Bachelor in Geography and Planning

The Bachelor in Geography and Planning delivers solid competencies covering all aspects of geography (economic, social, physical and regional). It combines social sciences and environmental sciences to better understand the complexity of the contemporary world and the stakes of sustainable development, from a local to a global scale

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the admission requirements?
• French Baccalaureate with a minimum final average of 12/20 or High School Diploma with a minimum 80% average (or equivalent)
• French Aptitude Certificate: minimum score of B2 level (accepted certificates: DU issued by Sorbonne University, DELF, TEF, TCF and SELFEE)

Q. What does the course curriculum cover?
A. During the first two years, students are introduced to broad geographical concepts to understand the Earth environment (relief, hydrography and climate) and transforming and differentiating processes of social spaces (demographic, social, cultural, political and economical). Students are also introduced to collecting geolocation data and statistical and mapping processing. The third year expands the theory taught in courses from the first and second year and prepares students for a Master degree by focusing on regional case studies (Asia, Middle-East, Europe), topical courses (risks, logistics and transportation, humanitarian, urban planning) and professional techniques and data processing (survey, spatial statistics and Geographical Information System)

Q. What is the course duration and schedule?
A. 3 years

Q. What are the opportunities after finishing the bachelors degree?
A. The Bachelor in Geography and Planning offers abundant career opportunities in diverse sectors such as sustainable development, urban planning, local development, geopolitics, tourism and transportation and logistics. Private sectors (urban planning agencies, engineering offices, consultancy companies in sustainable development or geomarketing) and public entities (NGOs, Ministries, international agencies) are seeking geography graduates as they combine a global understanding of diverse issues with operational skills

Q. Where is the degree recognized from?
A. The degree is awarded by Sorbonne University in Paris and recognized by UAE (CAA)

Q. Are there any scholarships?
• Emirati citizens receive the H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan scholarship grant covering tuition fees for the programme and a foundation year (if any)
• For non-Emirati students, academic excellence scholarships are offered, covering up to 75% of the tuition fee

Q. What is the application deadline?
A. 10 July 2022

The degree, taught in French provides a solid grounding of knowledge and methodology whilst equipping students with the tools to understand our modern, globalised world. The Bachelor focuses on geomatics tools (mapping laboratories, remote sensing and data processing) and field training locally and abroad. It provides students with an operational training enabling them to apply taught theory in a working environment, from urban planning and land development to geomarketing, risk management and development

Why choose
Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

  • World-class international higher education
  • Academic excellence scholarships and preferential rates available
  • Degrees accredited by UAE (CAA) and France
  • State-of-the-art campus, modern library facilities, sports centre
  • On-campus student accommodation
  • Industry links and career support


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