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Aston is a friendly and diverse learning environment, home to a close-knit international campus community.

We have 2,500 international students from over 120 countries studying a wide range of subjects in our safe and friendly city centre campus.

Aston University's links with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian students have been studying at Aston for many years and each year we welcome many more new students. We currently have 85 Saudi Arabian students studying at Aston University.

Academic staff regularly visit Saudi Arabia 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.

Saudi Arabian community on campus & in Birmingham

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There is a very active Saudi Arabian community on campus. There are a number of societies which may be of particular interest to Saudi Arabian students. The Saudi Society organises cultural and social events. 

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 Saudi Arabia

Staff from the International Office visit Saudi Arabia 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.

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

Staff Profile

Richard Hewitt
International Officer
Richard can help you with your enquiries and advise you on the application process. Richard visits Saudi Arabia several times a year.
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Student Profile

Hamad Saleh Alyami
MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences
I chose to come to Aston because of the rank of Aston, it has a good reputation I am also planning to do a PhD, it has excellent research opportunities.Aston also offers general English courses, it’s very useful.
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International Foundation Programme

Local Saudi Arabian 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


At undergraduate level the most popular courses with Saudi Arabian students include: BSc Computing Science, BSc Finance, BSc Human Resource Management, and BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering.
Find out more about all our undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate taught

At postgraduate level the most popular taught programme choices with Saudi Arabian students include: MSc in Biomedical Science, and The Aston MBA.
Find out more about all our postgraduate taught courses.

Postgraduate research

We also have 4 Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabia who do not meet the English language requirement for their academic course study are on our Preparatory English Programmes.


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.


See our full list of our course fees


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. 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 an undergraduate degree from a recognised Saudi Arabian University. 

You should have a GPA of 3.6/5.0 Or 2.7/4.0 overall or above from a Saudi Arabian university. The specific requirement will vary depending on the course you are applying for at Aston and the Saudi Arabian 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 3.6/5.0 Or 2.7/4.0 overall or above from a Saudi Arabian 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 3.6/5.0 Or 2.7/4.0 overall or above from a Saudi Arabian 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

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