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.
Bahrain is very safe. The crime rate is extremely low and violent crime is rare.
No. Women can dress as they wish, although it is recommended to dress modestly in public.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ahlia offers students a wide variety of programmes, courses, and specializations. We currently offer students 18 programmes across five colleges, at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels. Please refer to the following page for detailed information:
Ahlia University’s diverse portfolio of programmes span five colleges:
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 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.
There are a few things to consider when packing for your trip to Bahrain:
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.
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.
The implementation of social distancing measures in the Kingdom of Bahrain has prompted many educational institutions to take measure to minimise disruptions. Ahlia University has taken extensive measure and was the first university to roll out online teaching and learning, call centre support among other measures. AU follows the recommendations from the Ministry of Health in Bahrain and the official channels of communications of the government of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The situation has not affected our ability to offer our education to new, transfer or existing students in undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes. The University has formed a Steering Committee for the Continuous learning that works with questions relating to the coronavirus and this senior management group closely monitors the development.
AU remains open to limited number of faculty and staff. No students are required to be physically present on campus. AU has taken extensive measure in order to minimize disruption to its educational programmes. All members of AU community are asked to help in these social distancing efforts.
Classes continue to be conducted online, where course are delivered online synchronously (meaning that the instructor and students are online and communicating live at the same course scheduled time according to the timetable)
Face-to-face classes are canceled, at this time. Online teaching and learning through MS Teams and the learning platform Moodle continues and both are showing a lot of success according to our data. The faculty will communicate with students and post all learning materials in the Moodle.
All development will be communicated to all students in a timely manner.
Students with questions regarding teaching and learning can consult their faculty.
Students, faculty and staff who traveled recently— whether for personal or university business —are required to register with the university regarding that travel before leaving or immediately upon return at the following emails:
Ay faculty or staff member returning from travel should contact the Directorate of Human Resources and their line manager for instructions upon arrival into the country before returning to campus. Should they be asked to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival into the country they should refer to the Self-isolation guidance on the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Bahrain following pages:
AU has a policy of mandatory reporting for all faculty and staff traveling. Individuals returning from travel are required to contact Directorate of Human Resources before returning to campus.
Call 444 if you experience any of the symptoms related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Home Quarantine and Disinfection Guidelines
If you have any symptoms at all, even if they are mild, you should limit your social contacts in order to avoid the risk of infection to others. This applies to both academic/working life and private life.
The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Bahrain has published recommendations and it is important build your awareness and to follow their recommendations. Refer to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 webpage for further information:
Call 444 if you experience any of the symptoms related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The classes remain to be delivered online in accordance to the academic timetable. The University has extensive and thorough emergency procedures and is committed to doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our community. Because this is a rapidly changing situation, we need to prepare for a range of possibilities. Whether the faculty or staff are working on campus or remotely, we continue to provide all the support for online delivery of courses and for supporting our students.
The University has extensive and thorough emergency policy procedures and is prepared for a range of possibilities. The university remains open and is committed to doing everything it can to ensure the health and safety of our community. The online delivery of classes and learning planforms will be updated with learning materials for as long as the national circumstances with this pandemic permit. We continue to encourage faculty and staff to work remotely, in line with national efforts, to minimize all non-essential commuting.
The health and safety of our community, on and off campus, is at the forefront of our decision making. The University leadership from across the university is meeting regularly to discuss and review the rapidly evolving situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus and convened its response team to coordinate preparedness and response activities. AU has reduced drastically the number of staff on campus while most of the faculty and staff work remotely, we have activated our contingency and emergency operations plans. Members of the team continue to closely monitor the situation, relying on official government information to ensure a consistent and coordinated response. The university is coordinating with the Higher Education Council (HEC) and other institutions of higher education to ensure that issues related to teaching and learning, and research are appropriately addressed.
Modified operations are in place that minimize in-person interaction and/or operated remotely. AU will assist in eliminating the potential spread of COVID-19 on our campus, including more frequent and extensive cleaning of area on campus.
The university will continue to address questions and concerns through regular communications and additions to the FAQ section of this page.
The university is working hard and in accordance to the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Bahrain recommendations to help ensure the safety of the campus environment: everything from expanded distribution and placement of hand sanitizers to enhanced disinfection and cleaning procedures of all campus facilities. Information have been communicated have gone out to faculty, staff and students emphasizing the importance of handwashing and staying home when ill.
Yes. All student’s extracurricular events and activities are suspended until further notice. Cocurricular events and activities may continue online as appropriate.
No. All lectures must be attended in accordance to the timetable. Missing a lecture can add to your absence record.
Yes. Attendance will be taken live by your course lecturer. Any absence will be counted as if you are physically missing a lecture.
Yes. All Assignments, course work, research projects and other forms of formative assessment will be given as normal.
Yes. Admission and Registration is open, and all other departments of Ahlia University remain open and function as normal
Yes. Curricular activities depend on the individual lecturer and are as normal no changes have been made to lectures.
Yes. All faculty are keeping their office hours as usual; however, all office hours are given online through the MS Teams.
Yes. Your health and safety and that of our staff and the community at large is our priority at this time. You only can come if you are not asked for self-isolation by the ministry of health in Bahrain. You can come to the campus only if you absolutely have to get a physical resource.
We are checking all entries to the campus and record all individuals who enter and have precautions in place to check their bodily temperature. If you have any symptoms or have been diagnosed with Covid-19 or in close contact with someone who has the virus or have been in self isolation or quarantined, you must check with the library before you come. Other arrangements can be made to help you source the books or any other physical resource you need.
Ahlia University Call Centre are open from 8:00am-6:00pm. You can contact them on 17313504/17313503. Alternatively, you can contact ICT Centre on 17298933/17298943
Yes. The only difference is that lectures are conducted online. Any changes or adjustments if any will be communicated to you by your lectures as is the on-campus lectures.
All lab and practical sessions will be demonstrated by the lecturer either in a recorded video or live online.
No. Unless the suspension is lifted.
International exchange students may return to their home country. If they choose to do so, whilst continuing the semester through online learning platforms. Classes continue as per the normal timetable, and students are expected to follow webinar-style lectures using Microsoft teams and learning resources using Moodle.
Faculty continue to be available as per normal office hours. For questions and answers and via email, Moodle and other channels. All developments will be communicated to all students in a timely manner. Students with questions regarding teaching and learning cases can consult with their faculty.
If you choose to return to your home country before the end of the semester, kindly ensure that you have informed your home institution, and the directorate of International Relations at Ahlia University through a formal email.
Yes. You are reminded of the online resources available for research. You can find more information on this webpage: https://www.ahlia.edu.bh/the-digital-library/
No. Projects and dissertations will proceed as planned. However, deadlines may be extended to account for the disruption that the pandemic has caused. You should contact your academic supervisor and you lecturer to find out any options that you might have. You should also record any issues you experience in the log provided in the ADREG system.
For the second semester 2019/2020, course final results, the following will be applied:
No. All students will be expected to complete the academic year in line with study plans.
This depends on the awarding body; we are now working to get details and your faculty or department will communicate with you the arrangements as soon as they are known.
Yes. If you are eligible for internship opportunity you can submit the internship for to the internship office in the university in a soft format. We are communicating with organisation who will accept remote work internship opportunities.
Yes. The summer semester will be taken place according to the academic calendar. The classes will be delivered online or face-to-face as and when permitted
Yes. We welcome new and transfer students.
A determination will be made in the coming weeks about the how the university will conduct assessment through quizzes, test, assignments, exams, as well as internship and graduation.
Faculty and staff are reminded to social distance at least six feet apart with meetings of 10 persons or less, as well as other safety measures. The University continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, faculty and staff members are asked to review the information provide on this website for employment-related information concerning COVID-19. Updates are made as information becomes available.
If you have questions, please read our FAQs first or contact your line manager or any member of the Steering Committee
Any faculty or staff member should contact their line manager and Directorate of Human Resources at Tel:17313530 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you still have questions.
To facilitate the online instruction, there are several resources and training opportunities available on campus and via MS Teams for the faculty.
Log on SharePoint for a comprehensive resource to help conduct courses online. Please review this resource and seek the online learning group including IT for assistance at any time.
Each college is moving lab classes online. Please consult with your Dean’s office. Any change to the course syllabus if any must be communicated in advance to students.
What resources are available for employee who work from home?
What if I am required to self-isolate but I need to retrieve things from my office or workspace?
To make sure all of your data is synced to the cloud, which will give you the ability to access all you’re your data on your computer from any device anywhere, please turn on the One Drive sync option in your office PC. This is really important so if anyone of you is working from home, you will have full access to your data.
If you have problem configuring the sync, please call ICTC on (17298955, 17298980, 17298940, 17298943) and they will help you.
This is important. This is a must. This is mandatory. You have to do it all. This is important to make sure we all will be able to work from home and have access to our files if required at any moment and any device.
Undoubtedly, COVID-19 is a risk. But responding in certain ways can make us feel more anxious about the risk we face. Often, excessive worrying can get in the way of developing clear plans for handling a challenge. Instead of focusing on “What If?” questions, develop a specific plan for you and your family to stay safe, meet your responsibilities, and stay socially connected (while maintaining social distancing). Having and following a clear plan can help us feel more in control and less anxious.
Stay connected to your support network (digitally)
In times of stress it can be easy to want to isolate ourselves, but it is crucial to maintain human interaction online or on the phone to reduce anxiety levels. Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Maintaining connections will help you feel supported, surrounded by positivity and healthy energy. Have an open conversation with those who are close to you (support groups such as family, friends etc.) – being able to discuss the issue, fears, rational or irrational, will help you feel comfortable and overcome any anxiety you may over the threat.
Avoid speculation and focus on facts
In a world of 24/7 rolling news and social media updates, it can be easy to get drawn into speculation and hype. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Avoid being caught up in the media storm and avoid reading excessive speculative reports. Stick to respected health-first websites, such as the MOH, NHS, WHO, CDC etc. to get clear, simple instructions and facts on the coronavirus and how to handle it.
Strengthen the body
Take steps to enhance your immune system while at home. Take deep breaths (breathing exercises), stretch, or meditate, try to eat healthy and well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
Although, you should be attending online lectures and attempting all course work required yet do make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy at home.
Anxiety at the right level can be helpful in taking positive action and keeping us safe. But what about anxiety that gives rise to irrational fears and even catastrophizing? Sometimes we might also mistake the symptoms of anxiety for symptoms of the disease. Know the difference:
Look out for these common signs of distress:
If you experience these feelings or behaviors for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, seek professional help: https://www.moh.gov.bh/HealthInstitution/PsychiatricHospital?lang=en
If you have a preexisting mental health condition, you should continue with your treatment plan, and monitor for any new symptoms.
Your counselors here at Ahlia University are always there to offer you the needed guidance and support in these unprecedented times of stress. You can contact us on: (973) 35570851, (973) 17714355, (973) 17298981.
To reach the Student Support call center call :
+(973) 17313503 OR +(973) 17313504