Not really, although learning a few Arabic words would be helpful. English is our main business language and it is commonly spoken in most retail stores and services.
HOW SAFE IS BAHRAIN?
Bahrain is very safe. The crime rate is extremely low and violent crime is rare.
DO WOMEN HAVE TO FOLLOW A DRESS CODE?
No. Women can dress as they wish, although it is recommended to dress modestly in public.
IS BAHRAIN A CONSERVATIVE PLACE?
Bahrain is known in the Gulf for being open and tolerant. Bahraini men and women socialise at local cafes, and expatriates mix with Bahraini nationals across all social settings. People from all over the Gulf come here to relax.
SHOULD I BE AWARE OF ANY FOOD AND BEVERAGE RESTRICTIONS?
Although Muslim Bahrainis generally do not eat pork or drink alcohol, supermarkets sell pork in special sections, and alcohol can be purchased from licensed stores, hotels, and restaurants.
JUST HOW HOT DOES IT GET?
The average temperature during the summer is 37- 40°C. However, most outdoor locations have shade and buildings are climate controlled. Temperatures are milder between October and May, averaging 21–27C
CAN I PLAY SPORT?
Sport is a major cultural pastime in Bahrain, with driving, golf, horse-riding, rugby, tennis, sailing, soccer, cricket, and basketball facilities located throughout the island. Private resorts and clubs have beaches and pools for swimming
WHAT PROGRAMMES ARE AVAILABLE IN AHLIA?
Ahlia offers students a wide variety of programmes, courses, and specializations. We currently offer students 18 programmes across 6 colleges, at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels. Please refer to the following page for detailed information: alu001.4spotsdemo.com/category/programs/
HOW MANY COLLEGES DOES AHLIA HAVE?
Ahlia University’s diverse portfolio of programmes span six colleges:
The College of Arts & Science
The College of Business & Finance
The College of Engineering
The College of Information Technology
The College of Medical & Health Sciences
The College of Graduate Studies & Research
WHAT ARE THE TUITION FEES?
Tuition for all undergraduate degree programmes varies between 100 – 140 BD per credit hour. Tuition for postgraduate programmes will vary. For more information regarding tuition fees please refer to the particular programs on the following link.
HOW DO I GET A VISA?
How you apply for a Visa will depend on your nationality and the type of acceptance you receive. If you are an exchange student however, the Ahlia International Relations team will assist you throughout the entire application process. Please refer to the Bahraini government’s immigration website for more information.
WHAT TO BRING TO BAHRAIN
There are a few things to consider when packing for your trip to Bahrain:
Student Visa or Immigration Certificate (provided by the university)
Ahlia University Letter of Offer
Keep in mind that you will have to purchase food and book a hotel to stay in before opening a bank account and finding a permanent place to stay. Almost every shop in Bahrain accepts credit cards. Ensure that your bank is aware of your travels, to avoid any issues that may arise while using it abroad.
Note: most Bahraini banks limit daily cash withdrawals to 500 BD.
Make sure that you bring appropriate clothing for the climate. Bahrain is quite warm for most of the year, so heavy winter coats will not be needed. Sun screen is highly advised if you plan on spending time at Bahrain’s beaches during the summer months.
Meet and Greet
The university welcomes students to Bahrain with a ‘meet and greet’ service at the airport. The team will be available, regardless of your time of arrival, to help ease the immigration process. When all immigration procedures are successfully completed, the meet and greet team will then provide transportation to your accommodation.
If you have not already found accommodation in Bahrain, the team will recommend a temporary hotel to stay in while you look for a permanent place in Bahrain.
Keep in mind that finding accommodation is the student’s responsibility, however the International Relations team will support and assist the student, as well as provide some contacts to start their search.