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  • Locations: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Residence hall or dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Affiliate
Recommendation Requirement: None required for UR; see Application Process section below for more information
Program Description:

About Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

CIEE, a Richmond affiliate program, is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization.  CIEE's program in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) allows students to learn more about issues impacting the UAE and the broader Middle East region. Note: The Sharjah program has an early application deadline (see below for detail on the dual-application process) and CIEE accepts applications on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply the better. For more CIEE program information, please see:




  • Eligibility for the various CIEE programs can vary. The parameters listed above simply point to the most common options (i.e., GPA of 2.75, language of instruction in English, etc.). Check the CIEE website for the eligibility requirements and information specific to your program(s) of interest at
  • Students interested in CIEE programs should have completed three semesters on campus prior to the period of study abroad. Transfer students must have completed at least three semesters of college or university study, one semester of which is to have been completed on campus at Richmond.
  • Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on the CIEE program to count towards their business degree.  Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cosse.  RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
  • Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean's Office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of the semester abroad program.


Depending on the site, students typically may be able to take coursework in the following subject areas: Arabic, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Economics (A&S), Education, English and Literature, Environmental Studies, History, Humanities, International Studies, Journalism, Math, Media Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sciences, Sociology, and WGSS. Internships may also be possible. For specific course details, go to Students may also browse the American University of Sharjah online course catalog.

Students on CIEE programs normally take 12-16 credit hours. Specific program restrictions, requirements, and recommendations, including the recommended credit for each course, is on the CIEE web site at All credit will be transferred back to UR using the Conversion to Units system.

To determine the unit value of a CIEE course, the following formula will be used by the University of Richmond Registrar's Office:  semester hours/3.5, round up to nearest tenth of a unit.  A 3-semester credit course will be transferred back to Richmond as .9 units.  A 4-semester course will be transferred back as 1.2 units.

Grading Scale

Students are graded using the U.S. system. Credit for grades lower than "C" will not be transferred back to the University of Richmond.

Room and Board

Housing arrangements vary depending on the program selected. See the CIEE website for specific details:

Dates and Costs

Click on the link for information about Dates and Costs for CIEE.



Application Process 

Students applying for CIEE programs will need to complete the online UR Office of Int'l Education application (by clicking the "Apply Now" button above). After receiving conditional acceptance by UR, students will also need to complete the CIEE application. To make this dual-process easier, if you are approved by Richmond, the Office of International Education will forward your transcript to CIEE to help complete your CIEE application.

Although Richmond does not require any recommendations for this program, if approved then you may need to submit recommendation(s) and/or a language evaluation as part of your CIEE application (requirements vary depending on site). Instructions will be provided to approved students at a later date in the post-decision program checklist. Questions?  Email  


Visa Information

Students on most programs are required to apply for a student visa prior to departure. CIEE will assist students with this process.

For More Information

For additional information about the CIEE programs available, contact Amy Bergmann in the Office of International Education.


This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.




This program is currently not accepting applications.