At Solent University we have a large community of international students, and we understand that relocating to a new country can be challenging process.

Students coming from Egypt will discover some helpful information below on; entry requirements, information on scholarships and bursaries, contact details, travel information and a few extra suggestions for Egyptian students thinking about studying with us at Solent University.

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We recognise a variety of different international qualifications held by Egyptian students applying for our programmes and courses.

Below are the current qualifications and the equivalencies we accept:

For entry to IELTS Requirements Academic Requirements
International Foundation Programme (2 Term) IELTS 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in each individual component), or equivalent from a UKVI Approved Centre Certificate of General Secondary School Certificate with good grades (60%) or Secondary Education certificate of Al-Azhar with 60%.
International Foundation Programme (3 Term) IELTS 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in each individual component), or equivalent from a UKVI Approved Centre Certificate of General Secondary School Certificate with good grades (60%) or Secondary Education certificate of Al-Azhar with 60%.

Depending on your choice of programme study at Solent University and your previous qualifications, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship. Check back regularly to see the latest scholarships we have available.

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Throughout the year our regional team travel to Egypt for a number of events and to meet with prospective students. Once we have confirmed dates for our travels to Egypt, the details of our trips will be available for you to see – and then you can arrange to meet our team. In the meantime, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a member of your regional team – found below.


Our regional team are able to help answer any questions you might have about our pathway programmes, studying with us, the application process and much more.


Southampton is a diverse city that oozes vibrancy – it has something for everyone. This beautiful city is home to some stunning city centre parks, a lively and beautiful waterfront, an eclectic night-life and a lively arts and music scene. There is so much on offer to residents, with always something going on that is truly unique.

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Over 10,000 Muslims call Southampton home, many of whom worship in mosques close to the city centre. Organisations like the Muslim Council of Southampton and the Southampton Council of Faiths run numerous events throughout the year, giving people who are new to Southampton a chance to get involved and meet members of the local community.

Bashir Ahmed Masjid

Bashir Ahmed Masjid is a large and friendly mosque in the centre of Portswood, a popular area for student accommodation. Regular events are held here including visits from guest speakers and daily classes.

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Masjid Ar Rahmah

Masjid Ar Rahmah can be found behind the University campus in the Northam area of Southampton. This Mosque doesn’t have a website, but uses Facebook to keep in touch with the community – take a look at their profile using the link below.

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Shahjalal Mosque

This mosque, located in St Mary’s, is run by the Bangladeshi Muslim community and was started by community leaders in the mid-1990s.

Southampton Medina Mosque

Southampton Medina Mosque, which opened its doors for the first time in 2001, was the first purpose built mosque to be constructed in the South of England. Funded entirely by donations from the local community, Medina Mosque is now one of the most recognisable religious buildings in Southampton.


If you’re looking to join a local Christian community, then you have a number of options available – no matter your preferred style of worship. Many of the churches listed below hold special student events and services, so meeting new people will be easy.

St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Southampton and is also where Southampton FC gets its nickname ‘the Saints’ from. Services at St Mary’s are designed to be reverential, evangelical and accessible to everyone.


In Southampton you will find one of the UK’s largest shopping centres, West Quay, where you can find some amazing deals on clothing, gadgets, food and much, much more! Also, towards the waterfront, you’ll find a collection of independent eateries, venues and shops. At the other end of the city is Bedford Place, the centre of the city’s night-life and home to a magnificent range of pubs and clubs.

Southampton has a superb choice of International supermarkets, with a variety of cuisine ingredients. Thanks to these wonderful stores, you will always be able to find the ingredients that remind you of home.

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Solent students have access to some of the best sport facilities around. If you want to stay or get fit, why not join one of Solent Sport’s many fitness classes, or join the gym at Sports Centre St Mary’s? Team Solent has a number of teams across many different sports and at all levels – so you can find a team, and level of competitiveness that is perfect for you.

Visa Information

As an Egyptian national, you will need to apply for a visa to come and study in the UK. When you have met all the conditions of entry for a full-time course at Solent University (including payment of deposit and course acceptance), you will be sent a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) number. You will need this document to apply for a student visa.

You should make your application for a visa at the local visa application centre.

For more specific advice about coming from Egypt to study you can contact our international advice team.


There are several online resources available to students from the Middle East wishing to study in the UK:

  • The British Council provides country-specific advice on studying in the UK, from English language standards to funding your studies. Their Study UK website is a resource of practical information and insight on UK education for international students.
  • For official information on visas and immigration, please visit UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
  • The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) offers information and advice on all matters related to studying in the UK