Student Visa Information

Who is eligible for student visa?

The student visa is provided to those candidates enrolled as full time students for the Bachelors, Masters or PhD programs offered by the university and willing to relocate to the UAE.

Students enrolled for short-term courses such as CPD or Certificate courses are not eligible for student visa.

When should I apply for student visa?

To make sure your documents are processed on time please apply at least four weeks before your classes start.

Validity of student visa

A student’s visa is normally valid for a period of 12 months. The visa can be renewed for an additional 12 months after. All the visa fees are to be paid by the student.

Important notes to obtain a student’s visa

  1. Need to obtain an admission offer from the university to enroll for the programme.
  2. Need to pay the Registration Fee.(AED 5000/- for Master Programmes and AED 10000/- for  PhD Programmes)
  3. Students are not allowed to work in either full time or part time jobs.
  4. Students will not be able to sponsor their dependents or provide visit visa to dependents, relatives, or friends.
  5. Students are not allowed to take a semester off and remain on the university sponsorship at the same time. A sponsored student who wants to take leave of absence or planning to stay out of UAE for more than six months should get the Visa cancelled prior to proceeding for leave. Failure to adhere to this procedure will have a penalty imposed by the immigration department, the penalty ranges between AED 3,500 to AED 5,000 (As of April 2016)

Security Clearance

All visa applications will undergo UAE immigration security clearance and this process will take three to five weeks. University will not be responsible for the rejection of visa application or delay in obtaining security clearance.

Rejection of visa and refund of visa fee

In case the visa application is rejected for any reason, portion of the fee paid will be deducted as processing charge by the Government Services Office and the rest will be refunded. It may take up to 90 days from the date of rejection to get the refund. The university will contact the student as soon as the refund is ready to be collected.

Medical Test and Emirates ID (National ID)

As part of student visa process, students will have to undergo medical test and Emirates ID card process as soon as they arrive in the UAE on a student visa. Students will have to be physically available during the process of medical and Emirates ID. The process will take up to 4 weeks and the passport will remain with the Immigration dept. during this period.

Student visa fees

The student visa fees varies depending upon whether you are already in the UAE on a different visa or you are outside of the UAE.

  1. If you are out of the UAE the student visa fees are AED 2,500/- (Two Thousand Five Hundred UAE Dirhams)
  2. If you are inside the UAE and want to transfer to student visa without leaving the country, the fees are AED 4,500 (Four Thousand Five Hundred UAE Dirham)
  3. Visa Security Deposit: an additional refundable fee of AED 3,500 is to be paid as a Visa Security Deposit, which can be partially refunded once the visa has been cancelled since the cancellation charges will be deducted from this amount.

Documents required for student visa

  1. Copy of the offer letter from the university to enroll for the programme
  2. Receipt copy of the university registration fee
  3. Filled visa form (click here to download the form)
  4. Scanned color copy of passport (should be valid for at least 7 months)
  5. Scanned color photograph
  6. Signed Student undertaking letter (click here to download the letter)
  7. Visa Deposit: AED 3,500/-
  8. Signed BUiD policy letter on student sponsorship document (click here to download the letter)
  9. Visa fees AED 2,500/- (Two Thousand Five Hundred UAE Dirhams) if you are not in the UAE
  10. Or Visa fees AED 4,500 (Four Thousand Five Hundred UAE Dirham) if you are inside the UAE

Medical Insurance

As per the Dubai Health Insurance Law 11 of 2013 all students under university sponsorship (on student VISA) need to have mandatory medical insurance coverage.  Students have the option to avail medical coverage of their choice or contact the university to enroll into the university medical coverage.

For more information contact

Marwa Elghitany

HR Administrator

[email protected]

00971 4 2791410

How to make payments

The university registration fee, visa fee and the visa deposit can be transferred to the university bank account.

Contact: [email protected]

Cancellation of Visa

A student visa will be cancelled in the following circumstances:

Where the student wishes to terminate his/ her studies prior to the expiry of the visa, the visa will be cancelled immediately and the student will be responsible for making arrangements to leave the country or secure other sponsorship. These arrangements are to be completed within 30 days of the date of cancellation of the student visa.


All graduating students’ visas will be cancelled following Graduation Committee’s confirmation of the student’s eligibility to graduate.


When a student is convicted of a criminal offence, where the university deems expulsion from the university is warranted.


When a student has been expelled from the university following the disciplinary committee’s decision.


When a student is found to be violating the visa sponsorship policy and/or not abiding by the university rules and regulations.


When a student does not inform the Head of Student Administration in writing before taking the semester off.

Visa cancellation procedure

Following documents are required to get the visa to be cancelled:
  1. Application form typed and signed
  2. Original passport
  3. Original Emirates ID
  4. Visa cancellation fee
  5. Penalty if any


With regard to accommodation, we regret to inform you that university have no facility for staff and student accommodation. The student have to make arrangement for their accommodation during their stay in UAE. We can guide you with living options in Dubai.

The British University in Dubai

Block 11, 1st and 2nd floor, Dubai International Academic City PO Box 345015, Dubai, UAE

Tel: +971 4 279 1400


Email: [email protected]