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United Arab Emirates

Cardiff University has a long tradition of welcoming students from the United Arab Emirates. Students are enrolled in a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and English language programmes within the University.

Over the year, the University has developed strong links with organisations in the United Arab Emirates, including the British Council and the British University in Dubai. The University is proud to have developed a keen understand of the needs of applicants from the region.

Foundation courses

If you have graduated from the UAE education system, you may be required to successfully complete a one year International Foundation Programme before entering Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

You will be required to successfully complete the Tawjihiyya School Leaving Certificate with an overall average of 85%, with at least 85% in key subject areas to qualify for the International Foundation Programme.

Undergraduate courses

If you have graduated with the Tawjihiyya School Leaving Certificate, you will be required to successfully complete a one year Foundation programme before qualifying for undergraduate programmes at Cardiff University.

You will be required to have A-levels or the equivalent of the International Baccalaureate Diploma to qualify for Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

Postgraduate taught courses

If you have a good bachelor's degree from a recognised university, you will be considered for entry on to Cardiff University's postgraduate programmes.

Postgraduate research programmes

If you are applying for research programmes from the UAE, you will be required to provide evidence that you have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant master's degree.

You will be considered for PhD study if you have a good master's degree.

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.

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

Representatives from the International Office visit the United Arab Emirates 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.

International Placewell Consultants

Block No. 13, Office No. F-18
Dubai Knowledge Village
Post Box - 46875

Tel: 00 971 4 3911178

IDP Education

Dubai Office
Contact: Ingi Maher

Office no 104, Century Plaza Building
Jumeira 1
Jumeira Dhubai

Tel: 00 971 4 344 6814
Fax: 00 971 4 344 6817

Abu Dhabi Office
office Manager: Ravi Chand

Union National Bank Building
1802 Airport Road
Abu Dhabi

Tel: 00 971 2 622 8367
Fax: 00 971 2 662 8369

Khaled Bin Braik

Khaled Ahmed Bin Braik

Course Title: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Country: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Year of Graduation: 2011
Current Employer: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Khaled earned a distinction for his MBA in Cardiff University and later on was selected amongst many as the Middle East Coordinator for the PwC Developing National Talent programme - a high honour sought after by many. Currently living an exhilarating lifestyle as a Senior Consultant for the world’s largest professional services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), he still recalls the guidance and support offered by the Business School that helped in the completion of his intensive MBA course.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff to do your MBA?

After reviewing the range of business schools across the United Kingdom, I selected Cardiff Business School for many reasons. Firstly, Cardiff Business School provides first-class educational facilities and world-renowned lecturers and professors. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Cardiff Business School was ranked 4th in the United Kingdom of all business and management schools.

Secondly, the MBA programme, particularly the combination of theoretical and practical work was a unique offering that would satisfy my career aspirations.

Finally, the diversity at Cardiff Business School both in terms of cultural and industry backgrounds played an important part in my decision.

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

Yes! I acquired greater business acumen and expertise through the critical thinking lectures, integrated case studies and the various syndicates and tutorials. I also developed better problem solving and analytical skills in the process.

Tell me a little about your time here? Did you enjoy the MBA? Did you learn a lot that was useful to your later work?

As an academic experience, Cardiff was unforgettable. Cardiff is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city with a rich historical setting. The city not only provided a good platform for learning but also quenched my thirst for exploring new destinations.

Overall, the MBA programme was great, particularly the dissertation which constituted the final phase of the programme, reflecting on the entire learning absorbed throughout the academic year. I would like to sincerely express my gratitude to my dissertation supervisor and Academic Director of the MBA programme, Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna, for his invaluable guidance and support. I would also like to sincerely thank the Government of the United Arab Emirates for awarding me a scholarship for both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

I believe that the learning acquired from the dissertation was very useful as it provided me with an opportunity to critically analyse and evaluate specific business and management areas of concern and to better understand organisational complexities in the context of the real world; in turn transforming me into a well rounded leader capable of reaping the benefits of globalised markets.

Life after Graduation
You’ve had a very exciting career, and now you’re a Senior Consultant in PwC. What does a typical day look like?

The truth is that there never really is a typical day in consulting – this fact, along with the erratic, exhilarating, challenging nature of the job, is not only what drew most of us to the field, but is also what keeps us constantly engaged. In general, however, a typical day depends on the project that you are involved in. Projects can vary in length depending on the intricate requirements and needs of clients. They usually involve cross-functional teams and are based across several international borders. In essence, there is no typical day in consulting; in fact the only constant is change.

What does your job entail now? What are your responsibilities?

My job entails providing consultancy services and solutions in the areas of corporate governance, organisation design, change management, performance management, leadership development, and talent management with the aim of improving the business performance of clients.

My responsibilities are often complex and varied depending on the nature of the project. The most recent project I was involved in was commissioned by one of the leading governments in the region. My responsibilities entailed developing a government-wide change management programme and the objective of my role was to support the effective implementation and integration of a strategic government-wide initiative.

Tell us about one of the biggest challenges you have had to face over the past year.

The fast-paced lifestyle that consulting demands looks something like this:

“It's 5a.m. and you’re airborne, off to visit a client at 10a.m., a large family business based in the region. On the plane, you review notes that the project director gave you about the client: its background, needs, requirements, and financial resources. When you first meet with the client, you are pedalling hard. You return to the hotel at 8p.m. This is followed by a team debrief to agree on the next steps and accountabilities. You then start to review notes and work until 2a.m., since the client is expecting something in the morning. And the saga continues...”

What do you enjoy most about your job?

What I enjoy most is the variety which I am exposed to. Consulting involves working, with clients across multiple industries, in house teams spanning over different specialisations and competencies, and in various jurisdictions for disparate periods of time. The exposure to the wide array of client issues is an enriching and compelling experience, and serves to strengthen my knowledge of the business world today.

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

Be prepared! The MBA programme is intensive, the modules are demanding and the deadlines are tight. Recognise that you will burn out towards the end of this lengthy process. However, should you decide to accept the challenge, this experience will lead you to your dream career path.

As an academic experience, Cardiff was unforgettable.

Student views

Have fun, enjoy the food, enjoy the environment and enjoy what Cardiff city has to offer. Allow yourself to be surprised.

Yang Su Yin, BSc Psychology

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

Kajal Shah, MPharm Pharmacy

Pat Cosh
Cardiff Contact - Patrick Cosh

Hello. I’m Patrick Cosh and I’ve been Country Manager for the UAE since 2012. I’m a Cardiff University alumnus and studied Modern History and Politics at the University, graduating in 2004.

I visit the region several times a year, and my role involves guiding and assisting students applying to Cardiff. As well as meeting with prospective students on my trips to the UAE, 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

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