United Arab Emirates

We welcome students from the United Arab Emirates!

جامعة ليستر ترحب الطلاب من دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة!flag of United Arab Emirates

Entry requirements


If you successfully complete the Tawjihi with average of 80% you should apply for the Foundation Year with the University of Leicester’s International Study Centre (ISC) to be eligible for admission to an undergraduate degree. 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 university, 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 (but not into the final year).

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

Postgraduate (Masters) degrees

If you hold a relevant Bachelors degree from a recognised UAE university (usually with a grade of 'very good’ jayyid jiddan) you will be considered for postgraduate study. This translates to a GPA score of 3.0 out of 4.00 or 80% and above.

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 an undergraduate (Bachelors) degree from a recognised UAE university, usually in a related subject area, with a GPA score of 3.0 out of 4.00 or 80% and above (depending on 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 


Visits to your country

No visits planned at present.

Please email Shahid Hussain for details of future visits to the United Arab Emirates.

Partnerships with United Arab Emirates institutions

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

Student Societies


The University of Leicester is committed to remain in touch and engaged with its Alumni. If you would like to be our official overseas contact for the Qatar please see our Overseas Graduate page.

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