Bachelor of Geography and Planning
- About the programme
- Programme structure
- Entry requirements
- Tuition fees & scholarships
- Career prospects
|• Programme duration :||3 years|
|• Delivery language :||French|
|• Degree awarded :||Bachelor of Geography and Planning|
|• Accreditation :||The curriculum follows the European ECTS system and the degree is awarded by Sorbonne University. This programme is accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation.|
|• Deadline to apply :||11 August 2024|
The Bachelor of 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.
The degree, taught in French provides a solid knowledge and methodology whilst equipping students with the tools to understand the modern, globalised world. The Bachelor combines a solid foundation in physical, human and regional geography with further opportunities in other social and natural sciences. It focuses on professional work experience by offering numerous opportunities for internships locally and abroad in the fields of urbanism, sustainable development, risk management and territorial expertise. Students learn how to use and leverage professional cartography and data management tools: remote sensing, statistical data processing, geographical information system. A computing lab and individual tutoring sessions are available to students.
During the first two years, students are introduced to broad geographical concepts to understand the Earth environment (relief, hydrography and climate), transforming and differentiating processes of social spaces (demographic, social, cultural, political and economic). 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), and topic courses including risks, logistics and transportation, humanitarian, urban planning.
Students learn how to use and leverage professional cartography and data management tools including remote sensing, statistical data processing, geographical information system. A computing lab and individual tutoring sessions are available to students.
By the end of the programme, students will be able to understand major territorial stakes such as the environmental impacts of societies, urbanism, sustainable development, social inequalities, economic and tourism development and heritage protection.
The programme faculty are all internationally renowned professors whose teaching methodology goes beyond the traditional forms of teaching to ensure a balanced and well-rounded learning experience.
The Bachelor of 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.
- Environmental geography
- Coastal areas: environment and development
- Climates: from climatic mechanisms to geopolitics of global change
- Geography in human and social sciences
- Geography of population and migration
- Economic geography: actors and territories in globalisation
- Landforms dynamics
- Spaces, time and power: introduction to political geography
- Spaces and urban dynamics
- Agriculture and agrarian landscapes: grow and feed the planet
- Principles of cartography and graphic semiology
- University research methodology: theoretical and on the field research
- Hydrology: understand and manage water resources
- Feed the world: understanding agricultural issues and world feeding system
- Tourism and leisure: sociological, economical and territorial issues
- Geopolitics of the contemporary world: transformations, crisis and challenges
- Land-use planning: organise, plan and develop
- Initiation to statistical analysis of geolocated data
- CAD (computer-aided design)
- A world in movement: circulation, mobilities and migrations
- Asia Pacific in the heart of the “world-economy”
- Concept, methodologies and objects of cultural geography
- Geo-environments: ecosystems challenges
- Geomatics: geographic information systems
- Remote sensing: satellite images
- Environmental changes and their impacts on human societies
- Risks and societies: facing “natural” hazards
- Transport, mobility and logistics in the contemporary world
- Introduction to urbanism and city management
- Middle Eastern geography: environment, society and geopolitics
- Statistical analysis of data: methodology and professional competencies
- Techniques of enquiry, sampling: creating geographic information
- From biosphere to urban ecosystem: sustainable management of biodiversity
- Cultural and natural heritage: between preservation and economic valorisation
- Emerging countries: new actors in globalisation
- European Union: socio-cultural, economical and geopolitical analysis
- Humanitarian and development: actors, stakes and challenges
- Geographic information system
- Study field trip abroad
- French Baccalaureate with a minimum final average of 12/20
or High School Diploma with a minimum 80% average (or equivalent)*
- A minimum average of 70% (or equivalent) in Math subject in school systems is required
or EMSAT Math at or above 700
- One science subject in school system with minimum 70% average (Physics, Chemistry or Biology)
or EMSAT with a score at or above 700 in Physics chemistry or biology subjects
- French Aptitude Certificate: minimum score of B2 level (accepted certificates: DU issued by Sorbonne University, DELF, TEF, TCF and SELFEE). Students with a French Baccalaureate are exempted from the language proficiency exam**
* Students not meeting this requirement may be accepted following a review of high school subject results, supporting exams score and a student’s personal statement.
** Students not meeting the required French Aptitude Certificate will be admitted conditionally in the programme, and enrolled in the Foundation Year in Intensive French. Upon its successful completion, they will be admitted into the bachelor degree programme.
Other Countries Education’s Systems
Conditions apply on other foreign curriculums according to the admission’s policy set by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Please contact the Student Recruitment office by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
• Programme tuition fees (over 3 years):
||AED 215,100 (approximately US$ 58,615)|
• Payment of fees:
HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Scholarship for Emirati students
Admitted Emirati nationals and children of Emirati mothers’ are awarded a full scholarship covering tuition and study related fees for their Bachelor Programmes (and Foundation year, if any)
Academic Excellence Scholarships (for the 1st semester of enrolment)
• 15% scholarship on tuition for the 1st semester of joining
New joiners with excellent academic results in high school are eligible following the below criteria. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.
- Government schools: 90% in the advanced stream, or 95% in the general stream.
- American system: CGPA of 3.6 out of 4.0 or minimum average of 90%.
- British system: “A” grade or higher in three “AS-Level” subjects or “A” in the equivalent “A-Level” Subjects, plus “B” grade or higher in six O level subjects.
- SABIS: minimum average of 85%.
- International Baccalaureate: IB diploma with minimum score of 5 out of 7 in all courses – three of those subjects must be higher-level courses.
- French Baccalaureate: minimum average of 14 out of 20.
Academic Excellence Scholarship (starting from the 2nd semester of enrolment)
• 25%-75% Academic Excellence Scholarship
Based on the academic results obtained during the previous semester at SUAD, students are eligible to the academic excellence scholarship granted semester by semester. The scholarship scheme is progressive (25% to 75% and the minimum average grade to be eligible is 12/20. A specific scholarship is available for the 2nd semester of the Foundation Year. For more information, please contact email@example.com
10% French Curriculum Schools Scholarship for the 1st semester of enrolment
Students holding a French baccalaureate obtained in one of the GCC countries are eligible for a 10% discount for their first semester. Starting from the second semester, they can apply for the 25%-75% academic excellence scholarship scheme.
Total, Chalhoub and Ardian Foundation, offer specific scholarships based on academic excellence and/or financial circumstances to selected students.
The deadline for submitting an application is communicated by University email each semester to all enrolled students. Applications are submitted via the online application form. Incomplete and late applications will not be assessed.
Scholarships can’t be combined. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Preferential rate: 10% Family discount
Students who have a first-degree relative currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a postgraduate programme are eligible for a 10% discount.
Geography graduates have a variety of career options due to their focus on both the human and physical environment, and to their ability to holistically tackle global questions, such as climate change, urbanisation or social inequalities. Their analytical and operational skills are in demand from both the public and private sectors.
Below is a non-exhaustive list of available job sectors and career options after a Bachelor degree in Geography and Planning, depending on graduates’ interests, experience and further studies.
Energy, Renewable Energies, Water, Environment, Earth, Weather & Climate
- Environmental scientist
- Resource management planner, resource officer
- Climate consultant
- Sustainable advisor
- Natural hazards analyst
- Emergency management specialist
- Water & marine resources manager
- Cartographer / Map editor / Map analyst
Urban & Regional Planning, Community Services Management
- Urban & transport planner
- Development planner
- Planning & risk manager
- Geographical information system (GIS) specialist
- Master planner assistant
- Geo-intelligence specialist
- Spatial statistics analyst
Business, Construction & Real Estate, Logistics, Tourism & Culture, Consulting
- Geospatial analyst
- Ecotourism consultant
- Sustainable development consultant
- Market research analyst
- Commercial & residential surveyor
- Data collector / database administrator
Education, Training, Research, Public Administration, Governments, NGOs, International Relations
- Social researcher
- Geography teacher/ University lecturer
- Policy consultant / advisor/ analyst
- Environmental regulations specialist
- NGO / aid agency practitioner
- Foreign services officer
A whole range of postgraduate studies are available after a Bachelor degree in Geography and Planning. Examples of areas of specialisation (Master and PhD) include:
- Environment: dynamics of territories & socialites (SUAD)
- Urban planning and development (SUAD)
- Applied social research (SUAD)
- Transport and logistics
- Urban planning
- Muslim and Arab world studies
- Public affairs
- Geomarketing and business administration
- Urban, community and regional planning
- Geographical information systems (GIS)
- International relations and international affairs
- Business administration
The following non-exhaustive list of institutions is based on SUAD placement records for alumni of the Archaeology & History of Art department.
- Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (UAE)
- Sorbonne University (France)
- University Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC) (France)
- University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
- Ecole d’Urbanisme de Paris (France)
- University of Paris Vincennes (France)
- Sciences Po Paris (France)
- University of Reims (France)
- University of Aberdeen (Scotland)
- University College London (UCL) (UK)
- Coventry University London (UK)
- New York Institute of Technology (UAE)
Postgraduate admission requirements in terms of eligible and relevant undergraduate degree vary widely from country to country and from one higher education institution to another. Candidates may refer to the admission requirements applicable to each institution.
“After three years at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, I did my last year of Bachelor of Geography in Sorbonne Paris. It was a very rich experience to move to a large European capital. I was able to improve my French, to experience new environments and to know more about my personal and professional project. Once graduated I started working as a Social Media Manager for an Indian NGO that combines personal training with social and environmental development, such as tree planting or health care improvement in poor rural areas in South-West India. My background in Geography has given me many competencies that I am using on a daily basis: ability to tackle multifold issues on development and sustainability; mastering of IT tools for communication and database management; writing and communication skills for a multicultural audience. For the future, I plan to apply to a Master in Environment, to become more specialised on social intelligence and environmental issues.”
“After graduation I interned at ADNOC, Exploration and Production, before moving to UNHCR. My background in Geography has been very useful in my current career, given that we covered human geography, geopolitics, and humanitarian development courses. The course that really marked what I wanted to do with my life was the humanitarian development course. Nevertheless, I think this major educates in various spectrums and educated me in more fields than people expect”.
“I am so lucky to be more particularly in charge of the French trade and business relation with Korea and Japan that have always fascinated me. From my undergraduate studies I get excellent thinking and analytical skills that helped me to attain my current position. As a Geographer I take great advantage of being able to analyse thoroughly the international relations and to combine multiple patterns of the global world with the interplay of economy, culture, and society.”
“I’m a MarCom MSD for Microsoft Gulf, in other words Regional Marketing. I started my professional life when I was in France with a marketing agency called Quadriplay and I was in charge of studies geomarketing. Year and a half after, I was able to join Orange in Marketing department as head of studies geomarketing and GIS analysis. Year and a half after, I joined Wunderman in Cairo as executor of marketing campaigns. Vu my preceding experiences, six months after my arrival in Wunderman I was promoted to be an Account Manager for Microsoft France. Today I find myself in Dubai, always with Wunderman, but this time I manages Microsoft Gulf. The Geography and Planning degree in Sorbonne brought me a lot of advantage and they helped me to succeed in my life. First advantage is the French language which has helped me become trilingual. Besides the geography courses that taught me to read, understand the situation, analyse the elements to find the most effective solution, which helps me too in my field because when we work in marketing, we must always understand the current situation to find either solution in case of problems, or to improve in case of success”.
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