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Student Visa

Student Visa Sponsorship

As an international student, you must obtain a UAE study visa to join our university. UOWD provides a straightforward visa sponsorship service for non-resident students in the UAE. 

This allows you to study and reside in the country for a 12 month (renewable) period, to cover the duration of your program.

You need to be a full-time student to qualify for UOWD visa sponsorship and to start the process, you should have accepted an unconditional offer and have paid all fees due as per your Letter of Offer. 

For programs of less than 12 months, or for attendance at the graduation ceremony, we may be able to help you secure a short-term (30 days) or long-term (90 days) visa. Please refer to the Visa Sponsorship Procedures for further information.

Applying for a Visa

To apply for visa sponsorship, you must meet the visa requirements stipulated by the UAE. You will need to submit a completed Visa Application Form along with the following documentation to the Student Recruitment Office:

  • Clear colour Passport copy (with at least 6 months’ validity)
  • 2 passport size photos (white background)
  • Receipt for visa and tuition fees
  • Copy of current visa (if you are inside UAE)
  • Copy of offer of admission letter (only for new students)

You will need to pay the full cost of the student visa, which includes a Visa Maintenance charge of AED 2500. This charge is a one-time payment, which the University may use to meet visa-related expenses that occur throughout your studies at UOWD. You are eligible for a refund of the balance remaining of this charge after visa cancelation.

UOWD student visas (except visit visas) are issued for a duration of 1 year. Students may require multiple renewals during their course of study at UOWD.

Students are advised to have adequate medical/travel insurance in the UAE until their UOWD student visa has been stamped on their passport.

All students on a University-sponsored visa are also required to have a valid Emirates ID card. Please see the Emirates ID page for further information.

The new visa application process normally takes 5-7 working days and normally applications undergo a security check by UAE government authorities. However, some applications can take up to 1 month or more. Some visa applicants may also be required to submit additional documentation by the UAE government authorities (e.g. attested birth certificate, translated in Arabic).

Student Visa Cost

Fees quoted are in UAE Dirhams and are subject to change.

Student Residence Visa Cost
Student visa for 1 year – If applicant Inside UAE AED 9,206.5
Student visa for 1 year – If applicant Outside UAE AED 7,576.5


Student visa for 1 year is inclusive of the following:

  • Visa processing fees (Entry Permit and Stamping)
  • Change status (only applicable for ‘Inside UAE’ applicants)
  • Regular Medical Examination
  • Health Insurance (12 months)
  • A Visa Maintenance charge of AED 2,500. This charge is a one-time payment which the University may use to meet visa-related expenses which occur throughout a student’s studies at UOWD. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain a balance of AED 2,500 throughout his/her studies at UOWD. The student is eligible for a refund of the balance remainder of this charge after visa cancelation.

Short Term Visa Costs

You can apply for a visit visa if you would like to attend the graduation ceremony. The cost of a short term visa is AED 1,020 (valid for 30 days or less, health insurance is not included).

Note that any visa application that is rejected will incur costs associated with the visa application process. Please refer to the Visa Sponsorship Policy for further information.

All service fees mentioned above, are inclusive of 5% of Value Added Tax (“VAT”).

Please note: Students arriving in the UAE on a tourist or service visa must exit the country in order to validate the student visa once issued.

Cancellation / Renewal of Visas

If you wish to terminate your studies prior to the expiry of your visa, the UOWD sponsored visa will be cancelled immediately and you will need to make arrangements to leave the country or seek other forms of sponsorship.

For more information on this and for details about the visa renewal process, please consult the  Visa Sponsorship Procedures.

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