Study abroad in Saudi Arabia


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Overview

   What are the variant names for “Saudi Arabia”?  

Saudi Arabia, Arabia

   What is the geographical location of Saudi Arabia?  

Saudi Arabia is located in the Middle East between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea.

   What is the surface area?  

[2,149,690 km2] [830,000 mi²] is the surface area.

   What is the population?  

[28.89 million] is the population (2013 census).

   What is the capital?  

Riyad is the capital.

   What is the nature of the political regime?  

Saudi Arabia is an islamic monarchy.

   Who is the Chief of State?  

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the Chief of State.

   Who is the Head of Government?  

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the Head of Government

   What is the official language?  

Arabic is the official language.

   What is the currency?  

Saudi Riyal the currency.

Higher Education

   What is the supervising body?  

The higher education system in Saudi Arabia is supervised by the Ministry of Education responsible for the planning, coordination and governance of higher education institutions.

   What is the system of Education?  

Saudi Arabia follows the 3-tier system of Higher Education (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate) founded on teaching and research.

   What is the number of higher education institutions?  

Higher Education in Saudi Arabia is made up of public and private institutions. Public Universities fall into two categories: “open-access” and “limited-access” institutions.

[450] is the number of higher education institutions in (2014-2015).

[24] is the number of public universities.

[9] is the number of private universities.

   What is the number of students?  

[898,251] students are enrolled in Saudi Higher Education institutions for the (2012-2013) academic year.

   What is the number of international students?  

[] international students are enrolled in Saudi Higher Education institutions for the (…) academic year.

   What is the number of academics?  

[45,593] is the number of academics teaching and doing research in the various public and private Higher Education institutions during the academic year (2012-2013).

   What is the student/teacher ratio?  

[19] to [1] is the average student/teacher ratio.

   What are the degrees awarded?  

Higher education institutions in Saudi Arabia offer programs leading to a Bachelor’s degree (3 years) , a Master’s degree (2 years) and a Doctorate/PhD degree (3 years).

   What are the admission requirements?  

On completion of the secondary school program, students can pursue their studies in one of the higher education institutions. They may, however, be required to have high higher secondary certificate grades and take an entrance exam to attend some higher education schools/institutes.

   What is the amount of Fees?  

Studies in public higher education institutions are free. In the private sector, studies are paid and scholarship fees vary from one institution to another.

   How is the academic year organized?  

Higher education institutions follow a semester system which divides the academic year into two terms of equal length. Each institution decides upon its own academic calendar; however, academic year generally starts in September and ends in June. There are winter and summer breaks. Summer school is also available at some universities.

  How is assessment & Evaluation carried out?  

Student evaluation is carried out through coursework, exams, presentations, reports and end-of-term projects. Each institution sets its own standards for student achievement.

   What is the Grading and reporting method in use?  

Various grading and reporting methods are used . Each higher education institution may use one or many grading standards.

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