Dubai FAQs

General FAQs

Is the University of Birmingham Dubai a franchise?

We are not a franchise; the University of Birmingham is committed to establishing itself within the International Education Hub in Dubai. We are in the process of building a state of the art campus within Dubai International Academic City with the ambition to recruit 4000 students, cementing our future in Dubai.

Are the facilities and equipment same as the UK campus?

Our Campus space has been developed and tailored to complement the programmes that we offer in Dubai.

Will my degree be awarded by the University of Birmingham?

When you graduate from the University of Birmingham Dubai you will be awarded a University of Birmingham degree certificate.

How do I request more information?

To find out more information about the University of Birmingham Dubai you can register your interest and download our Dubai prospectus.

Alternatively you can email us at

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degree Programmes FAQs

What Undergraduate courses are available to study at the University of Birmingham Dubai?

You can see a full list of our undergraduate programmes on our undergraduate courses page

What Postgraduate courses are available to study at the University of Birmingham Dubai?

You can see a full list of our postgraduate programmes on our postgraduate courses page

Are these programmes the same as taught at your UK campus?

Yes, the programme is the same set of compulsory modules as taught at our Birmingham campus.

Where will academic staff come from? Will they be employed by University of Birmingham?

Our academics will be permanently based within the UAE or will be flying facutly from our Birmingham campus.  They are all members of University of Birmingham academic staff.

Are there part-time options?

For 2021 entry we will be offering a range of part-time courses which will be taught over evening and weekends.  Please see our website for more information.

What is the difference between the 3 and 4 year degree programmes?

Our four-year programmes include an integrated entry year, which you may need to take depending on your previous study (for example if you have taken 12 years of previous study, rather than 13).  We will ensure that you are fully prepared for your undergraduate programme, immersing you in the University environment. You can view all of our programmes on our course listing page.

What are your entry requirements?

Please visit your chosen programme page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Can I study in the UK?

If you are successful in obtaining a place to study as an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham Dubai, you will have the opportunity to apply to spend the second year of your chosen programme in the UK at our Birmingham campus. Discover more.

What are your term dates?

Our academic terms starts on Sunday 26 September 2021, you may be required to attend earlier depending on your chosen programme. More information will be provided in your offer letter.

Fees and Funding FAQs

What are the tuition fees for your Undergraduate programmes?

For undergraduate students the fees paid in your first year will remain the same across all years of study. To find out about tuition fees for our undergraduate programmes, please visit our programme pages. You can find out more about tuition fees on our fees and funding page

What are the tuition fees for your Postgraduate programmes?

For all postgraduate programmes, students will be charged per year of study. To find out about tuition fees for our postgraduate programmes, please visit our programme pages. You can find out more about tuition fees on our fees and funding page

What scholarships do you offer?

We are offering several scholarships:

The Chancellor’s Award which is 30% off your tuition fees for every year of your programme.

The Chancellor's Full Scholarship Award which covers the total cost of tuition fees will be awarded to exceptional students.

Find out more on our Scholarships page.

Is there any support available for my visa application?

We will be offering students support with their Visa applications. Find out more.

Applying for a place FAQs

How do I apply?

To apply for any of our programmes please visit your chosen programme page and click on the apply button which will take you to our application portal. To search for our programmes on offer please visit our Study pages. You can also watch our How To Apply video.

Do you need to apply via UCAS?

You do not need to apply via UCAS. We are accepting direct applications on to all of our programmes for 2021 entry.

Do I need my final grades to apply?

No, you can apply before you have your final grades but they will be required for your offer to be made unconditional and subsequently accept your place.

When will I receive a decision?

You will receive a decision within 5 working days of your application being received.

If I apply to the University of Birmingham Dubai does this count towards one of my 5 UCAS choices?

As you are not applying via UCAS this does not count towards one of your 5 choices.

How do I pay the deposit?

Once you receive your offer letter from us you will be able to make your deposit payment of AED 5000 via HSBC. Please visit our Funding your studies page to make your payment.

In exceptional circumstances, a deposit may also be refunded if you are prevented from commencing your studies by matters outside your control (other than those referred to above), for example a change in your personal circumstances including your ability to fund your studies, a serious illness or a death in your immediate family.  The University reserves the right to deduct an administration fee of £100 from the deposit in these circumstances.

There is a date in my offer letter to accept or decline my place, what do I do if I need extra time to make a decision?

We would encourage you to accept your place by the date stated on your letter. However, if you do require extra time please contact us using the details provided within your offer letter.

Is there a deadline for applying?

There is no deadline for applying, but if you are applying from outside UAE you will need to allow sufficient time to process your study visa.

Accommodation FAQs

What accommodation options are there?

Detailed information can be found on our Accommodation page

For full details please visit the Unite Students website.

For full details please visit the Dubai Silicon Oasis Accommodation website.

Visit/meet us FAQs

When are your Open Days?

We hold regular Open Days, you can see the full list of our upcoming Open Days and how to register on our Open Days page.

For a full list of our upcoming events and events that we will be attending please visit our events page.

Where is your campus located?

Our campus is based within Dubai International Academic City (DIAC).

University of Birmingham Dubai
Block 2,
Dubai International Academic City
P.O Box 341799

Tel: +971 4 249 2300

Student Transport FAQs

Does the University of Birmingham Dubai offer transport to get to and from campus?

Yes. The University of Birmingham Dubai will be providing bus transport to a range of destinations in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi. Routes will be planned closer to the start of the academic year. You can assist us by letting us know as early as you can that you would like to use the transport. Please email

What are the transport fees?

The cost of the transport will vary depending on where you need transport from and your distance from campus. Those fees are still to be finalised in line with the planning of our routes in question 1). Full details will follow soon. To be kept up to date and to express your interest in using our university provided transport please e-mail

How do I switch to a new route if I move home?

To switch to a new route, you will need to notify Student Services of your change of address and complete any necessary transfer documentation. We can then assess your request, make the necessary arrangements and advise you of any change in your transport fees. You can contact us at 

If you have changed your address you should also ensure that your student record is up to date with your latest address.

I need to report an incident that occurred on the bus. Who do I contact?

We will be working very closely with our transport provider to ensure that you can travel safely and securely to campus. Should there be any concerns for you when using our transport You can contact us at to raise anything of concern.

What is the local taxi company's telephone number?

You can call a taxi through calling the RTA’s dedicated number + 971 (0) 420 80 808.

What parking is available?

Free parking facilities are available, offered by Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). There are two main car parks each within a 2-5 minute walk of our campus building.

Is Academic City served by public transport?

Yes. The RTA bus number 365 runs on the Dubai International Academic City route. Please refer to the RTA’s journey planner to confirm schedules and plan your trip, please click here or call the RTA at 800-9090.