Student visas 

Accordingly to UAE law, all international students in UAE need a student visa. You will need to apply for a student visa, if you are enrolling on a full-time course as a full time student for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme at the University of Birmingham Dubai under the sponsorship of the University. If you are enrolling for part-time course you will need to apply for other visa category which will not fall under the University sponsorship. This can either be a visa sponsored by parent, employment visa or any other category that may apply as per the policy guidelines set by GDRFA and DCCA.

University of Birmingham Dubai provides a straightforward visa sponsorship service for students on a full-time programme who are not UAE residents. This allows our students to study and reside in the country for a 12 month period, renewable each year to cover the duration of your programme. 

To qualify for University of Birmingham Dubai visa sponsorship and to start the process you should have accepted an unconditional offer for your full-time programme and have completed the on-line registration  process. Once you have registered, please fill in our visa application form. Please note that you will also need to fill in and attach the undertaking form, which is available here. 

If you have any questions about visa process, please contact us on +971 52 330 8468 or

Applying for a Visa

To apply for visa sponsorship, you will need to complete the on-line visa application form along with the following documentation:

  • Clear colour Passport copy (with at least 6 months’ validity)
  • Passport photo (white background)
  • Signed Student undertaking form
  • Copy of current visa (if you are inside UAE)

If you have any questions about visa process, please contact us on  

If you are already under Parent or Employee Sponsorship Visa and do not require our Sponsorship, please fill in this brief form to confirm your immigration status. 

Student Visa Cost


New Visa                                                                                                                                                   AED

Visa Deposit

Visa Deposit charge of AED 3000 is a one-time payment which the University may use to meet visa-related expenses and security which occur throughout your study at University of Birmingham Dubai should you fail to meet their duties in maintaining your immigration status

This amount will be retained by the University until the visa is cancelled and the University’s sponsor duties have ceased. See our visa pages and FAQs for full details.

You are eligible for a refund of the full amount or a balance remainder of this charge after visa cancellation.  Any fines/charges imposed from General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners (GDRFA) or AXS will be deducted from the visa deposit. Any fines, penalties and additional charges incurred because of late submission of documents required will be the sole responsibility of the student.


Medical Insurance

Please note that medical insurance can only be availed by students who are 35 years old or less.


(includes VAT)




Outside Country Visa Service Package



Inside Country Visa Service Package



 Visa Administration Charges


Fees for Visa cancellation or renewal (returning/existing students only)
                                                                                                                                                Normal Express
 Visa renewal  1630AED  2428AED
 Visa cancellation  450AED  1028AED

*Please note, that if you apply for 'out country' visa after 24th of August 2019 (15th of August 2019 for PGCE students), you will need to apply for an express visa in order to ensure you are likely to be able to enter the UAE in time for study.

All the fee charges as mentioned above may be subject to change as per rules and regulations of the Govt of U.A.E.

Visa validity

University of Birmingham Dubai student visas are issued for duration of 1 year and will need to be renewed for each academic year.

Visa processing time

The new visa application process normally takes up to 14 days and all applications undergo a security check by UAE government authorities. Some applications may take up to 1 month to be processed, therefore it is essential that you apply for your visa by 8th September.  Some visa applicants may also be required to submit additional documentation by the UAE government authorities (e.g. attested birth certificate, translated in Arabic).

What is Student Undertaking Letter? Where I can find this template?

A student, prior to enrolment shall execute an Undertaking Letter which shall define the obligations and duties of the student towards ( DCCA ) Dubai Creative Clusters Authority. To get this form is available here.

Medical Insurance

Students sponsored by the University of Birmingham Dubai are required to obtain and maintain health insurance as required by the Dubai Media and Technology Free Zone Area (DMTZA) and as part of the Dubai visa laws, all students must have health insurance for the duration of their visa. 

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) compliant Medical insurance is compulsory for all students. Medical insurance aims to provide cover for most expenses incurred by students in a wide network of hospitals and clinics in the UAE, whether as an outpatient, inpatient or emergency admission.

University of Birmingham Dubai has partnered with AXS and ADNIC - to provide students under University visa sponsorship with access to a comprehensive and competitively priced medical insurance plan. This partnership has been established to aim to make it easier for prospective students to access medical insurance in Dubai. The University of Birmingham Dubai does not provide the medical insurance cover; this is provided by ADNIC. Should you opt to take this insurance, your contract of insurance will be with ADNIC. Students are free to arrange their own medical insurance should they wish; however, the level of cover will need to comply with DMTZA and Dubai law.

Please note that University of Birmingham Dubai (UOBD) visa-sponsored students who opt to access medical insurance through the UOBD will receive medical insurance cover immediately after entering UAE.

University of Birmingham Dubai provides access to medical health insurance through ADNIC coverage on a paid basis to both new and returning students. The student is responsible for annually paying the cost of this medical insurance to the insurer, although the University will then set up the medical insurance on the student’s behalf as part of the visa application through AXS. 


Please visit our knowledgebase to view our visa FAQs.