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Ahlia University

Ahlia University (AU) was established in 2001 as the first private university in Bahrain. AU is accredited by the Bahrain Higher Education Council, and our programmes and courses are accredited by numerous international professional bodies such as the ACCA, CIM, and CIMA. AU consistently ranks amongst the top 50 best universities in the Arab region, as recognised by QS World University Rankings.

Based in the island nation of Bahrain, AU offers international students the opportunity to live and study in a different culture and learning environment; in one of the safest, friendliest, and most welcoming countries of the Arabian Gulf.

International students wishing to expand their educational and cultural exposure have multiple avenues available to them.

We will provide guidance and assistance to all international students that wish to apply. Once you have submitted a formal application and after you have received a letter of offer or acceptance, the international team will assist students with visa and immigration documents. This process may take anywhere between 1 week and 2 months and is entirely contingent on the outcome of the application lodged with the Nationality, Passport & Residence Affairs.

Applicants for any of the degree programmes offered by us will not be considered fully registered unless they have obtained a Higher Education Council (HEC) number. Once the applicant is accepted, we will proceed to forward the application to the HEC.

Students need to provide authentication and/or endorsement of their transcripts and certificates, as part of the HEC request. This process may take some time, so students must be prepared to provide the HEC with original copies of their transcripts and/or certificates, accredited by their country’s Ministry of Education, to proceed with the request for endorsement.

Study Abroad

If your institution has a partnership or formal agreement with Ahlia University, you may be eligible to study at Ahlia University for up to one full academic year. No tuition fees are applicable, and you would pay tuition fees only to your home institution. Credits earned whilst studying at Ahlia University may be transferred back to your home institution towards your degree.

Study Abroad Options

Exchange Programme

If your institution has a partnership or formal agreement with Ahlia University, you may be eligible to study at Ahlia University for up to one full academic year. No tuition fees are applicable, and you would pay tuition fees only to your home institution. Credits earned whilst studying at Ahlia University may be transferred back to your home institution towards your degree.

Study Abroad

If your institution does not have any formal agreements with Ahlia University, you may still apply to study at Ahlia University as a visiting student. A visiting student can spend up to one full academic year at Ahlia University and would pay tuition fees directly to Ahlia University. Credits earned whilst studying at Ahlia University may be transferred back to your home institution towards your degree.

International Study Tours

Ahlia offers an exciting 5-day ‘Entrepreneurs Across Borders’ programme that is carefully designed to engage, inspire, and challenge students to challenge themselves. The 5-day programme includes a number of cultural tours and site visits that will support students’ informal learning and allow them to socialize, relax, and reflect on their experiences. The cultural tours allow students to learn more about Bahrain; its history, people, and culture, and inspire them to consider it as a launchpad for their future startup!

Ahlia University offers international students and partner institutions the opportunity to engage in other customised short-term study abroad programmes that range from 1 week to 2 months.

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