Saudi Arabia, a country famous for its religious studies is also a top study destination for a lot of students. With a number of reforms made in the higher education sector of Saudi Arabia, some of the universities in KSA are internationally competent, while others are strongly focused on religious studies. Some of the most sought after universities in Saudi Arabia are, King Abdulaziz University, Alfaisal University, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, King Saud University and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
The universities that use English as a primary medium of instruction require the students to give proof of their English language proficiency via standardized tests like IELTS, TOEFL, etc. However, you can be exempted from such a rule if you have earned your last degree from countries like the UK, the US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc. (the list varies with every university). Unfortunately, it is illegal to work in Saudi Arabia while you are there on a student visa.
The average cost of living for a single student person is about 6000 SAR.
Scholarships List in KSA (Saudi Arab)
Below is a list of best scholarships available in Saudi Arabia:
- King Abdulaziz University Scholarships:
King Abdulaziz University is offering scholarships at postgraduate levels for masters and Ph.D. students. These scholarships are available for international students as well. The scholarship benefits include a monthly stipend of 1,900 SR, a one-time allowance of 1,800 SR given at the start of the study period, 3,000 – 4,000 SR for printing the thesis, subsidized meals, health care, accommodation, and other facilities. The scholarship is open for all the courses taught at the university and the students whose first language is not English are supposed to prove their English language proficiency.
- Effat University Scholarships:
Effat University has opened its applications for scholarships for some of its bachelor’s masters and diploma programs. For the diploma program, the full tuition fee will be covered by the university. For undergraduate and graduate programs, the university waives the tuition fee of one semester. Visa processing, accommodation for a single room, medical insurance, and entry and exit expenses from the country will be supported by all the programs.
The diploma program is available for the Arabic language whereas the under and the postgraduate program is for the fields of engineering, architecture, humanities, and energy engineering.
- King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Scholarships:
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) scholarships are available for masters and Ph.D. These scholarships are open for both local and international students. The scholarship is pretty generous and offers a full tuition fee waiver, an annual living allowance of $20,000 – $30,000 (depending upon the students’ progress in KAUST and the previous institution), housing support, medical and dental support, and relocation charges.
The candidates are supposed to prove their language proficiency. A GRE score is highly recommended for admission and scholarship. The programs available in KAUST are research-based so the candidates with strong research background and potential will be given preference.
- King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) Scholarships:
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) is offering full scholarships to its MS and Ph.D. students. These scholarships are open for Engineering, Business, and Sciences subjects and are offered to both local and international students. The scholarship is fully funded, that is, the scholarship value covers all the academic expenses of the awardees.
The scholarships are awarded to those students who show strong research potential for conducting high potential and original research in their respective fields. The applications are open twice a year and all the eligible candidates (local and international) can apply.
- Al-Hekma University Scholarships:
The Al-Hekma University of Saudi Arabia is offering full scholarships to eligible students. The scholarship is available on the undergraduate level and the candidates must have a high school standing of 100%. They also should be in need of the scholarship, that is, they will be asked to show their financial position in order to get the scholarship.
The scholarship will cover the tuition fee and all the academic expenses incurred by the awardee. It is open for all the undergraduate courses taught at the university. The number of awards is limited. The grant does not cover any living expenses of the awardees nor does it offers a monthly stipend.
- Islamic University of Madinah Scholarship:
The Islamic University of Madinah is offering scholarships in its faculty of science. The scholarship is available on the undergraduate level and is fully funded. The scholarship benefits include a monthly stipend, free accommodation which will be fully furnished, subsidized meals at the university restaurant, health care facilities, plane tickets to and from the host country, transportation allowance, social training, and sports facilities. Note that this university only accepts Muslim students and is strongly focused on religious subjects.