United Arab Emirates

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

You can find country specific information here including entry requirements for our courses, and information about the Emirati student community.

Your International Office Team

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

Please visit our contact us page for details.

Useful information

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.

If you need to do a foundation year, the University of Leicester International Study Centre (ISC) offer an International Foundation Year in:

  • Economics and Management 
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Science
  • Society and Culture

We also offer the International Year One for management programmes.

Once you have successfully completed the International Foundation Year, you will be able to progress to an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

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) 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:

Scholarships and funding opportunities

We have a limited number of University of Leicester Santander Scholarships from Santander Bank. These are worth up to £5,000 and are available for any full-time campus-based course (undergraduate or postgraduate).

Emirati student community

The University of Leicester welcomes students from all over the world. In 2015-16 this included 30 students from the United Arab Emirates.

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

Read more about Maheem’s time at Leicester.

Student societies

Other sources of information