American University of Sharjah

801–1000 th
World University Rankings 2021
201–250 th
Young University Rankings 2020
201–250 th
Asia University Rankings 2020
Universities City, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

About American University of Sharjah

American University of Sharjah (AUS) is an independent, not-for-profit coeducational institution that is proud of its role as a leading comprehensive coeducational university, serving students of more than 90 nationalities from across the region and around the world.

Since 1997, we continue to be one of the best-known and most highly respected universities in the Middle East. For more than 20 years, AUS has inspired thousands of students to achieve academic excellence and engaged world-class faculty with outstanding credentials.

Our graduates have established a tradition of success as leaders and innovators in workplaces across the United Arab Emirates, the region and the world. Apart from being hired by prominent multinationals and taking on leading roles in the public sector, our alumni have also gone on to shape the innovation landscape by creating start-ups that have a positive community impact

Our diverse student body comprises award-winning students in all areas of research, innovation and academia, as well as highly acclaimed and widely published faculty, from Fulbright scholars to seasoned industry professionals.

Founded by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, the university was envisaged by His Highness as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. Consciously based upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of a larger process of the revitalization of intellectual life in the Middle East.

Program offerings

AUS offers 28 majors and 46 minors at the undergraduate level, 14 master's degree programs and one PhD program through the following academic divisions:

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While Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Emirates, the language of instruction at AUS is English. All classes and administrative functions are conducted in English.

As a university for the real world, AUS has far-reaching associations with the region’s business and industry leaders. We offer our students exciting opportunities to be part of industry-based research, professional internships and projects in partnership with industry professionals. These opportunities are at the heart of many of our undergraduate programs, positioning AUS graduates the most employable in region.


AUS is a popular choice for students from all around the world, thanks to our outstanding academic programs and our broad extracurricular student experience. According to Times Higher Education, AUS has the highest percentage of international students in the world, making us the ideal choice for a multicultural student experience. AUS also boasts an almost 1:1 ratio of female and male students, bring the perfect balance to our university community.

Our popular International Exchange Program (IXO) brings students from all across the world to our campus. Many AUS students also embrace the numerous opportunities provided to see the world and experience different cultures by spending a year at an international university.

Licensing and accreditation

Students graduating from AUS earn a highly regarded degree from an American-accredited university, without having to travel to the USA. All of our degrees are internationally recognized, which means our graduates are eligible to secure employment and pursue further studies anywhere in the world. Find out more about our licensing and accreditation here.

Graduate and research opportunities

We offer a wide range of graduate programs, from engineering and urban planning, to translation and business. Through these programs, we nurture, guide and develop your ambition, making you ready to innovate, influence and lead as a professional in your field.

If you wish to pursue a career in research, consider the opportunity to join AUS as we seek to solve some of the most complex problems impacting our region and our world, from finding new ways to treat and cure cancer to finding more sustainable approaches to urban development, and more.

We offer a number of graduate assistantships to qualified graduate students. These are of two types: Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs). Both are awarded on a competitive, semester-by-semester basis.


The AUS campus, known for its beauty, architecture and exceptional facilities, includes the region’s only Bloomberg-equipped International Trading Floor, along with state-of-the-art science and engineering laboratories, fully equipped multimedia and design studios, and a comprehensive library.

Our full-service campus has everything you need, featuring a large multi-use sports complex; a comprehensive health center; a wide range of food outlets, restaurants and cafes; residential halls for on-campus living; and many other amenities.


The university’s strategic location between Europe and Asia, and its proximity to Dubai International Airport, just minutes away from the AUS campus, are also cited as reasons for the popularity of AUS among international students. Spanning the breath of the UAE, which regularly ranks among the world’s safest countries, the emirate of Sharjah has beautiful beaches on the shores of both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

Today, as in ancient times, Sharjah is a global trade center. Modern Sharjah is also a city of learning and the arts, ranking among the Top 75 Best Student Cities (QS, 2016).


AUS has more than 350 full-time faculty, hailing from the world’s best universities and dedicated to help students reach their full academic potential.

Our faculty are active researchers who are uniquely positioned to deliver a rigorous university education in the Arabian Gulf region, as they combine a breadth of international knowledge with deep, regional understanding.

Explore our current vacancies for academic and professional staff and find out more about the opportunities and benefits of working at AUS.

Student life

Many of our students live on campus along with our warm community of faculty and their families. We offer a huge range of student-led extracurricular activities, ranging from ethnic and national clubs, to personal interest groups in areas such as performing arts, photography, science and philosophy, to community service campaigns, and much more. We also have wide range of sports teams that compete in local, national and international events.

You will also have opportunities to pursue leadership roles in our Student Council and Student Leadership Program, as well as experience a huge variety of community activities and cultural events.

Financial assistance

AUS offers financial assistance to highly qualified students to help with their education costs, with more than AED 80 million (more than USD 20 million) awarded in merit- and need- based grants and scholarships. These are awarded regardless of race, color, gender, religion or national origin.

Faculty Links:

College of Architecture, Art and Design

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Engineering

School of Business Administration

Explore rankings data for American University of Sharjah

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Key statistics

  • 12.1
    No. of students per staff
  • 81%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 52 : 48
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 4,784
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2021 World University Rankings