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We have a large community of international students here at Southampton Solent University and understand that the process of relocating to a new country can be challenging. Students coming from the United Arab Emirates can find advice about obtaining a visa and studying in the UK right here on the Solent website.

For more specific advice about coming from the United Arab Emirates to study, please see the information below. Alternatively, you can contact the British Council's UAE offices or our own international advice team.

Entry requirements

As a general guide, we look for qualifications that are equivalent to the British high school A-levels. A portfolio is also required for most of our art and design courses.  

Students with a Tawjihiyya (Secondary School Certificate) may be considered for a foundation year (level 0 of a bachelor's degree)

For postgraduate courses, we look for qualifications that are equivalent to the British bachelor's degree.

Visa information

As a UAE national, you will need to apply for a visa to come and study in the UK. When you have met all the conditions of entry for a full-time course at Southampton Solent University (including payment of deposit and course acceptance), you will be sent a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) number. You will need this document to apply for a student visa.

You should make your application for a visa at the local British Embassy or High Commission.

Speak with an official representative

Solent has a number of official representatives around the world. They give you the chance to talk about opportunities here at Southampton Solent with someone in your own country. 

Education Zone
Knowledge Village
Block 2B, Office F30
United Arab Emirates
Tel: + 971 43910257
Contact: Suad Al-Halwachi/Munther Al-Razqi

Knowledge Zone
Office No 1917, 19th Floor 
The H Dubai Office Tower 
One Sheikh Zayed Road
United Arab Emirates
Tel: + 971 47050301
Contact: Shoroq Fandi or

Uni Admission 
Office F27 - F28 
Knowledge Village
Dubai, PO Box 502256 
Tel: + 971 4 3901 922
Fax: + 971 4 3664 614
Contact: Hazem Mohra 

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