K M Enayet Hossain
24 November, 2022

7 min read


Apply to Study in the UK from United Arab Emirates (UAE)

A record number of UAE students have applied to UK universities in 2022, data from admissions service UCAS reveals. UK is No 1 choice by Emirates as a UK degree is great takeaway and glorifies them with pride and prestige.

The UK has become a second home for Emirati students. Hundreds of (United Arab Emirates (UAE) citizens choose to study in the UK each year, forging friendships and memories that last a lifetime. For many UAE students it offers the chance to gain a world-class education, open the doors to a dream career path and the opportunity to perfect their English.

UKVI has categorised UAE as a ‘low risk’ country and has ‘differential evidence requirement’ arrangements for Emirates - UAE nationals applying for student visa in UAE do not need to provide education certificates or bank statements with their visa applications.

Total Student Care has been providing UK University admission and UK student visa application services to UAE nationals and other national living in the UAE for years.

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Study in the UK – Key Information

Academic level
Level 3 to Level 8

Qualification type
Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate & Doctorate

Study mode
Full-time, part-time or on-line

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Cost of Studying in the UK for UAE Students

The cost breakdowns below are average figures of expenses that a typical Emirates student will spend on commonly studied subjects at commonly chosen universities in the UK while living a UK life like other international students. However, these costs may vary for certain courses at top universities. For living and maintenance costs, students are in control and can choose to spend more or less as per their financial ability or necessity. This is a general guideline for Emirates students to prepare for their budget to study in the UK.

Tuition Fee

Course Level Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (AED)
Foundation courses (Full fees) 10000 to 15000 43636 to 65454
Undergraduate courses (per year) 11000 to 15000 48000 to 65454
Postgraduate courses (Full fees) 11000 to 16000 48000 to 69817
Doctorate courses (per year) 14000 to 16000 61090 to 69817

Most of the universities offer some scholarship ranging from GBP 500 to GBP 5000 which will reduce tuition fee cost.

Living cost and Maintenance costs per month

Details Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (AED)
Accommodation 600 to 1000 2618 to 4364
Utility bills 50 to 100 218 to 436
Travel 200 to 400 872 to 1745
Food 300 to 600 1309 to 2618
Mobile phone 30 to 50 131 to 218
Entertainment 100 to 300 436 to 1309
Other casual irregular costs 100 to 200 436 to 872

Students get 30% discount on travel card and different types of discount on shopping.

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee

Details Cost (GBP) Cost (AED)
Student visa application (One-off) 348 1727
IHS (per year) 470 2332

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee may change per year by Home Office. Please check visa application fees calculator & IHS fees calculator to find out how much you will have to pay for your application.

For up-to-date currency rate, please check oanda.com.

Earnings from working in the UK on student visa

Students will have the right to work while continuing their studies in the UK i.e. 10 hours per week if they are studying foundation course, 20 hours per week studying a bachelor, masters or PhD course. Students will be able to work full time per week during holiday period in between your course.

Student earning in the UK per month

Details Average earning from student job (GBP) Average earning student job (AED)
Part-time work 460 to 800 2007 to 3491
Full-time work 1600 to 2000 6982 to 8727

Popular subjects Emirates Students choose to study in the UK

The most popular subjects Emirates students choose to study at UK universities include:

  • Building & Architecture
  • Energy Engineering
  • Electronics engineering
  • Electrical power engineering
  • Renewable energy engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Digital Marketing
  • Business Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Fintech
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Dermatology
  • Bio Chemistry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports and Exercise Sciences,
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Social Studies
  • Arts and Design
  • Education
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Media & Communication
  • Journalism
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Logistic & Supply Chain

Documents required for admission application

In general, initially students are required to provide the following documents for university admission applications:

  • All final official academic certificates and transcripts
  • Two academic reference letters
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Passport
  • English Language proficiency certificate i.e. IELTS
  • Personal statement of purpose
  • Research proposal (for MPhil, PhD course)
  • Portfolio of works (for art/design/architecture/film etc. course)
  • ACCA registration confirmation for ACCA course
  • Past visa refusal documents (if applicable)

Why choose to study in the UK from UAE?

13 top reasons Emirates students choose to study in the UK

  • UK Education emirates to reach leadership position in UAE
  • Maintain Emirates culture while learning UK’s Western culture
  • Be part of massive number of Muslim & Arabian community in UK
  • Live high standard life in safe and healthy environment
  • Improve fluency in English, the language of international business
  • Growing to live independently in great international arena
  • Nurturing personal growth among diverse student community
  • Learn to live in discrimination free society and environment
  • Going around historical places in the UK and travelling to Europe
  • Earning during study visa and post study work visa
  • Undertaking internship and work placement to enrich CV
  • Taking personal & professional transferrable skills away to UAE
  • Switching to skilled work visa to craft a career in the UK


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)s

Q What course I can study in the UK with my Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate)?

A With the Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya amma (General Secondary Education Certificate) from UAE, you will usually qualify for a foundation course/international foundation year in the UK.

Q What is the academic entry requirement for undergraduate/bachelors course?

A To apply from the United Arab Emirates for our undergraduate courses, you'll need either

  • A Levels or International Baccalaureate
  • Associate degree (American University in Dubai) University Diploma
  • a recognised International Foundation course from a UK institution following a validated UK syllabus
  • Standard XII awarded by the CISCE/CBSE or another recognised state exam board

If you have a High National Diploma (HND) or Higher Diploma you can apply for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate programme.

You may be able to join an undergraduate course with other qualifications too.

Q What is the academic entry requirement for postgraduate/master’s course?

A If you hold a relevant 4 year Bachelor’s degree from a recognised UAE university (usually with a grade of 'very good’ jayyid jiddan) you will be considered for postgraduate study. Grades requirements may vary for different universities/courses.

UAE and UK degree and grade classification:

UAE Degree classification - GPA out of 4.00 UAE Degree classification - alphabetical UAE Degree classification - percentage UK Degree equivalent
3.60 – 4.00 A 90% - 100% 1st
3.00 – 3.59 B+/B 80% - 89% 2.1
2.50 – 2.99 C+ 75% - 79% 2.2
QWhat is the academic entry requirement for PhDs and other research degrees?

A To apply for a PhD (or other postgraduate research qualification) you must have an undergraduate (Bachelors) degree from a recognised university, usually in a related subject area, with a GPA score of 3.0 out of 4.00 or 80% and above (depending on the subject that you wish to study) which is equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (also known as a 2:1). Some universities may require a master’s degree, where a Master’s degree is required, this is indicated in the relevant description on the university website.

You will also usually need to provide a research proposal for your proposed PhD/Research study in the UK.

Q Do I need to maintain maintenance funds for UK student visa application from UAE?

A If you are a Emirates Citizen applying for your student visa from UAE which is a low risk country, you do not need to submit evidence of maintenance funds but you still need to maintain it as required by UKVI. They may ask to submit it any time after your visa application.

Q Do I need to submit my educational certificates with my student visa application from UAE?

A Emirates students applying from UK student visa from UAE do not need to submit educational certificates with their visa application. However, you may need to submit these if UKVI ask for these after your application.

QCan I stay back in the UK after my degree?

A If you successfully complete your bachelors or master’s degree from a UK University, you will be entitled for 2 year graduate visa (post study work visa) or if you successfully complete a PhD/Research Degree, you will be entitled for 3 year graduate visa (post study work visa).

After this, you may take admission for further studies in the UK or switched to skilled work visa or other immigration category leading to settlement in the UK.

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