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Student Visa

Student Visa Sponsorship

UOWD provides a straightforward visa sponsorship service for students not resident 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 you 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 will need to submit a completed Visa Application Form along with the following documentation to the Student Recruitment Office:

•    A clear colour passport copy (with minimum 6 months validity)
•    5 passport size photos
•    A receipt for the payment of visa and tuition fees
•    A copy of your current visa (if you are inside the UAE)
•    A copy of your unconditional offer letter

You will need to pay the full cost of the student visa, which includes a refundable deposit of AED 2,500. The fees, which cover UOWD visa sponsorship and health insurance, are outlined in the Student Visa Cost page.

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.

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.

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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