Scholarships and Financial Aid

At RIT Dubai you can qualify for scholarships based on your scholastic and extracurricular achievement. Emirati Nationals can also take advantage of 100% scholarships through our partnerships with Government entities.

RIT Dubai’s Admissions Office strongly believes in ensuring that highly motivated and academically strong students are rewarded for their efforts and achievements. Additionally, RIT Dubai scholarships encourage students to excel in their course work and become valuable participants in extracurricular and community activities. The goals and objectives of RIT Dubai scholarships and financial aid are to:

  • attract students with outstanding academic achievements through a merit-based scholarship incentive 
  • support student success and promote academic excellence throughout the student’s course of study by extending scholarship to current students
  • provide an opportunity to qualified students with financial constraints to fulfill their ambition of joining RIT Dubai by providing necessary financial aid

Students can qualify for the following scholarships and discounts:

RIT Dubai Academic Scholarship: This award is granted to undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional academic records.  Student must have met the TOEFL/IELTS score requirement for RIT Dubai to be eligible for this award and will be evaluated on their GPAs and optionally, on standardized test scores such as SAT, ACT, GRE, etc.

RIT Dubai Extracurricular Achievement Scholarship

This award is granted to qualified undergraduate and graduate students  with strong academic records and exceptional extracurricular achievements (e.g. sports, drama, music, chess) during their time at RIT Dubai or the school or university attended immediately prior to RIT Dubai. Students should give evidence of their participation and leadership in an activity or activities which demonstrate outstanding ability, initiative, and dedication. Outstanding extracurricular achievements are the primary criteria for this scholarship, An applicant’s academic record and the overall requirements for their academic program are also reviewed. Scholarships are granted to qualified undergraduate and graduate applicants.

RIT Dubai Interscholastic Achievement Scholarships

This award is granted to students who have exhibited exceptional achievements in interscholastic activities (e.g. ballet, golf, drama, music, chess) outside of their required coursework. The RIT Dubai Scholarship Committee reviews admission applications in search for candidates who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, service, and maturity levels, which are all necessary qualities of successful RIT Dubai students. A scholarship is granted primarily to applicants who have exhibited outstanding interscholastic achievements. An applicant’s academic record and the overall requirements for their academic program are also reviewed. Scholarships are granted to qualified undergraduate and graduate applicants.

RIT Dubai Advanced Scholar Award – Undergraduate Students only

This award is granted to qualified undergraduate students who have completed 13 years of schooling and took subjects beyond O + AS levels following a British curriculum (A-level). Applicants should demonstrate outstanding leadership, service, and maturity, which are all necessary qualities for success at RIT Dubai. The primary criteria for this award is advanced secondary schooling preparation, but. an applicant’s academic record and the overall requirements for their academic program are also reviewed.

RIT Dubai Executive Experience Award- Graduate Students only

This award is granted to qualified graduate students who have 2 or more years of full-time relevant work experience in their area of study.  and have demonstrated considerable achievements in this field  Applicants are required to draft a brief summary of their experience including title, job description, and projects, and explain how this experience relates to and will help them to be successful in their program. The primary criteria for this award is outstanding work experience in a related field of study but an applicant’s academic record and the overall requirements for their academic program are also reviewed.

Sibling Discount 

A student whose sibling is concurrently enrolled at RIT Dubai can receive a 10% discount on eligible tuition fees.  This discount is in addition to any merit-based scholarships awarded and is evaluated for applicability on a term-by-term basis.

UAE National Emirati Award

This award is granted to UAE Nationals who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Management, International Business or Finance and master’s degree in Service Leadership & Innovation program at RIT Dubai.  Applicants must have a cumulative average of 3.0 cumulative GPA or above.  Students who do not meet the RIT Dubai TOEFL or IELTS requirement must enter our English Language Center (ELC) program until this requirement is successfully met. Applicants will also be evaluated on their participation in extracurricular activities.

Financial Aid

In addition to merit-based scholarships, RIT Dubai offers financial aid to students who need financial assistance to be able to attend RIT Dubai. Financial aid packages are awarded based on financial need and includes extensive review and consideration of not only the student’s school records and extracurricular activities, but also their family’s financial status.

ICT Fund - Information and Communication Technology Fund

RIT Dubai is a proud partner of the ICT Fund under the ‘Betha’ Scholarship program for Emirati students to study Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs.  Emirati Nationals who meet the below requirements are invited to apply for the Betha Scholarship for the following programs:

Bachelor's: Computing Security, Computing & Information Technologies, Electrical Engineering

Master’s: Networking and Systems Administration (NSA), Electrical Engineering, City Science

DEWA - Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

DEWA is now offering full scholarships for bachelor’s degrees in electrical or mechanical engineering to qualified UAE nationals at RIT Dubai. Please click herefor more information.

See also UAE Nationals Scholarships and Corporate Scholarships

How to apply:

Prospective students can apply for a scholarship at the time of application for admission. Current students can apply for a scholarship at the end of each academic year. All awards are valid for one academic year for undergraduate students and one semester for graduate students. All awards are reevaluated each year based on the student’s academic performance.

Prospective Students:

The RIT Dubai Scholarship Committee uses student achievement in secondary education and performance on standardized tests to assess incoming undergraduate students for award eligibility. Incoming graduate students are assessed using their undergraduate GPA and any relevant industry achievements and contributions. Graduate students may also choose to include scores from standardized tests such as GMAT and GRE for scholarship evaluation, even if they are not required for admissions to the program they are applying to.

Current Students:

Eligibility for scholarships for returning students are determined by the student’s cumulative GPA at RIT Dubai and any demonstrated leadership role in extracurricular activities or competitions that has resulted in a significant impact on the UAE or the global landscape and produced a positive image of RIT Dubai and its programs.

Our scholarships are competitive and require students to maintain excellent academic performance.  For details and application, please contact your academic advisor or email or call +971 4 371 2000.