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OverviewDevelop your Arabic language skills and your understanding of the Gulf region’s role in the Arab World and the global economy, in Sharjah.In addition to intensive language study and courses in Middle Eastern and Gulf studies, study abroad in the UAE offers you innovative activities and excursions, that allow you to immerse yourself in local culture and witness the daily intersection of traditional values and modern realities.The Business, Engineering, Arts and Sciences study abroad program at the CIEE Study Center at the American University of Sharjah is designed to help students improve their Arabic language skills, develop an understanding of the Gulf region and its role in the Arab World and global economy, and learn firsthand about the daily intersection of traditional values and modern realities. Through direct matriculation in Arabic language and area studies courses at the American University of Sharjah, and innovative program activities and excursions, students become immersed in the cultural and social life of the University and local community.Study abroad in Sharjah and you will:
The CIEE DifferenceCourseworkEnroll directly in the American University of Sharjah, giving you access to an extensive selection of courses in the humanities, social and natural sciences, all of which are offered in English. Interested in Business and Management? Enjoy a variety of specialized courses in Finance, Marketing, Economics, and Accounting.From Civil, and Chemical, to Computer, Electrical – Engineering students will find courses that suit their particular interests.ExcursionsEnjoy a series of field trips, site visits, and cultural events in and around Sharjah. Each excursion aims to enhance you understanding and appreciation of life and society in the United Arab Emirates. Possible excursions include day trips to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, an overnight excursion to Al-Ain, and activities including desert safaris, guest lectures, and visits to local museums, galleries, and traditional souks.ImmersionStudy abroad in Sharjah offers a number of programs and activities to help integrate you into the local and university communities and learn firsthand about Emirati culture. Live in a residence hall with local and international students, join a student club, volunteer, or partake in an internship with a local organization or company.CreditRecommended credit is 15–16 semester credits/22.5–24 quarter credits for the semester and 30–32 semester credits/45–48 quarter credits for the year.AUS courses typically are worth 3 credits and 45 contact hours, although courses in the Natural Sciences often are worth 4 credits and 60 contact hours.Program RequirementsAll study abroad students are required to take an Arabic language course, one elective with a Gulf or Middle Eastern focus, and three additional elective courses.About SharjahThe Emirate of Sharjah (population approximately 680,000) is located next to the Emirate of Dubai. It prides itself as the “cultural capital” of the UAE and offers a range of museums, traditional souks (markets), and theaters. Although Sharjah developed rapidly under British rule in the 19th century, it has maintained its traditional Muslim values while developing its regional trade relationships. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad al-Qassimi has ruled Sharjah since 1972. A mere 40 minutes from Dubai and its high-paced, cosmopolitan lifestyle, Sharjah provides a comfortable and relatively quiet environment for exploring Gulf culture.Where You’ll StudyThe American University of Sharjah was founded in 1997 and was designed to combine an American-style education with the traditional values and modern aspirations of the UAE and the Gulf region. The University enrolls approximately 5,200 students from 80 nations. Approximately 20 percent of the students are native Emirati, and more than 75 percent of the total student body is from Arab nations. The University faculty has been drawn from more than 45 countries. The campus includes 12 student residential halls as well as a large sports complex and a student center. Approximately 40 percent of the student body lives in campus housing.Housing & MealsHousing is included in the study abroad program fee. Students share double rooms in AUS on-campus residence halls. Residence hall facilities are gender segregated, although women and men may interact freely in most other buildings on campus. Most rooms include a small kitchenette and bathroom facilities. Each residence hall also offers shared kitchens, computer labs, exercise rooms, and other common rooms.Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Meals may be prepared in the residence halls or taken at restaurants, cafeterias, and cafés on the AUS campus. There are several convenience stores and supermarkets on campus.Academic ProgramThe Business, Engineering, Arts and Sciences study abroad program is designed to combine Arabic language and Middle Eastern and Gulf studies courses with electives in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, business, engineering, and other direct enrollment courses at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). Studying alongside students from various corners of the Arab World provides students with the opportunity to experience different perspectives and ideas within an academic environment and structure based on a U.S. university system. The AUS business, engineering, and architecture programs have U.S. accreditation. Most of the Arabic language courses are designed for non-native speakers and focus on Modern Standard Arabic.Academic CultureAUS offers students a U.S.-style education within a traditional Gulf environment. Courses include a combination of lecture, discussion, independent and group projects, and laboratory work. The average class size at AUS is approximately 24 students. Although many of the faculty have U.S. or Canadian citizenship and the University is designed to encourage lively discussion and scholarly debate, faculty and students are expected to demonstrate respect for traditional beliefs and religious values at all times.Arabic language courses are offered at various levels, including a special set of courses for heritage speakers. With the exception of the language courses, almost all courses at the American University of Sharjah are taught in English.NATURE OF CLASSESCIEE students enroll in classes with regular degree students and other visiting international students.CIEE COMMUNITY LANGUAGE COMMITMENTStudents take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Arabic at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that will contribute to both Arabic language proficiency and understanding of Arab culture.GRADING SYSTEMThe AUS grading scale is identical to the grading scale used at most U.S. universities. It is an A–F grading scale with pluses and minuses, based on a 4.0 grade point system.LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTIONArabic for Arabic language classes onlyEnglishFACULTYAll courses are taught by faculty from the American University of Sharjah.