Pakistani students can now avail fully funded scholarships by the Saudi Arabian government.
The scholarships will allow students to study at the kingdom’s top 25 universities and get a diploma, bachelor’s, master’s, or a Ph.D. degree.
75% of the scholarships will be offered to Pakistani students while 25% will be given to Pakistan residents living in Saudi Arabia.
The scholarship includes a stipend and multiple other benefits.
The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) declared the scholarship program in the following fields:
- Computer Science
- Media Sciences
- Islamic Studies
Stipends and Benefits
Science students will receive a monthly stipend of 900 Saudi Riyal (SR) while students from the humanity group will be offered 850 Saudi Riyal (SR).
Along with the stipend, students will also get the following benefits:
- Return ticket
- Support for dependents and travel expenses.
- Sports and recreational activities (on-campus)
- Free medical care for the student and his/her family (married scholars)
- Subsidized meals (on-campus)
- Permission for 3-month furnishings (married scholars)
- 3-month graduation allowance for books
Students from Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) should be 17 to 25 years old for Bachelor’s programs.
For masters, they should be younger than 30 and under 35 for Ph.D. programs. The student should fall in the above age brackets till the closing date of the application.
Each university in Saudi Arabia is allowed to admit only 5% of international students. This doesn’t include Jamia Islamia Madinah Munawara and Princess Noor Binte Abdul Rehman University for Girls in Riyadh, where 8% of international students are allowed.
At Jamia Islamia Madinah Munawara, 85% of students are offered scholarships.
According to the topuniversities website, Saudi universities offer great international exposure, along with traveling and working opportunities.
Their culture is diverse and the universities are growing as the government is actively investing in the educational sector.
As of 2021, 29 Saudi universities ranked in the top 100 of the QS Universities Rankings (Arab Region 2021) making the region a hub of educational excellence.
There are multiple scholarship programs, studies are cheap, and are very affordable. Overall the region is a great venue for you to plan your future.