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Study in Saudi Arabia

Home to many of the leading universities in the Arab region, Saudi Arabia is already a popular study destination for international students from within the region, and also has lots to offer those from further afield. As well as the chance to enroll at a growing number of world-renowned universities, study in Saudi Arabia offers the chance to explore the nation’s distinctive political and cultural environment at first hand, as well as visiting some of the region’s greatest ancient archaeological sites, and soaking up plenty of sun.

Fast Facts

  • Population of 29 million, including over 8 million expatriates.
  • The state religion is Islam and government policy is based on principles set by the Qur’an, Shari’ah law, the Provincial Council, Consultative Council and Council of Ministers.
  • Arabic is the local language but English is widely spoken in urban areas.
  • The capital city is Riyadh.
  • Current ruler is Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
  • The nation is comprised of 13 provinces: Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Qaim, Eastern, Asir, Tabuk, Hail, Northern Border, Jizan, Najran, Baha and Jouf.
  • Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (GMT+3).
  • Saudi Arabia uses the Islamic Hijrah calendar, also known as the lunar calendar.
  • Currency: Saudi Riyal, SR (US$1 = SR3.75).
  • The death penalty is permitted for some offences, such as renouncing Islam.
  • Sorcery is a capital offence in Saudi Arabia.
  • The climate is hot, with average summertime temperatures reaching 113°F / 45°C.
  • More than 3 million Muslims every year make the sacred pilgrimage (or ‘hajj’) to Mecca.