‘Expensive’ is the reaction of parents thinking about their children’s education in the UAE. Yes, it’s nothing less than a fact that most Indian families find it difficult to fend education expenses in the Emirates and Indian students look out for opportunities back home in India. Well, for students who wish to continue studying in UAE itself, finding the right scholarship could be the key.
Studies reveal that university students are on some form of scholarship with UAE universities offering under-graduate and post-graduate programs with scholarships running into hundreds of thousands of Dirhams to attract meritorious and financially challenged students to their campuses. And not just from the UAE either. Colleges are offering plenty in terms of incentives to students from all over the world. There are numerous scholarship options available to Indian students willing to study in Dubai.
Most institutes and universities in the UAE offer a certain percentage of scholarships or exemption of fees. The trend goes by the usual norm of 20-30% of fees being exempted but goes as far as 50-100% scholarships in cases of exceptionally bright and deserving students. These full scholarships are provided to students wanting to study but cannot afford the fee due to special circumstances. Academically inclined students are also offered a tuition waiver depending upon their scores at various levels with offers such as 10% tuition fee waiver for students scoring 86-89 percent and more than 15% for those scoring 90 percent and above. One hundred per cent scholarships are given on a discretionary basis. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and a combination of academic and sporting achievement.
The Emirates College for Management and Information Technology (ECMIT), Murdoch University Dubai, Amity University, Dubai are a few universities that have offered full scholarships in the past. Recently, Middlesex University Dubai announced a new scheme to reward its meritorious students up to Dh60, 000 in scholarships. New York University Abu Dhabi gives away scholarships to deserving students in a bid to attract talented students from all over the world.
Outstanding Academic Excellence Scholarships
- University of Wollongong in Dubai gives scholarships to outstanding students, every semester. The scholarship is offered at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. Only the entry level students are entitled to it and the benefits offered range from 20% to 10% payment of tuition fees. Though a single student is entitled to just one scholarship, but candidates may apply for as many scholarships as they wish but that shall also be subject to their meeting of specific eligibility requirements. The high school scholarship is offered by Abu Dhabi University under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Abu Dhabi University (ADU) Board of Trustees and Governors. Various top performers of high schools in UAE have been awarded with HH Sheikh Hamdan scholarships by the university. The scholarship covers not only the 4 year education program but also the tuition and administrative fees.
- Scholarships for Undergraduate Programmes at BITS Pilani, Dubai
– the scholarship is basically meant for Bachelors level. BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus (BPDC) is the branch campus of the internationally reputed Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, (BITS Pilani) India and is the largest Engineering institution in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). Established in the year 2000 in alliance with ETA-NET, it aims at offering quality higher engineering education to the residents of UAE and other gulf countries.
Scholarships for Higher Studies
Few universities also provide scholarships for PG courses in various sectors. Masters level scholarship is offered by Masdar Institute. The institute recognizes applications from capable and competent local as well as international students for masters and doctoral programmes. S P Jain Center of SPG Management offers its Global MBA Program wherein the scholarship offered by S P Jain is very selective and it also offers low interest loans to commendable and deprived contenders.
The International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA, in association with MASDAR Institute offers a high level master’s programme welcoming international students to the IRENA scholarship programme. Various fields in engineering are offered as choice and full financial help is provided to IRENA MSc scholars – tuition fee, textbooks, laptop, medical insurance, and housing and travel expenses. In addition, a cost of living allowance is also allotted. The INSEAD Bischoff scholarship also provides to support future participants from southern Africa and South-East Asia who demonstrate both merit and financial need. INSEAD has MBA and masters’ level programmes with various specializations offered to students.
The INSEAD Bischoff scholarship programmes are also specifically dedicated to outstanding women who wish to complete a master’s degree or MBA with INSEAD. The IAF Women’s Scholarships support INSEAD’s commitment to bring outstanding women professionals to the MBA Programme and to increase representation of women in leadership positions in the business community. Every girl enrolling at Amity University, Dubai automatically gets a 10 per cent tuition fee discount under the college’s special scholarship programme for girls.