Dubai: If you want to apply to study at a university in the United Arab Emirates, but are struggling to meet the tuition fee requirements, there is good news. Most universities in the UAE offer some form of scholarships to students and if you meet the criteria set by the university, you may be able to cover some or all of your tuition fees. But what are the conditions you must meet? And how can you apply for a scholarship? Here’s everything you need to know.
According to student advisors who spoke with Gulf News, students have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of scholarships – from UAE government grants and scholarship programs, academic merit scholarships, sports scholarships or scholarships. athletics, alumni or family scholarships, corporate scholarships, special needs scholarship, financial hardship scholarship and more.
Natasha Parikh, career coach and founder of My Learning Curve, a career guidance and counseling organization, explained what students can expect when applying for a university scholarship in the UAE.
“Emirati and international students receive a scholarship to support their undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies. studies. Public universities offer scholarships covering up to 100% of tuition fees compared to private institutes which cover, on average, up to 50% of tuition fees, with a small number of universities offering up to 100% of scholarships,” she said.
Public universities offer scholarships covering up to 100% of tuition fees compared to private institutes which cover, on average, up to 50% of tuition fees, with a small number of universities offering up to 100% of scholarships.
– Natasha Parikh, career coach and founder of My Learning Curve, a career guidance and counseling organization
Start your search early
But while there are plenty of scholarship opportunities for students, according to Jennifer Rosier, Senior Manager at Tutor Doctor UAE, many may have very specific requirements. As scholarship award criteria vary widely depending on the institution and programs you are applying to, she advised students to plan early if they wish to apply for a scholarship.
“I advise students to begin their search for scholarships as early as ninth grade, as the benefits and requirements of each scholarship program vary widely,” Rosier said.
“Work with your guidance counselor or college admissions consultants…to quickly explore and identify future majors, prepare for standardized exams, and explore college programs and scholarships best suited to your goals, interests, and profile. Once you have identified the scholarship programs that interest you, contact them directly to better understand how to position yourself to be successful in winning the scholarship,” she added.
I advise students to begin their search for scholarships as early as ninth grade, as the benefits and requirements of each scholarship program vary widely.
– Jennifer Rosier, Senior Manager at Tutor Doctor UAE
How can I apply for a scholarship at a university in the UAE?
Expatriate residents and international students can apply for scholarships at universities subject to eligibility criteria.
According to u.ae, the official website of the UAE government, scholarships are offered by many universities in the UAE based on mutual agreements between the UAE government and other countries. Besides these scholarships, universities also offer academic or sports scholarships, based on the criteria and requirements of the university.
If you are an international student, you can also inquire about scholarships at your country’s embassy or consulate in the UAE about scholarship application procedures or any other benefits you may qualify for.
When can I apply?
According to Parikh, students can apply for a scholarship after receiving an offer letter for a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. program by the university.
“Generally, to be eligible for a scholarship, undergraduate students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours and graduate students must register for a minimum of six credit hours. The scholarship is awarded for the first year of study, therefore, students must maintain the required cumulative grade point average (GPA) to continue receiving scholarships,” Parikh said.
What are credits?
College credits measure the number of applied hours that are recognized for successful completion of a particular program of study. College credits are a way to standardize time spent on college-level subjects
Source: learn.org, a US-based online resource for students wishing to pursue higher education
She added that students who did not receive a scholarship at the beginning of the year can also apply for a scholarship for the following years.
To do so, candidates must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (WAM) of 75 [calculated out of 100] of in their studies at the university and have completed a minimum of 36 credit points during their undergraduate studies, in order to apply.
What does a scholarship cover?
According to Rosier, while scholarships primarily cover tuition fees, some scholarship programs may also include housing allowances or special internships.
What documents do I need to apply for a scholarship?
The exact documents required for your scholarship application will depend not only on the university you are applying to, but also on the type of scholarship you are seeking. However, Parikh has provided a list of documents generally required for scholarship applications.
Academic merit and other scholarships
– Completed scholarship application
– Copy of passport
– Copy of visa (if you live in UAE)
– Academic transcripts (proof of scores to qualify for scholarships)
– High school certificate and expected high school grades
– Copy of certifications/awards received
– Intention to scholarship / application letter
– IELTS (International English Language Testing System)/TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) certificate
Parikh added that the documents do not need attestation unless an equivalency certificate is required by the university.
Financial Hardship Scholarships
In addition to the general documents mentioned above, scholarships based on financial hardship may require:
– Current rental contract
– Bank statements
– Employee certificate and salary statement for each employed family member
– Copy of visa and passport for all working family members (or both parents)
– Certificate of tuition fees for each sibling
In addition to the general documents mentioned above, athletic/sports scholarship applications may require:
– Latest game videos
– Brief biography including relevant sporting achievements
– Scanned copies of references from the candidate’s coach and/or physical education teacher on the establishment’s letterhead
– Scanned copies of relevant certificates for the sport for which the candidate is applying
– The writer is an intern at Gulf News