programmes to assist students who fall into the bottom 20% of household income group in the country to successfully complete their studies

To assist university students, CUD has two programs focused on providing guidance and orientation so that students can successfully complete their studies, these programs are Student Success Center and CUD Personal Counseling, which provide students with social and psychological support, as well as practices that will make your academic life an experience to remember, both programs and their characteristics are shown below:

The purpose of the Student Success Center (SSC) is to guide and support the student throughout their personal and academic journey at CUD. The SSC at CUD allows the student to learn to manage their time and stress, develop optimal note-taking strategies, understand homework, improve math skills, or improve English, reading, writing, grammar, and research skills. Workshops promoting personal development and academic success are offered throughout the semester or upon request. These range from improving study skills, academic writing skills, and test-taking skills to building higher levels of confidence and reaching your academic goals.

Read more

The goal of this program is to create and maintain a healthy balance between academics and personal life as it can be a stressful experience. Our student advisor is here to guide you through this process and help you overcome challenges, find clarity, build resilience, and reach your goals. She is professionally trained and experienced, and is committed to a multicultural, strengths-based, and solution-focused approach so that students can get the most out of their college experience and become the best version of themselves. Common issues college students face include stress, anxiety, time management, motivation, self-esteem, life transitions, and identity development. With personal counseling, you are given a safe, non-judgmental environment to effectively discuss, understand and manage these issues and any others. While counseling is offered, referrals are provided if additional or long-term services are needed.

Canadian University Dubai knows the economic situation of some people in the United Arab Emirates and in the world after the covid 19 pandemic, for this reason the University is committed to giving financial aid to people who are falling into the bottom 20% of family income group, for those new or old students and people who want to access higher education, the University has developed different scholarships that have the purpose that more people access higher education, below are the CUD scholarships.

Read more

  • Guiding Principles for Canadian University Dubai Scholarships

      • Scholarships are open to all students of any citizenship who have met all the admission requirements.

      • Scholarships are awarded to full-time students enrolled in four academic courses or more per semester. For Financial Hardship and Special Needs Scholarships, the number of academic courses students must enroll in will be considered on a case-by-case basis, although, where possible, a minimum of four academic courses is recommended. Please note that scholarships can be granted for credit-bearing courses only.

      • Students must maintain the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) necessary in order to continue receiving scholarship funding. The specific CGPA requirements vary according to the type of scholarship applied for. These details are outlined in the specific scholarship descriptions.

      • Scholarships are not valid for summer semesters.

      • Scholarships are only valid for current tuition fees.

      • Students can apply for more than one scholarship, provided they meet the eligibility requirements. In case a student qualifies for more than one reduction, scholarship or discount, the student will be given the chance to choose the scholarship with the highest value.

      • All remaining fees (tuition and housing) must be paid promptly in order to receive and maintain the scholarship.

Read more

Overall Terms and Conditions

  • To be considered eligible for the Academic Excellence Scholarship, students need to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hour

  • Scholarships awarded for the fall semester are valid for one year, provided that the CGPA is maintained as per the information below and provided the student registers for at least 12 credit hours per semester

  • Scholarships awarded for the spring semester are valid for one semester only

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th) and spring semester (December 20th) must be met.

  • Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters

  • Applicants must email their scholarship application forms along with all supporting documentation to scholarship@cud.ac.ae by July 7th (fall intake) or December 20th (spring intake)

  • Late or incomplete scholarship applications will not be considered by the scholarship committee

Academic Excellence Scholarship Allocations

  • 50% tuition waiver

High school students need to have attained an academic average of 99%* or above to apply for a 50% tuition waiver

For current CUD students renewing their scholarship, the semester CGPA at the conclusion of the semester must be 3.98 or higher to continue receiving a 50% tuition waiver

  • 40% tuition waiver

High school students need to have attained an academic average of between 95 – 98.9%* to apply for a 40% tuition waiver

For current CUD students renewing their scholarship, the semester CGPA at the conclusion of the semester must be between 3.95 – 3.97 to continue receiving a 40% tuition waiver

  • 30% tuition waiver

High school students need to have attained an academic average of between 90 – 94.9%* to apply for a 30% tuition waiver

For current CUD students renewing their scholarship, the semester CGPA at the conclusion of the semester must be between 3.9 – 3.94 to continue receiving a 30% tuition waiver

  • 20% tuition waiver

High school students need to have attained an academic average of between 85 – 89.9%* to apply for a 20% tuition waiver.

For current CUD students renewing their scholarship, the semester CGPA at the conclusion of the semester must be between 3.85 – 3.89 to continue receiving a 20% tuition waiver

  • 10% tuition waiver (returning students only)

High school students who were granted an automatic 20% tuition waiver for their first semester at CUD and have maintained a 3.8 – 3.84 CGPA, may be eligible for a 10% tuition waiver on the subsequent semester

Read more

* UAE Secondary School Certificate or equivalent

This scholarship is meant for elite and talented athletes from any sport who have competed and achieved success at least at a city level. Sports Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s sports achievement level and their academic performance. A tuition waiver of up to 40% can be applied accordingly.

Overall Terms and Conditions

  • Sports Scholarships are valid for one semester only

  • Students can reapply each semester to continue their scholarship

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th) and spring semester (December 20th) must be met

  • Sports Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters

  • For high school applicants to be eligible, they must have a minimum academic achievement of 70%

  • Returning students are required to achieve a minimum of a 3.0 CGPA to be eligible to apply/ reapply for the Sports Scholarship

  • Successful applicants will be required to support the sports department in different events and will be required to contribute up to 15 hours per month of community service as part of their commitment to the University

  • Applications for the Sports Scholarship must include:

      • Completed application form

      • Brief bio including relevant sport accomplishments

      • Scanned copies of references from the applicant's coach and/or PE teacher on institutional letterhead

      • Scanned copies of certificates relevant to the sport the applicant is applying for

Read more

The objective of these scholarships is to promote access to higher education to students facing financial hardship. A tuition waiver of up-to 40% can be applied as evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Overall Terms and Conditions

  • Financial Hardship Scholarships are valid for one semester only

  • Students can reapply each semester to continue their scholarship

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th 2022) and spring semester (December 20th 2022) must be met

  • Financial Hardship Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters

  • For high school applicants to be eligible, they must have a minimum academic achievement of 75%

  • Returning students are required to achieve a minimum of a 2.8 CGPA to be eligible to apply/ reapply for the Financial Hardship Scholarship

  • Successful applicants will be required to contribute up to 15 hours per month of community service as part of their commitment to the University

  • Applications for the Financial Hardship Scholarship must include:

        • o Completed application form

        • o Current rental contract

        • o Bank statements

        • o Employee certificate and salary statement for each employed family member

        • o Copy of passport and visa for all working family members (or both parents)

        • o Certificates of educational tuition fees for each sibling

All documentation will be kept confidential. Any application with incomplete documentation cannot be considered by the scholarship committee when awarding the Financial Hardship Scholarships.

Read more

We at Canadian University Dubai pledge to provide an inclusive learning environment and to support the cognitive, emotional and creative development of students with disabilities. Special needs may be justified by physical or other disabilities.

Students eligible for a Special Needs Scholarship will benefit from a tuition reduction of up to 40%.

Overall Terms and Conditions

  • For students applying for the Special Needs Scholarship at the point of admission to the University, the academic average will be considered by the scholarship committee on a case-by-case basis

  • For current students, a minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required to be eligible to apply for the scholarship

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th) and spring semester (December 20th) must be met

  • Special Needs Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters

  • Students are required to provide an up-to-date professionally documented diagnosis that will be kept confidentially

  • The scholarship application is reviewed by and subject to the scholarship committee’s discretion

Read more

June 6th, 2016: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has announced the launch of its fourth annual Canada Day scholarship awards at a recent event to celebrate the country’s national day, organized by the Canadian Business Council in Dubai.

Established in partnership with the Canadian Embassy, the awards offer the opportunity for students from any nationality, who intend to start at CUD and then move to Canada for higher education, to obtain a 100% tuition fee scholarship for their first year of studies (terms and conditions apply). The initiative has run annually since 2013, to coincide with Canada’s national day on 1st July.

This year’s scholarships were announced by Mr. Brian Banford, Executive Director of Community Outreach and Corporate Relationships, at a gathering convened by the Canadian Business Council to mark the early celebrations for Canada Day 2016. Hosted in collaboration with CUD, Dubai Expat Canadians, and Canadian Alumni in the UAE, the event was also attended by Canadian Consul General, His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Kamarianakis.

Speaking during the celebrations, H.E. Mr. Kamarianakis said, “We are now in our 149th year and we are getting ready for the 150th year of Canada. We have set out an agenda moving forward which includes focusing on our diverse and multicultural societies, focusing on our first nations society, focusing on our youth, growing our economy and growing our society.”

CUD aims to align with this agenda through the Canada Day scholarship; to promote the development of young people and to act as an enabler in their contribution to the advancement of wider society. As well as celebrating the University’s bonds with Canada, the scholarships promote the shared values of cultural diversity, academic excellence and global citizenship.

This year’s scholarships will support two students to embark upon an accredited degree program at CUD starting in September 2016.

To apply, please write to scholarship@cud.ac.ae with the following documents:

  • Your passport

  • Your high school transcript

  • A 300 words personal statement that clearly expresses your intent to start at Canadian University Dubai and then move to Canada for higher education.

Last day to receive applications: Monday, 1st August, 2016

Read more

This scholarship is meant for elite and talented individuals from any field who have competed and achieved success at a city level or beyond. Special Talent Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s achievement level and their academic performance. A tuition waiver of up to 40% can be applied accordingly.

Overall Terms and Conditions

  • Special Talent Scholarships are valid for one semester only

  • Students can reapply each semester to continue their scholarship

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th 2022) and spring semester (December 20th 2022) must be met

  • Special Talent Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters.

  • For high school applicants to be eligible, they must have a minimum academic achievement of 70%

  • Returning students are required to achieve a minimum of a 3.0 CGPA to be eligible to apply/ reapply for the Special Talent Scholarship

  • Successful applicants will be required to contribute up to 15 hours per month of community service as part of their commitment to the University

  • Applications for the Special Talent Scholarship must include:

      • Completed application form

      • Documents supporting accomplishment within the applicant's talent field

      • Certificates relevant to the applicant's talent

      • Recommendations from teachers, trainers or professionals from within the applicant's talent field

Read more

The University holds orientation sessions at the beginning of each academic year, and all freshmen admitted to Canadian University Dubai programs are required to attend. Students should refer to the Academic Calendar to find the exact dates of orientation sessions.

During these sessions, students will have a chance to meet with the faculty, program coordinators, and University administrators, who will help them with the following:

  • Familiarize them with the credit system of education followed by Canadian University Dubai

  • Understand and become familiar with the degree requirements

  • Interpret test and placement scores

  • Clarify major and/or career options

  • Select appropriate courses to optimize their academic performances

  • Understand academic warnings and progression policies

  • Review the academic records of graduating students

  • Familiarize them with University services; Learning Resource Centre (LRC), information technology, laboratories, student services, student councils, etc.

  • For existing students who are achieving subpar results in a course or are not performing up to their expectations, a meeting with an advisor will be scheduled.

Read more

In addition to her nomination for “Best Academic Professor Award” by the Association of Scientists, Developers and Faculties (ASDF), Dr. Franziska Apprich has also been recognized as an “Outstanding Scientist” by the Venus International Foundation, an organization devoted to celebrating creative minds in the world and which recognizes qualified and highly cited research professionals, committed to finding solutions to the daunting challenges faced in an ever changing world.

This award was established in 2015 to recognize contribution to fundamental discoveries, new theories, or Insights which have had an impact on Dr. Fran’s discipline and beyond.

To achieve the Award Dr. Fran was required to be recognized and documented with corresponding successes in research including grants, patents, collaboration with industries/institutions, contracts and publications (articles and books).

Dr. Fran attributed the success of achieving the award to her pioneering work in the field of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) a method to overcome exam anxiety; using gaming platforms as part of learning; implementation of artificial intelligence as part of classroom learning; identifying space awareness and space creative commercial opportunities; using social entrepreneurship and employing stimulation of all five senses as part of her teaching methods. The latter includes a proposal for Expo2020 for the creation of an “all senses class-room chair” in collaboration with her students. This chair will stimulate students via seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling; often overcoming problems encountered by different types of learners and incorporating special needs stimuli to succeed. “We all are talented…we just need to find access to these talents and bring them all together.

Dr. Fran has also published and researched “the benefits of an education of the heart’”; as Aristotle claimed: “educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”.

“We need to care for our students and inspire them, mentoring rather than teaching, stimulating rather than grading and believing in our students rather than seeing them as a number. To be a professor is a privilege, a huge responsibility and a good professor can change the world for the better.”

Read more

Canadian University Dubai and GEMS Education have announced a partnership that will offer scholarships exclusively to GEMS Education students. The value of the scholarships is AED10 million.

GEMS Education students who study at Canadian University Dubai will be able to study both at the Dubai and Canadian campuses. Choosing to study in Canada will offer a unique career boost for students, as the country offers a path to citizenship once an international student earns a post-secondary degree from a Canadian university.

  • All GEMS Education students will be granted a 15% scholarship to undergraduate programs over and above CUD scholarships*

  • All children of GEMS Education employees will be granted a 20% scholarship on undergraduate programs*

  • CUD will provide 4 annual scholarships to GEMS Education students going from 40% to 100%**

Read more

GEMS Education and Canadian University Dubai have announced a partnership that will offer scholarships exclusively to GEMS students. The value of the scholarships is AED10 million.

Starting this academic year 2018-2019, Canadian University Dubai will offer a series of scholarships exclusively for GEMS students. Scholarship amounts will vary depending on course of study and the academic merit of GEMS students.

GEMS students who study at Canadian University Dubai will be able to study both at the Dubai and Canadian campuses. Choosing to study in Canada will offer a unique career boost for students, as the country offers a path to citizenship once an international student earns a post-secondary degree from a Canadian university.

GEMS announced the launch of the UniConnect programme last year. The programme is set to include a series of strategic partnerships designed to provide scholarships and financial aid to GEMS students seeking admission at universities within the region and across the globe.

This first partnership with Canadian University Dubai also provides for dedicated career training for GEMS students.

Dr. Karim Chelli, President of Canadian University Dubai, said: “This partnership with GEMS Education illustrates our deep commitment to ensuring a transformational education experience for our students. We also recognise that strong relationships with partners such as GEMS Education enable us to build and shape future leaders.”

Dino Varkey, CEO of GEMS Education, said: “We are proud to announce Canadian University Dubai as our first partner with UniConnect. We look forward to partnering with many more universities in the UAE and internationally – including the Ivy League – as part of our commitment to making quality education accessible for all our students throughout their schooling and beyond.”

Buti Al Ghandi, Chancellor of Canadian University Dubai, commented: “Canadian University Dubai is a locally and regionally ranked, student-centred research university with a global perspective. Our students benefit from the extensive group of partnerships we have with prestigious Canadian Universities across Canada - making us the only university in the region to offer a clear path towards a Canadian Education.”

Read more

March 28th, 2016: President and Vice Chancellor of Canadian University Dubai, Pr. Karim Chelli, has been sharing his expert insights into the Canadian system of higher education at the sixth annual World Education Summit, held recently in Dubai.

Speaking under the theme ‘Learning from the Big Four global education destinations’, Pr. Chelli shared his experience of working across a number of academic institutions in Canada, a country that is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading nations in the higher education ecosystem.

Pr. Chelli’s prepared address focused on the key elements that define Canadian higher education, including the regulatory, legislative and quality assurance frameworks that set the standards for the system.

His presentation to the audience of senior policy makers and practitioners ultimately concentrated on the factors that distinguish Canadian higher education on the international stage, including how the methodology for learning validation is central to the success of graduates of the Canadian system.

Pr. Chelli said, “The Canadian model is built upon outputs, rather than inputs. Learning outcomes are the backbone of the system, meaning that students must demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competencies against a verified matrix.

“Graduates are therefore better equipped for employment as job-related capabilities have already been assessed during their higher education. This system supports validation and accountability, and with the harmonization of learning outcomes, promotes recognition, advancement and lifelong learning.”

Pr. Chelli was among a lineup of distinguished speakers invited to address the Summit, which brought together government officials and senior representatives from top institutions to exchange ideas on the future of global higher education.

Read more

Dr. Hakim Khaili, Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dr. Kathy O'Sullivan, Executive Director of Student Affairs, have represented Canadian University Dubai at a strategic workshop on higher education held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The workshop, held at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University in Dubai, was part of the Coordination Council for Higher Education and Scientific Research initiative to bring universities together to work on strategies to promote student retention in higher education institutions in the UAE.

The causes of dropout of students from Government or private higher education were discussed, taking into account the results of the recent survey conducted by a joint team of the Ministry of Higher Education and educational institutions. The workshop participants, drawn from a number of universities across the UAE, worked in different groups and took the opportunity to present their strategic recommendations to His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

Read more