Applications open for Abu Dhabi scholarships with 30 newly-added majors, including medicine, web design, e-gaming, music, journalism

Up until March 31, 2023, Emirati undergraduates and students in Grade 12 or Year 13 who perform well can apply.
Over 80 new majors at some of the world’s top 150 universities are now available through ADEK’s 30 new specializations in Elite and Creative Majors.
The program gives outstanding Emirati students access to individualized higher education at world-class institutions.
Opportunities for internships after graduation and career placement assistance with over 100 industry partners will benefit students.
The UAE: Applications for the Abu Dhabi Scholarships, an annual program run by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) to provide outstanding Emirati students with one-of-a-kind pathways to individualized journeys through world-class universities, have been opened.

High-performing Emirati Grade 12 and Year 13 students, as well as undergraduates aged 24 and under, can submit applications until March 31, 2023, in order to fulfill their academic potential and contribute to the ongoing development of priority industries after graduation.

Loans for UAE students: How parents in the UAE could pay for their children’s education Minister: UAE to include Holocaust education in school curriculum With 30 newly added majors, students who meet the program criteria can choose from 82 majors that span elite and creative specializations. Some new majors are:

Medicine, innovation and entrepreneurship, landscape architecture, user experience (UX) design, fashion design, computer game production (eGaming), culinary arts, and journalism, among other fields.

Diverse offerings According to Dr. Bashaer Almatrooshi, Executive Director — Talent Enablement Sector at ADEK, “As part of an ongoing development process conducted annually, our diverse scholarship offerings have been subjected to detailed analysis and review to identify key areas of improvement and ensure the program’s outcomes align with the needs of the national economy.”

“Creative thinkers, determined achievers, ambitious students, and unrelenting explorers are encouraged to apply; Empowering them to reach their full potential is our objective.

Almatrooshi added, “We are committed to building Emirati cadres to lead future development across growth sectors, and the introduction of new majors within our creative specializations reflects our commitment to continue supporting these national priorities.” Almatrooshi was referring to the university’s commitment to Emirati leadership.

Comprehensive support system Internship opportunities offered by over 100 industry-specific partners will also be beneficial to students pursuing majors that align with human capital requirements in priority industries.

Graduates will also receive assistance from program career advisors with job placement after graduation.

Successful applicants will receive academic advising and support for long-term career development in addition to fully funded scholarships.

ADEK advisors will follow up with students and support them across five main pillars — social wellbeing, academic guidance, career guidance, alumni service, and job opportunities — throughout their university journeys. Dedicated advisors will support students during their studies.

Book allowances, health insurance, travel expenses, a monthly stipend to cover housing costs, and a bonus for top performers will also help successful students.

Criteria for applying Elite majors are students in 12th or 13th grade who have a final grade point average of 85% or higher in 11th or 12th grade. These students must have achieved an average of 90% or higher in Term 1 of their current grade. Students who want to major in creative arts must have a cumulative grade point average of 85 percent in 12th or 13th grade, and they must also submit a portfolio and two letters of recommendation.

In addition, students must submit an unconditional offer of admission to one of ADEK’s approved top 150 universities worldwide and a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL iBT score of 60.

Students who are currently enrolled in one of the approved majors at one of ADEK’s approved top 150 universities and are aged 24 or younger are eligible to apply for the program. To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least 30 university credit hours at the time of application, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher in TOEFL.

The fast-track scholarship option allows students who are accepted to any of ADEK’s approved top 20 universities to skip the eligibility requirements and be shortlisted right away.

The Emirate’s Education Sector regulator is the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK). It oversees and provides services to students from early childhood through college and beyond. By providing specialized schools, it also promotes inclusion of People of Determination in mainstream education.

Prospective students can learn more by visiting and applying by March 31, 2023.

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