United Arab Emirates

Shopping malls and souks; skyscrapers and desert dunes; modern and traditional. The United Arab Emirates is a country of contrasts, and there is no better place to experience one of the most globally-minded nations in the world than at the Smith-in-UAE program. Partnering with CIEE and the American University of Sharjah (AUS), the Robert H. Smith School of Business offers students the opportunity to study in Sharjah, the traditional culture capital of the UAE and down the road from Dubai. Students have the opportunity to explore dynamic Dubai and its cultural attractions, nightlife, and world-famous architecture. Students can choose from many available business courses at AUS’s College of Business and Management, accredited by AACSB, in addition to courses throughout the university.


Students enroll in 15-16 credits at CIEE/AUS. All courses are taught in English by AUS faculty. Students direct enroll in AUS courses alongside regular students.

Electives – A wide range of business courses. Courses are evaluated at UMD as transfer credit.

Language Course (optional) – All levels of Arabic; students are strongly encouraged to take a foreign language.

Internship – Internships may be available through an AUS internship coordinator.

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Students live in on-campus housing at AUS. Residence halls are grouped according to gender. Most rooms include a small kitchenette and bathroom facilities. Each residence hall also offers shared kitchens, computer labs, exercise rooms, and other common rooms.

Program Fees (estimated)

Program Fee: $17,050 (includes housing, orientation, excursions)

Study Abroad Fee: $400

Scholarships are available from the University of Maryland Education Abroad office, TEAN, and other sources. 

Dates and Deadlines

Spring: January - May (Deadline October 1)

Fall: September – January (Deadline March 1)

Eligibility & How to Apply

The Smith-in-UAE program is open to any undergraduate student interested in the UAE, the Middle East, and business. This program is not restricted to Smith School students and students from other schools are encouraged to apply. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Admission to the program is made on a rolling basis and early application is strongly encouraged. Please contact Chris Olson at or 301.405.4824 for more information.