Educational Stages

The scholarship recipient has the opportunity to start with an intensive, one-year English as a Second Language (ESL) program prior to starting their undergraduate degree. This option is available to both DSS and SASP recipients, who do not meet the required level of language proficiency for degree studies.

Graduates of public UAE schools typically require this additional year which is also used as an intensive university preparation year. Graduates of private schools, who are interested in the scholarship ideally approach the SCO having secured  admission into a top university, throughout their senior year in high school. Nevertheless, both public and private school students are assessed carefully for the appropriate starting level of English.

After the completion of the ESL/university preparation year, students are oriented to proceed into the  intended undergraduate degree path and monitored accordingly.

The SCO is also open to receiving applications for graduate studies abroad.


Quotes of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - The President of UAE

Educating the individual is this country’s most valuable investment. It represents the foundation for progress and development.

A true commitment to tapping all of the available work fields, combined with a high enthusiasm for acquiring knowledge, broadening horizons and benefiting from modern science is necessary for the UAE to succeed in taking a forward step into the 21st century.

In an effort to successfully build our nation, a large portion of this country’s income is invested in compensating opportunities for progress that may have passed us by, and in moving along with the progress of the developed countries in order to support our main aim of advancing the UAE and the UAE national.

Despite the educational achievements, the educational process is an ever-growing challenge in need of meticulous planning and rigorous efforts of program development in order to keep up with modern technology and the fast-paced technological advancement.

Quotes of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan - Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi about Education and Human Development

Education is a country’s single most important priority and investing in the educational development of the individual represents the only real investment.

Our educational development plans allow us to look forward to an even brighter future of generations capable of handling twice the responsibilities as a result of being founded on knowledge, learning and adherence to customs and traditions.

The true wealth of a nation lies in its youth…one that is equipped with education and knowledge and which provides the means for building the nation and strengthening its principles to achieve progress on all levels.

Every UAE national considers the founder of this country and leader of this nation his role model …and all nationals have responded to this leader’s call for progress and advancement thus making the UAE individual the backbone of the country’s development.

The future holds no place for those who lack knowledge and education.

Education is the priority of any nation that hopes to occupy a distinguished position among the countries of the world. It is the means by which it can build a strong generation, cautious of adhering to its customs and traditions and able to adjust to the ever-changing needs of our times and to the ever-developing technologies of the modern world.

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