United Arab Emirates

We welcome applications from students from the United Arab Emirates. More than 100 students from the UAE currently study here, and we would love for you to join us.

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The following information is for guidance only. Competition for places at the University of Bristol is very strong, and the achievement of the qualifications listed does not guarantee that an offer will be made. We aim to respond to your application as quickly as possible to help you plan your studies.

If your qualification is not listed or you have any further questions, please contact us for advice.

International Foundation Programme applicants

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is delivered by the University of Bristol to prepare international students for a degree programme at the University through tailored English language units and academic subject units.

You can find more information through Kaplan International Pathways, our trusted education partner for applications and admissions to the International Foundation Programme.

Undergraduate applicants

You can apply for undergraduate courses through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS institution code for the University of Bristol is BRISL B78.

Entry requirements vary for each course. Please check our undergraduate course listings for details of specific requirements.

Applicants will need to meet the English language requirements for their chosen course. Different courses need different levels of language skills, referred to as ‘profiles’. The required profile will be shown on the course page. Find out more about our English language profiles.

Students who have successfully completed either the University of Bristol International Foundation Programme or an appropriate foundation/bridging programme such as those offered by our partners, and have met the entry requirements for their chosen degree, will be considered for admission to undergraduate courses.

  • Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-Levels will be considered for direct admission to our undergraduate degree programmes. Entry requirements are listed in our Undergraduate Prospectus.
  • If you have studied the American curriculum, entry requirements are listed on our USA country page.
  • Students studying at Indian schools can find out more about entry requirements on our India country page.
  • Applicants with the Thenawiya/Tawjahiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) combined with the successfully completed American tests, a total of THREE in any combination from the list provided on our USA country page, will be considered for admission to our Bachelor degree courses.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed one year of a UAE degree with a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 are eligible to apply for the first year of an undergraduate course.

Postgraduate applicants

You should apply online for all our postgraduate programmes.

Entry requirements vary for each programme. Please check our postgraduate programme listings for details of specific requirements.

Applicants will need to meet the English language requirements for their chosen course. Different courses need different levels of language skills, referred to as ‘profiles’. The required profile will be shown on the course page. Find out more about our English language profiles.

To be considered for admission to a master's degree programme at the University of Bristol, the minimum requirement for entry is an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree that is equivalent to a UK upper second-class degree (also known as a 2:1).

  • Applicants with a degree of four years duration can be considered for entry to a Masters programme. We typically look for a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 but this will vary depending on the individual university grading system.
  • For entry to a PhD programme we would require applicants to hold a Masters degree with a minimum GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.


The University provides a range of international scholarships, including our Think Big scholarships which can help fund your tuition fees.

Search our full list of funding to find more scholarships offered by the University of Bristol and external organisations.

Find more information about funding your studies on our student finances pages.

  • As well as our scholarships, past students from the UAE have been sponsored by the Embassy of the UAE Cultural Attaché Office, and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

Education representatives

The University has agreements with many education representatives (also known as agents) around the world who can assist you with your application. Using a representative does not put your application at any advantage or disadvantage, and independent applications will be considered on an equal basis.

Please use the services of only one representative to avoid administrative complications. We strongly advise you to only work with a representative listed below.

British Council

The British Council can give guidance and information about higher education in the UK. Find out from their website if there is an office near you and what services are available.

Student societies

Our student clubs include the Khaleeji Society, the Arab Society, the International Students' Network and over 400 more for different interests.

Our alumni

Our international alumni network includes more than 200 students from or living in the UAE, who are employed at organisations including MS Homes, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), Al Marakeb, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and The Developing Child Centre.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about applying to Bristol, please contact our International Recruitment team:

Phone: +44 (0)117 39 40229

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Bristol is a highly-ranked university for my degree, and I like how the University is integrated with the city. The University helped me settle in with welcome events, the BRP collection service and opening ceremonies, and in my accommodation I met a lot of people on the first day who I am still close friends with now.

Saif (BEng Mechanical Engineering)

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