There are many attractions to entice students to study in the Middle East, including warm climates, rich history and culture, and top-notch educational facilities in a selection of Middle Eastern countries with ambitions of becoming international education hubs.
One major center of university education in the region is the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with Dubai now home to branch campuses run by prestigious universities from around the world. Qatar has similarly been successful in attracting universities from abroad, while the Middle East region in general has a significant selection of American-style universities, typically providing teaching in English. Examples include the American University of Beirut, American University of Sharjah, American University of Kuwait and the New York University in Abu Dhabi.
Top universities in the Middle East
According to the QS World University Rankings 2014/15, the five top universities in the Middle East are the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel; 138th in the world); Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Israel; 190th); Tel Aviv University (Israel; 195th); King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals and King Saud University (Saudi Arabia; 225th and 249th respectively).
Other Middle Eastern countries with universities ranked among the world’s best include Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq. Turkey and Egypt, both often considered part of the Middle Eastern region, are also well-represented in the international rankings.
To find out more about opportunities to study in the Middle East, click on the country guides below.