University of Birmingham and the United Arab Emirates

The University of Birmingham welcomes applications from students from the United Arab Emirates. We currently have students from the UAE following a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University, and receive a number of students sponsored by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities MA

“The University of Birmingham not only has one of the best campuses in the UK, but the course I wanted to do was well established and the tutors were well known for their knowledge and teaching in the field. The University provided all the factors that I was looking for.”

The student experience

Find out about student life and how to get involved in the student community to make the most of your time here.


Find out more about scholarships and financial support

Entry requirements

The following information is for guidance only and should be used together with the University's general entrance requirements and any specific degree programme requirements. 

Foundation Pathways

Students leaving high school with the Tawjihiyya with 85% or above will be considered for the foundation programme (plus 85% or above in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway). 

A-Levels: We normally require BBB, but students with BBC/BCC maybe considered depending on A-level subjects and destination degree. For Engineering and Physical Sciences Pathway this should include Mathematics.


IB: We require a total of 28 points, or 554 at HL with 24 overall with no subject requirements - except for the Engineering and Physical Science Pathway, where a 5 in Mathematics  at SL or HL would be required.

For further information see the Birmingham International Academy website.


The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as the Birmingham International Academy, for entrance to undergraduate programmes. 


Holders of a good four year honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 75% from a recognised university, will be considered for postgraduate study at Birmingham. PhD applications will be considered on an individual basis.

English Language

You may be required to provide evidence of your English ability. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements.

Contact Us

There are various ways to contact us, whether you need support with your application, information on living and studying in Birmingham, or visa and immigration advice.

Birmingham Representatives in the UAE

The University of Birmingham contact for the UAE is Catherine Yates.  

To contact Catherine with your questions, please email or you can 'Like' our Middle East Facebook page

The University of Birmingham's representatives in the UAE can assist you with questions about studying in the UK and, more specifically, at the University of Birmingham. They will also be able to assist you with the application process. 

IDP Education Dubai

Office No.104
Century Plaza Building
Jumeirah 1, P.O. Box 50085
Dubai. UAE 
Tel: +971 4 344 6814 
Fax: +971 4 3446817 

IDP Education Abu Dhabi 
1802 Union National Bank Building 
Airport Road (Corniche Side) 
P.O. Box 32919 
Abu Dhabi, UAE 
Tel: +971 2 622 8367 / +971 2 622 8368 
Fax: +971 2 622 8369 

British Council

The British Council has offices in many countries throughout the world which are able to provide you with advice about studying in the UK. Most offices also have an education library and Internet facilities where you can consult university material. The British Council can also provide advice about funding opportunities.

How to apply

How to apply

Interested in applying? Find out more about how to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham by watching our video above!

Course Finder Database

Course Finder Database

Find undergraduate and postgraduate courses by searching the University of Birmingham's course finder database. Here you can find out course modules, as well as contact details for course queries.

Alumni in the UAE

Alumni in the UAE

The University has many strong alumni groups all over the world. Find out more about Birmingham alumni activities in the UAE by clicking on the picture above.



View our range of accommodation options for undergraduate and postgraduate students.


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