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 International Officer responsible is Alice Crichton. If you have any questions about Royal Holloway or making an application please email Alice.Crichton@rhul.ac.uk
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.
Entry requirements for each course might be slightly different. Click here to search for a course.
Book a one-to-one appointment
We are really keen to connect with students interested in studying with us. We offer 30 minute, one-to-one counselling sessions via Microsoft Teams. These chats are informal and do not affect admission - they're simply an opportunity for you to learn more about Royal Holloway and studying in the UK. We welcome any questions you might have about our application processes, study programmes, and campus life.
Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Thanawiya)
If you have completed your Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Thanawiya) in the UAE, you will need to take our one year International Foundation Year or International Year One 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.
University preparation programmes
The Royal Holloway International Study Centre provides an International Foundation Year and International Year One programme, which are designed for international students who do not quite meet the requirements for an undergraduate course. These programmes will help to develop your academic and English language skills in preparation for university. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at Royal Holloway, University of London.
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
IQ Education Consultants
If you are in receipt of a government scholarship please follow this link for further information to make sure you understand what documentation you need to provide before, and during, your time at Royal Holloway.
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 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. We also have Middle Eastern and North African MENA Society who put on events such as MENA movie nights, shisha nights, cuisine nights, Dabake sessions, game nights as well as annual MENA ball.
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.