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International students United Arab Emirates

Welcome

The University of Strathclyde has been active in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for many years, and there are currently more than 20 students from the UAE studying on our campus in Glasgow.

Students from the UAE study in all four of our faculties and at undergraduate and postgraduate level – popular subjects include Accounting & Finance, Mechanical Engineering, Computer & Information Sciences and Management.

The Strathclyde MBA has been taught at our centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi since 1995, and there are now over 300 current students on this programme.

Strathclyde was the first European university to be granted a licence to operate an MBA programme in the United Arab Emirates. We also have links with the Dubai Police Force, who have sent many of their staff to complete the MSc Forensic Science degree at Strathclyde.

We also have an active UAE alumni group that regularly meets and holds events.

Strathclyde International Society

Run by students, for students, the International Society is the first stop for all international students arriving at Strathclyde.

It's the perfect place to meet new people and learn about many different countries and cultures. You can learn more about Glasgow and Scotland too.

There are weekly international pub, movie and games nights which are regularly attended by more than 100 people from countries across the world.

The International Society loves to get out of the city for a bit of sightseeing too. Recent trips have included:

  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Isle of Arran
  • Stonehaven
  • Isle of Skye
  • Ben Nevis
  • Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter trip)

If you're joining us here at Strathclyde, you can add the Strathclyde International Society as a friend on Facebook to keep up to date with what they're doing and where they meet. You can also email the team for any other information.

We're looking forward to seeing you at Strathclyde!

Spiritual life

Glasgow is a diverse, multicultural city with a large Muslim population, and the biggest mosque in Scotland is located less than 15 mins walk from the Strathclyde campus. Prayer facilities are available on campus, and the Strathclyde University Muslim Students Association (SUMSA) welcomes new students and organises a range of social and cultural activities throughout the year.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate

The Tawjihiyya/General Secondary Education Certificate isn't normally sufficient for direct entry to Strathclyde undergraduate programmes and students with this qualification will usually need to take a Foundation Programme. Successful completion of the Foundation programme allows students to progress to the second year of most Strathclyde bachelor’s degrees.

Students with IB, A-Levels or the American High School Diploma can be considered for direct entry. Please see individual course pages for requirements. Students with Indian qualifications should refer to the guidance on the India page.

Postgraduate

For entry to postgraduate programmes we look for a degree from a recognised Higher Education Institution. Our GPA requirements are usually a minimum of 3.0 out of 4. Relevant postgraduate work experience may also be taken into consideration.

If you wish to apply for a research degree you'd normally have to have a Masters degree and some experience of research work.

For further information on entry requirements, please contact our representative Christopher Crame (christopher.crame@strath.ac.uk).

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to provide proof of English language proficiency from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Our IELTS requirement is 6.5 (no subject less than 5.5), however some courses may look for more.

Previous study and/or work experience conducted in English can in certain circumstances be used as sufficient evidence of a student’s English language ability, in lieu of the IELTS test.

Please contact international@strath.ac.uk for further information and guidance.

Improving your English

If you need to improve your English to meet the language conditions of your degree offer, you can take one of our ELT English language courses here without needing to re-take IELTS or another English language test.

Degree preparation courses

The University of Strathclyde International Study Centre offers international students, who do not meet direct requirements for a course, the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation, International Year One or Pre-Masters programme. Upon successful completion, students will be able to progress to a degree level course at the University of Strathclyde.

How to apply

Apply through our course pages.

Get in touch

If you're in any doubt about the entry requirements, just get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

While you're here

Glasgow has so much to see and do while you're here.

Shopping & entertainment

Our music scene, bars and restaurants are renowned and we've one of the best shopping experiences in the UK.

There are museums, numerous sporting venues and more than 90 parks, with the oldest - Glasgow Green - a 10-minute walk from our campus.

Glasgow is also a great base for exploring Scotland's beautiful lochs and mountains or for flying to some of Europe's most attractive destinations.

Student union

The student union here at Strathclyde is a great place to grab a bite to eat and catch up with friends between classes.

Like us, it's based in the middle of the city centre and is an array of events, clubs and societies that you can join.

Eating out

There are loads of places to grab a quick sandwich or have a longer, relaxed lunch or dinner around here. Keep an eye on The List for places to eat.

Scholarships

Check out our scholarships database to find out more about all scholarships and funding opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Current students