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St Mary's University warmly welcomes students from UAE.

St Mary's has a lively and diverse student community, with students from over 100 countries outside the UK representing approximately 10% of its 6,000 students.

Below you will find lots of useful information for applicants from the UAE, but if you still have more questions, please feel free to email

Entry requirements

Undergraduate academic requirements

Applicants with the General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihiyya) are required to complete an International Foundation programme, IB or A Levels prior to being admitted to an undergraduate course at St Mary's University.

Students who have successfully completed the first year at a recognised university or a 1-2 year Associate Degree may be exempt from taking the International Foundation programme.

Postgraduate academic requirements

A four year honours degree from a recognised university in the UAE.

English EquivalentUAE Degree:Grade Point Average (4.0)
2:1 3.0
2:2 2.75

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will be required to evidence your English language ability required for academic study. Please see our English Language Requirements page for our standard entry requirements.

Apply online today

For more information on how to apply as an international student please visit our section on  International Application Information.

Undergraduate applicants   Postgraduate applicants

Meet us in the UAE

St Mary's staff visit The UAE to attend fairs, visit schools and meet potential students. Please see our travel calendar for when we will next be visiting a city near you.

Meanwhile, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email


Students from the UAE who are offered a place to study at St Mary’s will automatically be considered for one of St Mary's International Student Scholarships – these are available to new, full-time undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree students in any subject area.

For undergraduate applicants, the scholarship is worth up-to £3000 off the cost of your first year tuition fee. For postgraduate applicants the scholarship is worth up-to £3000 off the total cost of your tuition fee.

St Mary's in the UAE

St Mary's staff regularly engage with potential students from the UAE.

If you have any questions about studying at St Mary's or how to go about making an application, please do not hesitate to email

The local community

The Students' Union

You are welcomed as a member of our thriving Students' Union as soon as you arrive at St Mary's and there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

There is a wide range of societies clubs and societies for you to join and a full list can be found within the Students' Union section.

In the local area

London has a long-standing Arab community and there are many organisations that bring the community together through social events, sports and cultural activities. The Arab British Centre promotes cultural and artistic events relating to the Arab world, and host a regular programme of activities as well as hosting an art collection and specialised library. The Islamic Society of Britain is a community based charity which organises events and activities which aim to combine Muslim and British cultures.

London caters for members of nearly all faiths, and celebrates all of the major religious festivals, including Eid. It is home to one of the largest mosques in Western Europe, the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, South London. You can also find a wide range of Middle Eastern restaurants and food shops in and around London – many of these are listed on the TimeOut website.

Useful links