International Students in United Arab Emirates

Total international student enrollment: 50,882

Do these counts of international students reflect both public and private institutions? Yes

Top 10 sending regions of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment:

Rank Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 Non-GCC MENA Countries 27,067 53.2%
2 GCC Countries 9,028 17.7%
3 Asia 8,199 16.1%
4 Sub-Saharan Africa 2,825 5.6%
5 North America 1,563 3.1%
6 Europe 1,376 2.7%
7 Unknown 508 1.0%
8 Oceania 170 0.3%
9 Latin America and Caribbean 146 0.3%
10 Total 50,882  

Total number of international students from all places of origin by academic level:

Academic Level Number of Students Percent of Total*
Undergraduate 45,058 88.6%
Graduate 5,824 11.4%
All International Students (excluding offshore enrollments) 50,882  

Total number of international students from all places of origin by field of study:

Rank Field of Study Number of Students Percent of Total*
1 Business and Management 15,213 29.9%
2 Engineering 10,518 20.7%
3 Humanities & Social Sciences 7,664 15.1%
4 Physical and Life Sciences 4,345 8.5%
5 Health Professions 3,639 7.2%
6 Other/Unspecified Subject Areas 3,331 6.5%
7 Mathematics and Computer Sciences 2,404 4.7%
8 Education 2,194 4.3%
9 Fine and Applied Arts 1,490 2.9%
10 Agriculture 84 0.2%

*Adjusted percentage is computed using enrollments with known specialization.


Source: Center for Higher Education Data and Statistics (CHEDS), UAE MOHESR.

2012-13

Total international student enrollment:
42,683

Top 10 sending places of origin and percentage of total international student enrollment

Place of Origin Number of Students Percent of Total
1 Oman 5,123 12.0%
2 Jordan 4,210 9.9%
3 Syria 4,073 9.5%
4 Palestine 3,723 8.7%
5 Egypt 2,931 6.9%
6 Iraq 2,298 5.4%
7 Yemen 2,126 5.0%
8 India 2,051 4.8%
9 Iran 1,816 4.3%
10 Pakistan 1,753 4.1%
  All Others 12,579 29.5%



Source: Center for Higher Education Data and Statistics (CHEDS)

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