Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We have an extensive list of questions we frequently get asked about the University of South Wales Dubai, from admissions, course information and location we've got you covered.

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General enquiries

By choosing to study at the University of South Wales Dubai, you can look forward to a fantastic learning experience that combines academic study with practical training using impressive facilities, in a region surrounded by key industry leaders and graduate opportunities.

 Why study at the University of South Wales Dubai?

  • High quality and distinctive British degrees available to study in the UAE

  • Undertake practical training in a live aircraft environment as part of your degree

  • Develop skills in demand and become a multi-skilled and highly trained individual

  • Based in the heart of an emerging global hub 

  • Access graduate opportunities by gaining a relevant degree recognised by employers

Close to the University of South Wales Dubai, we have developed partnerships with local accommodation providers. This enables us to offer a fantastic range of affordable accommodation, all of which provides a safe, secure and sociable base for your university experience.

Current recommended providers include Uninest Student Residences, Dubailand. Uninest provide a number of accommodation options to suit your requirements and budget, whilst also offering a free shuttle bus to the University.

For more information on accommodation options, visit our accommodation web page

Open Days provide an opportunity to visit the University of South Wales Dubai, meet our teaching staff, take a tour of the campus and facilities, and find out more information about the courses available. 

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Aircraft maintenance engineers check the systems on aeroplanes and helicopters in between flights to ensure the aircraft is safe to fly. Aircraft maintenance engineers are trained and licensed to maintain the aircraft to industry standards. Work includes pre-flight checks, refuelling and minor avionics, electrical and mechanical tasks and base maintenance and also more stringent checks, fault diagnosis and repairs.

Aeronautical engineers design, develop, test and help manufacture commercial and military aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. Some aeronautical engineers specialise in studying the effects of aircraft on the environment, the potential dangers of new aircraft technologies or fuel efficiency. You may focus on the design of aircraft systems (avionics) or materials research and selection.

We have a number of scholarships available to self-funding students. You will be automatically considered for one of these awards when we receive your application. You do not need to make a separate application and confirmation of the scholarship will be included in your offer letter. 

  • Dubai Scholarship - AED 14,000 per annum (AED 8,000 for Fast Track courses)
  • Chancellors International Development Scholarship - AED 20,000 (AED 11,000 for Fast Track courses)
  • BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Top-Up Scholarship - AED 20,000

Applicants must pay the minimum deposit stipulated in the offer letter by the date stated on the Acceptance Offer.

All applications are considered on an individual basis, the Bachelor degree offered by the University of South Wales integrates the EASA Part 66 commercial licence training. Credits from other institutions may be considered only if they map onto our course.

Dubai campus students will need to present their immigration documents at the University within 3 days of arriving in the country on an entry visa. The Campus Team will help with personalised enrolment checks and issue your student ID card.

Study location

The main fundamental difference between studying in Dubai and the United Kingdom is the location. 

You might want to stay closer to home for financial reasons or immerse yourself in a completely different culture associated with your study location. Going to university is an opportunity to live in a brand-new area that matches your personality and interest. The course content, assessment and entry requirements don’t differ between locations, so we recommend you do your research on the local area. Where possible, take the opportunity to visit the campus that interests you most and get an idea of the living costs at each location.

The scholarships available to USW Dubai students are higher than those offered to study at our UK campuses.

It is difficult to estimate how much it will cost you to live and study in Dubai because so much depends on your lifestyle and where you choose to reside. Managing your budget while you're studying at university is not always easy. If you are looking for advice about managing your money, or about a particular financial issue please contact our money advice team.

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Course information

The University of South Wales Dubai offers the opportunity to study recognised British BSc (Bachelor of Science) and MSc (Masters) degrees in named specialist disciplines. The degree courses available at our Dubai Campus are also certified by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai.

The University of South Wales also has approved Maintenance Training Organisation status in the UK from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and in the UAE from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Our MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management course is accredited by the professional leading bodies, CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) and CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport).

Qualification delivered at USW Dubai are awarded by the University of South Wales, UK. Certificates and transcripts issued are in the same format as qualifications awarded at our UK campuses giving you the assurance that, upon graduation, you will graduate with a recognised British Bachelor degree.

The University is an EASA and GCAA part 147 approved training centre. This means, our BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Honours degree delivered in Dubai, and the study option including foundation year, integrates EASA and GCAA training and examinations into study modules that can help you work towards a professional qualification.

This does not mean you will gain this certification upon graduation, but providing you meet the necessary criteria for successfully completing an approved training course, you will have completed some of the training required to become a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer.

The University aims to offer students the opportunity to undertake the required EASA training** that will enable you to obtain a full EASA Part-66 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence in just two years, which usually requires five years’ professional experience. 

**EASA Part-66 Licence Criteria: Complete all three years of the degree, attain 90% attendance of the EASA elements, pass EASA modules at 75%, complete 360 hours of approved practical training (additional costs may apply and are at the discretion of your Part 145 host organisation) and you’ll be able to apply for an EASA Part 66 Licence after two years’ experience. Otherwise, you will need five years’ experience.

The BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Top-up) course is for individuals who may have already obtained an EASA Part-66 certification and does not integrate EASA training into study modules.

All courses based at the University of South Wales Dubai are delivered in the medium of English. You will be taught by British and international academics all of whom have industry experience and are regularly required to submit their own training records.

Our Dubai Campus hosts a suite of practical training facilities including practical workshops and laboratory spaces that are treated as a live aircraft environment, and uphold the same commercial aviation quality control that you would expect in the industry worldwide.

Key features housed at the new campus in Dubai South will include an aircraft assembly hangar and numerous workshops to conduct exercises that will give students hands-on maintenance practice and hone their technical skills.

If you’re undertaking our three-year degree or foundation programme, you’ll have the option to undertake practical training all over the world with any University approved PART 145 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organisation.

Undergraduate courses

University graduates are in demand in the civil and defence aerospace sectors worldwide. You could gain employment across the world with manufacturing companies, commercial airlines, air-taxi operators, flying schools, the armed forces and commercial long-haul flight operators. There is a growing market for maintenance, repair and overhaul of military and commercial aircraft, or you may choose sub-contract work.

ICF International predicts the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) market in the Middle East is set to grow from $4.6bn in 2015 to $8.8bn by 2025, representing an annual growth of 6.7%. The majority of that growth is to come from engine, component and line maintenance.

Postgraduate courses

Graduate prospectives in cyber security are very strong. Graduates are in high demand as cyber security is one of the major challenges of the 21st Century. 

Typical roles associated with cyber security include information security and risk analysts, IT security managers and network security consultants. 

The MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management course will guide you to become pro-active and response to the challenges of modern business. You will develop key transferable skills to enhance your ability to manage and lead projects and operations, opening up a range of career opportunities in specialist roles within multinational enterprises.