Your Student Visa

Study and Stay

Dubai's visa policy in a nutshell

Dubai's open-door policy attracts the brightest young minds from around the world to its high-profile universities. The city is now even more student friendly thanks to recent legislative changes that offer extended study and post- and post-graduation visas in addition to the regular one-year renewable student visa.

The Dubai advantage of a safe and welcoming city, rounded lifestyle and the security of knowing your time as a student is free of red tape, makes it a winning destination for students looking for best-in-class internationally recognised degree programmes and world-class career prospects.

Are you a high achiever?

If you are an outstanding student and all-round high achiever then Dubai is the obvious choice to pursue your degree and career ambitions. Did you graduate from public or private secondary school with a final grade of 95% or above, or a university student with a distinctive UAE or international university awarded GPA of at least 3.75? If the answer is yes, then you could be eligible for a five-year study visa.

And it gets even better. If you are an exceptional student, you could well be eligible for a 10-year residency visa that will set you on the right path for career success post-graduation.

Get a head start on your future

With Dubai ranked as one of the world's most future-forward destinations to relocate to for work, hundreds of thousands of new jobs being created around Expo 2020, and a vast array of Fortune 500 companies choosing the city as a regional base, it's an undeniable career catalyst.

Dubai doesn't rest on its laurels and continued fiscal stimuli in the lead-up to Expo 2020 has seen a raft of business-friendly reforms including a new visa system for international investors with a long-term 10-year residency visa for in-demand professionals and business owners plus the green light for 100% foreign ownership of companies.

The emirate has always been a hotspot for career focused graduates, ambitious young talent, idealistic entrepreneurs and ground-breaking start-ups attracted by a diversified economic base and anything is possible attitude. Significant and sustained investment into the city's business and innovation ecosystems is already helping realise an exciting future and, as an international student, you will have direct access to the cutting-edge opportunities that are shaping a new tomorrow.

As Dubai continues to establish itself as a leading knowledge-based economy and a vibrant innovation, trade and business hub, providing strong stepping stone access to employment and further development, what does this mean for fresh graduates like you?

More attractive career-boosting opportunities as companies choose to either set up in Dubai or expand their reach across the region with the emirate the preferred business base, or a welcoming and supportive environment in which to launch your own revolutionary business idea.

If we haven't convinced you already, consider this. Dubai has the largest number of international university branches in the world offering internationally accredited courses covering the full spectrum of career-making curricula. Once you've graduated, the biggest names in the business world are right here on your doorstep and, if you're the entrepreneurial type, then Dubai is a supportive cradle for bright ideas.

In short, a world-class education and internationally recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree from Dubai is your passport to the world.

A 2018 survey reported that 40% of employers in the UAE were concerned with finding enough good people to fill vacant positions.

The Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide reported that Middle East based companies are looking to make the workplace even more attractive with training and development (81%) and improved compensation packages (79%) a major focus.