U.S. Scholarship Opportunity for UAE College Students

The U.S. Department of State will award scholarships to outstanding students to study for a one year, non-degree undergraduate program in the United States at a diverse network of accredited two and four year universities. The application deadline is January 10, 2010.

This section provides an overview of the cultural activities, educational advising, and current exchange programs supported by the Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai and the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Educational and Cultural Exchanges

Through educational and cultural programs, we encourage the sharing of ideas between Emiratis and Americans on a wide variety of topics.

Exchange programs have an impact on a person’s life that extends far beyond the time actually spent abroad. Exchanges affect not only individual participants, but also those who get to know them while in the United States and those back home in the United Arab Emirates who hear about their experiences once they return.

People-to-people exchanges between Emiratis and Americans benefit both countries by improving our ability to understand each other and by enabling us to compare and share approaches to common issues.

Cultural Programs

We work with a wide range of Emirati and American public and private organizations to encourage broader understanding of the United States and its relationship with the United Arab Emirates through cultural activities and exchanges.

EducationUSA Advising Office in the United Arab Emirates

The Education Advising Offices at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai and the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi are certified EducationUSA advising centers affiliated with the United States Department of State.

EducationUSA is a global network of more than 450 advising centers supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The EducationUSA Advising centers in the UAE are located at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai. The centers are certified by EducationUSA and help ensure students across the Emirates get the information they need about studying at American colleges and universities. The centers actively promote U.S. higher education around the world by offering free of charge accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information about educational institutions in the United States and give guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities.

Advising Services

The EducationUSA Advising Centers in the UAE provide students who are interested in studying in the United Sates of America, with the following services in both English and Arabic:

  • One-on-one advising
  • Access to the advising library at the advising center
  • Internet access for students.
  • Guidance on selection of universities, testing, available scholarships, application process etc…
  • Information on summer camps and leadership programs.
  • Pre-departure orientation workshops.
  • Scheduling visits for US college representatives.
  • Invitations to participate in education related fairs.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment with our Educational Advisors at the EducationUSA Advising Centers at the Embassy or the Consulate General of the United States of America in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, please contact:

Dubai: 04-309-4142 or e-mail

Abu Dhabi: 02 -414-2245 or e-mail

EducationUSA website:

Facebook page: and 

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Schedule a Pre-Departure Session

Students are encouraged to schedule a Pre-departure session with the EducationUSA Advisor at the US Consulate in Dubai or the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi, as these sessions are designed to provide students with all they need to know regarding pre-departure planning, student visa, traveling to and arriving in the United States, Practical tips and information for everyday living, and adjusting to a new environment.

To schedule an appointment with our educational advisor, contact 02- 414-2245 or send an email to within the following advising timings:

  • Sundays & Wednesdays: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Mondays & Thursdays: 2:30 – 4:30 PM

The U.S. Consulate General in Dubai and the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi encourage alumni of U.S. colleges and universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in our educational and cultural events.

If you would like to be added to our distribution list, please email the following information to

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • U.S. college/university where you earned your degree
  • Year of Graduation
  • Degree earned
  • Major
  • E-mail
  • Mobile
  • City of Residence
  • Would you like to be included in future U.S. Consulate and Embassy events?

U.S. Consulate General
At the corner of Al Seef Rd. and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Rd
Dubai, U.A.E.

P.O. Box 121777
Dubai, UAE


Phone: 4-309-4142
By appointment only

Abu Dhabi
U.S. Embassy

P.O. Box 4009
Abu Dhabi, UAE


Phone: 02-414-2455

Walks-ins accepted