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United Arab Emirates

Aston University provides a welcoming and multi-cultural learning experience to approximately 10,000 students, many of whom live on our safe and friendly city centre campus. The University has more than 2,300 international students from over 120 countries studying a wide range of subjects.

Aston University's links with UAE

Emirati students have been studying at Aston for many years and each year we welcome many more new students. We currently have 19 students from the UAE studying at Aston University.

Academic staff regularly visit the United Arab Emirates to work with our partner institutions, and to take part in international conferences. 

A list of all of our partner institutions can be found here.

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There is a very active Arab community on campus. There are a number of societies which may be of  interest to Emirati students. The Arab Soc organises cultural and social events. Find out more about societies at Aston.

There are also a number of societies which bring together students from similar religious backgrounds. Find out more about societies at Aston.  

Birmingham is a multi-cultural city and there is a strong Arabic community. You'll find Arabic  restaurants, music, dance and more in the city.

Meet us in the UAE

Staff from the International Office visit the UAE several times per year to take part in British Council Education UK Exhibitions, visit schools and colleges and to meet with students through our official representative offices.

Upcoming visits

Forthcoming dates and locations can be found here.

International Foundation Programme

Local Emirati students study our International Foundation Programme, which has streams available in Business/Social Sciences, Engineering, and Health Science/Science.
Find out more about our International Foundation Programme.

Undergraduate

At undergraduate level the most popular courses with Emirati students include: BSc Optometry, BSc Management and Strategy, LLB Law with Management, and BSc Construction Management.
Find out more about all our undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate taught

At postgraduate level the most popular taught programme choices with Emirati students include: MSc Engineering Management, and The Aston MBA.
Find out more about all our postgraduate taught courses.

Postgraduate research

We also have 3 Emirati students on research degrees working with some of Aston's key research groups. 
Find out more about research degrees at Aston.

Preparatory English

Students from the UAE who do not meet the English language requirement for their academic course study are on our Preparatory English Programmes.

Scholarships

There are a number of Aston University scholarships available for international students.
You can also have a look to the list of external funding providers.

Fees

See our full list of our course fees

Undergraduate

Students who have been awarded with Thanawiya will be required to complete a recognised Foundation Programme. For entry to the International Foundation Programme we would require overall mark of 80-85% as a minimum.

You can apply for a year 1 of Bachelors degree with an 2 year Diploma/Certificate.  Applicants holding the Higher Diploma may be considered for Year 2 entry of relevant programmes. We normally look for average GPA of 3.0/5.0 as a minimum.

Some degree programmes, such as engineering, sciences and languages, require specific subject backgrounds.

English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate – Taught Masters

You can apply for a 1 year masters programme with a four year undergraduate degree from a recognised Emirati University.   

You should have a GPA of 3.0/4.0 overall or above from an Emirati university. The specific requirement will vary depending on the course you are applying for at Aston and the Emirati university from which you have graduated.

If you are applying for finance, engineering, science or social science based subjects; you must have studied a similar field in your undergraduate degree.  There are a number of conversion programmes in business and management which are appropriate for students from any subject background. 

English language requirements for taught postgraduate programmes.

Postgraduate - MBA
You can apply for the MBA programme with an undergraduate degree, in any subject area, from an overseas institution and a minimum of three years post graduation managerial work experience. You should have a GPA of 3.0/4.0 overall or above from an Emirati university.

English language requirements for MBA.

Postgraduate – Executive MBA

You can apply for the Executive MBA programme with an undergraduate degree, in any subject area, from an overseas institution and a minimum of five years post graduation managerial work experience. You should have a GPA of 3.0/4.0 overall or above from an Emirati university. This programme takes 2.5 years in total and is taught in blocks of 6 days at a time.  It requires the commitment of the student to travel to the UK 6 times per year. 

Postgraduate - Research 

Each of Aston's Schools of Study has a number of research groups with the potential to host PhD students. Research specialisms include finance, economics, marketing, organisational psychology, bioenergy, knowledge engineering, photonics, languages, biomedical sciences, neurosciences, health sciences and more. 

You have to submit a detailed research proposal outlining your intended research topic, its objectives, proposed method of research and an indication of how the proposed research topic relates to previous work by other researchers. Find out more on Aston's Postgraduate research pages

English language requirements for postgraduate research programmes.

A list of our Overseas Agents & Representatives for Aston University can be found >>Here

In Arabic language

How to apply
Student Profile

Student Profile

Hazza Al-Naeimi
MSc Operational Research and Performance Management
Graduation is only a concept, In real life every day you graduate, But my real Graduation being an Emirate national, was through the MSc course in Aston University, where I have gained a lot of knowledge, endorsed my academic qualifications that contributed tremendously positive toward my career development and performance professionalism.

Guaranteed accommodation for international students

Guaranteed accommodation for international students

Aston is able to guarantee you University accommodation for the duration of your studies, providing you apply by the deadline each year.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research