​​​WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT KAUST?

​We've compiled a list of the questions we get asked most often.

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  • Can anyone apply to KAUST?

    Yes. KAUST encourages students seeking to earn graduate degrees from Saudi Arabia and around the world to apply. Admission to KAUST is merit based. The University currently hosts students from over 60 countries and has received applications from students attending more than 220 universities around the world.​

  • Is there an application fee?

    ​No, there is no application fee.

  • How can I visit the University?

    For International Students: there are many opportunities to visit KAUST through participation in Summer and Winter Schools, run through the Academic Programs, Visiting Student Internships, Poster Competitions etc.  These are advertised regularly in our Events section.

    For Saudi Students: KAUST may accommodate groups of visitors when arranged by local universities. Inquiries for possible group arrangements may be made by contacting the Office of Admissions: admissions@kaust.edu.sa

    The Admissions Office is not able to accommodate individual requests to visit the KAUST campus. ​

  • What is the best way to “get your foot in the door” at KAUST?

    ​You can always apply to come to KAUST for an internship as a visiting student!  Check out the VSRP opportunities page for internships and workshops​.

  • How do I fill out an application for KAUST?

    Follow this link to complete an online application. 

  • What is the minimum criteria for submitting an application?

    ​A score of 79 on the TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) or 6.0 on the IELTS is required (not required if the applicant received a degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand)
    - Official transcripts (and/or certified English translation)
    - 3 letters of reference
    - Curriculum Vitae
    - Statement of Purpose​

  • Can I be admitted without a supervisor/advisor?

    ​M.S. students are admitted without a confirmed supervisor for research. Ph.D. students must get a full-time KAUST faculty member to agree to supervise their Ph.D. before they are admitted to KAUST.​

  • What degree programs does the Physical Science and Engineering Division have?

    ​You can earn a M.S. or Ph.D. in 5 PSE Prorgams, Chemcial Engineering, Chemical Science, Earth Science and engineering, Material Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. There is a new Program currently being developed in Energy Geosciences and Engineering, which should be available by Spring 2018.

  • What are the degree requirements for the M.S. and the Ph.D.?

    ​M.S. students need 36 credits (combination of courses and research is specific to your program).  
    Ph.D. students need 6 credits of 300-level coursework and will earn dissertation research credit each semester until they defend (no minimum credits established, although there is a minimum residency requirement of 2.5 years).  Ph.D. students must also successfully defend their proposal and final dissertation defense, and archive in the KAUST repository.  
    Both M.S. and Ph.D. students have to attend program seminars and successfully complete the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP).​

  • What is the community like at KAUST?

    ​​The University's award-winning campus has everything you need to live, work, and study. Designed to inspire and motivate our faculty, students, staff and their families to maintain an active lifestyle, KAUST is more than a university. With state-of-art fitness facilities, a golf course, numerous fine dining and casual fare restaurants, elementary and secondary schools, and of course, the Red Sea just steps away, there is something for everyone.​

  • What benefits are included when a student accepts an offer to attend KAUST?

    ​​Full tuition support, Monthly living allowance (ranging between $20,000-30,000 annual, depending on qualifications and progression through degree programs), housing, medical and dental coverage, relocation support .​

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