International students

For those of you joining the international cohort at RCSI Bahrain - which today consists of around 40 nationalities - please check out the important information below.

Don’t forget to read the Student Life section to find out more about living in Bahrain, what to see and do and what happens on campus.

Student Visa

All non-GCC students are required by Bahraini law to obtain a student visa and residency permit for the duration of their studies at RCSI Bahrain. Visa applications should be made after you have accepted your offer and submitted your deposit.

Although the University will facilitate the processing of the application, the ultimate awarding of any visa is the decision of Bahrain's General Directorate of Nationality, Passport and Residence (GDNPR) and RCSI Bahrain has no control over any delays or issues that may arise.

The student visa can take anywhere from two weeks to two months to process, so it is essential to start this process early.

More information regarding the visa cost and process will be sent along with your offer letter but in the mean-time, if you have any specific questions regarding the Student Visa, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Services and Events team at or +973 1666 0200.

Medical Screening

All international students joining RCSI Bahrain are required to be tested for blood-borne viruses on arrival in Bahrain, as mandated by the Ministry of Health. 

These tests will be arranged for during Orientation Week and further information will be provided with your offer letter.

Please note that if a positive result is received, the student in question will not be eligible to study at RCSI Bahrain and will be repatriated.