Dubai Campus students

A warm welcome to Heriot-Watt University, Dubai. We are pleased that you will be joining us. Here you will find information to help get your university journey off to a flying start.

New students checklist

Make sure you have read through our new student checklist below. This checklist will take you through the practical steps that you should complete or think about before you start your studies with us.

Dubai Campus semester dates 

Semester dates for our Dubai campus are listed in the academic calendar and you can find dates for induction, teaching, holidays, and examination.


Enrolment is the process of formally joining the University and becoming a Heriot-Watt student. You agree to abide by the rules of the University and to pay any fees, and we ask you to confirm that we have your correct details.

Enrolment is now open open for January 2023 and can be done through student self service.

Here is a useful video to guide you through the enrolment process.

Enrolling online involves:

  • Checking and updating your personal details, 
  • Uploading a photograph for your student card, 
  • Checking your programme and fees and agreeing to our terms and conditions. 
  • International students subject to immigration control will also need to enter their visa details. 

After you complete online enrolment you will need to register for your courses online. Access to course registration may vary depending on your programme, as you may require guidance before making your choices.

On completion of online enrolment you will be given access to your University email and myHWU Student Portal through which you can access many other services and facilities. 

Please note you can only enrol online once you have accepted your unconditional offer and paid your fees.

Logging in to student self service

Log in by entering your:

  • Heriot-Watt University person ID (number beginning with 'H00' which can be found on any recent correspondence from us)
  • PIN number (your date of birth in ddmmyy format)

The first time you log in, you will be asked to change your PIN number. Please keep these details safe, as you'll need them the next time you log in.

Upload a photograph

Please upload a photograph for your student identity card. This should be a clearly identifiable passport-style photograph.

Programme Guide
Induction timetables

Being a student comes with a lot of financial obligations, and it is important that you are aware of these before you start your studies with us.

Tuition fees will most likely be the biggest financial obligation you have, and you should make sure you understand how and when to pay these before you start with us. There may also be scholarships and discounts available to you, which can give you some additional support and funding during your university career.

You can contact for further assistance.

Accommodation and transport

A number of high-quality accommodation providers are available in Dubai for our students. For more information please visit our accommodation page.

For more information on transit options to the Dubai Campus please visit our transport page.

IT access

Becoming a Heriot-Watt student gives you access to a whole range of IT services and equipment, including email, file storage, and on-campus WiFi access.

Watch the Getting Connected at HWU video for information and advice on how to get connected at Heriot-Watt University and how to navigate the online University programs that you will be using for responsive blended learning.

You can also visit the IT Essentials page to find out what resources are available to you.

Once you enrol, you will have access to the myHWU Student Portal, (within 24 hours), which is your one-stop shop for all things Heriot-Watt whilst you are a student with us. Make sure you check out the student portal before you commence your studies.


If you have questions about what life is like as a Heriot-Watt University student, or about the range of support and resources that will be available to you, you can email the Dubai campus student success advisor at

Questions about your application or entry requirements should be sent to

Remember, university is more than just sitting in a lecture theatre. The sections below will give you more information on the different aspects of your university experience and the opportunities available to you whilst studying at Heriot-Watt.