix Dubai office but all courses are online (unless you go to Phoenix).
09 September 2006
  • American College of Dubai (ACD?) provides 2 year Associate Degrees in Liberal Arts, Business or IT, as preparation for transfer to another university to complete a Bachelor degree.
  • TOEFL, SAT and English courses also available.
  • Tuition fees AED 17,200-20,000 for 2006-2007
  • No website at www.acd.ae (September 2006).
  • Related to or same as the "Centre for American Education"? But not the American University in Dubai.
  • Visa, hostel and transport available.
  • One of the directors is listed on website as Matein Khalid, who writes a widely read business column in the Khaleej Times.
Last update 20 December 2010
General comments - might not apply to American College of Dubai
  • Fees, facilities, education quality varies widely. Allow extra fees for visa, transport, accommodation.
  • Salaries, accommodation, other benefits for lecturer jobs vary substantially. Check contracts carefully for medical, housing, flight allowances, etc.
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