Universities in Saudi Arabia

There are both public and private universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A total of 14 private and 29 publicly run universities are available to both citizens and foreigners. In addition to these universities are community or junior colleges, and most of these community colleges are publicly run. 

Out of the 43 higher-education institutions in Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz University, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, and King Saud University are three of the top-ranking universities in the country. 

Why Study in Saudi Arabia?

These universities have earned an international ranking for their qualitative academic reputation. International students are welcome to enrol for a vast array of degree courses for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. 

The King Abdulaziz University (KAU) is a publicly run university in Jeddah that was initially established as a private university back in 1967. KAU is currently ranked by Times Higher Education as the best Arab university globally. It is also ranked amongst the best 200 higher-education institutions globally by major internationally renowned educational ranking institutions.

International students can enrol for 11 highly demanded degree programs under the KAU Faculty of Engineering, such as Electrical Engineering, Biomedical & Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Aeronautical Engineering.

KAU also has a Faculty of Economics and Administration with 11 departments offering internationally recognised degree programs. Students can also study public or private law in the Faculty of Law, while a total of 16 other faculties can be found in KAU.  

Eligibility Criteria 

International students must have applied for a student visa to study in Saudi Arabia. The degree courses are taught in either English or Arabic, so students need to provide evidence of their proficiency in either or both languages.

International students need to provide their secondary school certificate and transcripts, signed application form, copy of international passport, and health report for undergraduate studies in Saudi Arabia. 

In addition to the highlighted requirements, postgraduate students need to provide their CV, personal statement, copy of their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree certificate and academic transcripts.   

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