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University of Aruba

University of Aruba

University of Aruba


About the University of Aruba

The University of Aruba (UA) is a modern university offering higher education, research, and social services to Aruba and the surrounding regions. Embedded in the Aruban society, the UA is a model in cultural diversity that represents the make-up of the Aruban culture itself, with students from the Caribbean, European, Latin, Asian, and American family backgrounds. The current four Faculties and the various University Centers strive to contribute to academic discussion, participate in the sustainable development of Aruba, and promote critical open-minded thinking. Providing these services is a critical part of UA’s mission to give back to the Aruban community.

Like the student population, the teaching staff at the UA is made up of a diverse body of dedicated scholars from Aruba and abroad. Working closely together, this team of local and international scholars fosters the academic growth of the almost 700 students attending the UA. Additionally, to promote both faculty and student development, the UA offers a number of critical administrative, facilities, and individual services which are provided by a friendly and supportive UA staff.

The UA traces its roots back to 1988 when the start of the Faculty of Law (FdR) marked the beginning of the UA’s academic growth. In 1993, the Faculty for Accounting, Finance and Marketing (FEF) started which is now the largest faculty of the UA, followed by the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies (FHTMS) in 2005. The UA’s most recent addition is the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) which began in 2009. In the coming years, the UA hopes to continue its expansion by offering cutting edge degree programs to both local and international students.


To build an exceptional institute of higher education and research that is recognized nationally, regionally and internationally as a leader in high-quality teaching and relevant research that educates students for a sustainable and dynamic future. We aim to be a place that underscores and fosters possibilities, liberties, and personal and social responsibilities.


Bring together inspired people who conduct and deliver quality research and higher education in order to enhance the students’ and alumni capabilities to participate in the dynamic and ever-changing world, resulting in responsible, satisfied global citizens, who are lifelong learners and who are prepared to positively contribute to the community’s quality of life.

Our Values

At the University of Aruba, we value openness, personal and social awareness, collaboration, mindfulness, excellence, accessibility, and innovation to help become the best educators and researchers.

International Students: Benefits of studying at the UA

The benefits of studying at the University of Aruba are:

  • Small Classes;
  • Multimedia Facilities;
  • Interactive and Personal Guidance;
  • Teamwork and Field Projects;
  • Combination of Student Life with Social Life and Community Work;
  • Active Student Body, Activities and much more.

As an international student, you are not alone: we are proud of our international classrooms and our international staff.

These UA Centers and Offices are helping the UA become a leader in the Caribbean for academic excellence.

Campus Features

The main campus of UA is centrally located in downtown Oranjestad within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and the beaches. Students can enjoy the ambiance of the main campus which is housed in the historic and beautiful de La Salle Building. Each classroom is modern, providing instructors and students with the latest technology to deliver excellence in education. Recently, UA has begun providing students with opportunities for online education. There is also an expanding Library on the main campus and a fully-equipped Computer Center/Classroom. Our satellite building at the APEX located on L.G. Smith Boulevard houses a number of Centers and Offices that promote academic growth, education, and research.


    The University is happy to assist international students with enrollment, visa applications, housing, and other administrative issues.


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