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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. Your educational experience in Dubai is enhanced by the diversity of cultures, engineering feats and once-in-a-lifetime activities which surround you on a daily basis. Ride the elevator to the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Kalifa, or experience the elegance of the world's most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab. Travel to the man-made palm islands, shop in the world's largest mall, ski indoors year round or travel through the desert in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. There truly is nowhere like Dubai!

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. Dubai is known for its welcoming hospitality of visitors, and attracts people from all over the world, whether for a visit or for work. Known for its cutting edge innovation in technology, engineering and business, Dubai is a buzzing, cosmopolitan city that also offers you a piece of home as you step onto RIT’s campus in Dubai.

Program Details

  • Term: Fall or Spring
  • Credits: 12-16
  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Fall semester - April 1st
    • Spring semester - October 1st

Detailed information about studying abroad at RIT Dubai including dates, deadlines, housing, excursions and dining can be found here.

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.

Students typically take a minimum of 12 credits (4 courses) during their academic term abroad. Your department advisor can review and pre-approve the RIT courses offered at RIT Dubai to ensure that you stay on track with your individual degree program. The academic calendar aligns closely with the RIT calendar and consists of two semesters, each 16 weeks long.

You can view past courses on SIS (choose RIT Dubai for campus location at the bottom of page in SIS) or ask your study abroad advisor for a list of courses typically offered. Applicants should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that credits count towards their degree program.

Undergraduate courses are available in:
- Business 
- Computing
- Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial)
- Math, Science, Liberal Arts electives

Housing in Dubai
You will live in dorms located in Dubai Silicon Oasis. The dorms are a 5-minute shuttle ride (or 15 minute walk) from the RIT Dubai campus. 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.

To Apply

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

Program Cost & Financial Aid

Student budget worksheets - outlines all program costs. Students should take a copy of this worksheet to their financial aid advisor early in the application process to determine how their aid may apply to the program cost.

Financial Aid:
Financial aid may cover some program costs. As you review the budget worksheet, please remember that it does not include your RIT financial aid or scholarships which may cover some of the program costs. The purpose of the budget worksheet is to show all the costs associated with your study abroad program which will help your RIT Financial Aid Assistant Director determine how your aid and scholarships may be applied. 

To understand how your financial aid and scholarships may apply to your program costs:

  • Make an appointment with your financial aid assistant director (call Financial Aid at 585-475-2186) and mention that you are calling for a study abroad appointment
  • Upload a copy of your budget worksheet(s) via the Financial Aid upload portal at (at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled meeting, so they have time to prepare) 
  • Please rename the file name of your budget worksheet before uploading it to the Financial Aid portal based on the instructions provided in the portal (adding your name and student ID)

To find out the name of your financial aid assistant director for your degree program visit:

We recommend you meet with Financial Aid before the application deadline so you understand how your aid will apply. The RIT financial aid office is located in Bausch and Lomb Center (Bldg. 77), 2nd floor, 2125.

RIT Study Abroad Scholarships
National Scholarships

Academic Year
12 to 15
Language of Instruction: 
Course Discipline: 
Business, Computing, Engineering, Finance, Management, Marketing
Open To: 

RIT Students
Outside Students