Saudi Arabia

We welcome students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia!

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Entry requirements


If you graduate with the Thanawiyah School Leaving Certificate with an average of 80% you should apply for the Foundation Year to be eligible for admission to an undergraduate degree at Leicester. For information about the International Foundation Year please see the International Study Centre website.

Undergraduate (Bachelors) degrees

  • If you are studying A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) then you can begin from the first year of a Bachelors degree. Please see individual course pages for entry requirements.
  • If you have already completed the first year of an undergraduate degree at a recognised Saudi institution, you may be considered for entry to the first year of a Bachelors degree if you have studied relevant subjects.
  • It is sometimes possible to transfer into the second year of a Bachelors degree.

For more information about available degrees please see individual course pages.

Postgraduate (Masters) degrees

If you have completed a four-year undergraduate degree (with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.00 or 3.5/5.0 depending on institution) from a recognised institution in Saudi you will be considered for entry to a Masters degree.

For more information about available degrees please see individual course pages.

PhDs and other research degrees

To apply for a PhD (or other postgraduate research qualification, such as MPhil, DClinPsy, DSocSci, EdD or MD) you must have a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognised institution in Saudi, usually in a related subject area, with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.00 or 3.5/5.0 (depending on institution and the subject that you wish to study) which is equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (also known as a 2:1).

You must also be able to demonstrate practical knowledge of appropriate research methodologies. Research degrees are demanding and intensive: to succeed at this level you must be highly motivated, be able to work independently, and have an appropriate familiarity with the discipline and its associated research techniques/methodologies.

Where a Masters degree is required, this is indicated in the relevant description on our Postgraduate Research webpages, together with further information about requirement.

English language requirements

Please see details of our English language requirements.

Scholarships and funding opportunities

The University of Leicester offers a number of scholarships for new international students. You should also check in your own country whether scholarships are available for study overseas, from your government or other organisations.


Visits to your country

No visits planned at present

Partnerships with Saudi institutions

The University of Leicester is actively pursuing partnerships with education institutions in Saudi Arabia. Please contact Dr Michael Green for further details.

Student Societies


We have an official overseas contact for Saudi Arabia. Contact details can be found on our Alumni website.

Other sources of information