Studying in the UAE

Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s most exciting places where it is constantly evolving and growing, making it an attractive place to study, live and work. Sorbonne Abu Dhabi welcomes students from all over the world but there are a few important considerations to take into account before arriving.

This section will help you understand some of the most important aspects for consideration before your arrival, to make your transition easier.

Visa requirements

All overseas students (non-UAE citizens) require an annual student residence visa in order to study at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. Student residence visas are issued to students who are enrolled and accepted by the University.

The documents required for an entry visa request are:

  • Passport copy
  • Colour passport photo
  • International medical insurance, valid in the UAE
  • Visa request form

The Registrar Department at the university will process visas once a student has been accepted on a study programme. Once the residence visa is issued, a copy of your flight ticket or date of entry (if by other means) should be provided to the Student Affairs Department. Upon arrival in the UAE, a medical examination will be done to finalise paperwork.

All international students including those from GCC countries should apply for an Emirates ID Card as soon as they arrive in Abu Dhabi.

To renew your annual visa, you must repeat the medical examination, renew you Emirates ID Card and give your passport and insurance card to the Registrar Department.

Upon completing your studies, your visa will be cancelled three weeks before you depart the UAE. A passport copy, Emirates ID Card and medical insurance card will be required to cancel your visa.

Local customs

Although Abu Dhabi is a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities, students are requested to learn about local laws and customs before their arrival. Visit Abu Dhabi is a useful resource to find out more about local customs and traditions. For any further information or questions, students can contact the Student Affairs Department.

Medical insurance

During events and internships sponsored and organised by the University, students are automatically covered for accidents on or off campus. However it is recommended that students have sufficient local medical insurance to cover any unforeseen events off campus, which are not linked to the university. There is a range of local and international insurance providers available. Please contact our Registrar Department for more information.

Bank accounts

Students are recommended to open a local bank account once they have received their student visa. There are a range of competitive, flexible options available to students from a number of banks including the First Abu Dhabi Bank and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank amongst others, which will make local transactions and overseas transfers easier for students living in Abu Dhabi.

Mobile phone accounts

Etisalat and du are the primary telephone operators in the UAE who offer a range of pre-paid and post-paid phone and data bundles at competitive rates. Students are recommended to subscribe to a mobile account as soon as they receive their student visa and register their number with our Student Affairs Department in case of any emergencies.