Study in Saudi Arabia


Do you wish to study in Saudi Arabia? But how to proceed? Here are some tips to guide you through registration formalities.

Millions of young students worldwide dream of studying abroad. Saudi Arabia can be an ideal destination for those who are in search of a challenging environment and lifestyle. Saudi Arabia hosts not less than 24 public universities, several other departments, as well as numerous private higher education institutions. Most of these offer various study programs ranging from humanities and social sciences to religious studies, including medicine, engineering, pharmacology, marketing and information and communication technology.

Higher education system

The Saudi higher education generally has a 4 to 6 years duration, varying according to the chosen study program and institution. Registration conditions and requirements will also vary accordingly.

Note than male and female students study separately in the country due to existing religious laws. You are also advised to learn a bit of Arabic so that you can communicate with the locals you are likely to meet during your stay there.

Student visa

By now, you are probably aware that one cannot travel freely to Saudi Arabia. Hence, you will have to comply with existing regulations and, above all, be very patient. After having chosen your university or other higher education institution, you will have to apply for a student visa. Documents to be produced to apply for a student visa are the following:

  • proof of your successful registration in a recognized university or higher education institution
  • an original birth certificate (original)
  • fees
  • a detailed medical certificate
  • an extract of your criminal record
  • travel authorization, issued by your government if it applies in your home country.

 Good to know:

Unlike many countries across the globe, Saudi Arabia does not authorize foreign students to occupy a part time job during their studies. Thus, you will have to make sure to have sufficient funds to sustain yourself during your stay in the country. However, you can search for a job in the country once you have completed your studies. You are more likely to be hired in the following fields: engineering, teaching, health care, information and communication technology, etc.

Student housing

You are not likely to find university campuses or student housing in Saudi Arabia. However, you can seek related information from the university administration. In fact, you will be able to choose from a range of private accommodation options such as affordable apartments, luxurious villas, etc.

 Useful links: - Saudi Arabia Forum
Saudi Arabia Ministry of Higher Education
4 ICU - List of universities in Saudi Arabia

We do our best to provide accurate and up to date information. However, if you have noticed any inaccuracies in this article, please let us know in the comments section below.
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Small earth, Mauritius
2 years ago

Hello! Would it be possible to take post-graduate degrees in Saudi Arabia if I am currently an expat working here in Jeddah? If yes, how? My visa is for work only, right? Somebody please help me I want to study part time while working. I have a degree in Engineering and I intend to study Management.

2 years ago

Riyadh Schools Al-Rowad International Schools International schools in Riyadh that offer an American curriculum as well as Islamic education & Arabic; prepares students for IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) and TOEFL etc. American International School Riyadh (AISR) Private, non-profit, co-educational day school accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges; offers an enriched American curriculum with an international perspective (preschool to Grade 11). Bangladesh International School The Bangladesh International School, English Section, Riyadh (BISES, Riyadh) is located in Olaya, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is a British Curriculum based school. Bengali Section: Near Chamber of Commerce, Dabbab St. Tel: 4036303 Senior Section(English): Near King Fahd Medical City Tel: 4648183 Primary Section(English): Olaya St., Near P.I.A, Al-Islam St. Tel: 4642449 British International School The British International School, Riyadh is a non-selective, co-educational day school, catering for English-speaking children aged 3 to 18. The teaching staff is composed partly of teachers recruited from the United Kingdom and partly of qualified and experienced teachers from the local expatriate community. The School is a non-profit making organisation and financial control is overseen by the Board of Governors and is independently audited on an annual basis. Location: Al-Kharj, Airport Highway Exit 9 Tel: 2482387, 0386, 1521 Fax: 2480351 Email: info[at] Dar Assalam Private Schools School complex in Riyadh with separate sections for boys and girls; from kindergarten to higher secondary; part of the NAFA Group. Daratassalam International Delhi Public School Daratassalam International DPS prepares students for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) of India, later facilitating them to the option of simultaneously appearing for the British and/or the CBSE schools certificate examinations. Location: Al Maruj, Riyadh Tel: 4507133, 2251949 Fax: 2631816 Email: info[at] Dehli Public School Delta school École française internationale de Riyad Please visit their website for more info. Elite International School Riyadh P.O. Box 69199, Riyadh, 11547, Saudi Arabia Tel: 9661 4627224 Future Window International School FWIS is an educational organization with a great experience in the operation of Pre-K and K-12 schools. The distinguishing mark of these schools is their implementation of the FWIS Educational System. It is a system that offers a rigorous, internationally-oriented, college-preparatory curriculum for students aged 3½ to 18 , focusing primarily on the core subjects of English, mathematics, sciences, and world languages. Saudi Arabia P.O. Box 87054 Riyadh 11642 Tel: 2063371, 2063324 Email: info[at] Ghana International School Boys and girls study together. English is taught by native speakers. Very friendly environment - that's my adding Tel:012268360, Fax:012265018 Horizon International School Tel:012050001, Fax:014563932 International Indian School (Boys Section) Al Rawdah 1, Khurais Rd., Exit 24 Tel: 4934688-4912239 Email: director[at] International Indian School (Girls Section) Al Naseem Al Gharbi, Dammam Rd., Exit 30 Tel: 2323248 – 2318092 Email: director[at] Iqra DPS International School Iqtesaad Street, Al Fayha, Exit 15, P.O. Box: 391204, Riyadh 11365 Tel: 4714488, 4714011 Email: info[at] International Philippine School in Riyadh (IPSR) ttp:// Tel: 01-454-5608 Non-profit and the only Filipino community school in Riyadh, accredited by the Philippine Department of Education,Culture and Sports; formerly Philippine Embasssy School in Riyadh. Japanese International School Eastern Ring Road, Exit 15, 2nd signal Tel: 2412591 Email: riyadhjs[at] Jawahir Internation school Tel: 966-4750417 King AbdulAziz International School (KAIS) Multinational co-educational, independent, English-medium day school serving both the local and expatriate communities for students from the age of 3 to 18. King Faisal School Non-profit school run by the King Faisal Foundation; located in the Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh. King Khaled International School (KKIS) International school that serves students from over 15 different nationalities; located on Nahda Street, Riyadh; has over 1,300 students; accredited by CITA. King Saud International School (KSIS) Tel: 01-463-3180 Hamdan Street, Olaya, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia School established at the beginning of the 1998-1999 academic year to serve Riyadh’s expanding expatriate community; follows the Council’s Curriculum Framework of Western Australia & is an IGCSE Exam and Preparation Centre. Kingdom Schools Schools for both boys and girls; based in Riyadh Middle East International school It has two main sections: The Asian section and the American section. The American section is CITA accredited. The Asian section follows the CBSE curriculum of India. Each of these sections is further divided for boys and girls and infants. Manarat Al-Riyadh International School It is one amongst the list of schools under Maarif Education and Training Company. P.O. Box 3835, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Tel: 01-4509916 Fax: 01-4504661 Najd National Schools Tel: 014914434 Nour al Maaref International School Riyadh Tel: 4656351, 4656981 KG to Gr : 10 Pakistan International School … block.html Al Nasiriyah, Near Traffic Police Station Tel: 4417979, 4414428 Email: pisra[at] Riyadh International School … &Itemid=57 Second Philippine International School in Riyadh (SPIS) Tel: 01-217-1905 Non-profit educational institution catering to the dependents of Filipino workers in Riyadh. Sri Lankan International School Jarir St., Near Pizza Hut Tel: 4786664 Swedish International School Kingdom City, King Abdul Aziz Rd Tel: 2750275, Ext: 2752 Email: svskola[at] Taqwa International School Taqwa International School has been established in Riyadh with the aim of educating, nurturing and developing students into wholesome personalities. The school strives to offer quality education using a well balanced curricular and extra-curricular program, and an environment to develop strong moral character among children. The school believes that continuous improvement in the ways students are taught and mentored are both necessary and possible. Taqwa Street, Adjacent to Khurais Road, Riyadh 11471 Tel: 2354000, 2330907, 2330908 Fax: 2392491 Yara International School P.O Box 325965, Al Hanafi Street, Rabwa District, Riyadh 11371 Tel: 4776007,2065000 Email: info[at] Al Yasmin International School Al Yasmin International School is striving to provide quality education to students in a congenial environment. Educational goals of academic excellence and personality development are realized through a progressively challenging curriculum that will facilitate the students to mould themselves into proactive and productive world citizens. Location: P.O.Box 380, Riyadh 11391 Tel: 4783795, 4788815 Fax: 4787104 Email: info[at]


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If you are moving to Saudi Arabia, you will probably want to drive. Most foreigners have to apply for a national driver's license.