EASA Pilot Training programme with integrated BSc (Hons.) degree in Air Transport Management


The EAU BSc (Hons.) with integrated EASA approved ATPL, AB-INITIO Pilot Programme is delivered in the UAE and Portugal within 32 months. The programme is structured as Foundation in Dubai, UAE and Theory /Practical in Portugal. The Foundation will offer a solid basis for students to fully comprehend the technical subjects that they will encounter for the main element of the programme. This programme will provide students with both a professional and academic qualification. Airlines are increasingly looking for candidates that have achieved degree status and the EAU programme provides both in an exceptional package in less time than a student would ordinarily take to undertake a degree alone.

Successful completion of the course will lead to:

  • BSc (Hons.) in Air Transport Management
  • EASA, ATPL (A) Frozen Licence
  • EASA CPL License with IR, SE and ME ratings

Graduates of the programme will have the option to enroll in the university's one year Top Up Degree Programme and obtain a BSc (Hons.) in Air Transport Management.

Screening/ Foundation

The EASA cadet pilot programme is delivered in the UAE and Portugal within of 18 months. Candidates are first required to undergo a thorough screening process in Dubai, at Emirates Aviation University’s Campus, in order to assess motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination, maths & physics and psychological review. Suitable candidates are accepted to proceed either conditionally or unconditionally subject to performance.

Candidates who do not pass the initial maths & physics exams/ or who manage only average scores, are required to undergo our Foundation Programme to ensure that they are adequately prepared for the technical level of the programme. At the end of the Foundation all candidates are re-tested and a final assessment is made.

Class 1 Medical

Candidates will undertake a Class 1 medical in Portugal, to ensure that they are fit enough to join the programme. This is mandatory for pilot training. This is undertaken at Foundation level to ensure that should a candidate not be medically suitable, then they do not incur further costs of the main programme.

The overall programme timetable is as follows;

Pre-selection Process 1 week Dubai
Foundation Maths & Physics 3 weeks Dubai
Visit to Portugal- Class 1 Medical 1 week Portugal
Theory-Blocks 1,2 &3 9 months Dubai
Practical 9 months (maximum) Portugal

Theory (Dubai) Duration 9 months

The Theory part of the programme is delivered in Dubai in 3 blocks at our campus in Academic City. The total duration of the Theory is 9 months based on a mandatory classroom attendance of 6 hours/ day. The exams are conducted under the authority of the UK Civil Aviation Authority through the CAAi exam centre at the EAU campus. The programme significantly exceeds the requirement for Ground School delivery for taught hours, in excess of 100 hours above the EASA legal requirement of 750 hours, to ensure that candidates have the best opportunity to succeed and have a thorough grounding in the EASA subjects.

The theory is delivered as follows;

Theory Block 1*

  • Air Law
  • AGK-Air Frames
  • AGK-Instruments
  • Mass & Balance
  • Principles of Flight
  • VFR Communications

Theory Block 2*

  • Performance
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Meteorology
  • IFR Communications

Theory Block 3*

  • Flight Planning
  • General Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Operational Procedures

(* Please note that the order of subjects may change, but the overall content will not)

Practical (Ponte de Sor) Maximum duration 9 months Full board and accommodation/ local transportation

Practical Part

All flying will be done in Portugal.

Flight Hours
Single Engine analogue 104
Dual Engine-digital 61
Multi-Engine 15
Simulator 40
Total flight hours (real & synthetic) 220 hours

Successful completion of the above Theory and Practical phases will lead to an ATPL (A) frozen Licence & HD in Aviation Science, being issued.

Entry Requirements(Dubai)

High school certificate Grade 12 or equivalent. Minimum age is 17 years old. Candidates must have a minimum IELTS score of 5.0 in Academic English, or equivalent. Emirates Aviation University (EAU) offers a Foundation English course for candidates below this threshold.

VISA’s: EAU cannot guarantee the UAE and Schengen visas but will offer full support to candidates to facilitate their visas to register as a student.

Foundation Programme (Dubai) 5 months

The foundation programme offers students a thorough grounding in the principles of aviation, which will ensure they are ready to take on the demanding theoretical studies required to become a pilot. Subjects will include Maths & Physics, and a variety of ATPL related subjects.

Screening (Dubai/Lisbon) 1 week

During the screening week candidates are tested on:

  • Psychometric and motor skills ( Compass test)
  • Personal interview
  • Maths & Physics proficiency exam
  • English proficiency
  • Class 1 Medical ( Lisbon)

Subject to satisfactory performance, the student will be able to progress to the flying academy in Portugal.

ATPL EASA Pilot Programme (Portugal) 18 months

Ground School will consist of 14 theoretical subjects, followed by 5 flying phases.

Upon successful completion of the ATPL programme, students will graduate with a frozen ATPL licence as well as an Advanced Diploma in Aviation Science awarded by EAU. Full board and lodging will be provided for students in Portugal, including return air tickets to Lisbon from Dubai and local transfers.

All necessary materials will be provided for the student to undertake the course, including uniforms.

Final Year Degree (Dubai) 9 months

Successful completion of the ATPL will allow students to enter the final year top up degree which is dually awarded by both EAU and Coventry University in the UK.

The EAU award is recognised by the National Qualifications Authority (NQA) in the UAE. Students will graduate with a BSc (Hons.) in Air Transport Management.

Tuition Fees

Programme Fee
Full programme AED 595,000

The full EASA ATPL programme fee above includes the following;

1. Dubai:

  • UAE visa
  • Screening week including English language, psychometric, psychological and maths/ physics testing
  • Foundation programme at EAU ( one semester)
  • Support to apply for Schengen visa (note that the responsibility of obtaining a visa remains with the applicant. EAU will offer full support but cannot guarantee that the visa will be issued by the relevant authority)

2. Portugal:

  • Return economy air fare Dubai/ Portugal
  • Class 1, EASA medical testing
  • Uniforms all course materials and iPad
  • Theory classes
  • Examination fees ( first attempt)
  • Practical flying phases
  • Half board accommodation on-campus
  • All landing and take-off fees

3. Dubai:

  • Award of Higher Diploma after successful completion of ATPL
  • Final year degree (dually awarded by EAU and Coventry University, UK)

How to Apply

For information on how to apply for a course at Emirates Aviation University, see our Admissions Guide.

For further assistance, please send an email to admissions@eau.ac.ae

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