Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

A diverse student body, modern innovation backed by centuries of academic excellence and a foundational commitment to celebrating difference... discover Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

A bridge between civilizations

Established in 2006 by agreement between Paris-Sorbonne University (now Sorbonne University) and the Government of Abu Dhabi, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi represents the very best in international higher education. Degrees are issued by Sorbonne University, and students follow the French higher education system, ultimately undergoing a unique multicultural university  experience marked by rigorous academic training, a trilingual approach to teaching and learning with exceptional local and global links.

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi's motto is 'A bridge between civilizations,' and it's easy to see why. As Vice Chancellor of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Prof Silvia Serrano comments:

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is a space in which different visions, ways of life and cultural traditions coexist in a context of mutual respect, a quality that enriches the entire university community.

This philosophy is demonstrated through the university's diverse student population of more than 90 nationalities. In keeping with this, degrees are offered in a range of fields: sciences, humanities, languages and social sciences; as well as in law, management and economics. All Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi degrees are accredited globally and follow the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). They are also officially accredited by the UAE’s Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA). 

Welcome to Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

From the Vice Chancellor

Prof. Silvia Serrano, Vice Chancellor of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, is leading the university to a bright future full of innovation and collaboration. Here's her take on where the university is now, and where it's going:

"Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is engaged in an ambitious development program, marked by the opening of new bachelor's and master's degree programs, the expansion of research activities and the strengthening of partnerships with businesses and public institutions. Developments in artificial intelligence are a great example of such new directions: high-level scientists and doctoral students will conduct their research at the Abu Dhabi branch of SCAI (The Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence) thanks to two chairs of excellence created through a partnership with Thales and Total. 

Silvia Serrano

“A new bachelor's degree in mathematics, specializing in data sciences, is also now offered to students as of the 2020 academic year, with further programs to follow. Alongside undergraduate developments, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is positioning itself as a leader in international research, as well as strengthening its cooperation with universities, cultural institutions and local and regional companies. 

“These new dynamics, as well as a reinvigorated academic program, will increase the attractiveness of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi to more and more students from more and more regions. Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi thus plays a key role in the development of Sorbonne University’s internationalization strategy."

The Campus

In December 2009, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi moved into its state-of-the-art, purpose-built, permanent campus on Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi. The site boasts over 93,000 square meters of teaching, recreational and accommodation facilities, including a library, a 700-seat auditorium, a sports center and a cafeteria. Adding to the quality of campus life is the style of learning, which is marked by small class sizes, low staff-student ratios, very attentive professors and dynamic student engagement.

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Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences teaches the 3 cycles of medical studies: from PASS (integrated into the faculty) to the 3rd cycle including DES, DESC, DU and DIU. The lessons are given mainly on two sites: Pitié-Salpêtrière and Saint-Antoine. The faculty also provides paramedical education: speech therapy, psychomotricity and orthoptics. The Saint-Antoine site includes a midwifery school.

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One of our riches is the diversity of students and their backgrounds. Sorbonne University is committed to the success of each of its students and offers them a wide range of training as well as support adapted to their profile and their project.

Associative life

One of our riches is the diversity of students and their backgrounds. Sorbonne University is committed to the success of each of its students.

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Welcome to Sorbonne University's Faculty of Science & Engineering

A unique combination of courses and expertise

Our international study programmes are organised according to the major disciplinary areas of the faculty. They represent the graduate study programmes that are not strictly conducted in French or that could be suitable (in part) for non French-speaking students. They also reflect part of the diversity of the disciplines involved and the bi- and inter-disciplinary aspects of many of the courses we offer.


Research & Innovation

We rely on disciplinary skills and on interdisciplinary approaches to renew concepts, methods and research subjects and to focus on some of the crucial issues faced by our societies: transformations affecting the very construction of knowledge (data, AI), the treatment of complex objects (the environment, marine and ocean sciences, cultural heritage) or our contributions to addressing societal challenges (climate change, healthcare).

Study at | The Faculty of Science & Engineering

Our campuses offer different and unique experiences to our students, visitors and staff. Resources and support services are also available to ensure an equal chance at success to all.

Campus Life

In addition to the cultural activities and events organised throughout the year by our clubs and societies, the Parismus society organises numerous events, evenings and cultural visits that will help you discover France and its parisian life.







Sorbonne University's Faculty of Science & Engineering, Oriented towards excellence