Northumbria University has been approved by the Qatar Supreme Education Council for funding in all subjects. Information on applying for funding from the SEC can be found on their website.

The information below covers entry requirements, information on scholarships and bursaries, contact details, travel information and extra suggestions for Qatari students thinking about studying with us at Northumbria University in Newcastle.

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Entry requirements

At Northumbria University we recognise a number of international qualifications held by Qatari students applying for our programmes.

Please see the details below for the current qualifications and the equivalencies we accept.

For entry to You will need Grade required English language requirement
International Foundation Programme Al-Thanawaya Al-Amah (General Education Secondary Certificate) 60% or above Students not progressing to Law: IELTS 5.0 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

Students progressing to Law: IELTS 5.5 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

Pre-Masters Bachelor Degree 2.00 GPA 2 semester: IELTS 5.5 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent
1 semester: IELTS 6.0 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent

Full entry requirements, by country, can be seen here.

Depending which pathway programme you choose to study at Northumbria University and your previous qualifications, you may be eligible for a bursary and/or scholarship.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility. Check back here regularly to see the latest scholarships we have available.

Throughout the year our team travel to Qatar for events and to meet with students.

Once any future dates are confirmed, the details of our trips will be available so you can arrange to meet our team. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us by using our enquiry form.

Our regional team make regular visits to Qatar throughout the year and are able to help answer any questions you might have about our pathway programmes, studying with us, the application process and much more.

Email: QAHE.MENA@qa.com

At Northumbria, we understand that where you live is a big aspect of your student life. That’s why we make sure you shape your experience from start to finish.

When applying for accommodation, you can select the exact building, flat and room based on real online availability. Once you’ve found the perfect room for you, you can confirm your booking online within minutes.

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Northumbria University has been approved by the Qatar Supreme Education Council for funding in all subjects. Information on applying for funding from the SEC can be found on their website.

Newcastle is a relatively compact student-friendly city – 1 in 6 residents are students and the city is regularly voted the top student city in the UK.

As such a student-focused city, there is always lots for you to do. Whether you want to go shopping, visit a gallery, make use of our excellent sporting facilities on campus, or relax in the Students’ Union. The Students’ Union has lots of different societies and clubs for you to join, you can see a full list of the current societies and clubs here.

The city also offers a great base from which to explore the North of the UK. Scotland is less than an hour away and you can get a direct train to Edinburgh from Newcastle station. Alternatively, you can even get a train to London, with fast trains taking 3 hours.

Places to eat

Whatever your taste, there are lots of places to eat out in Newcastle. Many of the restaurants in Newcastle and Gateshead serve halal food, you can check a list online here.

Places of worship

At Northumbria University, we provide spiritual and pastoral support to students of all faiths and beliefs. There are also regular trips and activities organised to help you meet new friends.

On-campus, we have a Peace Room, a Quiet Room and a Muslim Prayer Facility. Speak to our Chaplains to find out how to register.

Off-campus, there are a range of places of worship for you to join – we’ve included a short list below.


As an International student, you will need to apply for a visa to come and study in the UK.

When you have met all the conditions of entry for your pathway programme at Northumbria University and provided all your pre-CAS documents (including accepting your place and payment of deposit), you will be sent a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) number. This is an electronic record, and you will need this document to apply for a student visa to study in the UK.

There are several online resources available to students from the Middle East wishing to study in the UK:

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“Some of my friends and family recommended the International Foundation Programme. I visited Newcastle before I started my studies here and I fell in love with Newcastle, especially the atmosphere and the buzz of the city.”

Majid Abdulrasheed Maw Ahmed Nooh
International Foundation Programme - Engineering

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