Study in the Middle East
There are many attractions to entice students to study in the Middle East, including rich history and culture, warm climates, and top-notch educational facilities in a selection of Middle Eastern countries with ambitions of becoming international education hubs.
The recently developed QS University Rankings: Arab Region features the top 100 universities in the Arab countries, spanning much of the Middle East. The ranking highlights leading universities in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan – which all feature within the top 10.
Fellow Middle Eastern countries Israel and Turkey also have lots to offer international students, combining rich traditions with modern, high-tech societies. For more details about study in the Middle East, explore the country guides below.
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Top Universities in the Middle East
Having been piloted in 2014, the first full QS University Rankings: Arab Region was released in 2015 – the world’s first comprehensive of the top universities in the Arab world.
According to the 2016 edition of this ranking, the five top universities in the Arab countries are: King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (Saudi Arabia), the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), King Saud University (Saudi Arabia), King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia) and the American University in Cairo (Egypt).
Other Middle Eastern countries boasting universities within the Arab region’s top 100 include the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq. Turkey and Israel, often considered part of the Middle Eastern region, are also well-represented in the overall QS World University Rankings®.
To find out more about what to expect from study in the Middle East, click on the countries listed above.