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Education System Overview

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 1,222 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in the UAE.

Academic year: August – June

Major school holidays/breaks:

Spring Break (March 29-April 9)
Ramadan (May 16-June 14, 2018)
Eid Al Fitr (June 15-17, 2018)
EId Al Adha (August 21-24, 2018)
Profet Mohammed’s Birthday (November 20, 2018)
Maryters’ Day (November 30, 2018)
UAE National Day (December 2, 2018)
Winter Break (December 21-January 4)

Major exam period(s): December – January and May – June 

Structure of the University System

Years of study required to earn a bachelor’s degree: 4-6 years, foundation year sometimes required

Language of Instruction: English, Arabic