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Why study at a medical college in the United Arab Emirates?

The United Arab Emirates is investing vast amounts into its education system in a bid to attract more international students and a better quality of research. One area of education it is particularly investing in is medical education, with several medical colleges now highly rated.

What medical programs are offered in the UAE?

The UAE offers the full range of medical programs leading to registration, as well as a number of graduate programs leading to specialisations. Undergraduate medical study in the UAE takes five years to complete, but is often preceded by a year long foundation program in medical sciences. The course leads to a final integrated MBBS exam, which is a qualification recognised around the world.

Immigration and visas in the UAE

A student visa is mandatory for studying at a medical college in the United Arab Emirates, with most visas only issued for a single year at a time.

However, these can then be renewed. You will also need a sponsor within the UAE – if you have no relatives or contacts in the country, your university should be able to sponsor you.

As a guide, you should expect to have to show the following:
  • A confirmed place at an approved institution
  • A letter of sponsorship from the university
  • Funds to support yourself during your studies
  • A clean medical examination report from an approved UAE centre
You should always check the relevant details required to study in the UAE from your country of origin.

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in the UAE?

Tuition fees at medical colleges in the UAE are steadily rising, but are generally still cheaper than those in the West. As a guide, you should expect to pay around AED100,000 in tuition fees for each year of study.

However, you should remember to factor in living costs, with Emirates like Dubai and Abu Dhabi having high living costs.

Working in the UAE

The UAE is a wealthy country with plenty of growth, largely down to its exports of natural resources such as petroleum and natural gas. The country has been spending billions on its infrastructure, particularly in the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with both becoming tourist destinations in their own rights.

International students are currently not allowed to work part-time in the UAE, but you can transfer your study permit to a work visa if you get a job after graduation.

What to do next

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