Founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, the university was envisaged by His Highness as a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. Consciously based upon American institutions of higher education, AUS is thoroughly grounded in Arab culture and is part of a larger process of the revitalization of intellectual life in the Middle East.


AUS offers 26 majors and 45 minors at the undergraduate level, and 13 master’s degrees through the College of Architecture, Art and Design; the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Engineering; and the School of Business Administration. These programs are designed to meet the challenges of a competitive business and industrial environment. AUS degree programs are based on the North American model of education, which integrates broad-based liberal arts education with professional education studies. AUS is also meeting the growing need for STEM-related programs in the region at a time when the UAE is heavily investing in initiatives in the space and energy sectors.


AUS is committed to becoming the top research university in the region, known for its excellence and innovation. Plans are currently underway for the university to build a research and technology park. AUS faculty members own 67 patents, many patented both locally and internationally.

Research Funding at AUS

  • Internal Faculty Research Grants: AED 2.5 million awarded per year
  • Sabbatical leaves: AED 2.2 million allocated per year
  • Graduate student support: AED 8.0 million (tuition waivers and stipends for graduate research and teaching assistants)
  • External research grants: AED 2.1 million expended per year


AUS alumni work in a number of multinational firms, NGOs and governmental institutions. While at AUS, students have the opportunity to intern at leading local and international firms. The university also hosts an annual Career Forum and provides AUS seniors and alumni the opportunity to meet representatives from the private and public sectors interested in recruiting AUS students and graduates as either full-time employees or interns. AUS alumni are currently working in 37 countries.

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Student services

The Office of Student Affairs provides an extensive network of support for AUS students. From student clubs and athletic teams to community service and leadership programs, AUS students have a myriad of opportunities to learn and grow. The AUS Student Council is elected by the student body to represent the students and give them the opportunity to communicate their views.

Housing services

More than 2,000 students live in the campus residential halls, which consist of eight men's and four women's dormitory buildings, supervised by staff on a 24/7 basis. The living environment is very rich in its multicultural atmosphere and has a balanced mix of social and academic activities. The residential halls give students a place to live, relax, exercise and study in comfort. Students have the option of private, semi-private, shared, single or double rooms.

Library services

The Library offers 140 computer workstations; instruction in information literacy and research skills; 141,000 book /media items and access to 220,000 e-books; and 50+ databases with access to 26,000+ e-periodicals. All librarians and library administrators hold accredited master’s degrees in library and information science from institutions accredited by the American Library Association.

ICT services

The AUS campus is Wi-Fi enabled. The university also has an IT Department and dedicated academic computing staff for each college and school.

Medical services

The University Health Center provides educational, supportive and consultative health care to the campus community. With three full-time physicians, five full-time nurses and a counselor, the center provides a range of services including outpatient services, short-term emergency care, women's health education, immunization advice and vaccines, psychological counseling, and ambulance/ emergency services.

Student Life

Campus life

AUS is full-service university campus located in a suburban setting 16 km from downtown Sharjah. It has a host of on-campus facilities that provide the necessary services for the university’s diverse campus community. These include indoor and outdoor sports facilities, food outlets, minimarts, a hair salon, a bank, a bookstore, a copy center, a post office, a women’s salon, a men’s barbershop, a pharmacy, a travel office and a dry cleaner. The campus also hosts cultural events, performances and academic conferences throughout the year.

Sports facilities

AUS sports facilities host a variety of recreational and competitive athletic activities. The gymnasium features two indoor courts that can be used for playing basketball, volleyball, handball, badminton or tennis in both organized sports and free recreation. The Sports Complex also includes a 50-meter Olympic indoor pool, squash courts, fitness centers and an exercise hall. The outdoor facilities include basketball courts, tennis courts, a soccer field, a cricket ground, a baseball field and a 400-meter running track.

Student clubs

AUS offers 81 ethnic and interest-oriented student clubs, 25 sports teams and a community service volunteerism program. Students can sign up for clubs during the club fairs held at the beginning of each semester or through the Office of Student Affairs. Through the university’s Performing Arts Program, students can participate in theatrical and musical performances.


AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the UAE Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Affairs Division. AUS is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, USA. The bachelor of science degree programs in chemical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The bachelor of science degree program in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Bachelor of Architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, USA. The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International.