United Arab Emirates

The University of Leicester welcomes students from the United Arab Emirates.

The Future Students Office Team

The Future Students Office can provide you with more information about studying in the UK at Leicester.

Students are welcome to directly contact Mariam Adel, our Global Recruitment & Conversion Officer who is based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and would be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have, put you in touch with one of our current students or recent alumni, or arrange an individual consultation at a time that is convenient for you. She can be contacted via email ( or phone (+971544448100) at any time, so please get in touch!

Please visit our contact us page for details.

Useful information

Entry requirements

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 specific entry requirements.

We also accept students taking the Standard XII awarded by the CISCE/CBSE or another recognised state exam board. For many courses at the University of Leicester, you will usually need 80% overall or higher, along with higher individual marks of 85% in relevant subjects.

If you are taking another curriculum, please get in touch with us to discuss entry requirements.

We do accept students transferring from an undergraduate degree at a recognised Emirati institution, subject to assessment. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances.

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

Applicants should also meet our English Language requirements as detailed below.

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) 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.

Agents in your region

We work with the following agents in the United Arab Emirates:

Emirati student community

The University of Leicester welcomes students from all over the world.

“The University is rich in culture and so diverse that you will never feel like you don’t belong.” - Maheem, International Relations BA

Student societies

Other sources of information

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