Established in 2004, Al Ain University (AAU) opened the doors to its first student cohort in 2005. Constantly innovating, AAU expanded its facilities by opening a second campus in Abu Dhabi in 2008, offering programs in Business and Law. Having begun with three colleges (Engineering, Business, Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences), the University has continued to expand its program offerings which now include 22 undergraduate programs across six colleges (Engineering, Pharmacy, Law, Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Business and Communication and Media), 8 Master’s programs, and 1 Professional Diploma in Teaching program.

AAU is licensed to operate under the auspices of the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE). AAU continues to successfully seek international accreditation of its programs by respected educational bodies. The College of Engineering programs ("B.Sc. in Networks & Communication Engineering", "B.Sc in Computer Engineering" and "B.Sc. in Software Engineering") are accredited by (ABET). The "Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy" program has the distinction of being the first in UAE to be certified by (ACPE). Moreover,  the "Bachelor of Law" has been accredited by (HCERES), the College of Education, Humanities & Social Sciences has granted the CAEP Accreditation to two academic programs: Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Teaching and Bachelor of Education in Special Education, the College of Business accredited by the (AACSB), and the "Bachelor of Mass Communication and Media" program has been accredited by (AQAS), respectively.