Education : Study in Saudi Arabia

Back in October 2000, I was in Saudi Arabia with a group of friends performing the umrah. Since we were all students at the time, we took the opportunity to pay a visit to Malaysian students around Mekah & Madinah.

All I can say is that those who I had an opportunity to meet at that time were among the top students of thier universities & although we have not kept in touch ever since then, I do believe that currently, they are all back in Malaysia & serving the people in field of education & Islamic research.

Study in Saudi Arabia

FANCY studying in Saudi Arabia? Well, you may get the chance sooner than you think.

For decades, Malaysians have gone over to study religion and Islamic sciences at schools and universities in Saudi Arabia. Lately, however, new opportunities have emerged due to the country’s impressive technological and economic growth, as well as expansion in higher education.

A few students will definitely get the opportunity soon to pursue postgraduate studies at Saudi’s oldest and biggest university, King Saud University (KSU), in an area of their choice.

This golden chance is the result of an offer of 22 postgraduate scholarships for masters, PhD and post-doctoral research made to Malaysian Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed during his visit to KSU last month.

“The university made the offer on the spot. It was a pleasant surprise. The offer demonstrates their confidence in our higher education system, and reflects the commitment of both countries to fostering educational partnerships,” says Mustapa.

King Saud University is offering scholarships to Malaysians to pursue postgraduate studies in an area of their choice.

KSU, or Riyadh University as it was originally known, was established in 1957 as the first Saudi university not dedicated to religious subjects.

It started with the setting up of the College of Arts, followed by the College of Science the following year. Other colleges followed soon after – from the College of Engineering and Business to Medicine and Information Technology.

Currently, there are more than 25 colleges covering diverse disciplines including community service, nutrition science, archaeology and tourism.

In the early 1980s, a new campus was built, and KSU opened its doors to female students as the original university buildings in central Riyadh were converted into a campus for the women’s branch of the university.

Today, women are only barred from KSU’s engineering programme, on the premise that a profession in engineering would be impossible to pursue in the context of sex-segregation practices.

Since the early 1990s, KSU has started offering postgraduate studies in 61 areas of specialisation, and doctorates in Arabic, geography, and history.

The scholarships offered to Malaysians, covering tuition fees and living expenses, comprise six each for masters and PhD, and 10 for post-doctoral research.

Mustapa says his ministry has been asked to nominate candidates by early this month, and selection has been in process.

The KSU scholarship scheme is expected to see greater exchange of students and academics, as well as research collaboration, between Saudi and Malaysian institutions.

There are currently 19 universities in Saudi, with four new ones set up in 2005 to meet the growing demand for higher education in the country.

The realisation of the need to develop its human resource has also led to the development of more colleges for girls in the country.

On his trip, Mustapa also visited the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah and University Um Al Qura in Mekah, where he met with Malaysian students.

In terms of research collaboration, the minister feels that Malaysians need to open their minds to tap into emerging areas in Saudi Arabia such as technology and engineering.

There are opportunities aplenty, he stresses, particularly with the research centres set up by the Saudi Government at public universities, in areas like water studies, Islamic economics, technologies related to the discovery and economic utilisation of natural resources, Hajj and Umra studies (pilgrimage studies) as well as nanotechnology and biotechnology.

Another area is the exchange of expertise such as the one-year exchange stint awarded to International Islamic University Malaysia ICT Faculty dean Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Adam Suhami to teach and undergo practical work at Taibah University in Madinah.

In addition, the Saudi Government has agreed to send its science and mathematics teachers to Malaysia for training in the teaching of the two subjects in English. – By HARIATI AZIZAN

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59 Responses to “Education : Study in Saudi Arabia”
  1. sahet says:

    es salamu aleykum my brother
    I am living in Turkmenistan and I want study in your university
    please write information about exam to join and also about student fee, living rooms. I will wate for answer

  2. drnaz says:

    Do you mean in Saudi or in Malaysia?

  3. Dear Sir,
    I want to come over there for my masters programme after graduating in 2006 at king saud university,college of arts.

  4. abu yoosuf says:

    Asalaam alikum

    iam a maldivian and iam really interested to join one of those universities as a scholaship student.
    what are the ways i can do this and what are the universities ofering scholarships in Saudi Arbia.

  5. Hammed Admola says:

    Pls. How can person like me get scholarship oppotunity from Saudi, I studies food science and technology from Nigeria University

  6. Ibrahim Ahmad says:

    Assalamu alaikum,
    i have being a longtime admirer of saudi arabia from zamfara state nigeria, that had dreamed to come to saudi for my undergraduate study but Almighty Allah made it to be in my country Nigeria studying Veterinary medicine, and now that iam in the final year(600 level) second semister at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, iam still looking for a way of getting scholarship to saudi for my postgraduate sudies, please help me with a guidance of how i will look for scholarship this time around.
    i will be looking forward to here from via my e-mail id.
    MA ASSALAM.

  7. A.S.Mohamed Yaseer says:

    Dear Brother in Islam, Asslamu Alikum!
    I am Mohamed Yaseer (Salafi-BA) of 602/1 N.C. Road, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. I am Degree Holder (Bachelor of Arts) and Islamic “Shariy”(Law), Islamic Akeedha Studies Degree Holder also. I am interested to joint one of those Universities as a scholarships student because of low economy in Sir Lanka. So please help me with a Guidance of how I will look for scholarship this time around.
    “Jassakallahu haira”

  8. amera says:

    salams dear sir,

    i’m malaysian and currently i’m doing my master in education specialize in teaching arabic language to non-speakers at international islamic university of malaysia (IIUM).. i’ve been searching for universities in saudi arabia especially in riyadh that offers that course or at least in education but couldnt get it. i may need your advise of universities that i can continue my masters because my husband is going to be posted in riyadh insyallah by end of this year.. thank you for your time and guidance .. wassalam

  9. Bello Hassan says:

    assalam alaykum, i am a student studying electronics/electrical engineering in ladoke Akintola university of technology in Nigeria.Do i have a chance of getting an undergraduate scholarship .

  10. immurana mustapha says:

    i am a final year student of economics at the kwame nkrumah university of science and technology in Ghana with great interest in undertating a postgradudy course in saudi arabia with full scholarhip so i would like you to help me out.
    thank you.

  11. immurana mustapha says:

    i am a final year student of economics at the kwame nkrumah university of science and technology in Ghana with great interest in undertating a postgraduate course in saudi arabia with full scholarhip. so i would like you to help me out.
    thank you.

    • mas'ood sa'd says:

      as-salaam alykum .I am a graduate of history,university of lagos,Nigeria.I will like to pursue my masters programmes st your university.How do I go about it?

  12. immurana mustapha says:

    i am a final year student of economics at the kwame nkrumah university of science and technology in Ghana with great interest in undertaking a postgraduate course in saudi arabia with full scholarhip. so i would like you to help me out.
    thank you.

  13. Dr adedokun olalekan taofeek says:

    I am a graduate of veterinary medicine from the university of ibadan looking forward to a taking a post graduate course in microbiology at your university with full scholarship.would really appreciate if you can help me out.thanks.

  14. Nurudeen Sherif says:

    I am a high school graduate I am seaching for an opportunity to study medical science at saudy Arabia I need your help

  15. sharif hassan issaq says:

    i am a graduate of college of islamic call at tripoly, libya. and am seaching for post graduate studies in arabic course , so help me brother of islam.
    you contact me on 00233 245107297.

  16. ahmed says:

    Asalaam alikum

    i am an egyptain and i am really interested to join one of those universities as a scholaship student.
    what are the ways i can do this and what are the universities ofering scholarships in Saudi Arbia.my bsc.grade is very good.
    with my great regards.

  17. I am suleimanm mwamburi taking clinical medicine and surgery diploma but greatest ambition is to ascholar in islamic studies(religious studies) please help me find a chance to study religion in saudi arabia

  18. AYOOLA SULAIMAN O says:

    hi Ayoola Sulaiman Owolabi
    salamualaikun waramotulahi wabarakatu
    I great u in the name of ALMIGHTY ALLAH SUBUANALAHI WATAHALA, I here by seek for the admission in to your university to study ARABIC LANGUAGE.
    I we be very glad if you can offer me scholarship to study in your country, because i have no parent to take care of me.

  19. MOHAMMED ABDUL SAMEE says:

    Assalaamalaikum
    I am samee I have completed Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronic engineering and presently I am working as an Apprentice Trainee in BHEL company I want to pursue Masters in Thermal engineering so if you have the specified program in your prestigious organization then please send me the complete details.
    Thanking you,

    with warm regards

  20. MOHAMMED ABDUL SAMEE says:

    I want to pursue Masters degree in Thermal engineering in any of the universities in saudi arabia

  21. Salman Kerah says:

    I will like to pursue my islamic studies in riyard saudi arabia in any their renowned university

  22. ISMAIL FATIMAH says:

    SALAM, I WILL LIKE TO COME OVER THERE FOR MY MASTERS PROGRAM WHEN I’M THROUGH WITH MY Bsc IN AUGUST 2009. I AM A FEMALE MUSLIM NIGERIA STUDENT STUDYING DEMOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL STATISTICS IN ONE OF THE NIGERIA UNIVERSITY. I’M ALREADY IN MY FINAL YEAR I WILL THROUGH WITH IT BY AUGUST

  23. Dr Aijaz Ahmad Dar says:

    Asalamu alikum,
    I am completing masters degree in veterinary Medicine from Indian veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar in August 2009 InshaAllah.I want to do PhD in veterinary Medicine in Riyardh Veterinary college with full term Scholarship.I am residing in Kashmir, India. Please mail me if You can help me in cherishing my Dream.
    thanks,
    With regards,
    Dr Aijaz Ahmad Dar

  24. Elkhan says:

    ASSALAMU aleykum ve Rehmetullah ve Berekatuh!

    I’ve graduated from Azerbaijan National Economy University for bachelor degree. I am looking for scholarship for master degree in Islamic Economy in Saudi Arabian Universities. If you have any information about it,please let me know. CezakAllahu xayran. ASSALAMU aleykum ve Rehmetullah ve Berekatuh!

  25. Dr mustafa Goni says:

    pls, help, how to get school in saudia to apply for my Msc in veterinary medicine.thanks.
    Nigeria

  26. habeebullah says:

    PEACE BE UPON U
    I want to attend to ummul al-qura university.how I can join?I wanna attend kulliah Da’wah.

  27. ilyas says:

    hi i,m finishing my masters in Islamic science and i wanted more info about a scholarship in Saudi,i really like the place i live in Leeds UK my course will be finishing in September 2010
    kind regards Ilyas Salim

  28. Bn Aly says:

    Assala alaykum warahmatullah.
    I’m a Nigerian, 2008 graduate of Public Administration (B.A).I need your scholarship for my postgraduate studies in any reputable University either in the Kingdom (Saudi Arabia), Qatar, Malaysia or Kuwait.It would grately delight me to be guided and assisted bi’iznillah, by you.Jazaakumullukhair!

  29. iddrisu abdulwahab says:

    salaamu alaykum warahmatullah!
    i am a third year student of Ghana in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,i am studying civil engineering. i will like to study Arabic and study Islam gain Islamic knowledge for da’wa. It would greatly delight me to be guided and assisted bi’iznillah, by you.Jazaakumullahu khair!

  30. iddrisu abdul wahab says:

    PEACE BE UPON U
    i need scholarship to study arabic and islam( especially in da’wa) in Saudi Arabia. i am a third year student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,i am studying civil engineering. Guide me. wasallam!

  31. Hajara Adamu Khalid says:

    Assalamualiakum wa rahmatullah ta’alah wa barakatuh, I am a Nigerian about to finish from Federal university of technology,minna. I’ve always dreamt and wish i cud study medicine. But am financially handicapped. pls help me make my dream come true cus i believe its the best way to help my fellow muslims back in Nigeria.
    I know some Nigerians are known to be bad but still amongst them are also good ones too. I will be hoping and praying. Jazakumullah khairan. thank you. Wassalam alaik.

  32. Imam Aminu says:

    Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu
    I am a Nigerian, from the city of Ilorin, Kwara state.
    I am a final year student of Human Anatomy, Faculty of basic medical sciences, University of Ilorin.
    I am very grateful to God for His care so far, and I will be much more grateful if I can get a scholarship to continue my study in postgraduate level in any university in either Saudi Arabia, Katar, Dubai.
    Waiting with much hope in prayer.
    Jazakumullahu Khaira.

  33. ibrahim asim says:

    assalaaam alaikum.
    all praise is to allah. may allah bless the prophet and his companions. i am a maldivian youngster of age 20. i am trying my best to obey allah and his messenger and i want to nknow more about the religion and teach others about islam. i am looking forward for an opportunity to study in any university of mecca or maddinah . may allah bless you all.

  34. YUSUF KAZEEM ISHOLA says:

    assalaaam alaikum,

    I am Muslim student from Nigeria, i have mu OND in computer science here in my country but don’t have the financial backing to continue, pls I will be very happy in the name of Allah if i can be assist. May Allah bless us all

  35. amin says:

    how i enjoy these scholar ship

  36. Mohammed Demssie says:

    I am a muslim a lecturer in one university of Ethiopia and I want to study my Phd in one of Saudi Universities but I don’t now how to join.would you help me please?

  37. Muhammed Yusuf says:

    Asselamu alleykum w. w.
    I am a muslim junior graduate of Irrigation & Water Resources Engineering in Ethiopia.I working now, but I don`t have financial capasity to continue my post graduate study.If you can help me ,Allah will help you.
    Jethakum-Allah

  38. Yusuf salahudeen says:

    Am a muslim from nigeria,i want to do my m.eng electrical in one your universities.i would be grate to if u can assist me with my dream.peace

  39. shahid ahmad says:

    hi i,m finishing my masters in animal breeding and genetics and i wanted more info about a scholarship in Saudi,i really like the place i live in jammu and kashmir in india my course will be finishing in September 2011
    kind regards shahid ahmad

  40. Nazirjon Ismoilov says:

    Assalomu alaykum va rohmatulohu va barakotuhu va magfirat birodari aziz! iam from uzbekistan i am a student in a college and want to study in your university in the field of islamic study (quran hadith sharia. if not give me another site of islamic university or colleges insaudia arabia). please give me informations about tuitions and required documents and how to take visa ? thank you vary much!

  41. eldor holov says:

    Assalomu alaykum va rohmatulohu va barakotuhu va magfirat birodari aziz! iam from uzbekistan i am a student in a college and want to study in your university in the field of islamic study (quran hadith sharia. if not give me another site of islamic university or colleges insaudia arabia). please give me informations about tuitions and required documents and how to take visa ? thank you vary much!

  42. bushra khan says:

    asalamualiakum wr wb….,
    am a final year law student 4rm india i.e LLB.I love saudi since my childhood days.i like d shariat law n d strict parda over der.bt alas!din get d oppurtunity nway i wanna pursue master’s degree in commercial law in IPR 4RM KING SAUD UNIVERSITY.PLZ 4 D SAKE OF ALLAH CN U HELP ME OUT N ADVICE ME VAT SUD I DO N VAT R D REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS 4 A NON SAUDI FEMALE TO JOIN IN2 SUCH A REPUTED UNIVERSITY.PLZ AM WAITIN 4 YR VALUABLE ADVICE N HELP.
    JAZAKALLAH
    BUSHRA KHAN MY EMAIL ID IS MEGHARAO_27@YAHOO.CO.IN.

  43. moh'd umar ngelzarma says:

    Assalamu alaykum warahmatul allahi ta’aala wa barakatuh! First of all, i would like 2 tnk d almighty Allah of givin me d chance 2 write u dis comment. D main point of writin u dis comment is nothin bt i need a scholarship 2 study in saudi arabia, y? ‘Coz, i wnt 2 bcome a great and based SHEIKH in my country 9ja nd also 2 d entire world. I need ur assistance my brothers and sisters in islam 2 get me wat i needed i.e sholarship. I wil b greatful if u cal me or send me a message through my e-mail i.e mohdngelzarma@yahoo.com or my cel phone no.+2348138783604. Moreova, i live in maiduguri borno state of nigeria. Lastly, i tnk d almighty God in gvin me d chance 2 write dis simple and ordinary cømment. Tnxs my God bless u nd ur entire family. Ameen!

  44. Aisha Sysavane says:

    Asalamu alaykum waramatuLah wabaakatu.
    Pls,I’ve spent 3yrs studying medicine in Nigeria, I have a degree in basic medical sciences.I started using the niqaab 4 months ago, so I decided to drop out, since the use of niqaab is not allowed in nigerian medical scls. Pls, I understand saudi arabia is an islamic state and so my usage of niqaab there won’t be a problem. I need your assistance so that i can continue studying medicine in saudi arabia. Pls I’m doing this for the sake of Allah and to help the muslim females who are usually exposed to male doctors due to lack of female doctors.I don’t mind giving up the yrs I’ve spent in the university and starting all over again. I would be very greatful and happy if my message is given a response. JazakumuLahu Kairan.

  45. Badmus Abdulazeez Abiodun says:

    Asalamalaikun waramotulahi wabarakahtuhu pls A̶̲̥̅♏ A̶̲̥̅ fresh graduate and will like to study for my master class in any saudi arabia university. Pls I will be glad if U can put me through on how to go about it. I studied ECONOMICS @ Lagos State University my email add [aabafeb14@gmail.com]

  46. asalamu aleikun woramotu lahi wobarakatu.first of all i really thank allmythy ALLAW created all human bieng.so i pick my phone with bissimi lahi rahaman raheem,my name is girigisu soliu mukhtar from nigeria at kwara state ilorin,plz i want to studying at saudi arabia scholarship to pursue degree plz sir

    • Jimoh Lanre Sulyman says:

      Salam Sir, pls I am greatly in need of scholarship to study in Saudi Arabia. Please help. May Almighty Allah reward you abundantly.

  47. Jimoh Lanre Sulyman says:

    Assalam alaykum, Please I am highly interested to study in King Saud University. I am a Nigeria from Kwara state. Kindly do this favour for me. I previously hold a degree in Islamic studies. May Allah reward you abundantly.

  48. Solih says:

    Asalam Alaik.I am a nigerian and wants to study medicine and surgery in king saud university for my undergraduate course.I currently graduate from senior secondary school.what are the procedure for me to follow so that I can get scholarship into king saud university to studying medicine,and if at all the scholarrship isn’t given how can I get admission.Thanks Asalam Alaikum.

  49. sa07221980 says:

    I am Shahjahan Siraj I want to study in saudi arabia MBA or CA or FCA or ICMA, I would be grateful to you if you help me to study in saudi arabia.
    Ma-assalam
    Shahjahan Siraj

    • drnaz says:

      Hi ! How about come and study in Malaysia?

      • Assalamu Alaikom wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuho,
        I am Mohamad Hamdan Macabangin from Philippines. I want scholarship to study Islam and to become an “Alim” because here in my location, we have lack of “Alim” who can educate us in Islam. That is why some of my cousins,brothers,neighborhood are ignorant in Islam. So, i want to help them. I am 20 years old will be graduated this year in BS in Information Technology. I am now “Thalis Thanawie”in arabic but still i cant speak and understand Arab because even my teachers having difficulties in translating arab to our language. Please reply me how can i get scholarship to study there.
        Shukran wa Assalamu Alaikom wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuho.

  50. Yusuff Waheed says:

    Salam Alaikun,My name is Yusuff Waheed and i am from nigeria and currently pursuin my 1st degree in computer science here (OND). I am interested in widening my quranic knowledge or proberbly study any Course relating to Quran if there is any…..I will appreciaite if you can update me with full details and what i am suppose to do…….(caselovewhylove@yahoo.com) Thats my e-mail Address…….Salam Alaik

  51. ABDULKARIM says:

    Asalamu alaykum waramatuLah wabaakatu.i need scholarship to study arabic and islam
    I AM Abdul Karim and a Cameroonian.it is my honor to apply for a job in your institution .i am a tailor with a vocational diploma in tailoring ,based in the designing of both the men and women dresses,of all types.i have been a tailor for 11 years now.and with this experience,i think i can be ready to work any where in the world.
    thanks,
    ABDUL KARIM

  52. Assalamu Alaikom wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuho,
    I am Mohamad Hamdan Macabangin from Philippines. I want scholarship to study Islam and to become an “Alim” because here in my location, we have lack of “Alim” who can educate us in Islam. That is why some of my cousins,brothers,neighborhood are ignorant in Islam. So, i want to help them. I am 20 years old will be graduated this year in BS in Information Technology. I am now “Thalis Thanawie”in arabic but still i cant speak and understand Arab because even my teachers having difficulties in translating arab to our language. Please reply me how can i get scholarship to study there.
    Shukran wa Assalamu Alaikom wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuho.

  53. How can i be admitted.wanna further my education.but getting admission is the problem.please need helping hands

  54. Musa says:

    akhi, is it possible to get information as to how to study in Malaysia? I am based in the UK. BarakAllah feek. Musa

  55. Ibrahim Nur Al-Deen says:

    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmtullah,

    Hello my Brother in Islam. I am reaching out to any Brothers in the KSA or area for assistance. I am 39 years old, American, I re-verted to Islam three years ago Alhamdullilah.

    I am currently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with my wife who is Indonesian. We came here with some promises of English teaching jobs at the local Masjid, but things are not working out.

    I have also come to the conclusion that Muslims here have good intentions, but they are doing many many things that are not Sunnah. I am dedicated to learning only in the correct manner.

    My wife and I dream about coming to the KSA to study the holy Qu’ran, Arabic, and Hadiths. We are both trained as English teachers, and we could do that as a profession.

    I believe one reason Allah subhanutallah has brought me to Islam is to serve Dawah, to do so, I must be more educated about Islam myself before I can talk with others.

    We do not have the means to travel to Saudi Arabia on our own and are hoping someone can help us.

    If you know of anyone or organization or can just give us advice, we would be grateful.

    Jazakallah,
    Ibrahim Nur Al-Deen

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