Why Essex?

Here at Essex we welcome applications from students from Saudi Arabia. We currently have a number of students from Saudi Arabia studying on our foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 
A friend of mine who studied at Essex recommended it to me, and because it has one of the best language and linguistics departments in the UK I decided to come to do a Masters degree here.
I am finding my course very interesting and I am really enjoying it. I share a flat in the Quays with other postgraduate students, some of whom are now my friends. I have also met friends through the Islamic Society and the volleyball club. I would strongly advise anyone to come to Essex because it has an excellent academic reputation and it offers a great environment for study.
Abdulrahman Al-Fahad MA Linguistics

Entry requirements


Previous university/college study is required in addition to local high school qualifications for our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses.

We accept a number of international qualifications, including the International Baccalaureate with the majority of our courses requiring a grade between 29 - 32 or the SATR with the majority of our courses requiring a minimum of 1100 out of 1600 with 550 in each test.

Some courses have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team admit@essex.ac.uk

We also offer a range of Foundation Programmes which can lead to entry to our undergraduate degrees, please visit University of Essex International College for further information.

Postgraduate Taught

Many of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 70% or 2.8/4 or 3.25/5 or above from Bachelor degree. Some courses and departments have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team pgadmit@essex.ac.uk

We also have a range of Foundation Programmes available if you do not meet these grades. Please visit University of Essex International College for further information.

Postgraduate Research 

For entry to Research degrees, please refer to the entry requirements for the degree that you are interested in. 

An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK 2:2 (see the grade information above), and a master's degree with a good grade is required for most PhD programmes, in addition to a well-developed research proposal in a field in which we can offer supervision. Please have a read through our information for research degree applicants and check the course details for your chosen programme for further information about entry criteria.

Scholarships and funding

Our Middle East Undergraduate Scholarship scheme offers a £3,000 discount on international tuition fees for the first year of study for Saudi students joining us in academic year 2023-24. In order to qualify for this award, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 14 July 2023. Other terms and conditions apply.  

Our Vice-Chancellor's Global Talent Scholarship is a competitive scholarship offering successful candidates a 50% tuition fee discount on their tuition fees for the first year of study. The scholarship is open to undergraduate and master's applicants. Please visit the scholarship link for further information and to access the application form. 

Our programmes are accredited by the Saudi Ministry of Education, and we're on the list on the Safeer website for Diploma, Bachelors, Higher Diploma, Masters and PhD for all disciplines and courses. View the list to find out more (external link).

We are listed in two paths for the Two Holy Mosque Scholarship: the Research and Innovation path - scholarship for PhD programmes; and the Emdad path -  scholarships for a number of programmes at Bachelors and Masters levels.

Our student societies

We’ve got over 100 clubs and societies at Essex, including our friendly Arabic society, where you’ll have the chance to:

  • Socialise with other Arabic-speaking students
  • Join the celebration in the annual Arab style party
  • Make and enjoy Arabic food
  • Partake in society socials

Explore the Arabic society

Join in the conversation and get to know other students with the society's Facebook page.

Meet us in Saudi Arabia

Unfortunately we do not have any visits to your country planned in the near future. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your country contact named below with any questions.

Two students talking in the SU Bar at our Southend Campus
Chat with our students and staff

Fancy discovering what student life at Essex is like? Want to learn more about our international community? Come and talk to some of our students and staff online to get answers to all of your questions.

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Get in touch
Hassan Abdelrahim Saudi Arabia country contact
Telephone: +20 103 0001161