American University of Sharjah

Middle East and North Africa Exchanges

About AUS

American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, who envisioned AUS as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. Although 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.

The American University of Sharjah has succeeded in building a multicultural education environment that brings together people form diverse nations and backgrounds.  AUS strives to instill in its students the importance of appreciating and understanding diversity, global issues, and their own role in society.

Learning at AUS

In keeping with its mission, the American University of Sharjah offers students an education that will enable them to comprehend the complexity of the contemporary global process.  Through the integration of liberal studies and professional education, students are given both breadth of knowledge and specialization of their chosen field.  The combination of traditional and innovative teaching methods provides an education environment in which students can realize their individual potential and pursue their goals.

 AUS is a leading comprehensive, coeducational university in the Gulf, serving students from the region and around the world with 25 majors and 48 minors at the undergraduate level.  While Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Emirates, the language of instruction at AUS is English. All administrative functions are also conducted in English.

Life at AUS

Sharjah is situated in the United Arab Emirates, about a 30 minute ride away from Dubai.  Today, as in ancient times, Sharjah is a global trade hub and a major center of learning and the arts. Downtown Sharjah is filled with museums and rich culture.  The city received the high distinction of  Cultural Capital of the Arab World by UNESCO in 1998. The American University of Sharjah is a short shuttle ride  from downtown Sharjah, and the university runs free shuttle buses to the Dubai metro as well. 

Exchange students have access to all activities organized thorough the International Student Office and Office of Student Affairs. 


Campus housing is normally the most convenient place for students to reside while studying at any university. At AUS, this is no exception; over 2,000 students live on campus and enjoy  proximity to the academic buildings, library, food court, and Sports Complex.

The living environment is very rich in multicultural experiences and has a good mix of social and academic activities. The residential halls provide opportunities for residents to improve their leadership, communication and social skills, which enhance their academic development.

Two dormitories are available to AUS students: one for men and one for women, located in separate parts of campus. Though room options differ from building to building, all dormitories include a courtyard, washing machines and driers, vending machines, a pool table, common area with a big-screen TV, fitness center, full-size kitchen, and computer lab. Housing is not included in the GW Study Abroad Fee, student will pay AUS directly for housing costs.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester:                   Late August to Late December
Spring semester:              Late January to mid-May
Academic Year:                Late August to mid-May