We are well equipped to meet the academic, religious and dietary needs of students from the Gulf region.
We also welcome applications from non-Emirati students whose country of domicile is the United Arab Emirates.
The qualifications we accept
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 the UAE.
Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Tawjahiya)
If you have completed your Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Tawjahiya) in the UAE, you will need to take our one year International Foundation Programme, or the equivalent from another institution, before beginning your undergraduate studies.
If you have completed one year of a Bachelor's degree at a reputable university in the UAE and your grades are good, then we’ll consider you for direct entry to the first year of a Royal Holloway Bachelor's degree programme.
A Levels & International Baccalaureate (IB)
If you have taken A levels or the IB Diploma you 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.
Our International Foundation Year, run by Study Group, is a programme of academic and English language study skills for international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements for undergraduate study.
If you have a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject, with good grades at a reputable university , you will be considered for entry to a Royal Holloway Master's degree programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme but departments will usually ask for either a lower (2:2) or upper (2:1) second class Bachelor (Honours) degree, or an upper second class (2:1) or First class (1st) Bachelor (Ordinary) degree.
English Language requirements
How to apply
Royal Holloway in the UAE
Royal Holloway frequently makes trips to the UAE, so why not take the opportunity to meet us in person? Find when we are next visiting by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have representatives in two Emirati locations.
Education Resources Network (ERN)
Dubai Media City
Tel: +971 4 4364200
Office no 104, Century Plaza Building
Jumeirah Beach Road
PO Box 50085
Tel: +971 4 344 6814 / Fax: +971 4 344 6817
#107, United Bank Building
PO BOX 46791
Office 1705, Mazaya Business Avenue - BB1
Jumeirah Lakes Towers
PO BOX 114423
The local Emirati 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 Royal Holloway 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.