Named “the capitol of Islamic Culture” for its efforts to preserve and promote culture, Sharjah is a great place to explore how tradition and modern life converge. Develop your Arabic language skills with courses taught in English at CIEE’s partner school, American University of Sharjah (AUS), across an array of subjects, including biology, chemistry, communications, literature, engineering, environmental science, history, mathematics, and more. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
Business classes are offered in English at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). The CIEE-administered class, “Intercultural Communications and Leadership” (starting in Spring 2020), is not included on the AUS transcript.
ATTEND A CUTTING-EDGE UNIVERSITY
with students from 93 nations.
RAMP UP YOUR ARABIC LANGUAGE SKILLS
while you learn about the UAE’s impact on global business and cultural exchange.
See the world from Dubai's highest tower, Burj Khalifa.
Try the traditional mode of local transportation – camel.
Count stars in the night sky on a desert safari.
See more of the region, such as Al Ain Oasis (known for its underground irrigation system), Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where old (like the largest mosque in the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Mosque) meets new; Masdar City (moving toward use of only solar and other renewable energies); and Oman, a country in stark contrast to conservative UAE.
Visit Sharjah museums, galleries, and traditional souks.
Jump into university life with student clubs, and connect with UAE and other international students.
Volunteer and give back through local NGOs or participate in university student clubs and organizations. It’s a great way to get closer to the Emirati community.
Meet up with a conversation partner to coax along your growing Arabic skills.
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
One-week orientation – an introduction to Emirati culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
24/7 emergency on-site support
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