This is a guide to the normal entry requirements, assuming you’ve followed the Saudi Arabian education system. An admissions tutor will study your application, so make sure you include your academic background and personal information when you apply.

Entry requirements vary depending on what sort of course you’re coming to BU to study.

  • BU International College Foundation Certificates
    You can undertake a Foundation Certificate before going on to an undergraduate course if you have successfully completed 12 years of schooling in Saudi Arabia and achieved a minimum of IELTS (Academic) 5.0.
  • Undergraduate courses
    You can apply to study a Bachelor's degree from year one if you have achieved UK A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB). If you have a General Secondary Education Certificate  شهادة الثانوية العامة you will also need to complete a foundation programme before you can begin your undergraduate study.
  • Top-up courses
    If you have studied three years of a relevant course at Bachelor's level and have achieved good grades then you can apply for a Top-up course with us.
  • Postgraduate courses
    You need to have a Bachelor's degree البكالوريوسة to apply for a taught postgraduate course at BU.
  • Research programmes
    ​You need any postgraduate degree to be considered for a BU research programme.

You can find more information about English language requirements for entry to BU on our English language requirements page. Full information about preparatory courses is available on the Bournemouth University International College website.

If you need help with your visa or want more information about the immigration process, you can find it on our immigration information page.