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Accreditation Process and Timeline: Overview

To assure prospective students, their families, and the public that the academic programs offered by institutions licensed in the U.A.E. meet international standards, each program must be individually accredited. The Standards for Licensure and Accreditation and the institution’s program proposal or program self-study that addresses the standards in terms of the program provide the basis for review by the Commission staff and a committee of international experts who assess each program both through paper documentation and a campus visit.

After review, the visiting committee and the Commission recommend an action concerning accreditation to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research (the Minister), who decides whether accreditation is to be granted. Licensed, independent institutions in the United Arab Emirates must receive program accreditation for each academic program they plan to offer before recruiting students or enrolling them; all programs offered by the institution must continue to be accredited.

The accreditation process is described in the relevant Standards available at this website.

A list of licensed institutions and accredited programs is available at this website.


Standards for Licensure and Accreditation (2011)
Guidelines - Initial Accreditation
Guidelines -Re Accreditation
Standards for Licensure and Accreditation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (2009)
e-Learning Standards for Licensure and Accreditation (2007)
Application for Initial Program Accreditation
Application for Re Accreditation
List of Accredited Programs
Accredited Programs (Arabic)