We’ve often heard people say that their university years were the best years of their lives. To have a good university experience, however, you also need to pick the right place study. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a university in the UAE.
Campus Location & Facilities
University campuses and the facilities available at them are perhaps the biggest attractions for eager students. After all, who wouldn’t want to study at a university with a huge cafeteria, a triple story library, state of the art gymnasium, and “modern” classrooms and computer labs? As easy as it is to get blown away by the different facilities offered, however, you might also want to check out the campus location and size.
For instance, if your university has six different buildings that are scattered all around the city, then commuting from one department to another would be a bit of an issue. Similarly, a university’s website may state that it offers certain types of amenities, but these may only be accessible to specific groups of students. Try to visit the university you’re interested in before finalizing the decision.
Variety of Courses Offered
Another important factor to consider is the range of courses offered at the university of your choice. This is especially important if you’re considering attending a smaller university that has an extensive course list laid out. While the institute may have the resources to offer all the courses listed, you might find that they’re only offered during certain semesters, and that too only if enough students enroll for it. Thus, your dream of studying a particular course may never materialize because there simply weren’t enough students for it to be offered.
Regardless of the size of the university, however, you should research the courses and programs being offered and compare these with other universities. It’s also a good idea to contact the faculty and discuss course outlines directly with them.
Finally, check out the accreditation and recognition status of the universities you narrow down. Most institutions typically have accreditation from the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR). However, there are quite a few institutions that don’t have MOHESR accreditation but are instead recognized by other organizations or regulatory bodies overseas.
So, why does it matter where your chosen institute is accredited from? Well, if you wish to pursue a career in the UAE government in the future, then it’s recommended that you opt for a MOHESR accredited university. On the other hand, if you want to work in the private sector, this may not be necessary as many private companies don’t typically require MOHESR accreditation. Moreover, in order to apply for a postgraduate program at a MOHESR accredited university, you must also have a bachelor’s degree from an institution with the same accreditation.
Make sure you get all your relevant documents attested before you start school in UAE. Benchmark Attestation Services is an attestation agency in Dubai that provides document attestation services, including birth certificate and education certificate attestation.
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