A senior official at a Dubai university says the man suspected of trying to bomb a U.S. airliner on Christmas studied there through the middle of this year but is no longer a student.

University of Wollongong in Dubai Vice President Raymi van der Spek told The Associated Press Monday that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab took classes for seven months beginning in January.

He declined to give details on Abdulmutallab's course of study or activities at the school, citing a university confidentiality policy. But he says "he is no longer a student."

The school, located near the beach and Dubai's palm island, is a branch of an Australian public university.