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Queen's University Belfast welcomes students from Kuwait and all over the world.  We have 17,000 students from over 80 countries, 3,500 staff and 100,000 graduates worldwide. We're one of the UK's leading universities with a heritage dating back over 150 years.

We accept a wide variety of qualifications. Below you will find information on undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements, English Language requirements, potential scholarships for international applicants and details of our overseas agents and representatives.

Important information for applicants

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Undergraduate entry requirements

Applicants with one of the following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to Queen's University Belfast's Bachelor degree programmes:

  • The Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama (General Secondary School Certificate) with a score of 80% and a recognised Foundation programme.
  • The American High School Diploma (with no APs or SAT IIs) with a gpa of 3.2/4.0 and a recognised Foundation programme.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed the first year of a Kuwaiti University degree with good grades in relevant subjects may be considered for admission to the first year of an undergraduate programme.
  • Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.

Please note that the grades required vary depending on the course of study. Further guidance on the entry requirements for each course can be found in the Undergraduate Coursefinder.

Postgraduate entry requirements

Entry to graduate diploma or taught Masters programmes usually requires either a UK upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. For most courses, your major subject or content of your Bachelor degree may also be considered. Please check the Postgraduate Course Finder for exact entry requirements.

The comparable qualifications from Kuwait are as follows:

UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1)

A Bachelor degree from a recognised university with grade B or 3.0/4 or 3.75/5 or 'Very Good'.

UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2)

A Bachelor degree from a recognised university with grade B- or 2.67/4 or 3.3/5 or 'Good'. 

Queen's University Admissions Office staff have expertise on a wide range of qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess your application's comparability to the UK entry requirement. Please ensure you upload copies of all official transcripts and final award certificates for programmes already completed and those currently being completed.

If you are interested in postgraduate Computing, Finance or Management courses, but do not meet the entry requirements, you may wish to consider applying for a pre-masters Graduate Diploma offered by INTO Queen's.

Students interested in undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University require good grades in their Bachelor and Masters programmes awarded by a recognised university, in addition to a strong research proposal.

English language requirements

Applicants will normally need to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to 6.5 IELTS or 90 TOEFL IBT (Internet based test). However, some degree programmes have higher or lower requirements (please check individual programme requirements in the relevant undergraduate or postgraduate University Coursefinder. View the full list of acceptable English Language qualifications.

INTO Queen's - Pre-University English Language Programmes

INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a wide range of English Language courses, which may assist students to meet the required standard of English language to be eligible for entry to degree programmes at the University. If you wish to apply for an INTO Queen's English course please contact or consult the INTO website


Queen's University Belfast offers a range of scholarships for international students.

A list of other potential sources of funding for Postgraduate study can be found on the University's Postgraduate Office website.

Representatives and overseas visits

Queen's has a network of agents and representatives committed to providing you with high levels of support. More information on our network and a list of agents by country can be found on the University's agent webpages.

Queen's Local Representatives in Kuwait

United Placement Services

Hawalli, Block 2, Othman St.
Mubarak Complex,
Floor 5 , Office No. 15

Contact: Waleed K.M.Miraj

Tel: +965-22633136
Fax: +965-22633136 Ext.104
Mobile: (965) 97558426

The British Council in your country can also offer advice on studying in the UK.

Upcoming visits

For details of upcoming events and locations where you can meet with an International Officer from Queen’s, please email

How to apply

For details on the application process for both undergraduates and postgraduates, please visit the University's How to Apply section.

Further information

INTO Queen's

INTO Queen’s University Belfast is a partnership with Queen's University which offers academic courses and English language programmes designed specifically for international students. The courses help prepare students for entry to university in the UK and acclimatise students to living and studying in a university environment.

INTO Queen's academic programmes include:

  • International Foundation programme
  • Graduate Diploma programme
  • International Diploma programme

INTO Queen's English Language courses include:

  • English for Undergraduate Study
  • English for Postgraduate Study
  • Study Abroad with English
  • Pre-Sessional English
  • Summer School English
  • Insessional English

There is an active Islamic Students Society at Queen's. There are two Islamic centres nearby and shops selling Halal food are within walking distance of the University. Queen’s offers some single-sex accommodation and helps all students to find suitable accommodation for their needs nearby.