Masdar Institute offers students who are registered in other universities’ postgraduate level programs the opportunity to enroll as a visiting student in Masdar Institute courses or participate in Masdar Institute research as part of their degree requirements at their home institute.

A visiting student must be enrolled in a home institute and be seeking Masdar Institute’s external courses or research activities as part of their degree requirements, with the approval of the home institute. Accepted visiting students are required to pay fees linked to their stay, including tuition, visa processing fee and health insurance. Masdar Institute accommodation may be available at additional cost if requested. Masdar Institute tuition fees can be waived based on faculty recommendations and approval from Masdar Institute.


Visiting student applicants must provide a letter from the applicant’s home institution stating that the applicant is enrolled in a program and will continue to be enrolled during the visit period at Masdar Institute. The letter must stipulate that the visiting student will graduate from the home institution upon return from Masdar Institute. The home institute must also provide a statement identifying the funding source for all costs associated with the visiting appointment.

Visiting student applicants must also meet the standard Masdar Institute admission criteria, as follows:

    • Be currently enrolled in a postgraduate degree in another institute
    • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of engineering or science
    • Provide proof of English proficiency through:
      • A TOEFL score of 577 for the paper-based exam, 233 for the computer-based exam, and 91 for the internet-based exam.
      • Or an IELTS score of 6.5 (in the academic IELTS exam)*
    • Have a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 4 point scale, or equivalent.
    • Have approval from the home institute

Visiting students will only be considered for admission after recommendation by the relevant academic department and approval from the research advisor (in case of research project involvement). Visiting students are eligible to study at Masdar Institute for one semester and may register for up to two courses. As such, the visiting student must make prior contact with a member of Masdar Institute faculty so they can grant permission to be the visiting student’s supervisor. A letter from the respective Masdar Institute faculty is required as part of the visiting student’s application.

If you wish apply to be a visiting student at Masdar Institute, please send the above documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Incomplete applications will not be considered.