Bachelor of Architecture

Abu Dhabi University
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Concerned with the art and science of merging human activity harmoniously with interior and exterior environments, architecture is the process of planning, designing and constructing buildings and their surrounding landscapes.

This five-year program will introduce you to the world of architecture and design, help you tap into your creativity and develop your skills in art and design as well as the required technical and environmental knowledge. You will learn to identify the physical, physiological, psychological and cultural needs of different user groups and how to meet these needs, develop conceptual designs, conduct design development, prepare working drawings and contractual documents for the construction of different types of buildings from villas to high-rise towers.

We are the only university in Abu Dhabi to offer a professional degree in Architecture.

We are also the first architecture program in the UAE to have international accreditation RIBA from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). We are extremely proud of this accolade because it is testament to our program excellence.

Tuition fees structure & calculation

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Total Tuition Fees (Excl. Vat)222,420

Tuition is based upon the College and/or Department classification as opposed to the course classification or level. Tuition rates for undergraduate students vary from the tuition rates for graduate students. The tuition fee calculations are an example only and are based on the assumption that elective courses will be taken with the College that the student is taking their major with. However, if the student selects elective courses outside of this College, the total cost payable may increase or decrease to reflect the tuition rate of the College where the elective is delivered. Costs of books and supplies are not included in the Tuition and Fees. Students at Abu Dhabi University are also required to pay certain fees and other costs to attend the University. Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to change tuition and fee rates at any time. A tuition schedule is published prior to registration for each semester. For more information, please click here to view the University's tuition fee structure. Fees are subject to change during the year as per government charges and testing bodies.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Architecture Degree from ADU is designed to be recognized as a professional degree in most regions of the world including North America, Europe and all Arab countries. This puts you on the right track to become a registered licensed architect. 

There has never been a better time to study architecture in the UAE and Abu Dhabi in particular. Its stunning city skyline boasts some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and many of its innovative buildings push the limits of architectural imagination. As it continues to expand and compete with the likes of Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, it provides a plethora of material to study and research, the perfect place to explore new forms and designs, with no limits on your creativity. 

Both private companies and public agencies seek architects for a variety of professional positions. Many work for engineering and architecture consulting offices or construction companies as designers and project managers. As well as becoming a professional architect and establishing your own design office, the study of architecture is also an excellent vehicle for further academic study at postgraduate level including our Master of Sustainable Architecture program.

Graduates have gone on to work in companies including Al Bayaty Architects, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Musanada, RW Armstrong and Shankland Cox Ltd among many others.

Entry requirements

Requirements Ministry of Education Schools- Advanced Track Abu Dhabi Education Council Track Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12 Indian Senior Secondary Certificates (CBSE), or State Board Examinations, or Indian School Certificates awarded by ICSE Achieving the minimum average of 50% on completing grade 12 British System (IGCSE & GCE) Completing a total of 7 subjects from either IGCSE level or AS/A2 levels, in at least 4 of the following fields: Mathematics, Languages, Sciences, Social Studies and Humanities, Art and Design; with a minimum required grade of C for the IGCSE level subjects, D for the AS Levels, and E for A2 subjects. Successfully provide evidence / certificate of completing at least 11 years of schooling. Canadian & American High School Diplomas Achieving the minimum average of 80% on completing grade 12 or its equivalent of overall average B grade or 3.0/ 4.0 International Baccalaureate Diploma Successfully completing 6 subjects, with at least 2 at the higher level (HL) and a minimum total of 24 points. English language proficiency requirements

For programs taught in English, a minimum score range of 1100 - 1225 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally-recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL scores of 173 CBT (Computer-Based Test), 61 IBT (Internet-Based Test), 500 PBT (Paper-Based Test), or 5.0 IELTS (taken at Amideast), or their equivalent.

International Students

We also welcome applications from international students with a variety of secondary school certificates, and grades from other educational systems across the world, so long as they are recognized, and meet the conditions stipulated by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs. For more information on the entry requirements for international students, please visit International Undergraduate Requirements

Transfer Students

Undergraduate students may apply for credit transfer for courses taken prior to joining Abu Dhabi University only once, when they first apply for admission. For more information on requirements for credit transfer, visit Undergraduate Transfer Students.

Applicants with grades and English Language Proficiency Test scores that don’t match the above requirements may be granted exceptions for conditional admission, dependent on their successful completion of required coursework or meeting specified criteria.

Course outline


Abu Dhabi University is dedicated to empowering outstanding students and inspiring them to pursue their educational objectives.

Our scholarship and financial aid program represents a key pillar in our strategy for academic excellence and reflects our commitment to supporting the development of the UAE.

We consider it an important national duty to provide equal opportunities for students interested in pursuing higher education and enable them to proactively contribute to society regardless of their financial situation.

Please click here to find out more about the scholarship and financial aid offerings from ADU

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Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates