Choosing to study a degree in Bahrain will allow you to live and study in a unique country where the modern and traditional meet.
How can you study a degree in Bahrain?
Despite its small size, Bahrain is home to a surprising number of institutions where international students can study. There are four main public universities:
- Arabian Gulf University
- Bahrain Polytechnic
- College of Health Sciences
University of Bahrain
Alongside these, there are numerous private institutions where you can study a degree in Bahrain. Some of the most popular include:
- Ahlia University
- Arab Open University
- Gulf University
Royal University for Women
Most degree programs in Bahrain will take between three to four years to complete, with subjects taught either in Arabic or English. Universities are segregated by gender, so men and women will study at different institutions.
Tuition fees for studying a degree in Bahrain are low compared with other countries. International students can expect to pay around 2,500BHD (£3,900) per semester of study.
Immigration and visas in Bahrain
International students looking to study a degree in Bahrain will need to apply for a student visa before arriving. The criteria will depend on your home country, but most students will need to demonstrate the following:
- They have a valid passport
- They are studying for more than three months at the institution
- They have sufficient income to support themselves during their studies
- A transcript of records and previous qualifications
Passing of an entrance exam
Accommodation and living costs
International students coming to study a degree in Bahrain will invariably live in accommodation provided to them by universities.
University accommodation is a great way of settling into student life easily. You’ll meet fellow students, have your bills included and often be situated on campus. This is a great first option for most international students.
Students in Bahrain normally live in shared two or three bedroom flats near their chosen university.
Rent per month:
- One bedroom apartment (city centre) – 350BHD (£550)
- One bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 265BHD (£420)
- Three bedroom apartment (city centre) – 780BHD (£1,235)
Three bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 600BHD (£950)
How safe is Bahrain?
Bahrain has traditionally been a very safe destination for travellers and international students, with a very low rate of crime. However, recent political unrest has caused problems in the Kingdom, meaning potential students should be aware of any upheaval prior to travelling.
Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:
- Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
- Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
- Not making valuables obvious
- Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
- Being wary of strangers
Being careful of traffic
Staying in touch
Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:
- Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
- Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
- Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill
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