About American University of Sharjah
Founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, the university is a leading educational institution in the Gulf region. It is an independent, not-for-profit, US- and UAE-accredited institution that is based upon American institutions of higher education and grounded in Arab culture. The university is also licensed by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. AUS offers 25 majors and 52 minors at the undergraduate level, and 13 master's degrees programs through the Colleges of Architecture, Art and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and the School of Business and Management. While Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Emirates, the language of instruction at AUS is English. All classes and administrative functions are conducted in English.