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Applying from Saudi Arabia?

Here's all the information you need to study with us

If you’re from Saudi Arabia and interested in studying in the UK, the University of Portsmouth is a great place to fulfil your ambitions. And if you’re ready to take the next step, we’re ready to help you get here.

On this page, you'll find information about where you can meet us in your region, what you need to do to apply for a course with us and contact details for our people in your area.

Entry requirements for students from Saudi Arabia

If you're joining us from Saudi Arabia, the entry requirements you need to meet will depend on the course you want to study.

We consider all applications we receive. However, to make sure you get the most out of your time studying with us and have the best chance of applying successfully, we recommend the following minimum qualifications:

Foundation courses

If you have achieved a 60% pass in Thawawaya/Tawjihiyah/Thanawiya (General Secondary School Certificate), we offer an Engineering and Technology Foundation Year - BEng (Hons) Engineering and Technology, delivered in our Faculty of Technology.

Foundation programmes in all other subjects are delivered by our pathway provider, International College Portsmouth (ICP).

Undergraduate courses

If you have a 2-year Diploma or Associate Degree from a recognised institution, we'll consider you for admission onto an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree. If you have a strong GPA, you could be considered for Year 2 entry.

You can also apply with:

A levels

  • Please check your specific course page to find the exact number of points needed. Your A level grades should equal or exceed the total points required. You can use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your total points.
  • Some courses will require you to have studied specific subjects at A level. For example, to study a science course you will usually need to have achieved passing grades in scientific subjects at A level.
  • A level points: A* = 56 A = 48 B = 40 C = 32 D = 24.

International Baccalaureate

  • Most courses will require between 24 and 31 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB), depending on the degree you apply for.

You must have studied relevant subjects and achieved strong grades.

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. We do consider qualifications from a range of sources. Contact us to find out more.

All of our Bachelor's degree courses are listed under the MoHE King Abdullah Scholarship Programme for sponsorship.

Postgraduate courses

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor's degree from a recognised Higher Education institution.

Typical minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements:

  • From 2.8 on a scale of 1-4
  • From 7 on a scale of 1-10

Many of our other postgraduate courses will ask for relevant work experience, and some will require you to have studied relevant subjects. Please see our courses for more details.

If you don't meet the postgraduate entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master's programme at International College Portsmouth (ICP) for many of our courses.


We'll consider you for a PhD if you have a good Master’s degree and submit a research proposal.

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English language requirements

When you join us, it’s important that you can speak and understand English to the level that your course requires. The specific English language requirements will be on your chosen course page.

We accept IELTS, IGCSE and several other certificates, but don’t worry if you're currently short of the standard required – we offer English Language Programmes that will get you to the necessary level.

What to do next

Ready to start your adventure with us? Whether you know which degree course you want to do or not, get in touch with us now or meet us at an event near you to discuss your next steps.

Our Global Officers are experts in helping students from Saudi Arabia, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As an international student, you may be eligible for a scholarship. You can find out what is available to you on our funding pages.  

Representatives and agents

If you want to learn more about studying with us or you want help with your application, contact one of our official representatives in Saudi Arabia:

Agents in Saudi Arabia


Institute of Arab culture
Prince Mohammed Road, opposite to AlOthaim mall
2nd Floor, Prince Mohammed Building
for Youth Development Program
Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Tel: (+966) 138 154244



Office 208
2nd Floor
Arabian Business Centre
Wali Al Ahd Street

Contact person: Hussain Saeed
Tel: (+966) 2614-3294
Fax: (+966) 2614-3297



Office 23
5th floor
Zahran Tower
Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah Rd
Al Faisaliyah

Phone: (+966) 12-682-1285


International Student Services Ashraf Olayan

Madinah Road
PO Box 53277
Jeddah 21583
Saudi Arabia 

Tel: (+44) 7860-905-977

Education Global (EduGlobe LTD)

Jubail Industrial City,

AlKhaleej Estate,
Road No 6
P.O Box  9469
Zip code 35718
4059 – 35718
Tel: +966(0)541259980
Tel: +966(0)535234118


AHZ Associates

Hijrah St,
Khaldiyah Dist.,
Madinah, Saudi Arabia - 43212

Tel: (+96) 65 5586 8037


Global Vision For Academic Services

Office no.3
3rd Floor
Gulf Commercial
Corniche Road
Al Khobar

Tel: (+966) 3 895-1572

Office No. 83
2nd Floor
Al-Safowah Commercial Center
Mamdouh Bin Abdulaziz St - Sulaimaniya

Tel: (+966) 3-5443-81060



Al Rabiea Tower, Al Fahd Hotel Building, 6th Floor office 601
Olaya Main Road (South), cross with Kherais, Riyadh

Contact person: Ahmed Zedan
Tel: (+966) 1201-5010
Fax: (+966) 1201-5011

Silver Tower Floor 3
King Abdulaziz Street
Ad Dammam
Al Khobar

Contact person: Alaa Natour
Tel: (+966) 3898-3836
Fax: (+966) 3898-3839



Office No. 23
2nd Floor
Alqada Center
Al-Takhasusi Street (Opposite to Euromarche Hypermarket)

Tel: (+966) 11-810-4444


IEC al Khobar

IEC Abroad Office Number: 38
3rd Floor
Khalid Business Center
King Khalid Street
Cross 19, Near Almana General Hospital
Alkhobar, Eastern Province

Tel: (+966) 13-803-5010(+966) 13-803-5011



King Fahad Area
Alolaya Street, Opposite Taybah Mall, Ground Floor,
Zip Code 12271

Tel: (+966) 11-263-0026


Reach Immigration

Takasusi Street (Thumama Road)
in front of Tamimi Market
Above Aljazeerah Bank,
Al Sahafah District
Riyadh 13315

Tel: (+966) 55-110-7172



AbdA Study Abroad

Building No. 3074
Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Road
Level 29, Tower B, Olaya Towers
P.O.BOX 50182
Riyadh 12213

Tel: (+966) 5-4908-7511


TCL Global

9066-9070, Al Khazai
Riyadh, 11543
Riyadh 12611, 3043

Tel: (+966) 0 505 444 945


Education Global (EduGlobe LTD)

The Business Box
3 Oswin Road

Tel: +44(0)1162795001


Clarendon EnterpriseCentre
Bristol & West House
2nd Floor
Post Office Road
Tel: (+44) 1202-313-634
Fax: (+44) 1202-313-601


IEC Abroad LTD

Murray House
85 Picadilly
M1 2DA
Tel: (+44) 1612-334-295
Fax: (+44) 1612-334-296

TCL Global (Talib Consultancy Limited)

Education Counselling Center
Unit 9
St Georges Business Centre
St Georges Square

Tel: (+44) 2392-83 9-210

Events in Saudi Arabia

We don't have any current events planned in Saudi Arabia, but we do plan regular events so check back here often for more information.
You can also contact our staff for support, or speak to an agent in your region for more assistance. 

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