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.

Top universities in Saudi Arabia

King Abdulaziz University201–250th
Alfaisal University501–600th
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals501–600th
King Saud University501–600th
University of Dammam801–1000th
*University's current rank in the overall World University Rankings

View the World University Rankings 2018

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 63.07%
  • Population 32,275,687
  • Unemployment 5.53%
  • Annual GDP 1.74%
Data source: The World Bank