Alfaisal University is situated in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital city and financial hub. The affluent business hub, Riyadh is also home to many multinationals and organizations, making it an ideal place to study before entering the world of graduate work. 

The university is located on the grounds of the late King Faisal Palace in the heart of Riyadh. This location is ideally suited for travel, with close connections to all of the city’s major highways.

Riyadh contains many beautiful sights, such as modern high-rises and the Souq Al Jamal, one of the largest markets on the Arabian peninsula. 

Alfaisal University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, all taught exclusively in English, in the following subject areas:

  • Business administration 
  • Engineering 
  • Life sciences 
  • Medicine 
  • Pharmacy 

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Students of Alfaisal University are taught by faculty members who have produced outstanding research and rank among the best in their fields. Small class sizes and an impressive student to teacher ratio of 11:1 ensure that every student receives the support they need to thrive academically and achieve their personal best. The university also offers exceptional facilities spread out across a 36.7 acre campus, including: 

  • Over 40 classrooms
  • Ultra-modern laboratories and workshops 
  • Conference center, with two 173-seat lecture theatres and a 1620-seat auditorium
  • Computer laboratories with up-to-date software and hardware 
  • Multimedia library 

Alfaisal University has a modern campus equipped with state of the art facilities and labs designed to accommodate up to 4,000 students. It incorporates teaching buildings, student centers, conference halls, cafes, and up to 2,500 underground car parking spaces.

Alfaisal University is open to the world and fosters an inclusive and friendly environment for all students. As many as 34 percent of its students are international, with 39 nationalities currently represented on campus. All students acclimate quickly to their new lives thanks to freshmen orientation, study and tutoring sessions, counselling services, job and internship fairs, and recreational activities. 

To encourage diversity, Alfaisal University offers scholarships to students from around the world, regardless of their citizenship or gender. Indeed, Alfaisal University is proud of its track record in supporting gender equality and of the outstanding women it has opened its doors to, including Hala Abdulla Albaidallah, who was the first woman in Saudi Arabia to receive a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and Alanoud Al-Turki, who was the first woman in the country to join Microsoft as a field engineer after graduating from the university with a BS in Software Engineering.  

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Undergraduate Programs

Alfaisal University offers wide range of Graduate and Undergraduate programs in its five colleges (Business, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy and Science). The programs have been designed in collaboration with distinguished international academic partners in order to satisfy the local and international market demands and to enable students to be prepared for employment.

College of Business

College of Engineering

College of Medicine

College of Pharmacy

College of Science & General Studies

University Preparatory Program

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Admissions to Undergraduate Programs

Admission to Alfaisal University a highly selective, University that offers admission to only a small fraction of all applicants. Admission requirements will vary depending on your high school’s education system (such as the International Baccalaureate, Cambridge International AS and A Level course results, the SAT and the SAT Subjects results et cetera.) Find out more about Alfaisal University’s rigorous admissions criteria here.

All students at Alfaisal University pay the same tuition fees regardless of their nationality, SR 94, 000 per year (approximately US$ 25,066), a combination of several types of financial aid  packages originating from various sources are available for the student regardless of their nationality such as:

  • Merit-based scholarships worth 50 percent of your tuition fees
  • Need-based scholarships  worth up to 100 percent of your tuition fees
  • Dean’s List, worth 20 percent of your tuition fees
  • A discount if your sibling is a current student or alumni, worth 15 percent of your tuition fees

Find out if you are eligible for any scholarships here

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Graduate Programs 

When you select graduate studies at Alfaisal University, you will be in one of the world’s top 150 young institutions under 50 years old as recognized by Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2018. You will belong to:

  • A community of scholars enrolled in over 7 graduate programs
  • A distinct collection of students whose aptitude, intelligence, and inquisitiveness make them self-assured to become tomorrow’s leaders
  • A group of alumni that are unified by their quest for excellence

Most significantly, you become a member of a top ranked university located in the heart of Riyadh, connected not only to regional research institutions with their wealth of opportunities but also to an international network of scholars that are known for their eminence.

At graduate level, Alfaisal University offers seven master’s degrees with courses-only and thesis options:

Admissions to Graduate Programs

Entry requirements vary depending on the subject, but you can find out more about Alfaisal University’s rigorous admissions criteria here.

Average tuition fees for international students at graduate level for a full master’s degree over two years are US$27,000 annually, though some scholarship funding is available especially for Thesis Program Students. Read more about fees and funding here. https://research.alfaisal.edu/scholarship-polices-graduate-student-alfaisal-university

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Explore rankings data for Alfaisal University

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Key statistics

  • 2,407
    Number of FTE Students
    (1)
  • 10.6
    No. of students per staff
    (1)
  • 58 : 42
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
    (1)
  • 40%
    Percentage of International Students
    (1)
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 World University Rankings

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Subjects taught at Alfaisal University

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