Saudi Arabia Education Links
There are seven universities in various regions of the
Kingdom. Degrees received by graduates are the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. These universities
1. King Saud University in Riyadh
Founded in 1957, it is the Kingdom's first university and is comprised of 19 colleges and
specialized institutes. Affiliated to it are King Abdul Aziz University Hospital and King
Khaled University Hospital. It has two branches, one in the southern city Abha and the
other in the central Qasseem Region. It has a total enrollment of more than 32,000 male
and female students.
2. The Islamic University in Al
Madinah Al Munawwarah
Established in 1961, it is the Kingdom's second university, comprising five colleges. The
university's post-graduate studies departments confer the Ph. D. and Master's degrees. The
university is host to more than 100 different nationalities, which constitute the majority
of its total enrollment of more than 7,000 students.
3. King Fahd University for
Petroleum and Minerals
This specialist university was established in 1963 in Dhahran, in the Kingdom's oil-rich
Region, under the name of "The College of Petroleum and Minerals." It is made up
colleges, in addition to the Applied Research Institute. It has an enrollment of 6,000
students, plus to 600 post-graduate students.
4. King Abdul Aziz University
Comprised of nine colleges, it was launched as a private university in the western city of
Jeddah, on the Red Sea, before being handed over to the government in 1971. Affiliated
with it are the Energy Research Center, the English Language Center, the Computer Center
and the Technological Studies Center. The University has a total enrollment of more than
5. Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud Islamic
Established in 1974 (1394 H), it has ten colleges, 5 institutes inside the Kingdom and
institutes abroad, including Ras Al Khaima, Japan and Washington. It has branches in the
central Qasseem Region and the southern city of Abha. It is also comprised of sixty
pre-university institutes in various cities of the Kingdom. Degrees received by graduates
range from the B. A. to M. A. and Ph. D. in arts and Islamic studies such Shariah,
Jurisprudence, Fundamentals of Islam and Dawa (Call), as well as in the Arabic Language
for non-Arabic speakers. The University's total enrollment is more than 27,000 students.
6. King Faisal University in Al
This university was established in 1974 (1394 H) in the city of Al Ahsa, in the Eastern
Region, an agricultural area famous for its date-palms. It is comprised of six colleges in
Al Ahsa and Dammam, in addition to several veterinary and agricultural training centers.
IT enrols is 6,000 students.
7. Ummul Qura University
Founded in Makkah Al Mukarramah in 1981 (1401 H), it is comprised of eight colleges and
seven institutes. The Hajj Research Center is one of the University's main components. The
University hasa total enrollment of more than 14,600 students.