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Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence - MBZUAI

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence - MBZUAI

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence - MBZUAI


The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) in Abu Dhabi, is a graduate-level, research-based academic institution that offers specialized degree programs for local and international students in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

The MBZUAI aims to support the advancement of scientific research, development, transfer, and use of Artificial Intelligence through the introduction of MSc and Ph.D. programs that allow students to fulfill their intellectual potential in a state-of-the-art environment.

The goal of the MBZUAI is to achieve academic and research excellence at the local, regional and international level, helping its students succeed in their careers and leverage their acquired knowledge to tackle some of the greatest challenges of our time.

Our uniqueness. Your edge

1. Research focused

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence is the first AI-focused research university in the world. MBZUAI has partnered with the Abu Dhabi-based Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IIAI), a global force in excellence and leadership of AI research, for the supervision of Ph.D. students and curriculum development.

2. The Campus

The MBZUAI is fully integrated with the city of Abu Dhabi, a vibrant capital that combines heritage with a modern lifestyle. The campus, located in Masdar City - one of the world's most sustainable urban communities- offers state-of-the-art facilities, labs, and research centers providing a unique environment in which to conduct your research.

3. Scholarship

The MBZUAI offers a full scholarship that covers 100% tuition fees and other benefits such as a monthly allowance, health insurance, and accommodation,


4. Professional Opportunities

The MBZUAI strong connections with the national Government, the industry, and the academic world, provide a platform for our students to connect with a network of strategic partners to gain tremendous experiences through possible internships in fields such as healthcare, telecommunication, technology, Government, finance and much more. The perfect gateway to successfully drive your professional development.

5. International environment

MBZUAI is the best university for your research stay. Applicants from all countries and nationalities are welcome as the admission and acceptance to the programs will be based on high academic standing and merit. By creating an international campus environment, MBZUAI aims to promote a culture of inclusion and development.



Scholarships and Funding

MBZUAI offers students a choice of graduate programs in a modern and innovative university setting, located in the thriving capital of the UAE. Combining a contemporary education system and robust curriculum with the rich culture and heritage of Abu Dhabi, MBZUAI offers an experience like no other.

All students admitted on a full-time basis are granted the privilege to complete their studies with a full scholarship. However, to maintain the scholarships, stipends, and other benefits, students are expected to maintain high academic standing, comply with the university code of conduct, and fulfill certain requirements during their study tenure.

The scholarship includes:

  • 100% free tuition fee
  • On-campus student accommodation
  • Health insurance and UAE visa sponsorship for non-UAE nationals
  • Monthly stipend (subject to the University’s rules and regulations, as mentioned in the University Catalogue)
  • International and UAE resident students
    • MSc: AED 8,000
    • Ph.D.: AED 10,000 (Married Ph.D. students may request to live off-campus and receive an additional AED 5,000 housing allowance subject to approval and submission of official documents.)
  • UAE national students
    • MSc: AED 30,000 (single) or AED 33,000 (married; will require the submission of official documents)
    • Ph.D.: AED 36,000 (single) or AED 39,000 (married; will require the submission of official documents)

Alumni Statistics


CS Rankings in a Glance

  • 18th in the field of AI in CS Rankings globally
  • 28th in the field of ML in CS Rankings globally
  • 16th in the field of CV in CS Rankings globally
  • 19th in the field of NLP in CS Rankings globally

Student Testimonials


  • Abu Dhabi

    Masdar City, , Abu Dhabi