International Students

International Students

If you’re an international student looking to study at a university away from home, AURAK is one of the best options to consider. Located in the beautiful Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, AURAK is a multicultural campus that offers a diverse and supportive learning environment. Ranked amongst the top universities in the United Arab Emirates, AURAK’s American-style education provides world-class teaching that encourages you to think big and achieve your full potential.

If you are eager to join the AURAK community, we recommend starting the application process at least two months in advance.

Before you come to the UAE to study at AURAK, there are processes you will need to follow and information you will need


Admitted students are requested to submit officially attested education certificates (including transcripts) by the deadline mentioned in their admission letter to the Office of Admissions. Although it is advised that students complete this before classes begin, students with certificates obtained outside the UAE may be given an extension until the end of their first semester of study. Once you arrive in UAE, you will be required to complete the Certificate of Equivalency: a. For a bachelor’s applicant, an equivalency of your high school certificate will be required from the Ministry of Education in Dubai. b. For a master’s applicant, an equivalency of your bachelor’s certificate will be required from the Ministry of Higher Education in Abu Dhabi. The attestations are required for high school transcripts and university transcripts (whether completed bachelor’s or incomplete for transfer students), along with the completion certificates, if any.

The Office of Administration arranges student visas under the sponsorship of the University. Visas must be renewed every year.
The visa application requires the following:

  • Eight (8) passport photos.
  • Passport copy.
  • Copy of the secondary school certificate.
  • Payment of visa fee and security deposit for a visa. Click here for details.

All students applying for a residence visa must undergo medical tests conducted by the preventive health department of the RAK government and fingerprinting by the police department. The medical tests include a blood test and an X-ray. Failure to pass either one of the medical tests leads to deportation to the country of origin. Once the visa is issued, the student is required to pay the full semester fee and other mandatory University fees. Upon receiving the payments, the student visa can be collected at the airport upon arrival. Students on an AURAK visa who discontinue their studies or transfer to another university must submit their passports for visa cancellation before departure.

AURAK can offer international students an airport pickup service. The request is made via the Airport Pickup Form, and it is essential to send this form at least four (4) working days before arrival.

The medium of instruction at AURAK is English. All students are required to show a certain level of English proficiency to be able to join any academic program. The requirements for English can be found here. If the student is unable to demonstrate sufficient English proficiency, the University offers several English programs.

a. Intensive English Language Program

The English Language Program (ELP) at AURAK’s Teaching and Learning Center offers four levels of English instruction aimed at helping students acquire the necessary English language skills for academic success. The primary goal of the program is to provide students with a thorough foundation in English speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills to achieve the required TOEFL/IELTS grades and develop the necessary academic skills to succeed at AURAK.

b. Preparatory English Language Program

The four-month intermediate-level English course focuses on preparation for academic English. This program is for students who have achieved the following scores in the English proficiency test: IELTS – Academic (4.5), TOEFL-IBT (32-34), or TOEFL paper-based (450-499). These students will also be able to take two academic courses toward their chosen academic program. It is mandatory to achieve the minimum English proficiency requirement to be able to enroll in the academic program as a full-time student.

c. IELTS/TOEFL Preparation Courses

The University also offers preparation courses for IELTS and TOEFL at different times of the year. AURAK is also an official IELTS testing venue. Upon completion of the course, the student can sit their examination at the University.

Students have access to four residence halls: two for male students and two for female students. The residence halls are adjacent to the AURAK campus and are managed by Ras Al Khaimah Education Company (EDRAK). These student residence halls provide a safe and comfortable environment conducive to students’ academic and social aspirations.

The student residences consist of studio apartments. Each apartment is for double occupancy, but depending on availability, single occupancy can be arranged at an additional cost. Each apartment is fully furnished with two beds, two closets, two study tables, and chairs. All kitchenettes are equipped with a refrigerator and a microwave oven. There is a common room with a television, sofas, chairs, and coffee tables. The residence hall has washing machines for student use. To know more about student accommodation, please click here

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2023

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