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American University Sharjah

University name American University Sharjah
Director's name Dr Peter Heath (Chancellor)
Executive body or owner Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi (Founder & President)
Date founded 1997
Number of students (approx) 5000
Number of staff (approx)
Type of institute non-profit university, Ministry of Higher Education license
University location / area Sharjah University City - location map
Postal address PO Box 26666, Sharjah, UAE
Telephone +971-6-5155555
Fax +971-6-5152200
Email info@aus.edu
Website www.aus.edu (new window)
Curriculum Arabic/US
Qualifications BA, BSc, MA, MSc, MBA
University fees 60,000-75,000 dhs per year (2010-2011)
Lecturer salary range
Student satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 94 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
3.5 stars from 17 votes.    
Lecturer job satisfaction rating
(by lecturers, not about lecturers)
3.5 stars from 19 votes.    

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American University of Sharjah degree programs and courses
Undergraduate Degrees

College of Architecture, Art and Design

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Science Design Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Language and Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mathematics

College of Engineering

  • BSc in Computer Science
  • BSc in Chemical Engineering
  • BSc in Civil Engineering
  • BSc in Computer Engineering
  • BSc in Electrical Engineering
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering

School of Business and Management

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in
    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Management
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing
Postgraduate Degrees
  • Master's degree in Mathematics (MSc?) (planned - WAM news 22 November 2010)

College of Architecture, Art and Design

  • Master of Urban Planning (MUP)

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)
  • Master of Arts in Translation and Interpreting (English/Arabic/English) (MATI)
  • Graduate Certificate in Museum and Heritage Studies

College of Engineering

  • Master of Science in Engineering Systems Management (MSESM)
  • Master of Science in Mechatronics Engineering (MSMTR)
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSChE)
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)
  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCoE)
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

School of Business and Management

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
  • Gulf Executive Master of Public Administration (GEMPA)
American University of Sharjah tuition fee structure
Course Achievement
Academy
Undergraduate     Graduate    
Year Per year Per credit hour Per semester Per year Per credit hour Per semester Per year
2011-2012              
2010-2011 24,000 3,210 36,770 73,540 3,510 31,590 63,180
2009-2010   3,090 35,360 70,720 3,250 29,250 58,500
2008-2009   2,690 30,750 61,500 2,830 25,470 50,940
  • Fees are in UAE dirhams (AED), Rate B. There is a Rate A used for some students which is lower by about 5% or less.
  • Undergraduate semester and annual rate is for 12-16 credit hours. Less than 12 credit hours, used credit hour rate. More than 16 credit hours add AED 2,450 per credit hour excess.
  • Other undergraduate fees for 2010-2011 (annual) include textbook fee AED 900, activities fee AED 200 or AED 300, health insurance AED 300 or AED 600, lab/tachnology fee (per term) AED 580-800.
  • Graduate credit hour fee is 2,790 for Humanities & Social Sciences courses.
  • Graduate annual and semester fees calculated based on doing 9 credit hours per semester, 2 semesters per year. Total credit hours range from 30-36 for a master's degree? Or 51 credit hours for an MBA? In some cases students might do more or less credit hours, and/or complete 3 semesters of study during an academic year (if summer term included), which will result in different figures for the annual and/or semester fees.
  • Accommodation in student housing available, fees for 2010-2011 are AED 3,230-14,600 per term depending on type (single, double, shared, or private occupancy, kitchenette included; private, shared, or common bathroom).
American University of Sharjah (AUS) scholarships
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) established the ADIB Scholarship Fund with an endowment of AED 5 million (announced 06 March 2012). Students in all subject areas are eligible to apply.
American University of Sharjah Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and agreements signed
  • Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI) (rather than the Dannish Hydraulics Institute as stated in the press release 13 March 2011) - three year MoU signed with AUS to cooperate on research, training, technological exchange and consultancy services. AUS and DHI will also encourage and develop joint funded or commercial project opportunities in Sharjah.
  • Emirates Aluminium Smelter (EMAL) in Taweelah, Abu Dhabi signed an "Industry-Higher Education Partnership" MoU with AUS to encourage cooperation in areas including applied research, student sponsorship, technical training. The first initiative is the "Falah" Emirati graduate scholarship program which provides Emirati students with financial support during their studies and employment at Emal on graduation (press release 22 February 2011).
American University of Sharjah rankings
  • 08 Dec 2013 - The American University of Sharjah was ranked 79th best university in the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Rankings for 2014 with a score of 21.4 out of 100 - only 3 universities in the list had a score higher than 50. AUS was slightly behind UAEU in 76th place, the best out of the UAE universities ranked. Some newspaper reports said that AUS was the 76th best university in the world but that sounds misleading since the since the survey only covered emerging economy nations as a subset of the worldwide rankings. In the world rankings list, AUS position was not given but it was not in the top 400 universities.
American University of Sharjah accreditation
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accreditation for the AUS School of Business and Management (SBM) announced 04 April 2011 (press release). Peer review process required every 5 years to maintain accreditation. AACSB is a USA based accrediting organisation founded in 1916.
13 February 2012
  • AUS MBA ranked as the best in the Gulf region, and second in the MENA region, according to a survey published in the February 2012 edition of Forbes Middle East. The survery covered 37 private universities in the MENA region which offered MBA programs. ANother 32 government universities were covered in a separate survey.
01 February 2011
20 May 2010
  • The American University of Sharjah plans to start a branch campus in Abu Dhabi - see AUS Abu Dhabi for more details.
11 August 2009
  • American University of Sharjah (AUS) introducing a textbook fee of AED 1250 per term (AED 2500 per year) per student, to be set aside for book purchases from the AUS bookshop. The intention is to stop photocopying of expensive textbooks which is regarded as copyright infringement. Students are reportedly not amused.
  • Annual tuition fees according to press reports are AED 73,220 plus additional specialist fees.
27 February 2008
  • American University of Sharjah offers Bachelor degree programs and courses in Arts and Sciences, Architecture and Design, Business and Management, Engineering.
  • AUS is licensed in the United States by the Department of Education of the State of Delaware and accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in Philadelphia
  • AUS Bachelor degree programs are accredited by the ABET Accrediting Commission in the USA.
  • Founder of AUS is Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah.
  • AUS university is coeducational.
  • Student accommodation (segregated) available in Sharjah University City. Cost is 5,000-19,000 dhs per year.
  • AUS is not the same as the University of Sharjah - both AUS and UoS are in Sharjah University City though.
  • New chancellor of AUS from 01 August 2008 will be Dr Peter Heath, taking over from Dr Winfred L Thompson (announced by WAM news 20 February 2008).
Last update 22 November 2010
General comments - might not apply to American University Sharjah
  • 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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