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United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Welcome to the country information for students from the United Arab Emirates.

Meet us in the Middle East

We visit many countries in the Middle East throughout the year, especially in the autumn and spring months. Find out about our scheduled visits.

Studying in the UK

Most bachelors degrees in the UK are three years in duration and masters degrees are one year. The teaching style here means that students focus more closely on their subject of study and complete fewer general education classes and electives. This is an advantage to Emirati students because it means you can complete your degree in a shorter amount of time and therefore pay one year's less tuition. Degrees from UK universities are recognised around the world and are considered to be of the highest quality.

Safe and central

We're located in Kingston upon Thames, a safe, attractive and lively riverside town in south-west London. Kingston is only 30 minutes by train from central London, and about an hour by public transport from Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Kingston is consistently rated one of the safest boroughs in London (Metropolitan Police Service, 2017) and the happiest place to live in London (Rightmove, 2016).

Top-quality teaching

Students from the United Arab Emirates are attracted to Kingston University by its international reputation in teaching quality, supportive learning environment and proximity to London. Kingston is one of the top universities for teaching in the UK and has achieved strong results in national assessments of teaching quality. Kingston has some of the best graduate employment figures in the UK. We ensure that our courses teach you work-related skills and are relevant to today's work environment.

Kingston University has welcomed students from the United Arab Emirates into many of the degree courses across our four faculties including Business and Social Sciences; Art, Design and Architecture; Science, Engineering and Computing; and Health, Social Care and Education.

Language requirements

All students from outside the United Kingdom need to meet our English language requirements. These depend on whether you are applying for pre-degree, undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

If you don't achieve the required score, you may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Overseas education representatives in the United Arab Emirates

Below is a list of university representatives in the United Arab Emirates. Please contact your nearest representative if you would like further information:

UK visa requirements for the United Arab Emirates

Students from the United Arab Emirates coming to study in the UK must obtain prior entry clearance and therefore need to apply for a visa. For further information, please contact the British Embassy to begin the application process:

You will need to show details of your acceptance onto a course, your offer letter and evidence of sufficient funding to support your education and living expenses while you are in the UK.

Contacts in the United Arab Emirates

If you would like information on Kingston University, our courses or assistance with your application, please contact one of our representatives in the United Arab Emirates. If you would like further information about studying and living in the UK, please contact the British Council:

What our students say

"This course has given me the analytical and entrepreneurial skills to take on new challenges.  It has also introduced me to big communication agencies and shown me a number of opportunities out there."
Suha Mousa.  BA, Design and the Creative Economy

"The staff were determined to help me to achieve. They provided constant support and empowerment. The course created opportunities for me and offered me career progression. If I had not done the HRM course at Kingston I would not have had the international standing and expertise that enabled me to achieve my current position and function in my role."
Mutaib Al Otaibi, Human Resource Management MA

Partner institutions in United Arab Emirates

Kingston University has a number of progression route partnerships with colleges, universities and institutions. These include:

Partner Collaboration Subject areas Partnership contact
Institute of Management Technology Undergraduate advanced entry routes

Contact us

International enquiries
Tel: +44(0)20 8417 3411