International Programs and Partnerships

Available Programs: Incoming Students

Welcome to Study Abroad at AURAK!

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah offers two opportunities for study abroad at the university:  an Intensive Arabic Language program and a Middle Eastern Studies program.  Either program can be accomplished during fall and spring terms or in the summer for an accelerated short term program of 6 weeks.  While the language program focuses on acquiring written and spoken Arabic at an intensive beginner level, the Middle Eastern Studies program allows for studies in history, economic development, religion, culture and customs.   The tuition, program fees, local transportation, housing, student visa, weekend excursions and courses are included in the total program cost.

Benefits of study abroad at AURAK include opportunities for a more genuine connection with local Arabic cultural, small university setting with individual attention, and a safe environment with the absence of any regional conflict as well as the stability of a low crime rate in the UAE.  Student can focus on learning a new culture and making long term relationships with students, faculty, staff, as well as locals.  Ras Al Khaimah is an incredibly welcoming emirate.

Larger groups may request a customized program based on Arabic language needs and cultural component. This applies to groups of 8 or more.

Excursions are offered on the weekends and they include an overnight trip to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, a visit to the neighboring country of Oman, and local cultural sightseeing trips in Ras Al Khaimah.

Intensive Arabic Language Studies at AURAK

Arabic language studies at AURAK focuses on courses for beginners and upper level beginners.  The language program allows for 3 hours of in class learning per day as well as out of class learning experiences.  For the accelerated summer program the number of in class hours increases to 5.

The course aim to focus on the four main communication skills: writing, reading, speaking and listening. Students will practice these skills through texts in class, as well as through conversational labs with Arabic students whom the university will nominate to spend one hour daily with them.  Topics include travel, relationships, ceremonies, careers, and social interactions.  The community of Ras Al Khaimah will provide a back drop for practice and information.  Meetings with RAK municipal departments will be arranged for practice and in-depth learning.  Excursions around the UAE will provide a practice compliment for in classroom learning.  Upon completion of the course students will be ready for the intermediate level.

Middle Eastern Studies at AURAK

Middle Eastern Politics

The course will focus on the historical background of the Middle East and Gulf region, the role of religion, and the emergence of nation states. More specifically, it will examine selected aspects of politics and economics in the Middle East. These will include state-society relations, ideology and transnationalism, Islamist politics, political economy, political liberalization, the rise of religious militancy, the issue of terrorism, and the persistence of authoritarianism. Finally, it will examine the economic structures, forces, and weaknesses of Middle East societies as well as their political functioning.

History of Arab and Islamic Civilization

This course will highlight the many achievements of Arabic and Islamic civilization and their effects on western society. Students will learn about contributions and developments in science, math, education, philosophy, and literature.  The cultural and scientific accomplishments from the dawn of Islam through the modern era will be examined.

Social Arabic for Everyday Life

This course is for non-Arabic speakers who wish to learn Arabic phrases and conversation for travel, social activities, and business throughout the Middle East. Students will be introduced to the Arabic alphabets and proper pronunciation.  Some written Arabic will be included.   Students will be able to practice their conversational Arabic with shop owners, Arabic students and friends, and gain an introductory level of Arabic communication.

Introduction to Middle Eastern Culture

A focus on cultural highlights including music, food, art, and religion in the Gulf region and in Jordan will be examined.   Students will explore aspects of Middle Eastern culture in order to gain greater understanding of the daily life, achievements, and ideals of people who hail from this region.  In class learning and out of class field lessons will be conducted.

Business Environment in the UAE

This course provides an introduction to understanding the vibrant business environment of the Gulf and Middle East.  Participants will gain an understanding of business practices and economic swings in the Gulf region with a focus on the United Arab Emirates.  The Dubai model, an international business hub not just for the Middle East but the world, will be examined along with other Emirates in the UAE.  Topics include, trade free zones, Islamic banking and finance, tourism, and managerial tactics for working with multinational employees.

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Program Pricing 2015-2016

AURAK Program
List of Program Expenses
Total Costs
Semester Program
Tuition
24,500
Housing
8,000
AURAK Student Activities fee
500
Excursions
2,190
Transportation fee
500
Books
700
Application fee
250
Visa fee
2,000
Medical test
850
Total Program Charge AED 39,480 per student

($10,819) or (€9,600)

Summer Program

(6 weeks)

Tuition
15,000
Housing
4,600
Excursions
1,000
Transportation fee
300
Books
700
Application fee
250
Visa fee
2,000
Medical test
850
Total Program Charge AED 24,700 per student

($6,767) or (€6,085)

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Ras al Khaimah, UAE
PO Box: 10021

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Tel. :  + 971 7 2210 900
Fax :  
+ 971 7 2210 300
Mail:  info@aurak.ac.ae

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