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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.
Admissions are open at our partner universities in the UK – submit your initial application to commence your Study UK journey.
Level 3 to Level 8
Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate & Doctorate
Full-time, part-time or on-line
0.5 year to 4 years*
Throughout the year*
Choose the right course that meets your academic and career goals for the financial budget you have.Read more..
Research and choose the right university and campus location for the course you have decided to study.Read more..
Learn what documents and information you will require to make a successful application for your admission.Read more..
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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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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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.
|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|
In general, initially students are required to provide the following documents for university admission applications:
13 top reasons Emirates students choose to study in the UK
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.
A To apply from the United Arab Emirates for our undergraduate courses, you'll need either
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.
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are not sure about your admission needs and want to consult us before making your decision, get in touch with our student counsellors –
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