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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. 

Al-Tumooh Educational Consultancy
Tel: +97150 542 7234
Location: Abu Dhabi, Dubai

Global Study UK
Location: Middle East

International Group for Educational Consultancy (IGEC)
Tel: +971 42 3985
Location: Dubai

Knowledge Horizon
Tel: +971 4 2980 994
Location: Dubai

Knowledge Zone
Contact: Shoroq Fandi
Tel: +971 4 705 0419
Location: Abu Dhabi, Dubai

PFL Group International Ltd
Contact: Kirsty Christopherson
Tel: +971 4 355 9573
Location: Dubai

Qobolak for Higher Education Services (previously Alqhtani Education & Consultancy Services)
Tel: +971 555 777 395
Location: UAE

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