Study in Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, temperatures can regularly exceed 50°C – even in the shade. In July and August, many flee the country meaning that work can slow down to almost a standstill. 

Saudi Arabia contains the holy Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina. All physically and financially able Muslims are expected to make a pilgrimage at least once. 

With one of the fastest-growing higher education systems in the Middle East, each region of Saudi Arabia offers a snapshot of various cultures. Riyadh showcases modern Saudi Arabia, Jeddah blends ancient and modern, while the Red Sea coast is perfect to kick back and relax. 

A favourite for students, Jeddah is the nation’s commercial capital. A sprawling city, extending along the coast of the Red Sea, Jeddah is well known for its shopping districts, restaurants and cafés. It hosts some of the country’s most well-known universities, including King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah College of Technology, and Effat University. 

Famous Saudi Arabians include comedian Fahad Albutairi, and Australian actress Ashleigh Cummings was born there.

If you want to study in Saudi Arabia, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Saudi Arabia has 4 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Saudi Arabia below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Saudi Arabia’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Saudi Arabia is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

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Browse the top-ranked universities in Saudi Arabia

Click a university to view more information and to browse its full World University Rankings profile

Top universities in Saudi Arabia

Statistics about Saudi Arabia

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure Data not available
  • Of which, on higher education Data not available
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 61.11%
  • Population 31,540,372
  • Unemployment 5.6%
  • Annual GDP 3.49%
Data source: The World Bank