Academic institutions that embed a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK)—including the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct—into their curriculum may be eligible to participate in the University Affiliation Program.

An Affiliated University signals to their students and to employers that their curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA Program exams.

Read the  University Affiliation Program Overview (PDF) to learn more about the eligibility, benefits, and ongoing participation requirements.

More about CFA Institute University Affiliation Program

Current Participants in the University Affiliation Program in the UAE:

American University of Sharjah

University of Sharjah

Zayed University

Heriot Watt University Dubai

American University in Dubai

Gary Baker, MD, EMEA, CFA Institute & Prof. Reyadh AlMehaideb, Vice President, Zayed University. 22 February, 2018.

UAP Student Scholarship

There is a new process in regards to student scholarships for the CFA Program.

Students that attend universities currently participating in the CFA University Affiliation Program can now apply for scholarships using the new scholarships portal on the CFA Institute website.


This scholarship is only for students currently attending an Affiliated University (AUS, U of S, ZU).

The universities have one primary contact with access to the portal, who can approve selected students and distribute the scholarships at their discretion.

Student Application Process