American University of Sharjah


American University of Sharjah



Founded in 1997, American University of Sharjah (AUS) is an independent, non-profit, coeducational institution of higher education formed on the American liberal arts model. Acclaimed for its academic excellence and multicultural environment, AUS is ranked among the top 10 universities in the Arab world and the world’s top 50 universities under 50 years of age (QS World University Rankings, 2021).

With approximately 90 nationalities represented on campus, AUS is among the world’s top three universities with the highest percentage of international students (Times Higher Education, 2021).

AUS offers 28 majors and 45 minors at the undergraduate level, 16 master’s degrees and three PhD programmes through the following:

- College of Architecture, Art and Design
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Engineering; and
- The School of Business Administration.
All programmes are conducted through the medium of English.

The university’s 123-hectare, full-service campus includes experiential learning and research facilities, sports and recreational facilities, and student and faculty accommodation. AUS students enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities and competitive sports, and have opportunities to apply their learning through internships, research, conferences, competitions and professional collaborations.

AUS graduates consistently secure roles with leading regional and international employers and many pursue graduate studies at the world’s top institutions. As part of the university's community engagement initiatives, AUS introduced the Sharakah Programme to foster partnerships with select schools in the UAE.

Through Sharakah, AUS engages GEMS school teachers and students by offering a wide range of events, activities and programmes. Additionally, AUS offers exclusive scholarships for GEMS students via this programme. The Sharakah School Scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded only in fall semesters. As a proud Sharakah Programme Partner School, GEMS teachers can select/nominate one exceptional student (an AUS applicant) from their school for the Sharakah School Scholarship of 45 percent remission on tuition, lab/technology fees, and on-campus housing. Deadline for schools to select/nominate the applicant and send the nomination to AUS: end of the first week of July every academic year.

Scholarship value

up to 45%

Scholarship Details

To be eligible, applicants must be evaluated by an established school committee within the following guidelines:
• demonstrated outstanding personal qualities and leadership abilities in school and the community
• have made scientific or literary contributions to their local community
• received special honors or awards for community service and school extracurricular activities
• achieved a minimum high school average equivalent to 90 percent and above in either (1) at least two of the last three years or (2) final year of secondary education.

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Award Type

Competitive award

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