The UAE is doing a lot to position itself as a destination for high quality higher education, be it on campus, part time or online. International students can look to places like KHDA and ADEC to find out about campus based institutions in the UAE, that are both locally accredited and recognized.

The purpose of this article is to populate the Universities in Abu Dhabi list, without forgetting about online courses in Abu Dhabi.

Edarabia lists out 22 universities in Abu Dhabi with their fees:

  1. Abu Dhabi University
  2. University of Strathclyde Business School, Abu Dhabi
  3. Syscoms College Abu Dhabi
  4. New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi
  5. Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST)
  6. Abu Dhabi Men's College (ADMC)
  7. Al Hosn University
  8. Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE)
  9. European International College (EIC)
  10. Institute of Applied Technology (IAT)
  11. Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR)
  12. New York Film Academy, Abu Dhabi
  13. Rabdan Academy
  14. The Petroleum Institute
  15. Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group
  16. Abu Dhabi Women's College (ADWC)
  17. Al Khawarizmi International College (KIC)
  18. Emirates Institute for Banking & Financial Studies (EIBFS)
  19. Fatima College of Health Sciences - Abu Dhabi
  20. INSEAD Abu Dhabi
  21. Joint Command & Staff College
  22. Mohammed V University Agdal - Abu Dhabi

A more comprehensive list of universities in Abu Dhabi that offer higher education in UAE is available on Wikipedia with additional details about accreditation by ADEC and KHDA. (

However, both the above sources do not have a comprehensive list as they do not include the number of international universities in Abu Dhabi for international students and expatriate population that offer Online and Distance learning options for students interested in pursuing higher education in the UAE. Some of the more popular options (in alphabetical order)are:

The above potential list of colleges in Abu Dhabi for internationally accredited  education is just a few of the numerous institutions that offer a myriad of programs online and via distance learning. International students can move to Dubai, commence their studies online and acquire a part-time job, allowing them to earn while the learn and accumulate experience.

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