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Royal Holloway has been welcoming students from Saudi Arabia onto our courses for a number of years and we are well equipped to meet the academic, religious and dietary needs of students from the Gulf region.

Currently there are 24 students from Saudi Arabia studying on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

Popular subject areas include: Management, Politics & International Relations, Information Security, Geology, Petroleum Geoscience, Computer Science and Economics.

The Regional Officer responsible for Saudi Arabia is Andy Rowe, who visits Saudi Arabia at least once a year. Please do not hesitate to contact him at Andy.Rowe@royalholloway.ac.uk if you would like any information or assistance with making an application. 

Applicants to Royal Holloway come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications to our courses. Each applicant is considered carefully on their individual merits, but please see below for the standard minimum entry requirements for students from Saudi Arabia.



General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihiyah)

Students who have completed their General Secondary Education Certificate

(Tawjihiyah) will need to take our one year International Foundation Programme, or the equivalent from another institution, before beginning their undergraduate studies.


Bachelor Degree

Students who have successfully completed one year of a Bachelor degree at a reputable university in Saudi Arabia and have achieved good grades will be considered for direct entry to the first year of a Royal Holloway Bachelor's degree programme.


A levels & International Baccalaureate (IB)

Students who have taken A levels or the IB Diploma will be considered for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes.  Specific grade requirements can be found in the course finder entry for your chosen course.


Bachelor Degree


Students who have successfully completed a 4-year Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject with good grades/GPA and at a reputable university will be considered for entry to a Royal Holloway Master's degree programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme, but most departments will ask for between 70-75 per cent or a GPA of between 3.0 and 3.5/5.0 or between 2.8 and 3.0/4.0.

Masters Degree

Students who have successfully completed a Masters degree in an appropriate subject with good grades/GPA and at a reputable university will be considered for entry to a Royal Holloway MPhil/PhD programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme, but most departments will ask for a minimum of 75 per cent overall or a GPA of 3.5/5.0 or 3.0/4.0.


English Language

IELTS score
Students will need to be able to prove that they have a minimum level of English language proficiency.

Students who do not meet the English language requirements may be able to take a Pre-sessional English Language Programme (PELP).



For undergraduate students, applications are made online via UCAS. Students applying for a University preparation course or a postgraduate course apply to Royal Holloway directly.

You can find further information on how to apply in the Study here section of the Royal Holloway website.

Royal Holloway is pleased to offer a number of prestigious International Excellence Scholarships to outstanding Undergraduate or Masters students each year. 

For information on these as well as other general scholarships that students from Saudi Arabia may be eligible to apply for, please see our international scholarships page.


Meet us in your country

Royal Holloway frequently makes trips to Saudi Arabia, so why not take the opportunity to meet us in person? You can find out more details about the next Royal Holloway visit to Saudi Arabia on the calendar on the Meet us in your country page.

Royal Holloway representatives in Saudi Arabia

Royal Holloway has appointed representatives in Saudi Arabia who can offer you advice and assistance with your application. 


IDP Education
Office no 208, 2nd floor, Arabian Business Centre
NE of Tareq Bin Ziad Square
Wali Al Ahd St
Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 2 614 3294/95 / Fax: +966 2 614 3297
Email: info.jeddah@idp.com
Website: www.uk.idp.com

Suite 408 Abdul Latif Plaza
King Fahad Road
PO Box 112201
Jeddah 21371
Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 2 698 4112
Email: Jeddah@igec.com.au
Website: www.igec.com.au

Office 7, 7th floor, Tower 1
Al Jamjoom Commercial Centre
Falastine street
P O Box 5091
Jeddah 21422
Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 2 261 5615
Fax: +966 2 661 5976
Mobile: +966 56 343 8758
Email: akarjou@Ukuni.org
Website: www.ukuni.org


IDP Education
Floor 3, Silver Tower, King Abdulaziz Street
Ad Dammam
Al Khobar
Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 3 898 3836 / Fax: +966 3 8983839
Email: info.alkhobar@idp.com
Website: www.uk.idp.com

Office No. 2, Second Floor
Mother Care Building, Cornish Road (Beach St)
Damman 31442
Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 3 865 0588
Email: khobar@igec.com.au
Website: www.igec.com.au


IDP Education
Al Rabiea Tower, Al Fahd Hotel Building, 6th floor, office 601
Olaya Main Road (South) cross with Kherais
Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 1 201 5010 / Fax: +966 1 201 5011
Email: info.riyadh@idp.com
Website: www.uk.idp.com

2nd Floor, Gate 4
Al Andalus Center
Olaya Street
Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 1 419 9060
Email: saudi@igec.com.au 

Office 216, Al-Babtain Commercial Centre
Olaya Road
PO BOX 19312
Riyadh 11435
Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 1 279 0404
Email: admin@ukuni.org
Website: www.ukuni.org


The local Saudi Arabian community

Royal Holloway is a multi-faith community, with many different beliefs represented on campus and excellent cooperation between faiths both on campus and in the local community.

The numerous on-campus faith groups include the RHUL Islamic Society (ISoc), who arrange five daily Muslim prayers and classes. ISoc also maintain the College's Prayer Room, which offers prayer and ablution facilities for men and women.

There are several food outlets on campus with Halal provision; simply look for the letter ‘H’ next to meat meals in The Hub, Crosslands, Founder’s Dining Hall, KW’s and The Store on Campus.

Royal Holloway has close links with the Islamic Welfare Association of West Surrey, which was formed in 1986, to serve the Muslim community in and around Royal Holloway University of London.

Alumni Ambassador

Muhammad Bilal Aslam is one of our Regional Alumni Ambassadors and is based in Riyadh. He studied MSc. Information Security at Royal Holloway and wants to help new students, as well as network with alumni based in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Middle East region. For more information and contact details please see the Alumni Chapters section in the Alumni Getting Involved page 

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