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Dubai is home to the most cutting-edge engineering feats in the world including the man-made palm islands, world's tallest building the Burj Khalifa, state-of-the-art desalination facilities and Masdar, a planned sustainable community. Regardless of your specific engineering major, there is something for everyone to sink their teeth into.

  • Collaborate with some of the most creative problem solvers in the world and observe first-hand how engineering systems like mechanical, chemical, civil and sustainable interact to develop solutions of the future.
  • Immerse yourself in a unique region of the world with rich ethnic food, language, religious and cultural heritage.
  • Gain strategic problem solving skills and perspectives that will make you stand out to future employers.

Dubai is a premier destination for tourists, business people and celebrities from around the world. Attracted to its year-round sunshine and luxurious life style, the number of tourists visiting Dubai each year is expected to top 15 million. Dubai is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a diverse population that spans nearly every culture, ethnicity and religion.

RIT Dubai Campus
The RIT Dubai campus is strategically located in the heart of Dubai Silicon Oasis, one of the world's leading centers of advanced electronic innovation and design. You will be invigorated by the vibrant synergy of academic and corporate research and development. The RIT Dubai campus contains state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, faculty and staff office, student lounges, a library, computer labs and is equipped with the latest technology including wireless internet service.

Three years after launching a department in charge of happiness, the UAE government created the Ministry of Possibilities, a government branch designed to incubate solutions to the country's most pressing issues. Dubai's commitment to sustainability, ample financial resources and use of technology make it an excellent place to explore creative engineering ideas and concepts.  

All engineering study abroad students will be enrolled in an anchor course called Contemporary Issues in Engineering: Mega Engineering Systems in Dubai. In this course, you will get a big picture view of how multiple engineering systems interact through cutting-edge technologies in Dubai's mega projects. Examples are: the Giant Burj Khalifa fountain hydro-pneumatic system, the giant Burj Khalifa vertical transport system, Mohammed Bin Rashid solar park, facilities management at Dubai Mall/ Marina Mall (Multi- award winners for their inventions in facility management), DEWA and Johnson Controls LEED Platinum facilities, supply chain management at Emirates air, The iconic sustainable city, Masdar and many other engineering attractions.

In addition to this course, you will enroll in at least three other courses for a total of 12-18 semester credits. The RIT Dubai campus offers the same RIT engineering degree programs to local students that you earn here in Rochester so the courses you take will count toward your degree program and you will get to spend time in the classroom collaborating with some of the regions brightest young people. Your faculty members are accomplished and well-respected which means you will experience the same hands-on and challenging learning environment you are used to with the added bonus of in-depth cultural exploration. All courses are delivered in English.

Housing in Dubai
You will live in dorms located in Dubai Silicon Oasis. The dorms are a 10 minute shuttle ride from the RIT Dubai building. Shuttle services to and from campus are easy and free. All rooms come equipped with wireless internet services.

Student Experience and Excursions
Prior to your departure, you will meet with the team in Dubai via video chat. Once in country, you will receive a thorough on-site orientation and the team will help you adjust to your new surroundings. You will be able to participate in local clubs, sports teams and other student activities. You will also get to participate in several cultural excursions during your stay in Dubai most of which are included in the program fee cost. Some of the most popular include riding buggies on a desert safari, sharing a traditional Emirati meal with a local family, peering over the city skyline from the top of the world's tallest building the Burj Khalifa, soaring down the slopes at the indoor ski resort.

Program Details

  • Term: Fall or Spring
  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Program Cost
Student budget worksheet for 2021-22 Academic Year (bring a copy of this budget to a meeting with your financial aid assistant director PRIOR to the application deadline to determine how their aid might apply towards program costs)

Application deadlines:
Fall semester - April 1
Spring semester - deadline October 15 

Course Details

  • Total Credits: 12-18
  • Courses: Check SIS or a list of past courses offered is available to download here.

Applicants will meet with their academic advisor to ensure that credits count towards their degree program.

Program Flyer - Engineering Innovation in the City of Possibilities

To Apply

1) Make an appointment to meet with a study abroad advisor for this program - choose date and time
3) Start an application in the Compass.

COVID-19 & Study Abroad

The RIT Education Abroad office is constantly monitoring how COVID-19 is affecting international travel, with student safety as our top priority. Students will be required to be vaccinated, follow all applicable CDC and/or state/international travel guidelines when traveling, and may need to take additional precautions. For the most up to date information and FAQs, please visit COVID-19 & Study Abroad 

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Course Discipline: 
Undergraduate, Graduate
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RIT Students Only