Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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  • Dates: Aug 20 – Dec 22, 2020 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 16 semester hours / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA


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Named “the capitol of Islamic Culture” for its efforts to preserve and promote culture, Sharjah is a great place to explore how tradition and modern life converge. Develop your Arabic language skills with courses taught in English at CIEE’s partner school, American University of Sharjah (AUS), across an array of subjects, including biology, chemistry, communications, literature, engineering, environmental science, history, mathematics, and more. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique experiences

  • Attend a cutting-edge university

    with students from 93 nations.

  • Ramp up your Arabic language skills

    while you learn about the UAE’s impact on global business and cultural exchange.

  • See more of the Gulf region

    with trips to Dubai, Al-Ain, and Abu Dhabi.

  • mosques

  • years of history and culture

  • hours of sunshine each year


Location & Culture

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Just 40 minutes from the center of fast-paced, cosmopolitan Dubai, Sharjah Emirate welcomes visitors to explore Gulf culture in relative quiet and comfort. Long considered the cultural capital of the UAE, Sharjah was named the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2014 for its efforts to preserve and promote culture. Sharjah has extensive museums, traditional souks (markets), and sites to explore.

The Culture


  • See the world from Dubai's highest tower, Burj Khalifa.
  • Try the traditional mode of local transportation – camel.
  • Count stars in the night sky on a desert safari.
  • See more of the region, such as Al Ain Oasis (known for its underground irrigation system), Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where old (like the largest mosque in the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Mosque) meets new; Masdar City (moving toward use of only solar and other renewable energies); and Oman, a country in stark contrast to conservative UAE.
  • Visit Sharjah museums, galleries, and traditional souks.
  • Jump into university life with student clubs, and connect with UAE and other international students.


  • Volunteer and give back through local NGOs or participate in university student clubs and organizations. It’s a great way to get closer to the Emirati community.
  • Meet up with a conversation partner to coax along your growing Arabic skills.

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    Resident Halls: Students share double rooms in residence halls on the campus of American University of Sharjah. Residence hall facilities are gender segregated, although women and men may interact freely in most other campus buildings. Most rooms include a small kitchenette and bathroom facilities. Each hall also has shared kitchens, computer labs, exercise rooms, and laundry rooms.


    Meals are not included or provided. Students can make meals in their halls, eat at restaurants, cafeterias, and cafes on campus, or order take-out to be delivered from neighborhood restaurants.

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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This program combines Middle Eastern and Gulf studies courses with electives in Arabic language, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, business, engineering, and more at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). Studying with peers from all over the Arab world provides unique exposure to many different perspectives and ideas.

American University of Sharjah (AUS). Founded in 1997, the university combines American-style education with the traditional values and modern aspirations of the UAE and the Gulf region. The university hosts about 5,500 students from 93 nations – more than 65% are from Arab nations. Faculty come from more than 45 countries. About 40% of all students live in campus housing. AUS business, engineering, and architecture programs have U.S. accreditation (by AACSB, ABET and NAAB, respectively), easing the transfer of your course credit back home.

The CIEE Center Director teaches the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course. All other courses are taught by AUS faculty.


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    CIEE students enroll in classes with other university students and visiting international students. Courses include a combination of lecture, discussion, independent and group projects, and laboratory work. Average class size is 24 students.


    The AUS grading scale is identical to that used at most U.S. universities, using letter grades A-F with pluses and minuses, and a 4.0 grade-point system.


    Although many faculty members have U.S. or Canadian citizenship and the university is designed to encourage lively discussion and scholarly debate, faculty and students are expected to respect traditional beliefs and religious values.



    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.75.


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Course Information

Program Credit

  • Credit: 15-16 semester/22.5-24 quarter hours

Course Credit

  • CIEE course: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • American University of Sharjah (AUS) courses: 3-6 semester/4.5-9 quarter credits; 45-90 contact hours

Language of Instruction

  • English


  • One elective with a Gulf or Middle Eastern focus
  • Four additional electives

Course Notes

  • Additional electives may include CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership (effective Spring 2020)

Host Institution Courses

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Arabic Language and Arabic Literature
Elementary Arabic I
Elementary Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic I
Introduction to Arabic Heritage I
Introduction to Arabic Heritage II
Modern Arabic Prose
Introduction to Hadith
The Andalusian Symbiosis
Arabic Linguistics
Classical Arabic Poetry to the End of the Abbasid Era 

World Cultures
Introduction to Anthropological Archaeology

General Biology I
General Biology II
Introduction to Human Biology
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Cell Biology
Medical Parasitology
Conservation Biology 

General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Basics of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Lab I
Physical Chemistry I
Instrumental Analysis
Spectroscopy in Organic Chemistry

English Language 
Writing About Literature
Advanced Academic Writing
Professional Communication for Engineers
Public Speaking
Introduction to Literature
17th-19th American Literature
Contemporary World Literature
Introduction to Language Study
English Grammar
Writing for Business
Development of the English Language
British Literature Until 1600
Modern Drama and Beyond
Meaning in Language
English and Globalization
Language and Gender
Shakespeare on Film
Discourse Analysis
Early English Novel
Seminar in English 

English Language Teaching
Methods and Materials Development 
Language Testing and Evaluation
Technology in ESL Classroom
Practicum in TESOL 

Environmental Science
Principles of Environment Science
Fundamentals of Environmental Science
Environmental Chemistry
Assessment and Management of Environmental Impact
Climate Change 

Elementary French I
Intermediate French I 

World Cultural Geography

Modern Arab History
World History I: Ancient and Medieval Worlds
Marketing of Modern Southeast Asia 
The World in the 20th Century

International Studies
Global Problems
Oil and Energy in the Contemporary World
Research Design and Source Analysis
International Security
South Asian History and Culture
Human Rights in World Politics
War and Peace in the Middle East
Senior Research Project 

Mass Communications
Digital Video Skills I
Introduction to Media Literacy
Introduction to Digital Media Design
Introduction to Mass Communication Studies
Intermediate Digital Media Design for Mass Communication
Intermediate Digital Media in Mass Communication
Integrated Marketing Communication
Principles of Advertising
Principles of Public Relations
Principles of Journalism
Principles of Media Production and Performance
Mass Communication Research Methods
Film Criticism
Social Media for Mass Communication
Intercultural Communication
Mass Communication Law and Ethics
Advertising Copy and Layout
The Internet and Marketing Communication
Advertising Copy and Layout
The Internet and Marketing Communication
Literary Journalism
Strategic Communications Research
Advertising Media Planning
Advertising Campaigns
Public Relations Campaigns
Advanced PR Writing
Writing and Reporting for Broadcast News
Advanced News Writing
Editorial and Critical Writing
Writing and Producing for Documentaries

Preparatory Math for Engineers
Preparatory Business Mathematics
Preparatory Math for Architects
Fundamentals of Logic and Geometry
Mathematics for Business I
Mathematics foe Business II
Calculus I
Calculus I – Lab
Calculus II
Mathematics for Architects
Introduction to Arab / Islamic History of Mathematics
Calculus III
Differential Equations
Geometry for Art and Architecture
Discrete Mathematics
Linear Algebra
Theory of Risk
Abstract Algebra I
Numerical Analysis I
Methods of Applied Math
Complex Variables

Class Voice and Music Notation
Oud and Buzuk Class
Class Piano
Introduction to European Classical Music
Applied Lessons
Music Ensemble
Class Piano and History
Advanced Applied Lessons
Popular Music

Introduction to Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Political Philosophy

Precatory Physics
Conceptual Physics
General Physics I
General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
General Physics Lab II
Physics for Architects
General Physics III
Introduction to Astrophysics

Political Science
Introduction to Political Studies
Intro to International Relations
Comparative Politics
International Organizations
Public International Law
The European Union and the Politics of Integration
Politics and Civil Society in the Middle East

Introduction to Psychology
Social Psychology
Scientific Methods in Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Personality Psychology
Cultural Psychology
Psychology of Bilingualism

Introduction of Sociology
American Society
Environmental Sociology
Introduction to Chinese Culture Society
Women’s Empowerment and International Development
Urban Sociology

Theatre Appreciation
Dramatic Process
Technical Theatre Lab
Costume Design 
Rehearsal and Performance
Musical Theatre History
Theatrical Makeup and Special Effects
Acting Styles

Introduction to Translation
Theoretical and Practical Issues in Translation
Translating Arabic Literary Texts
Screen Translation
Translation Evaluation and History

Women’s Studies
Introduction to Women’s Studies


Architectural and Interior Design Studio II
Modern Architecture and Urban Form
Materials and Methods I
Architectural Design Studio IV
Architecture Detailing
Architecture and Surrealism
Architectural Design Studio VI
Architectural Theory
Advanced Topics in Digital Fabrication
Professional Practice
Advanced Computer-Aided Design
Architecture Design Studio VIII
Critical Practice and Contemporary Discourse
Directed Architectural Design Studio

Art and Art History
Survey of Art
Freehand Drawing
Introduction to Pottery
Michelangelo: Painter, Sculptor, Architect 

Design Foundations for Non-Majors
Descriptive Drawing II
Modern Developments in Architecture, Art and Design 
Design Foundations II
Digital Media in Communication Design
History of Design
Research Methodologies for Des
Fundamentals of Design Management
Design Project
Critical Discourse in Design Package Design
Innovation and Strategy
Exhibition Project
Design Practicum II
Design Management
Design Thinking

The Art of Film
Cities and Cinema
Narrative Structure in Film

Interior Design
Interior Design Studio II 
Interior Materials and Methods
Interior Design Studio IV
Furniture and Furnishings
Interior Design Studio VI
Professional Practice

Multimedia Design
Multimedia Design Studio II
Motion Graphics and Video
Multimedia Design Studio IV
Media Systems and Publishing 
Multimedia Design Studio VI

Visual Communication
Design Studio II
Illustration Drawing
Electronic Online Publishing 
Design Studio IV
Visual Narrative
Analog Photography Processes
Environment Experience and Interaction Design
The Design Profession 
Design Studio VI 


Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Cost Accounting
Income Tax I
Introduction to Accounting for Government and Not-Profit Entities

Introduction to Business
Business Information Systems
Business Information Systems
Business Legal Issues
Business Law

Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Intermediate Macroeconomics
International Trade
Development Economics
Money and Banking
Managerial Economics
Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources
Advanced Econometrics
Senior Project in ECO 
Game Theory 

Fundamentals of Financial Management
Analysis of Financial Statements
Fundamentals Islamic Finance
Trading and Financial Markets
Financial Crime
Portfolio Management
Asset Valuation
Case Studies Cooperate Finance
Alternative Investments
Entrepreneurial Finance

Fundamentals of Management
Management of Public Organizations
Managing Human Resources
International Business
Fundamentals of Family Business
Managing Change and Innovation
Enterprise Resource Planning
Career Management
Women in Leadership
Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
Project Management
Business Policy and Strategy
Social Entrepreneurship 

Management Information System
Fundamentals of Management Information System
Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design
Business Intelligence
Object-Oriented Programming for Business Applications
FinTech: Introduction to Financial Technology
Information Systems Strategy

Fundamentals of Marketing
Consumer Behavior
Marketing Research
B2B Marketing and Negotiations
Global Marketing
Marketing Communications
Marketing Management Simulation
Services Marketing
Brand Management
Fashion Marketing
Marketing Strategy
Luxury Brand Management
Quantitative Business Analysis
Quantitative Business Analysis
Supplementary Chain Management
Operations Management
Management of the Supply Chain


Aerospace Engineering
Aircraft Stability and Control

Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Measurements and Devices
Drug Delivery

Chemical Engineering
Principals of Chemical Engineering I
Principals of Chemical Engineering II
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
Materials Science
Computer Methods in Chemical Engineering
Fluid Mechanics
Mass Transfer
Engineering Economy
Chemical Engineering Lab I
Professional Training in Chemical Engineering
Chemical Process Dynamics and Control
Process Design, Safety and Economics
Petroleum Refining Processes
Chemical Engineering Lab II
Unit Operations and Control Lab
Air Pollution
Water and Wastewater Treatment Design
Senior Design Project I
Senior Design Project II
Electrochemical Engineering and Energy Systems
Civil Engineering
Construction Materials Lab 
Fundamentals of Graphics Computer Programming
Mechanics of Materials
Construction Materials and Quality Control
Fluid Mechanics
Elementary Surveying
Field Plane Surveying
Urban Transportation Planning
Civil Engineering Cost Analysis
Theory of Structures
Geotechnical Engineering Lab
Environmental and Water Engineering Lab
Fund of Structural Dynamics
Reinforced Concrete Design
Numerical Methods in Engineering
Numerical Methods in Engineering Lab
Geotechnical Engineering Principles
Geotechnical Engineering Design
Water Resources Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Highway Design
Project Estimating, Planning, and Control
Professional Training in Civil Engineering
Structural Concrete Design
Urban Water Infrastructure Management
Civil Engineering Design Project I
Civil Engineering Design Project II

Computer Engineering
Digital Systems
Microcontrollers: Programming and Interfacing
Intro to Computer Systems
Software Design for Engineers
Computer Architecture / Organization
Communications Networks
Computer Networks I
Modeling and Simulation of Stochastic Systems
Professional Training in Computer Engineering
Software Engineering
Industrial Computer Systems
Computer Security
Design Project I
Design Project II

Computer Science
Programming I
Programming II
Discrete Structures 
Data Structures and Algorithms
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Lab
Programming Languages
Professional Training in Computer Programming
Cloud Computing
Internet and Network Computing
Artificial Intelligence
Project in Computer Science I
Project in Computer II
Machine Learning and Data Mining
Engineering Management
Management for Engineers
Engineering Project Management
Engineering Economy

Electrical Engineering
Electric Circuits I
Electric Circuits II
Electric Circuits and Devices
Electronics I
Electronics I Lab
Signals and Systems
Signal Processing
Measurements/Instrumentation Lab 
Electronics II
Electronics II Lab
Electrical Energy Conversion
Control Systems I
Control Systems I Lab
Probability and Stochastic Processes for Electrical Engineers
Communications Lab
Power Systems Analysis
Electric Machines/Power Sys Lab
Professional Training in Electrical Engineering
Radio Transceivers Design and Analysis
Wireless Communications
Antennas and Propagation
Design Lab 
Power Electronics
Power Conversion in Renewable Energy Systems
Power Engineering Lab
Electrical Engineering Design Project I
Electrical Engineering Design Project II
Autonomous Robotic Systems
Deep Networks in Machine Learning 
Environmental and Water Engineering
Water Quality and Treatment
Industrial Engineering
Introduction to Industrial Engineering 
Operations Research I
Manufacturing Processes for Industrial Engineering 
Quality Engineering
Operations Research II
Stochastic Processes-Simulation
Analysis of Production Systems
Analysis of Supply Chains
Facility Design and Operations
Professional Training in Industrial Engineering 
Maintenance Engineering
Six Sigma Methodology
Industrial Scheduling
Fundamentals of Manufacturing Systems
Industrial Resources Planning
Senior Design Project I
Senior Design Project II
Leadership for Design and Innovation

Mechanical Engineering
Intro to Engineering Drawing and Workshop
Mechanics of Materials
Engineering Mechanical Statics and Dynamics
Statics and Dynamics for Comp Engineering 
Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering I
Materials Science
Solid Modeling
Fluid Mechanics
Thermodynamics I
Engineering Measurements
Mechanical Design I
Mechanical Design II
Numerical Methods in Engineering
Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering II
Dynamic Systems
Manufacturing Processes
Materials and Manufacturing Processes
Thermodynamics II
Heat Transfer
Thermofluids Laboratory Professional Training in Mechanical Engineering
Control Systems
Dynamics and Control Systems Lab
Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Inspection and Nondestructive Testing
Refrigeration-Air Conditioning 
Energy Conservation and Management
Renewable Energy Systems 
Introduction to Robotics
Applied Finite Element Analysis
Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Design Project I
Design Project II 

Petroleum Engineering
Fundamentals of Petroleum Operations
Petroleum Drilling and Production
Transportation Systems
Public Transportation Systems

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Emirati culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.


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Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 18 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 20, 2020 Dec 22, 2020
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $17,033 **

Housing = $2,350

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,500

International Airfare = $1,300

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $450

Visa Fees = $260

Personal expenses = $1,500

Other = $3,300 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $8,610

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† Students interested in a semi private room can pay a difference of $3300 per term or $4700 for a private room per term

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