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Saudi Arabia

Mae’r dudalen hon ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig am nad ydyw wedi'i chyfieithu i'r Gymraeg.

Os ydych o’r farn y dylai cyfieithu’r dudalen hon fod yn flaenoriaeth, cysylltwch â a chopïo cyfeiriad y dudalen yn eich neges.

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

The University has since developed a good understanding of the Saudi Arabian education system and is a recognised institution by the major sponsors in Saudi Arabia.

Foundation courses

If you have graduated from the national high school system, you will 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 Thanawiya Amma School Leaving Certificate with an overall average of 85% and at least 85% in key subject areas to qualify for the International Foundation Programme.

Undergraduate courses

You will be required to have good A-level scores or the equivalent of the International Baccalaureate Diploma to be considered for admission on to Cardiff University's undergraduate degree programmes.

Postgraduate taught courses

If you have completed a four year undergraduate honours degree or equivalent, from a recognised University, you will be considered for entry to Cardiff University's postgraduate courses.

Postgraduate research programmes

To be considered for postgraduate research courses, you will be required to have a good master's degree from a recognised university in Saudi Arabia.

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.

Mr Rhys Evans from the International Office will be travelling to Riyadh in April to attend the Ta’leem Exhibition. If you are interested in studying in the UK and would like to find out more or have already applied to Cardiff and want to discuss the next steps come and meet us!

Ta’leem Exhibition

Dates: Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 April
Opening Times: 09:00 – 12:30 & 14:00 – 18:30
Venue: The Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Centre (RICEC) - located on King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Road at Al Waha district.

For further information regarding our visits please contact us at

Al Khobar

IDP Education
Office Manager: Alaa Natour

Floor 3, Silver Tower, King Abdulaziz Street
Ad Dammam
Al Khobar
Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966 920001709
Fax: +966-3-8983839


UKUNI Jeddah Office
Ahmed Karjou

Office 7, 7th floor, Tower 1
Al Jamjoom Commercial Centre
Falastine Street
PO Box 5091
Jeddah 21422
Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-2-261-5615
Fax: +966-2-661-5976
Mobile: +966-563438758

IDP Education
Office Manager: Hussain Saeed

Office no 208, 2nd floor, Arabian Business Centre
NE of Tareq Bin Ziad Square
Wali Al Ahd St
Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-2-000 1705
Fax: +966-2-614 3297


UKUNI Riyadh Office
Ibrahim Al-Najjar

UKuni Office 216
Al-Babtain Commercial Centre
Olaya Road
Riyadh 11435
P O Box 19312
Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-1-279-0404
Fax: +966-1-201-5011

IDP Education
Office Manager: Ahmed Zedan

Al Rabiea Tower, Al Fahd Hotel Building, 6th floor, office 601
Olaya Main Road (South) cross with Kherais
Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-1-201 5010
Fax: +966-1-201 5011

Shazia Ali

Dr Shazia Ali

Course Title: MSc Dermatology
Country: Saudi Arabia

Year of Graduation: 2004
Current Employer: Al-Tababah Specialised Clinic

Dr Shazia absolutely loves her job as an Aesthetic Dermatologist and has to date, performed complex operations that achieved brilliant results. According to her, increasing someone’s self-esteem and changing lives is the most gratifying parts of her job. She strongly believes that her experience in Cardiff helped her in becoming a better doctor and a better dermatologist.

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

When I was planning to work on my postgraduate degree in Dermatology I was considering both London and Cardiff. I chose Cardiff because it was a quieter place and yet, it was the student capital of Europe. It was away from the hustle and bustle and allowed me to focus on my career development without distractions. The University looked very impressive. The Dermatology department looked very professional with a good inflow of patients. The curriculum seemed suitable to my needs as it included both pathological and cosmetic aspects of dermatology. The price for the course was less than London and that alone was an instant plus.

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

I strongly believe that my experience in Cardiff helped me in becoming a better doctor and a better dermatologist. I had done one-year residency in medicine and dermatology prior to my signing up for the program in Cardiff. I feel that my time at Cardiff polished my skills as a Dermatologist and further enriched my knowledge overall. During regional academic meetings I saw so many rare cases that most dermatologists only read about in their textbooks. We had interactive out-patient clinics, engaging medical rounds in the derma ward, stimulating lectures as well as practical sessions. It was a very comprehensive experience and it has helped me become a successful Dermatologist today.

Tell me a little about your time living as a student in Cardiff.

Living in Pakistan and later in Saudi I was used to always being taken care of; maids, cooks, drivers the whole shebang. At first it was a real challenge living all by myself; maintaining my townhouse, doing my own cooking, driving everywhere running errands and doing chores. Being independent and tackling my life alone made me stronger as a person. For me, student life in Cardiff also meant expanding my vision of the world and the possibilities it has to offer. I got to know people from all over the world and learnt about their cultures and countries. I also travelled to small towns in North Wales, central UK and Europe. All in all it was a life changing experience and I will be forever grateful for it.

Life after Graduation
Tell me about the day to day responsibilities of an Aesthetic Dermatologist like yourself. How does an average work day look like?

I am currently acting as the head of Aesthetic Dermatology Department in a private establishment - Al Tababah Specialized Clinic. 90% of the bulk of my work revolves around doing aesthetic procedures. During a regular day I see 20-30 patients, perform Botox, Hyaluronic acid injections, chemical peels, laser hair reduction, laser treatments, etc. I also do regular and laser-assisted liposuction and fat transfer surgeries on dedicated days. I am one of the pioneers in Saudi Arabia who’s doing Brazilian Butt lifts and fat augmentation for the breasts.

In addition I do see a mix of dermatological patients with eczema, acne vulgaris, psoriasis, vitligo, skin infections (viral, bacterial, fungal) etc.

I also write once weekly dermatology blog called Dermasphere you can check it out:

You’ve had a very exciting career in Dermatology – what has been the most challenging case you’ve had to deal with so far and how did that go?

In my private practice the most challenging case I have seen was a woman walking in with half of her face missing. She had done some long-term filler in Egypt that later got inflamed and infected. Some dermatologist in Egypt attempted to remove it surgically and ended up deforming her face. When she walked through my clinic door my staff and me were horrified to see her, it looked like an animal attacked her and took multiple bites out of right side of her face.

We planned sessions of fat and plasma augmentation for restoring the lost volume and fractional resurfacing for the external scars. Six months later she was looking as if nothing ever happened to her face ever. External scars were removed by 90-95% and cheek volume was balanced nicely. Every time she comes to Jeddah she passes by just to say hello and let me know how grateful she is to get her real face back.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I simply love doing what I do!

Serving people and alleviating their skin afflictions and pain is a very gratifying experience. I take immense pleasure in helping my clients get closer to their desired image and adding value to their lives. Assisting my clients, achieving beauty and improving self-esteem makes me feel good about myself too. There are moments where I have a chance to make a dramatic change in someone’s life and there are no words to explain those feelings.

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

Cardiff is a great place to study and transition into a successful profession. All you need is flare for academic achievement and passion for your subject and the university will help you transform and reach new horizons. The city and university has so much to offer in terms of academics, culture, talent, and possibilities. It’s a complete package deal in my opinion.

The city and university have so much to offer in terms of academics, culture, talent and possibilities. It’s a complete package in my opinion.

Student views

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Saleh Aldahsh, Doctor of Philosophy

I love the Students' Union, it gives me the feeling that I belong somewhere, it also gives me the chance to be heard, develop and discover many skills that I have.

Shaima Bukeli, MSc International Relations

Patrick Cosh
Cardiff Contact - Rhys Evans

Hello. I’m Rhys Evans and I am the University’s Country Manager for Saudi Arabia.

I visit Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia, I work closely with Embassies and other partner organisations of the University

If you have any questions about studying or living in Cardiff, or would like advice and guidance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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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