The First Private University in the Kingdom of Bahrain to Achieve HEC Accreditation

The Royal University for Women (RUW) is the first private, purpose-built, international university in the Kingdom of Bahrain dedicated solely to educating women. RUW provides a comfortable environment in which to create leaders, develop vibrant personalities, dynamic decision makers, independent thinkers and community-conscious individuals. Our main focus is on academic excellence and personal development. RUW's initial degree programmes were designed in collaboration with two reputed universities, McGill University in Canada and Middlesex University in the U.K.

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Our Mission

To offer our students a rewarding and challenging multi-cultural learning environment that cultivates strong, well-rounded personalities, encourages leadership, and builds character, social consciousness and community. To realize our commitment to teaching, learning, research and service through the activities of all members of the University community.

Our Vision

The Royal University for Women will become the regional leader in academic excellence for women. Programmes and practices that meet international standards will prepare our graduates to become leaders who are engaged members of their society demonstrating initiative and life-long habits of learning and individual development. The RUW graduate will be creative, confident and forward thinking.

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In keeping with its commitment to provide higher education to women, Royal University for Women offers financial assistance to eligible students. This assistance is available to students for whom access to higher education may be hindered due to financial constraints. Students availing of support through the financial aid programme are required to maintain a cumulative GPA throughout their course of study. Provision of financial aid is regulated through criteria determined by the RUW Board of Trustees.

RUW offers a limited number of financial aids at the beginning of each academic year:

  • Applicants eligible for RUW financial aid must show evidence of having high academic standing in their high school grade. Only applicants with a high school average of 85% and above will be considered. *High academic grades do not guarantee financial aid.
  • RUW financial aid covers only an approved percentage of tuition fees only.
  • RUW offers financial aid in the form of partial scholarships on tuition fees only depending on the written appeal and evidence provided.
  • The scholarship committee will assess each application on its own merit and make recommendations.
  • Applicants are required to follow the usual admission procedure by submitting all necessary documentation along with a request letter explaining their financial situation.
  • The Office of the Registrar will be responsible to follow up with the applicant and to inform the applicant regarding the final decision.

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Admissions Policy

RUW Admissions Policy follows the Bahrain Higher Education guidelines. For each programme offered at RUW, there are specific entry requirements. Admission to a programme of study is based on the academic merit of the applicant’s high school grades. The language of instruction at RUW is English.

  • Show evidence of having successfully completed Secondary Education or its equivalent in the Kingdom of Bahrain or overseas, attested by the Ministry of Education, Kingdom of Bahrain (MoE).
  • Show evidence of a minimum level of English Language Proficiency.
  • The following are examples of internationally accredited tests of English Language with the corresponding levels of proficiency required by RUW: IELTS overall band 5.5. TOEFL paper-based 513; Computer-based 183; Internet-based 65
  • Some programmes may also require applicants to take an interview and/or submit additional documentation.
  • All documents included with an application for admission become the property of RUW.

Required Attestations

It is very important that students obtain a number of attestations on the official documents before or during the process of applying at RUW. Attestations are mandatory as they are required by the Higher Education Council of the Ministry of Education in Bahrain.

Government and private high schools of other countries: should stamp their "original high school certificates" by the following:

  • High School
  • Ministry of Education of the issuing country
  • Bahrain embassy in that country
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs in that country


The Residence is located on the RUW Campus and only available to females. It offers spacious and comfortable single and double units, with great views of the University and the Riffa Valley. There is twenty-four-hour security controlling access to Campus, but students are free to come and go as their timetables permit.

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Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs is a home away from home for international students and provides various services. OSA organizes activities for students (field trips) and oversees our outstanding facilities.

RUW Clinic

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RUW is committed to the health and safety of students and staff. A full-time nurse manages the well-equipped Campus Clinic, located on the ground floor of the Student Centre. The nurse is also trained to respond to emergencies anywhere on campus.

A Social Worker is also available in the campus clinic. The Social Worker is responsible for the emotional well-being of all students. She monitors campus activities and helps students deal with personal and interpersonal issues.

Student Centre

The RUW Student Centre located in the middle of the campus offers several services for students including a student clinic, a women-only prayer room and a majlis only for students.

Coffee Shops and Restaurants

There are several coffee shops and restaurants available on campus.

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Sports Centre

RUW is proud to provide students and visitors with a modern sports and recreation facility. Students can also avail of beautiful, luxurious spa facilities, such as sauna and steam rooms. A 25-meter heated pool accommodates lessons in various swimming styles under the supervision of a qualified instructor. A well-equipped aerobics room offers the latest machines to keep body and mind fit. Students also have access to a dance studio with full-length mirrors, table tennis, billiards or foosball. The student-operated clubs in soccer and basketball get support from a coach.

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The program offers courses that endeavor to develop students’ knowledge and skills in a wide range of interdisciplinary studies such as design, management, marketing, med ... [+]

Program Objectives

The program offers courses that endeavor to develop students’ knowledge and skills in a wide range of interdisciplinary studies such as design, management, marketing, media and communication, and information technology. The program provides students with an understanding of design and communication oriented management education by:

Preparing students for the interdisciplinary nature of design management that includes product, information, and environmental design. Helping students of design and management building up their strengths and create competitive products. Developing students basic knowledge, understanding, and skills related to research, reading, and synthesis of design and management. Developing students knowledge of a range of business and management principles. Enabling students to apply taught techniques, knowledge, and personal understanding of real-world business and management scenarios. Cultivate the concept that the practice of design is a creative activity that immensely influences business development and growth. ... [-]
Bahrain Riffa
September 2019
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The Painting & Drawing program is committed to engaging the cultural diversity found on the university campus by working with students to define their approach to art ... [+]

Program Objectives

The Painting & Drawing program is committed to engaging the cultural diversity found on the university campus by working with students to define their approach to artistic and cultural production through course offerings in drawing and painting that range from the beginning through graduate levels.

The MDP is eighteen months/ two-year full-time professional degree providing undergraduate degree holders with the incremental skill base necessary to secure mid-level or higher position in the field of Drawing & Painting.


Among the beneficiaries of the Master of Fine Art in Drawing & Painting Program are:

Bachelor degree holders in the areas of Fine Arts, Applied Arts, Design and other related fields. Local and regional academic institutions; artistic, freelance designers, people dealing with communication business, illustrators. ... [-]
Bahrain Riffa
September 2019
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Royal University For Women الجامعة الملكية للبنات

Royal University for Women - RUW
Riffa, Southern Governorate, Bahrain
+973 1776 4444