Saudi Arabia

Entry Requirements

Entry Level  Qualification Irish Leaving Cert points: 300 to 400 Irish Leaving Cert points: 400 to 500 Irish Leaving Cert points: 500 to 600
Foundation Level Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate)  CGPA 75%     
Undergraduate  College of Technology Diploma Higher Technology Diploma Junior Health College Diploma  CGPA 2.75  CGPA 3.2/4 or 4.0/5 CGPA 3.6/4 or 4.4/5
  Associate Degree  CGPA 2.75  CGPA 3.2/4 or 4.0/5 CGPA 3.6/4 or 4.4/5
  Entry from Bachelor degree – entry after year 1 of Saudi degree Average of 60%, and having completed around 30 credit hours  Average of 70%, and having completed around 30 credit hours  Average of 80%, and having completed around 30 credit hours 
Entry Level  Qualification 2:2 Equivalent 2:1 Equivalent 1st Equivalent
Postgraduate Bachelor Degree (4 years)  CGPA 3.0/5 and 2.5/4 (70%) CGPA 3.5/5 and 3/4 (75%) CGPA 4/5 and 3.5/4 (80%)

Raghdah Fatani - MSc Biotechnology

"My name is Raghdah Fatani, I am 24 years old and I am from Saudi Arabia. I am currently studying a MSc Biotechnology at University of Galway. I chose this course because the university is one of the best universities in Science and Medicine in Ireland. Also my course is very interesting and I think I will have a great chance to get a good job in the future, hopefully. I was delighted when I met the entry requirements and received my acceptance letter. The application process was very easy – I applied online via PAC (the online application system). If I was to describe my first day at University – I would say that I was very excited, perhaps a little bit nervous but comfortable at the same time. In terms of finding accommodation – I did feel that it was perhaps a little bit more difficult to find privately rented accommodation then say opting for the student residence; this is because I felt that the landlords perhaps preferred workers; however the University did provide assistance for students to help them find accommodation; which helped. In terms of coming from Saudi Arabia to study at University of Galway the VISA application was very simple procedure; it was most easy and it just took me one week to receive the Visa. To summarise my experience of Irish Culture in 3 words I would say Friendly, amazing and beautiful."

— Raghdah Fatani

Agents in Saudi Arabia

Al Khobar

IDP Education - Al Khobar 
Floor 3,  
Silver Tower King Abdulaziz Street  
P.O.Box 4031, Al Khobar 
Tel: 00966920001709   
WhatsApp: 00966567211415 


 AFA-Dammam Branch 
King Saud Street,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
Tel: +966 (0)53 619 2557 


IDP Education - Jeddah 
Bin Sulaiman Centre 3rd floor,
office# 306 Prince Sultan Road,  
Al Khalidiyyah Jeddah 23431,  
Saudi Arabia 
Tel: 00966920001705 
WhatsApp: 00966562319627 


AFA-Jeddah Branch 
PO Box 19160,  
Jeddah 21435,  
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
Tel: +966 (0)50 564 0663 


AFA-Riyadh Branch 
PO Box 4080,  
Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Street (Tahila), 
Riyadh 11491,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
Tel: +966 (0)55 844 8449 
IDP Education - Riyadh 
Al Rabiea Tower –Al Fahd Hotel Building,  
6th floor –office 601  
Olaya main road (South ) cross with Kherais 
Tel: 00966112015010 /00966112015012/ 00966112015013| 
WhatsApp: 00966562318684 




Mohammed Moble from Saudi Arabia

Mohammed from Saudi Arabia speaks of his experience as an UG student (Business Information Systems) at University of Galway

Norah Mobarki from Saudi Arabia

Norah from Saudi Arabia speaks of her experience as a PG student (Toxicology) at University of Galway

Current Students

Meet former DIFC present and past DIFC students discussing their experiences on the GDP programme in DIFC and telling us about studying in Ireland

King Abdullah Scholarship Programme (KASP)

University of Galway is delighted to be an approved host university under the King Abdullah Scholarships Program (KASP). Established in 2005, the programme is supports Saudi students studying abroad, particularly in fields aligned to Saudi Arabia's national priorities, including healthcare and infrastructure development.

With a wide range of degree programmes in the Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and ICT, University of Galway offers significant opportunities for Saudi students studying abroad. Ireland is known as a welcoming country and Galway in particular offers a safe and friendly environment for students from all cultural backgrounds.

 University of Galway is a vibrant multicultural university, with a significant number of Muslim students. There are two prayer rooms for Muslim students provided on campus and there is also a temporary mosque located 10 minutes from the University. There are also various restaurants and specialist foodstores nearby, where students can buy halal food.