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Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) in partnership with University of Derby

Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) in partnership with University of Derby

Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) in partnership with University of Derby


Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) is a successor of the first private university in the State of Qatar, which opened in September 2000 and for more than 20 years has specialised in providing business-related degrees with tourism, hospitality and international business studies focus. During this period the university was operating under the auspices of Al Rayyan International Education (ARIE) and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

From September 2021 the institution is opening a new exciting chapter in its existence and entering into a strategic partnership with the University of Derby in the United Kingdom.

Through this partnership, ARIU will offer UK-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, international hospitality management, international tourism management and international business management.

ARIU in partnership with the University of Derby will continue its legacy as a higher education institution of excellence and a premier provider of university-level education in Qatar, the GCC region, and internationally. ARIU is very well situated to provide students with great opportunities for learning and career development. Its location in the vibrant city of Doha and the GCC region is vital to the institution’s identity and success as a school.

Why Choose ARIU

At Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) in partnership with the University of Derby, you will be welcome in a pleasant, relatively small environment with a friendly and family-like atmosphere, a place in which to feel at home from the very first moment. ARIU in partnership with the University of Derby offers four-year Bachelor programmes in International Hospitality Management, International Tourism Management and International Business Management.

The unique educational concept offers you the possibility to acquire a skill set that would differentiate you from others in the field. The portfolio of undergraduate degrees offered at Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) aims to deliver higher education that would equip its alumni with proficiencies in the service and international business management fields to become competent innovative managers and leading entrepreneurs. The professional degrees are developed and designed around real-life business situations and are coupled with the mix of theory and practice, which makes our graduates particularly employable immediately after graduation. The programmes and degrees which we offer are the same as those delivered at the University of Derby in the UK, and all graduates receive an internationally recognised UK accredited degree from the University of Derby upon graduation.

We understand that the students are as important to us as the university is to the students. Therefore, we are committed to offering a student-centred approach to education while being equipped with different facilities for you to fully enjoy and benefit from your studies.

ARIU in partnership with the University of Derby has a very strong student-centred approach to ‎learning and education‎. The mission of our programmes is to prepare the students for their future management functions in international settings. It represents a flexible and broad-based professional education for the graduates to be welcomed worldwide, in all sectors of services and service management. A degree from the University of Derby opens doors to an exciting future with varied career prospects and options. Our students are well equipped to start working in the real world immediately after graduation. We have successful alumni in a number of industries including banking and finance, hospitality and tourism, retail, marketing and advertising, sports, consulting, and international trading.

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1. An original copy of your high school certificate

To enter the Bachelor’s Programme from a high school you must have completed Year 12 with a minimum 70% average grade. Entry with 60% may be possible following advice from the admissions office. The Accepted HS Certificates are, CBSE, IGCSE minimum grade C, IB, GCSE, BTech – Level 3 extended diploma (equivalent 3 AS level), GCE O level. For non-Qatar high schools, your secondary school certificate (High School, IB or Baccalaureate) must be validated for University study by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar. Associate Degrees, College Diplomas, other BA and MA Degrees might also qualify as entrance into our Bachelor programmes; please contact the University’s administration for more information.

2. A certified English waiver letter or the original TOEFL or IELTS Academic Language Exam

  • Year 1: IELTS 5.0 (Overall Band Score) with 4.5 each for the individual skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
  • Year 2: IELTS 5.5 (Overall Band Score) with 5.0 each for the individual skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)
  • TOEFL 487 – 566 (paper-based), 163-226 (computer-based) and 57 – 86 (internet-based).
  • A certified English waiver letter: a High School certified letter confirming that the student has been studying English as the medium of Education for (at least) the last three consecutive years.

3. Application for accreditation of prior learning (if applicable)

Students who have already had significant prior education at the university or college level may get accreditation of prior learning. Also, extensive work experience in the field of your chosen study might give you accreditation of prior (work) experience.

4. Entrance Interview

After processing your written application and meeting the overall requirements you will be given a date for a University entrance interview. The result of this interview will determine if you will enter our Bachelor’s Programme at ARIU with UoD. After the entrance interview, you will receive an offer of entry.

5. A valid passport copy & QID copy of the Applicant.

6. A valid passport copy & QID copy of Parent/s.

7. Passport-sized photographs – 4 copies.

8. Motivation Letter

For joining the preferred bachelor programme.


  • Doha

    Doha, State of Qatar Stenden Qatar University of Applied Sciences Al-Jeleait Street Bin Omran P.O. Box 36037, , Doha