Undergraduate entry requirements by region

Other countries

Undergraduate entry requirements for applicants from Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Syria and Yemen.

Undergraduate entry requirements for students from the Middle East

Applicants from the countries in the Middle East are admitted with a range of qualifications: GCE A Levels, the IB, the American High School Diploma with SAT’s or AP’s.

A Levels

International Baccalaureate (IB)

American High School Diploma

Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Syria or Yemen

If you are from one of the countries listed above and you have taken local qualifications including:

  • Al Thanawiya (General Secondary Education Certificate) 
  • Tawjihiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) 
  • Certificate of General Secondary Education 
  • Sixth Form Baccalaureate
  • Baccalauréat General 
  • Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Certificate) 
  • Secondary Education Certificate 
  • General Secondary Certificate
  • Or any other national high school certificate

You will usually be required to complete a foundation year before gaining admission for undergraduate study.

Foundation year

College of Science and Engineering

If you are applying to the College of Science and Engineering from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine or Syria we can consider you with the following grades plus successful completion of our internal admissions tests.

Internal admissions test

Jordan

Applicants with the Tawjihiyya General School Certificate with an overall average of 85% including 85% in required subjects will be considered for entry on successful completion of internal admissions tests.  A suitable English Language certificate is also required.

Lebanon

Applicants with the Baccalaureat General with 85% overall including 85% in required subjects will be considered for entry on successful completion of internal admissions tests. A suitable English Language certificate is also required.

Palestine territories

Applicants with the Tawijihiyya/Thanawiya General School Certificate with an overall average of 85% or above including 85% in required subjects will be considered for entry on successful completion of internal admissions tests. A suitable English Language certificate is also required.

Syria

Applicants with the Thanawiya General School Certificate with an overall average of 85% or above including 85% in required subjects will be considered for entry on successful completion of internal admissions tests. A suitable English Language certificate is also required.

Iran

If you are from Iran and you have completed the High School Diploma, you will usually be required to complete a foundation year.

Foundation year

Iran- College of Science and Engineering

4 year High School Diploma at 17 overall and 17 in required subjects, plus successful completion of our internal admissions tests. A suitable English Language certificate is also required.

Internal admissions tests

Israel

For the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Bagrut with 80/100 in each subject with a total unit value of 24, to include a minimum of two subjects at unit value 5.

If you apply for degree courses in the College of Science and Engineering with the Bagrut, you will be required to obtain 7/10 in each of six subjects with a total minimum unit value of 24. This includes a 7/10 (70%) in Mathematics at unit value of 5, unless Mathematics is a required subject, in which case 8/10 (80%) would be required. Any required subjects should be taken at unit value 5 and a score of 8/10 (80%) would be required. There should be a scientific bias to the specialist subjects studied (measured by the unit values).

English Language requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of English language competency, regardless of their nationality or country of residence. These requirements are listed by programme.

English Language advice

Specific entry requirement by programme

Contact us

Edinburgh Global's representative for the Middle East is Firas Ibrahim.

You can contact us for advice and support by emailing: futurestudents@ed.ac.uk

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There are over 560 students from countries across the Middle East currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.