Abu Dhabi University

Abu Dhabi University

Abu Dhabi University is a private, WASC-accredited university. Established in 2003, we have over 7,500 students from over 80 nationalities. Our College of Business holds AACSB & EQUIS. The College of Engineering has earned accreditation from Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET and offers the only RIBA accredited architecture program.

Top reasons to study here

  • The University is recognized as a world-class institution committed to excellence in teaching, student experience, research and corporate education.
  • ADU’s College of Business holds international accreditations from the AACSB and the prestigious EQUIS.
  • Abu Dhabi University ranks among the top 10 Arab Universities for faculty and student diversity according to the 2020 QS Arab Region.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



The journey began in 2000 with the development of the Charter of Abu Dhabi University by his Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. After three years of planning - and following accreditation for all programs by what is now known as the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), UAE Ministry of Education - we opened our doors to 1,000 students across two campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.


Abu Dhabi University is the largest private university in the UAE and is committed to becoming the institution of choice for students across all Emirates and more widely in the region.

With five Colleges offering over 50 undergraduate and postgraduate programs, campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and Al Dhafra Region, and multiple affiliations with globally renowned institutions, a UAE-wide, truly international quality education is guaranteed for all of our students.


Abu Dhabi University is committed to the highest standards of research and innovation. The promotion of nationally and internationally competitive research is a core strategic goal, supporting the United Arab Emirates in making a significant contribution in a globally competitive environment in line with Abu Dhabi’s 2030 Vision. 

We endeavor to conduct research that is:

  • Meaningful to the individual academic
  • Responsible and responsive to the needs of society
  • Creative, innovative, and academically rigorous. ADU rewards risk-taking in the pursuit of excellence and offers the infrastructure to support this


We provide an all-inclusive approach to student career development starting with career awareness and decision making. Our services are designed to assist students and graduates in the development, evaluation, and execution of their career plans, and assist employers with internships and the recruitment of recent graduates.

Whether you are a student or alumni, we are here for you. 

Our programs and services include: 

  • Career guidance and advising 
  • Graduate placement support
  • Internships 
  • Student Employment Program 

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

The Student Affairs Department is comprised of three functional units - Career Development (CD), Student Engagement and Development Office (SEDO), and Student Support Services (SSS). Each unit has unique resources, services, programs, and activities for students, to help them adjust to university life and strengthen their overall educational experience. The Student Affairs Department is primarily student-focused with an emphasis on holistic, experiential, and developmental learning.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services is responsible for catering non-academic support services to Abu Dhabi University registered students.

Housing services

Discover different cultures, meet new people, and establish life-long friendships with all the conveniences of home in Abu Dhabi University's accommodation. Our segregated facilities are perfectly located on campus with access to a range of recreational facilities, shopping centers and food outlets. There is transportation for shopping trips, and other public transportation facilities are also available and easy to use.

Type of Residence in Abu Dhabi Campus
  • Private Single Occupancy
  • Semi-Private Single Occupancy with shared Bath and Kitchen
  • Double Occupancy with Bath and Kitchen
  • Double Shared Occupancy with Shared Bath and Kitchen

Library services

The Abu Dhabi University library includes facilities on the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain campuses. The library provides educational services to Abu Dhabi University communities that include orientation, training for new users, information literacy, research assistance, subject guides, borrowing and lending, reference services, database searching and internet access. 

ICT services

Student on campus are provided with free access to Internet via Wireless network. Students can connect to Wireless SSID ‘Student’ for a secure connection or an alternative ‘OPEN-ACCESS’ often used for guest or visitors.

ADU has several computer laboratories based on the course or program offered by ADU. The labs have a secure connection and mostly have limited licensed software.

Medical services

Healthcare Clinic on Campus aims to provide Basic First Aid Healthcare services and health awareness workshops. Abu Dhabi University community will gain from continued commitment in providing quality and reliable healthcare services.

Abu Dhabi University provides access to health care services for students and other members of Abu Dhabi University community.

Student Life

Campus life

Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has 4 strategic locations with three campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai and an academic center in Al Dhafra region. All ADU campuses are in close proximity to shopping malls and various kinds of shops. Public transportation is also available.  

  • Abu Dhabi Campus

Abu Dhabi University’s flagship campus is located in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi – the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

  • Al Ain Campus

The 7,500 m2 campus is equipped with all the facilities required to provide a superior education experience.

  • Dubai Campus

Abu Dhabi University (ADU) launched its brand new, state‐of‐the art Dubai campus in 2017.

  • Al Dhafra Center

Al Dhafra Center is the fourth facility in ADU’s expanding portfolio. 

Sports facilities

ADU’s sports and wellness programs provide you with opportunities for fun and fitness and complement your academic experience. By joining our sports teams you will get the opportunity to build valuable relationships with your peers, as well as develop leadership and teamworking skills.

We offer a wide variety of sports activities, with professional coaches to inspire a passion for the sport and help you maximize your athletic potential. For those who do not want to play competitively, we host a series of friendly matches and tournaments on campus.

The following sporting facilities are available at the Abu Dhabi campus:

  • Football pitches
  • Cricket Fields
  • Basketball Court
  • Volleyball Court
  • Tennis Courts
  • Gyms

Student clubs

Abu Dhabi University is home to a truly diverse international community, with students from all over the world.

Student clubs play a key role in university life and we encourage you to join as many as you like. Student clubs give you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and develop friendships, contribute to the community, gain experience, develop leadership skills, and also have a lot of fun. We also encourage you to establish your own clubs and societies relating to your personal interests.

The number of clubs is always expanding.
  • ADU Hands Club
  • Anime Club
  • Architecture & Design Club
  • Art & Design Club
  • Aviation Club
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Club
  • Cricket Club
  • Desi Club
  • Egyptian Club
  • Emirati Club
  • eSports Club
  • Green Club


Abu Dhabi University is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, our College of Business is both EQUIS and AACSB accredited. Only 1% of business schools worldwide have this double accreditation.

At a program level, our College of Engineering has received international accreditation from the world-renowned ABET for many of its engineering programs, and the Bachelor of Architecture has received validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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