Curricula in UAE Schools – Study in Dubai

Curricula in UAE Schools (Study in Dubai)

United Arab Emirates (UAE) being a global meeting point with professionals from various countries making it their home, there is a wide number of curricula being offered by schools in UAE. The regulatory body formed by the Government of Dubai to oversee the education in private institutions is known as “Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)“. It is been reported that the student population of Dubai is growing at a rate of 7% a year.

Do you know that there are as many as 15 different curricula offered in schools within the emirate which helps the child on transient families to continue their education under the same curriculum in any part of the world. The most popular followed curriculum in UAE is Indian followed by British curriculum and American curriculum.

Migration between curriculum’s also occurs in the UAE considering the teaching style, subjects, terminology and examination trends. But teachers recommend the migration in a lower class itself so that the students can adapt to the same easily.

Below are details on some of the curriculum options available in UAE.

Curricula in UAE Schools - Study in Dubai

Curricula in UAE Schools – Study in Dubai


Focus on co-curricular activities along with theoretical knowledge. They conduct special courses like “Placement Programs” to prepare students to get into American universities. Click to see schools in Dubai


UAE offers comprehensive education for all male and female students. Primary school education is compulsory for all UAE nationals. There is also an extensive private education offered at government expense for all UAE nationals. Click to see schools in Dubai


Focused on exposing the child to community life at an early stage. Click to see schools in Dubai


This the National curriculum of England that establishes educational system which covers children aged 5 to 16. The curriculum is divided into four key stages. At stage 1 and 2 children are routinely tested.

At GCSE level students are required to take English, Maths and Science. They can opt to take up to seven more examinations. After 11 years of school, students have to appear for General Certificate of Secondary Examination (GCSE) or the International GCSE. Students have to specialize in three key subjects which help them to qualify for higher level certification (A-LEVEL) required for university entry. Click to see schools in Dubai


These schools follow guidelines set by French Ministry of National Education and are officially endorsed by the French Government. The curriculum gives more weight to academics even though it employs a holistic approach. Click to see schools in Dubai


German schools in UAE are accredited by the Conference of the Ministers of Education of the Federal Republic of Germany. The schools offer the international Abiture education and curriculum. Click to see schools in Dubai


Usually the CBSE or ICSE curriculum is opted by students who have a plan to continue their higher studies in India. The syllabus is considered as rigorous giving more stress for academics.

However, it is easier for students studying under the ICSE syllabus to transition to other international curricula like IB – International Baccalaureate. Click to see schools in Dubai


The curricula is focused on providing a host of structured academic challenges aimed at developing life skills among students by offering more than traditional schools subjects. Hence this is considered to be the most “COMPLETE” of all curriculum which requires students from age 3 to 19 years to undergo the Early Year Programs, Middle Year Programs and Diploma Programs. Click to see schools in Dubai


The curriculum is based on National curriculum of Iran. They focus on a number of extra-curricular activities for sporting and interest-based clubs to educational trips, projects and leader-ship camps. Click to see schools in Dubai


These schools follow the prescribed program of  Japanese Ministry of Education. Grade 1 to 6 is Primary Phase followed by Junior High Phase which is Grade 7 to 9. Japanese, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science are all taught in Japanese language while Arabic and English are taught as additional language. Click to see schools in Dubai


The curriculum gives additional focus on Islamic studies along with other academic subjects. The Pakistani schools in UAE follow the Pakistani FBISE (Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education). Click to see schools in Dubai


The curriculum covers Kindergarten to 10th grade (Fourth year high school). Filipino students studying in British or other curriculum schools have to take up an additional year of study (Filipino language and social studies subject) to be qualified for Philippine colleges or have to pay an extra as foreign students in their own homeland to avoid the extra subject. Click to see schools in Dubai


These schools follow the Russian National curriculum aimed at the “intellectual, emotional, moral and physical development of individuals”. Click to see schools in Dubai

Important Note:

To Make further enquiries about education in Dubai or details on Schools in Dubai please note the KHDA call center number 04-3640000.

Click and see the “SCHOOLS” listed to find contact details of the school you are trying to search.

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