K M Enayet Hossain
09 December, 2022

5 min read


Apply to Study in the UK from Saudi Arabia

UK is highly popular study destination by Saudi Arabian students. Saudi Arabia sends the largest number of students from the Arab world to the UK, it is a top 10 country for international students studying in the UK.

Study English, university foundation, bachelors, masters or PhD courses in the UK from Saudi Arabia – our dedicated team members at Total Student Care will be with you through your admission query, admission application, visa application and university enrolment processes.

Admissions are open at our partner universities in the UK – submit your initial application to commence your Study UK journey.

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

0.5 year to 4 years*

Throughout the year*


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Cost of Studying in the UK for Saudi Arabian Students

The cost breakdowns below are average figures of expenses that a typical Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian Students choose to study in the UK

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

  • Building & Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Digital Marketing
  • Business Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Dermatology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports and Exercise Sciences
  • Health studies
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Media & Communication
  • Journalism
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Logistic & Supply Chain
  • Veterinary science

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 Saudi Arabia?

13 top reasons Saudi Arabian students choose to study in the UK

  • Get educated to transform yourself as future leader
  • Treat yourself with world-class degree
  • Polish your English language proficiency
  • Learn in hugely diverse and multicultural environment
  • Live in massive number of Muslim & Arabian community in UK
  • Enjoy freedom in discrimination free society
  • Nurture your personal growth and use your full potential
  • Experience world-famous art, culture, music, football
  • Go around historical places in the UK and Europe
  • Earn money during study visa and post study work visa
  • Undertake internship and work placement to enrich career profile
  • Take away transferrable soft skills to Saudi Arabia
  • Switch 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 Saudi Arabian General Secondary Education Certificate?

A With the Saudi Arabian General Secondary Education Certificate (Al Thanawiya Al Aama), you will meet entry requirements for University Foundation Programme in the UK. You will need to have UKVI academic IELTS for the course.

You may also qualify for a 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year.

Q What are the entry requirements for UK undergraduate (bachelor’s) courses for Saudi Arabian students?

A To meet the entry requirements for UK Undergraduate (Bachelor’s) courses, Saudi Arabian students will typically need to have one of the following qualifications:

  • College of Technology Diploma (2 years)
  • Associate Degree
  • Undergraduate Diploma
  • Higher Technical Institute Diploma
  • Junior Health College Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Recognised foundation courses taken in the UK, Australia and Canada

To be considered for entry into Year 2 of Bachelor's degrees, you will typically need to have a Higher Diploma qualification, depending on the modules studied and the grades received.

Q What are the entry requirements for UK postgraduate (master’s) courses for Saudi Arabian students?

A For entry to a UK postgraduate degree programme (Master’s), Saudi Arabian students typically need to have completed a Bachelor degree from a recognised university. Exact requirements will depend on the postgraduate degree you are applying for and the undergraduate degree you have studied.

Some, but not all, postgraduate programmes require your undergraduate degree to have a related major. Some postgraduate programmes may require work experience in a relevant field or at a certain level.

Degree grade equivalency table
Saudi Arabian Degree Classification - CGPA out of 5.00 Saudi Arabian Degree Classification - CGPA out of 4.00 Saudi Arabian Degree Classification - Percentage UK Degree equivalent
4.50 3.60 90% 1st
3.50 3.00 80% 2:2
3.20 2.70 70% 2.2
Q What are the entry requirements for UK PhD courses for Saudi Arabian students?

A For entry to a UK PhD programme, Saudi Arabian students typically need to have good grades in bachelors and masters degrees awarded by a recognised university, and a strong research proposal. Students who have not completed a thesis as part of their degree will need to show evidence of previous research experience.

Q What are the English language requirements of UK universities for Saudi Arabian students?

A English language requirements of UK universities differ for different level of courses and the grade requirements may also slightly vary university to university.

Applicants for the International Foundation Programme or pre-sessional English programmes are required to have a UKVI recognised SELT (Secure English Language Test). These must be taken at one of the UKVI approved test centres.

For bachelor’s or master’s courses, you will require IELTS score of minimum 6.0 overall score and no less than 5.5 in any component. However, some universities may have higher score requirements. If you have lower than required score in UKVI academic IELTS, then you will be able to take pre-sessional English course along with your main bachelor’s/master’s course.

PhD courses normally require IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

Q Will I need to provide academic reference letters with university admission application?

A Yes, almost all UK universities will require academic references with admission applications. You can find details about this in this guide ‘Matters related to academic reference letters ’ and also check our student resources section for sample academic reference letter .

Q Will I be able to bring my dependants from Saudi Arabia while studying in the UK?

A International students can bring their dependants in the UK if they meet the requirements. You can bring your dependants from Saudi Arabia, if you -

  • are doing a postgraduate level (RQF level 7 or above) full-time course of 9 months or longer at a 'higher education provider' with a 'track record of compliance'
  • a new government-sponsored student on a course that lasts longer than 6 months
  • are not a child student

You will details information in our guide ‘How to apply: student Dependant visa for UK ’.

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