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  • Locations: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter-Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/20/2020 05/26/2021
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/20/2020 12/22/2020
Winter-Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/14/2021 05/26/2021

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Program Description:

Program Overview

CIEE Sharjah

The 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.

Program Focus

This program is geared towards students who want to enroll directly in business, engineering, science, social science, and humanities courses taught in English alongside local students and for those who want to improve their Arabic language skills while becoming fully integrated into local student culture at a university that provides a valuable combination of U.S. quality academics, modern facilities, and a true Gulf immersion experience.  The 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 over 75 percent of the total student body is from Arab nations. The University employs faculty from over 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.



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Program Dates

Current CIEE Calendar

Fall Semester with CIEE = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with CIEE = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU

Areas of Study

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This program is a good fit for the following majors:

  • African Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Development
  • Community Health
  • Computer Science
  • Culture
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Fine Arts
  • Foreign Languages
  • Gender Studies
  • General Sciences
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Health Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Middle East Studies
  • Most Majors
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theater Arts


Fall:  Students enroll in 23 - 24 quarter credits
Winter/Spring: Students enroll in 24 quarter credits
Academic Year:  Students enroll in 46 - 48 quarter credit

Capstone Option

Reporting Live Capstone available during Fall & Spring Quarters

Language of Instruction 

English, Arabic

Host Country Language 



 Residence Hall

Class Standing Eligibility

  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate

Minimum GPA Requirements


Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.

Program Fee

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PSU Fees

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Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.