Saudi Arabia unveils latest education visas; serves students from 160 countries

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Saudi Arabia unveils latest education visas; serves students from 160 countries
The visa scheme serves students from 160 countries, connects applications with the relevant authorities, registers data in nine languages, and facilitates the process of enrolling in universities.

Saudi Arabia has recently announced that it has relaxed rules for foreign students, introducing short as well as long-term educational visas.

The educational visas aim to target female and male students, researchers, and academicians for higher education in order to attract prominent talent and raise the quality of the teaching/education sector, thus presenting the country as an attractive educational destination.

According to The Ministry of Education, this scheme is divided into short-term visas of up to a year and long-term visas for programs of more than a year.

The visa scheme serves students from 160 countries, connects applications with the relevant authorities, registers data in nine languages, and facilitates the process of enrolling in universities. It should be noted that the holders of short and long-term educational visas are exempt from the statutory requirement of providing a sponsor in the Kingdom.

Shoura Council member Dr Sultana Al-Badawi told Arab News that “We will have short and long-term visas for educational purposes, dealing with various academic and research aspects, innovation, training, teaching, study, and others, enabling students to benefit from studying in universities and advanced Saudi educational institutions.”

“I am certain that the coming period will witness large (numbers of) applications for educational visas from different countries given the Kingdom’s great global stature, reflected in its economy and the flexibility of its systems to achieve the requirements of a good life, on top of which are security and safety” she added.

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