Tuition fees

This page explains how and when you pay your tuition fees for Dubai campus study. You will find the tuition fee figures for the programme you are interested in alongside the programme description in the online prospectus.

Fees for 2+2 Undergraduate study mode (two years in Dubai and two years in the UK) are listed separately.

Payment options

Students from the UAE can either pay the full tuition fee for the academic year in advance or take advantage of our tuition fee instalment payment plan.

Students from outside the UAE who require University visa sponsorship can either pay the full tuition fee for the academic year in advance or pay it in four equal instalments.

All students will be charged an application processing fee of AED 300, which is non-refundable and covers the cost of processing your application.

All students will need to pay the first instalment (equivalent to 10% of the first year fee along with a refundable security deposit of AED 1,000/-) at the time of accepting the offer in order to secure a place on the programme.

MBA students will receive an offer letter explaining the tuition fee and payment options available.

You can pay either in cash or by local cheque made payable to Heriot-Watt University or by bank transfer to:

Bank Transfer details
Type Details
Account name Heriot-Watt University
Account Number (AED) 2313617
IBAN (AED) AE260190000000002313617
Account Number (USD) 2313618
IBAN (USD) AE960190000000002313618
Bank name Barclays Bank Plc
Bank Address Office 109, level 1, The Offices 3, One Central, Dubai World Trade Centre, P.O.Box: 1891, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Bank telephone Tel: + 971 4 365 3030, 
Internationally: + 44 118 205 5990
Fax: +971 4 429 1919

Bank hours 08.00-17.00, Saturday-Thursday

You will need to meet any bank charges incurred for any fees paid through credit card, bank or telegraphic transfer, etc. in addition to the fee itself. You must also send a copy of the funds telegraphic transfer issuing advice, along with the application form, to help identify your payment. Please check with your bank when transferring the funds for details.

Online payment for new students

New students can also pay their non-refundable tuition deposit online using a valid credit card.  

To make the payment, students must have a conditional or unconditional offer letter from the University with their student ID listed on the letter. Payment plans can be requested from the admission team. It is important to include accurate details regarding intake year, programme name, address and contact details.

Online Payment link

Financial responsibilities

For more information on payment options, instalment plans and finance policies, please review the relevant Financial Responsibilities document:

Student Financial Responsibilities 

Please note: Every new student will be assessed for their fee status, which is based upon your situation immediately before your start your programme of study. Once you have registered with an agreed fee status, your fee status is very unlikely to change for the duration of your degree – i.e. what you pay in your first year of study will be the amount you pay each year until you graduate.

If you transfer to a new programme of study, or temporarily withdraw from a programme for more than a semester, your fee status may be re-assessed.

The fee-level for each programme is reviewed annually by the University’s Fees Scholarships and Abatements Committee, to ensure that any fee changes is proportional and affordable. Please refer to the programme pages on our website for up-to-date fee information.

The University reserves the right to amend this policy from time to time in light of prevailing circumstances.

Help and Support - Hardship

If you are experiencing financial difficulties in paying fees, you must seek help at the earliest opportunity. It is important to keep the University informed of developments and in the first instance the University recommends that any student facing financial difficulty contacts the Dubai Student Service Centre to start discussing options. For further details on hardship Scholarship kindly review the FAQs in your ASKHWU portal.

To apply for the hardship scholarship, kindly fill in the Hardship Form and forward the same to the email I’d along with the other requirements as mentioned in the form.

During the academic year, continuing students can apply for hardship assistance by raising an enquiry through their student account. The deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • September Joiners: The deadline to submit any hardship application is in the following month of December.
  • January Joiners: The deadline to submit the application is in the following month of June.
  • For January Fast Track: The deadline to submit the application is in the following month of April.

Please ensure that you submit your application before the relevant deadline to be considered for hardship assistance.

Accommodation and transport fees

The tuition fees do not cover accommodation and transport costs. You will need to complete additional forms to register for these facilities.

Student visa

If you would like Heriot-Watt University to sponsor your student visa to allow you to study on one of our programmes, please read our visa sponsorship requirements. You will also need to pay additional fees for this service.

Please note: All fees exclude any VAT that is applicable / may become applicable in the future.