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.
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)
- 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.
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.