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Students will attend The American University of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E). Founded in 1995, the school is strategically situated next to Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet city.  It is fifteen minutes from the heart of Dubai’s financial commercial centers and 25 minutes from Dubai International Airport. There is a metro stop right outside the school’s parking lot.

The U.A.E has seven Emirates each with their own laws, cultures, landscapes, traditions, and a Sheikh, which is a respectful term meaning elder or leader. Abu Dhabi is the largest Emirate and capital city. The second largest Emirate, Dubai, features a modern, glitzy city, the tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa), seven star hotels such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Islands, incredible malls and fountains. Dubai is one the world’s most vibrant tourist and business destinations. With it’s year round sunshine and luxurious lifestyle, Dubai continues to impress with world class events such as annual Dubai shopping festival, Dubai International Film festival, Dubai World cup and Dubai Desert Classic Golf tournament.

American University of Dubai (AUD) is committed to providing a world class education that prepares students academically, personally and professionally for successful careers in their chosen fields. AUD values cultural diversity and embraces liberal education as the context within which it provides students with a 360-degree whole-person education. The faculty members have a passion for excellence in teaching which occur in small class sizes. All academic buildings are equipped with the latest technology and cater to the needs of the academic programs.


  • University in Dubai.This program serves students in nearly all majors
  • Most upper level core courses are available
  • Students must take at least one course Middle Eastern studies (MEST) course from any discipline.
  • Fall registration begins in May/June and for Spring in October/November.
  • Students can finalize their schedules in Dubai during drop/add period
  • Student will take 5, 3 credit courses
  • Optional- Earn Certificate in Middle Eastern studies (18 credits)

Disclaimer: In case of strikes or unexpected disruption to the academic semester Loyola will work with the host university abroad to provide additional support or other academic arrangements to enable students to complete their coursework in agreement with the rules and regulations of the host university and the laws of the host country.  Loyola University Maryland will not makes any changes to its course, grade, or credit transfer policies following such circumstances.

Length of Stay

  • This is a one-semester program conducted in the fall and in the spring (starting with fall 2017).
  • Fall runs from early September to mid-December and spring semester runs mid- January to End of April.

Downtown Dubai.


  • All students live in shared rooms at the AUD dorms. There are 4 dorms- 2 male and 2 female and are all non-smoking and alcohol free
  • Students live with Emiratis and other internationals
  • Each dorm has a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, laundry room, study area, TV lounge , gym, free WI-FI, Resident Assistants
  • The dorms have 24- hour security
  • All dorms are non-smoking and alcohol free


  • Students are eligible for consideration for all forms of federal, state, institutional and private sources of aid, except the federal work-study program. Students studying abroad will forfeit the value of a Federal Work-Study assignment.
  • The cost is equivalent to the tuition fees and room charge paid to Loyola, plus a program fee.
  • Loyola financial aid applies
  • Students are responsible for the student visa costs
  • Health insurance required

Port in Dubai.


  • Roundtrip airfare from US to Dubai
  • Several planned trips throughout the semester by students services
  • On-site Orientation
  • Housing on campus
  • Full time onsite support

Building in Dubai.

Criteria for Acceptance

  • You must have a 2.75  cumulative average to apply to this program
  • Students must be able to find courses which fit their Loyola program and allow full-time participation;
  • Students who are neither on disciplinary probation nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems should apply;
  • Attending at least one information session is required
  • Discuss with your major advisor the possible courses you could take abroad and see if there are any potential problems he/she sees with your plans to study in Dubai;

Application Requirements 

  • Dubai bridge at nightAn application must be submitted to the Office of International Programs by 11:59 p.m. on the second Wednesday after Thanksgiving break of Sophomore year.
  • All applications, regardless of major, are reviewed equally.
  • An in-person interview with the program coordinator at Loyola University Maryland is also required.

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*Please keep in mind that study abroad information, dates, benefits, and fees are subject to change without notification. You are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs directly for the most up-to-date information regarding any study abroad programs offered at Loyola.


Contact Us

Phone: 410-617-2910
Office: Humanities 132

Additional contact information


In order to apply, all students must attend a Study Abroad 101 (Powerpoint) session before the application deadline. The application deadline for all Fall, Spring, and year-long opportunities during academic year 2024-25 is December 4, 2024.

The deadline for opportunities taking place during academic year 2025-26 will be announced during the Spring 2024 semester.

Study Abroad 101 (Powerpoint)