Many Saudi Arabian Masters degrees automatically come with a full or partial scholarship, coving tuition, housing, healthcare, and sometimes travel for international students. This makes Saudi Arabia particularly appealing for both home and abroad students.
Tuition fees are set individually by the universities and will often range between 22,000- 200,000 SAR (USD £5,865-53,320). Both the government and private institutions offer a considerable amount of funding incentives.
With a few exceptions, most Saudi Arabian universities do not have student halls and so unless accommodation is included with part of a scholarship you will have to rent privately. Some universities allow you to organise your accommodation through them. Make sure to check if your chosen institution has any guidance for renting.
Saudi Arabia is a relatively affordable place to live, with the average person spending around 2,785 SAR (USD $655) per month (excluding rent) according to crowdsourced data from Numbeo. The average rent for a one-bedroom, city-centre apartment in Saudi Arabia is around 1,683 SAR (USD $447).
Prices in Saudi Arabia.
Scholarships and funding
Scholarships are offered as either full or partial benefits. Partial scholarships will usually cover tuition or living costs. The amount offered will range depending on your institution and course. Most scholarships are secured through the institution of application.
It is also possible for Saudi Arabian studens to obtain funding through a Research Assistantship. Some universities may offer research assistantships to students working at an exceptional level. These will often cover tuition fees, free accommodation and a monthly stipend for living costs. In return you will be expected to complete teaching and research work for the university.
There are two types of government scholarships available for international students:
- Internal – Internal scholarships are available for non-Saudi students who already have legal residency.
- External – These scholarships are for students living outside of Saudi Arabia.
To apply for a government scholarship, you must be between the ages of 17 and 30, have no other scholarship from within Saudi Arabia, pass a medical examination and hold a letter of recommendation. Applications are submitted through your chosen university. For more information visit the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education website.