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ENGR Exchange: Khalifa University of Science and Technology (United Arab Emirates)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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EA Advisor: 
Heath Thompson
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
The Khalifa University of Science and Technology was established through a merger between the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), the Petoleum Institute (PI), and the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR). The merger was intended to consolidate the resources and infrastructure of three of the most respected academic institutions in the UAE and the Middle East. The resulting unified University reinforces Abu Dhabi’s and the UAE’s commitment to pursuing the development of world-class research and human capital initiatives.

Khalifa University of Science and Technology has three campuses - a main campus and two satellite campuses in Sas Al Nakhl and Masdar City. The campuses include:

  • Over 250,000 square meters in covered unit space.
  • Multi-cultural environment with vibrant and rich student life.
  • Over 20,000 square meters of dedicated laboratory and research space.
  • 12 dedicated research centers exploring a diverse range of energy, water, aerospace and information and communication technology challenges.
  • Over 50 central laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment investigating subjects ranging from artificial intelligence and robotics to clean energy, hydrocarbons and aerospace.
  • Three major demonstration facilities for solar energy, sustainable buildings and bioenergy.

Host City
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Abu Dhabi is world famous for luxury and bling but also provides the perfect location for students to explore Gulf culture through museums and tours. Explore the world's most expensive mosque, take a ride on the world's fastest roller coaster, and haggle in the local markets. Abu Dhabi will provide an unforgettable study abroad backdrop.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be an ENGR major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Students have the option to take a variety of courses at Khalifa University in the areas of Chemistry, Physics, Math, Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and Petroleum Geosciences. 

The language of instruction at KU is English.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). 


KU does offer internship placement at one of their sponsor companies. More information will be provided in person once you arrive. ENGR advisors and the Clark School of Engineering must approve an internship for credit.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at Khalifa University will be converted as follows:

Khalifa University Credit UMD Credit
1 KU Credit 1 UMD Credit
3 KU Credit 3 UMD Credit

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on August 30, 2018.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

Khalifa University Grade UMD Grade
C -

KU offers on-campus accommodation. Separate facilities exist for men and women. Learn more on the KU website. KU does enforce curfews for both the men's and women's resident halls. Male dorms have a curfew of 1:00 am and female dorms have a curfew of 9:00 pm.

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
Students at the university lead a number of clubs and organizations linked to academic programs that allow for professional learning beyond the classroom. There are also many sports classes, teams, and activities that students can participate in.

International Welcome/Orientation
It is strongly encouraged that students attend the orientation program so that they can be well equipped to succeed at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The orientation dates are posted through the Student Life messages.

Counseling & Health Services
There is individual and group counseling available on campus for students to promote good mental health and tackle personal and social issues if they arise.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2020 03/01/2020 05/15/2020    
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 05/15/2020 08/24/2020 12/22/2020