Information for College Admissions Officers
The United Arab Emirates
Established on 2 December, 1971, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al Khaimah, and Fujairah. The country is situated on the Arabian Gulf and shares a border with Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar. Since
established, the UAE has experienced rapid economic growth to the point that it is now a major hub of trade and transportation in the Middle East. The unprecedented economic transformation that has taken place in the UAE has been largely funded by the judicious use of oil revenues. On the foundation
of this resource, enormous strides have been made in economic development and the creation of a physical infrastructure. In addition, all available resources have been harnessed to provide an advanced social infrastructure, especially in education, health and social welfare.
The Education System
Education is considered to be a key element in promoting the necessary skills for social and economic development. Free education is provided for all UAE citizens. Approximately 2/3 of UAE citizens attend public schools, with the remaining third attending private schools that have been modeled after British and American prep schools.
The existing educational structure, which was established in the early 1970s, is a four-tier system that covers 14 years of education: kindergarten (4-5 years old); primary (6-11 years); intermediate (12-14 years) and secondary (15-17 years). Oversight of public
and private education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education.
graduates receive the "High School Diploma" also
known as "Al Thanawiyya Al Amma" with Arabic being
the primary language of instruction.
About the scholarships
Students Scholarships (DSS) and the Study Abroad
Scholarships (SASP) are granted annually by H.H
the President of the U.A.E. These are the most
prestigious scholarships in the country and are
limited to an annual cohort of fifteen to twenty
of the best high school students who are drawn
from an initial pool of five to six hundred
Since its inception
in 1999, the scholarship program has been
administered by the Scholarships Office (SCO), which is based in Abu Dhabi, the
capital of the United Arab Emirates. The SCO’s
main objective is to coordinate the scholarship
program and to monitor the academic progress of
the scholarship recipients during their period of
study abroad. Through close academic monitoring,
the SCO ensures that all DSS and SASP recipients
maintain the high standards of the scholarship and
adhere to their undertakings of academic
excellence and dedication.
requirements of the scholarship are that students
maintain a 3.00 Grade Point Average, keep in close
contact with the SCO as well as their school’s
international student center, conduct themselves
honorably as citizens as the UAE, and follow all