71,773 foreign students studying in Saudi Arabia

Updated 08 July 2016

71,773 foreign students studying in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: According to a report on the US News Education website, there are 71,773 international students studying in the Kingdom’s universities, a local publication reported.
As the largest Arab country in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia places great emphasis on education with the existence of more than 25 public universities and 65 private colleges, as well as many technical colleges.
The website specializes in education and health news. It reported that Saudi Arabia places great emphasis on the study of science and technology which attracts many international students to seek education in the country.
According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, there were 71,773 international students studying in the Kingdom during the 2012-2013 academic year, the majority of them from Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan.
The report of US News Education website said Saudi Arabia invests significantly in education by allocating about 23 percent of its overall spending to the sector.
The report said there are three key facts concerning education in the Kingdom that all international students should know about. The first is that Saudi universities use the English language in its disciplines.

The second is that Saudi universities provide for special scholarships to encourage international students, males and females, and some universities such as King Abdullah University for Science and Technology, to support students throughout their studies, covering the tuition and providing an allowance of $20,000 to $30,000 annually.
Abdulmonem Al-Hayani, dean of student affairs at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, said the credit-hour system at the university is nearly the same as at American universities but with a little different structure in the programs and the teaching strategies.
“For example most US doctoral programs require passing a comprehensive exam before moving to the thesis, which is not the case in most doctorate programs at KAU,” he explained.
Al-Hayani added that KAU has off-campus housing that accommodates 3,500 male students.
“The housing is about five minutes away and students can transport by the free university shuttle bus service. The housing is the same for Saudi students and international ones, and students can choose their roommates freely,” he said.
As for housing the female students, he said there is on campus accommodations which can accommodate 1,500 female students. “The premises include access to a gym, swimming pool and spa, as well as a central restaurant and mini-market,” he added.
“The accommodation is fully furnished and provided to all Arab students in the scholarship program for free,” says Al-Hayani. “There are all facilities to support students and make their experience great.”

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.


280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.