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Students from the UAE regularly study at Birmingham City University with a scholarship or sponsorship from their home country. We have previously had students studying with scholarships from various organisations from the UAE including Ministries, Abu Dhabi Police Force and ADNOC to name a few.

For further information please contact BCU’s International Officer Mizan Ahmed.


If you are an employee of ADNOC and are seeking to study with BCU please see the Partnerships tab of this page. Alternatively you can contact the International Officer.

UAE and Birmingham City University

We have many students from the UAE studying at Birmingham City University on some of our most popular programmes including ACCA, BEng/MEng Engineering and MSc Internal Audit Management and Consultancy.

Birmingham is a popular study destination for students from the Middle East region and has many of your home comforts including mosques, halal supermarkets and restaurants and a very active Islamic Society in our Students Union. Birmingham has its very own international airport which is located a ten minute train journey from our City Centre Campus. Modern, safe and perfectly located on-campus accommodation is available to all international students on a first-come, first-served basis.

BCU’s International Officer Mizan Ahmed understands the study needs of Emirati students and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about studying here. We also have growing partnerships in your home country.

Abu Dhabi
  • IDP Education Ltd,
  • Sabina Kosuri
  • Office No. 104, Century Plaza Building
  • Jumeirah 1
  • Dubai
  • Phone: +971 (0) 43446814
  • Email: info.dubai@idp.com
  • International Group for Education Consultancy (IGEC)
  • Mr Mohammad Nimrawi
  • Al Ittihad Street Al Safair Tower
  • Office No 404
  • Deira - Port Said
  • Dubai
  • Phone: +971 4 239 8500
  • Email: uae@igec.com.au
  • GroupL FZE
  • Creative Towers
  • P.O box 4422
  • Fujairah


We are happy to consider students with a General Secondary Education Certificate Grade C/70% PLUS Higher College of Technology Diploma with minimum grade C+ / 2.3 / 70%

Higher qualifications may be considered for Stage 2 or Stage 3 undergraduate entry. Please contact the MENA Admissions team for further information.


We are happy to consider students with a Bachelor Degree from a recognised university with minimum grade B- / 2.6 / 65%.

Some postgraduate courses require a subject specific undergraduate degree to qualify for entry for example, Law, Computing, Social Sciences, Engineering, etc. Please check the website for this information.

International Foundation Programme

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) offer subject specific Foundation programmes to students after completion of General Secondary Education Certificate Examination with 60% and IELTS (or equivalent). Completion of a BCUIC Foundation course guarantees entry to your chosen degree. For a list of Undergraduate Foundation programmes and entry requirements please see: bcu.ac.uk/bcuic.

Special requirements

Arts, Design and Media (ADM) 

All undergraduate courses in ADM require a good portfolio of artwork. Some postgraduate courses also require a portfolio, others require a proposal of studies while some courses require both a portfolio and a proposal of studies. Please check the course pages for specific requirements.

Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE)

All undergraduate courses in the CEBE Faculty require a minimum of Mathematics at O Level. For some programmes Mathematics is required at AS or A Level at Grade C or the equivalent. Please check the course pages for specific requirements.

Business, Law and Social Sciences (BLSS) 

All Business School undergraduate Year 1 courses require Mathematics minimum of Grade C at O Level or the equivalent.

Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS)

Most courses offered by the HELS Faculty require qualifications in Maths, Sciences and/or related subjects. Please individual course pages for further information.

International qualifications

If you live in the Middle East and study an international qualification such as a Bachelors Degree, A Levels, IB or CBSE, you can see our international entry requirements here:

If your education system is not listed here, please visit the country page for your education system. For any other questions please contact: mena@bcu.ac.uk.

English language requirements

View our English language requirements

The University is currently offering partial scholarships up to £2,000 discounted from the tuition fees.   Scholarships are dependant on availability and the academic merit.

Sorry, there are currently no planned visits by Birmingham City University representatives to your country.

Country contact

Do you have a question?

Mizan Ahmed

International Regional Manager

Tel: +44 7725752230
Email: Mizan.Ahmed@bcu.ac.uk