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Cardiff University has a long history of welcoming students from Qatar and has enjoyed a considerable increase in its number of Qatari students since 2001. Popular courses for students from Qatar include Business, Law, Journalism and Foundation programmes.

The University has developed a very good understanding of the Qatari Education System and is a recognised institution by the major sponsors in Qatar.

Foundation courses

Students who have studied in the Qatari High School system will be required to take a one-year foundation course before entering our undergraduate programmes.

General entrance requirements for Cardiff University’s International Foundation Programme are as follows:

  • Academic: An overall average of 85% or above in the Thanawayiah Aama, with at least 85% in relevant subjects
  • English language: A minimum of IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with at least 4.0 in all sub-scores or TOEFL iBT 68 (Minimum subscores: Reading 04, Writing 13, Speaking 16, Listening 09)

Undergraduate courses

Entrance requirements for undergraduate courses (i.e. Bachelors programmes) vary according to the programme applied for and the background of the applicant. As a general rule admissions tutors would ask that the following conditions be met:

  • Either: The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
  • OR: Students leaving high school with the Thanawyiah Aama or Tawjahiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) who wish to study for a degree at Cardiff will normally be required to complete the International Foundation Programme.
Postgraduate taught courses

Entrance requirements for taught postgraduate programmes (i.e. Masters courses) vary according to the course applied for and the background of the applicant. As a general rule admissions tutors would ask that the following conditions be met:

  • Academic Entry Requirements - Students who have completed a first degree of four years duration with a GPA of 3.2 from a recognised university in Qatar will normally be considered for admission onto a one year Masters degree.
Postgraduate research programmes

As a general rule students applying for research programmes from Qatar should be able to provide evidence that they have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant Masters degree.

  • Academic Entry Requirements - Holders of a good Masters degree from a recognised university in Qatar will be considered.
English language

A relevant English language qualification is also required — normally a minimum of 6.5 IELTS, however, this may vary from course to course.

More information about our English language requirements can be found here.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements please contact the International Office.

Representatives from the International Office visit Qatar regularly throughout the year. Details of our next visit will appear here shortly.

For further information regarding our visits please contact us at

Nour Alnaaji

Nour Alnaaji

Course Title: BSc Business Management
Country: Jordan

Year of Graduation: 2016

Nour comes from Jordan and is in her final year of her Business Management degree. After graduating she hopes to carry on with a postgraduate degree. Nour completed an internship, which she hopes will continue into a graduate scheme after she finishes her post graduate degree.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff?

Cardiff University has a strong reputation, as a member of the Russell group. When doing my research for universities to apply for, Cardiff captured my attention as a city that has so much to offer. The student population is high, and there is something for everyone. I chose Cardiff because of its diversity.

Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?

I am studying Business Management. The course differs from classes back at home as it offers a vast amount of career opportunities. It holds talks by entrepreneurs, career information sessions and even career fairs. The course also offers a scheme called "Business management with integrated work scheme". This gives people the opportunity to go on placement during the second semester of their second year. Besides the great career support, the course also ensures application of theory, through independent or group coursework, or sometimes even through promoting related opportunities locally.

What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?

I have definitely enjoyed my studies, however I have enjoyed the extracurricular activities the most! Cardiff University offers a variety of societies and clubs, and even career related extracurricular activities, which are a great way of making friends and learning new skills.

Life in Cardiff
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?

The best thing about living in Cardiff is the friendliness of the city. Cardiff also has a very high student population and great sights such as the Cardiff castle, St. Fagans or Pen-y-Fan.

Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?

I am a member of the Tennis society and photography society. During my first year at university I was also part of the Model United Nations Society. Being part of a society is great because you can meet people with similar interests and can establish great friendships! It is also interesting as some societies organize various events throughout the year, visiting areas of Cardiff or enjoying restaurants and pubs in the city centre! It creates a great balance between your academic work and social activites!

How has the University supported you during your time here?

The University’s support has been great even before arriving Cardiff! The university has trained teams in specific areas where students may need help such as financial issues, student advice, career centres etc. The university has supported me with advice when I have needed it and the friendly staff have made any issue I’ve had very easy to overcome! The University has been great at supporting me to develop my career skills, through offering a range of employability events and even work experience!

What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?

My advice would be to come to Cardiff as it has got so much to offer! The university is great academically, being placed very high in the University rankings, and the city has a lot to offer. I also advise students not to stress about coming to Cardiff, the staff and students here are happy to help with any issues.

What are your plans for the future?

My plans at the moment are to carry on with a postgraduate degree, as I think it would be valuable for career opportunities. I will be completing an internship in the summer, which I am hoping will continue into a graduate scheme after I finish my post graduate degree. Currently I am very career focused, ensuring I make the most out of each opportunity the University gives me.

The university is great academically, being placed very high in the University rankings, and the city has a lot to offer.

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Vikesh Gadhia

Vikesh Gadhia

Course Title: Bsc Banking and Finance
Country: Qatar

Year of Graduation: 1999
Current Employer: Citibank, UAE

Graduating with a first class honours degree from Cardiff University opened important doors in the banking world for Vikesh. Distinguishing himself with success in his banking career and currently a governor of the prestigious Doha College, Vikesh still cherishes his friendships in Cardiff and remembers fondly the university, the city and his tutors.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff to do your Bsc? Did it suit the all-rounder in you?

Cardiff was a unique choice due to (i) my brother’s influence who obtained a degree in Law from Cardiff (ii) Cardiff’s ranking in Banking & Finance (alongside the fact that they were offering Banking & Finance as one degree) (iii) a capital city where you get everything that one would want (but still not as busy as London).

I received a very rounded educational and personal experience at Cardiff. In fact, I made friends at Cardiff who are still very close and importantly, very successful.

Did graduating with first class honours open many doors for you? How did it improve your career prospects?

First class honours from a university that is well regarded as a Business school did do well for my prospects. In fact, my first job interview was at a local bank in Kenya as a management trainee. In the job interview, I was only asked one question by the key shareholder of the bank: “will you get a first class honours degree?” I was pretty confident that I would and responded “yes”. He immediately offered me the job. That one incident stuck in my mind because it was a door opener at a very difficult time for the job market (in 1999).

Do you think Cardiff equipped you with the necessary skills for your job?

Within the course, there were a number of elements and theories that I continue to use on my job. The lecturers were very good and professional (especially Don Barry who was also my tutor).

Life after Graduation
You’ve had an exciting career, and now you’re not only Vice President of the Global Transactions Services in Qatar, but also a Governor of Doha College. How do you feel about all of this, and what was the rationale behind each career move?

It certainly has been a fruitful ride so far in moving up the career ladder and contributing to society. However, it certainly would not have been possible without the understanding and support of family.

A strong educational foundation, continued learning on and off the job, a willingness to progress further in my career and community service have been the key drivers for my career. The most important thing to achieving a successful career is job satisfaction and making sure one is enjoying his/her job.

What does your job entail now? What are your responsibilities? (Both in Citibank and in Doha College)

At Citibank Qatar, I head their Global Transaction Services Business that encompasses Securities & Funds Services (including Custody), Trade Services & Trade Finance as well as Cash Management & Services (such as liquidity management). I am responsible for the strategy, profit and loss, balance sheets, sales & product delivery of my department. Alongside that, I am part of the Management Committee that steers & executes the bank’s strategy to fulfil her ambition in Qatar.

At Doha College, the key responsibility of a member of the Board of Governors is execution of strategy, vision and good governance of the school.

What are the biggest risks about your job?

The biggest risk for any senior manager is not meeting the bank’s set targets. It can be with regards to revenues, employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction as well as franchise risks. Those refer to adherence to global and local regulators, internal policies and processes, compliance and legal frameworks.

What important lessons did you learn in Cardiff (academic or otherwise) do you carry with you until today?

Work hard, party harder (especially if you live in a place such as Cardiff). Always cherish good friends!

Do you have any words of wisdom to share with prospective students who are thinking about coming to Cardiff?

With the right educational platform, focus and most importantly - attitude, anything is possible. I still tell tales of my time at University to my wife and kids. It’s time I took them to Cardiff for a holiday – probably to Barry Island as my kids would certainly not enjoy pub crawls. ;)

Do not waste an opportunity to live in Cardiff. Whether it’s the university or the city, they are both amazing places and will remain lodged in your memory forever.

Student views

Cardiff is a compact city, so I usually walk everywhere. You can buy halal food easily and there are lots of Arabic restaurants.

Mohammed Mubarak Al-Mesaifri, IFP Engineering

The cost of living is just right for your pocket; you can have an enjoyable time both socially and academically.

Kajal Shah, MPharm Pharmacy

Patrick Cosh
Cardiff Contact - Patrick Cosh

Hello. I’m Patrick Cosh and I’ve been Country Manager for Qatar. I’m a Cardiff University alumnus and studied Modern History and Politics at the University, graduating in 2004.

I visit Qatar every year, and my role involves guiding and assisting students applying to Cardiff. As well as meeting with prospective students on my trips to Qatar, I work closely with Embassies and other partner organisations of the University.

Please do feel free to let me know if you have any questions about studying at Cardiff University, as I will be very happy to advise further.

Clubs & societies

Cardiff University Islamic Society

The Cardiff University Islamic Society (Cardiff ISoc) is an organisation formed by students, for students to increase understanding about the religion of Islam. Cardiff ISoc runs events throughout the year, ranging from socials to sporting events, open to all.

Cardiff University Islamic Society

Useful links



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