Saudi Arabia offers a selection of religious and secular universities near major urban centers. The country’s university system was instituted in the 1960s, with large endowments from the Saudi Royal Family and a focus on Islamic studies. Present day Saudi Arabian universities have undergone a rapid transformation that has mirrored the modernization of the country. The universities are now among the most technologically advanced in the world and they feature modern campuses, large endowments, accomplished faculties and diverse fields of study.
King Abdulaziz University
Established in 1967, King Abdulaziz University is a public institution of higher education in Jeddah, the second largest city in the country. The university enrolls more than 70,000 students. In accordance with traditional Islamic culture, the university offers two separate campuses for its male and female students. Each campus features its own recreation and athletic facilities, cultural centers, dormitories, libraries and dining halls. King Abdulaziz University offers several undergraduate majors through their colleges of Education, Business, Health and Services, Science, Aviation, Engineering and Arts and Humanities. Graduate programs in medicine, dentistry and meteorology are also offered.
King Abdulaziz University P.O. Box 80208 Jeddah 21589 Saudi Arabia 011 (+966) 2 640 0000 kau.edu.sa
King Saud University
King Saud University is a public institution in Riyadh, the capital and largest city in the country. The university opened in 1957 as the first institution that was not dedicated to the study of religious subjects. It's considered the most prestigious school in the country. King Saud University enrolls approximately 42,000 degree-seeking students, which includes both males and females. The university is spread amongst an urban campus of modern buildings that house numerous colleges, 18 libraries, dormitories, dining halls and recreational facilities. Undergraduate students have a choice of majors, including business, engineering, physics, education, chemistry, tourism, architecture, city planning and computer information systems. The university also offers graduate degrees in the fields of law and medicine.
King Saud University P.O. Box 2454 Riyadh 11451 Saudi Arabia 011 (+966) 2 467 7555 ksu.edu.sa
Umm Al-Qura University
Umm Al-Qura University is a public university in the holy city of Mecca, the home of Masjid al Haram. The university hails back to 1949, when it was started as the College of Islamic Law. The university continued to expand, and in 1981 it developed into its present incarnation. Umm Al-Qura University boasts an annual enrollment of approximately 30,000 degree-seeking students, which includes both males and females. The university offers 17 colleges and 70 academic departments; however, the university’s main degree seeking programs include Arabic Language Studies and Islamic Law. Umm Al-Qura University also offers undergraduate programs in pharmacy, computer information systems, domestic and international economics, engineering, business and medicine.
Umm Al-Qura University P.O. Box 715 Mecca 21421 Saudi Arabia 011 (+966) 2 550 1000 uqu.edu.sa
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