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KAUST -10 reasons you want to study there

Best Technology University in Middle East

KAUST or King Abdullah University of Science and Technology was founded in 2009.King Abdullah thought it would beacon of Knowledge.

In words of the Late King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz,

….Wishing to rekindle and spread the great and noble virtue of learning that has marked the Arab and Muslim worlds in earlier times, I am establishing King Abdullah University of Science and Technology on the Red Sea in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As a new “House of Wisdom,” the University shall be a beacon for peace, hope, and reconciliation and shall serve the people of the Kingdom and benefit all the peoples of the world in keeping with the teachings of the Holy Quran, which explains that God created mankind in order for us to come to know each other.

Location :Thuwal ,Saudi Arabia

Nearest City :Jeddah. It is about an hours journey to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology by taxi and it costs $150 unless you have a friend in Jeddah to drop you. KAUST is the acronym for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Jeddah is a great city and beautiful one too. It is a port city and not only its climate but  people here are very tourist friendly. Jeddah has temperature of 36 Degrees Celsius to about 40 Degrees.

History of Jeddah

Known as the Bride of the Red Sea or Gateway to Makkah. It was founded in in the 7th Century as a major port. There are many attractions in Jeddah but will cover in upcoming post. The city has a history of about 2500 Years. During the time of Caliph Uthman bin Affan, this city was converted into a port.(647 CE).

  • Distance from Jeddah to Makkah-86 KM.(about less than 1 hour)
  • Distance from Jeddah  to Madinah -415.0 KM.
  • Distance from Jedddah to Thuwal    -95.1 KM.

Thuwal ,which is location of  the university was a fishing village which later become more know because of the University. I guess it offers less distractions for students studying there. It reminds me of IIT Kanpur which was half hour from Naveen Market.

KAUST and Nearby

KAUST is located in Thuwal,an hour from historic city of Jeddah.  The name “Jeddah” means Grandmother in Arabic. It is said the grave of Hawa”(Eve, wife of first man Adam) is in Jeddah. This the reason for the name.

KAUST Spring
Jeddah at evening

KAUST-King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

KAUST at night and some pics of its campus along with pics of Jeddah.

KAUST-Student quarters

Dr Tony Chan

Dr. Tony Chan has very well professional profile.

  • Bachelors –Caltech
  • Masters    –Caltech
  • PHD-Stanford University.

Dr. Chan has well professional career ,having worked in

  • Taught CSE-Yale University
  • Maths         -UCLA
  • President  -KAUST


Travel with Saudia. Just give promo as KAUST.


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KAUST is ranked :97 according to BEST GLOBAL UNIVERSITIES.

Quality  Research ranking by  Nature Index :119/500

  • Masters
    Admission to masters need requirements that has to be fulfilled.
  • PHD
    The doctorate program is available after completing certain requirements.

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is great opportunity for Masters program.

  • Bioscience (B)
  • Bioengineering (BioE)
  • Environmental Science and Engineering (EnSE)
  • Marine Science (MarS)
  • Plant Science (PS)
Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences(AMCS)
Electrical Engineering(EE)
Computer science
Marine Science
Applied Physics
Chemical Engineering
Earth Science and Engineering(ErSE)
Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering(ErPE)
Material science and Engineering(MSE)
Mechanical Engineering(ME)

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology-(KAUST)


Facebook Page King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

A video on  King Abdullah University of Science and Technology


Contact King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Office of Admissions:
Graduate Affairs
Engineering Building (Building 9), Suite 4328
4700 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Thuwal 23955-6900
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Admissions FAQ’s

There are many questions which are commonly asked. We try to feature some of them here.

Frequently Asked

Can anyone Apply to KAUST?

Yes anybody can apply to KAUST.



What are the application requirements?

  • Statement of purpose
  • CV
  • English Proficiency :IELTS Or TOEFL
  • 3 Recommendations from Professors
  • GRE(optional)

Tuition Fees-How much are they?

A KAUST scholarship is provided for admitted students.

  • Full Free Tuition Support
  • Monthly Living allowance
  • On Campus housing
  • Medical and Dental Coverage
  • Relocation Support

Masters Requirements

Masters Program at KAUST has some requirements .

They are as follows :

  • Statement of Purpose
  • GPA :3.7 at Undergraduate
  • 3 Recommendation letters
  • English Proficiency :IELTS
  • CV-Professional


GPA at Undergraduate

GPA -3.7

3.7 GPA is needed at undergraduate degree.



6.5-IELTS Score

An IELTS score of 6.5 or high TOEFL scores is needed. Students from the Indian Subcontinent and Asian countries.

Statement of Purpose

750 Words

An essay of why you want to study in KAUST.



CV detailing educational and professional profile. A LinkedIn profile would help.

KAUST Advantage

Full Tuition Support

Full Tuition fees are provided by KAUST if yo are admitted.

Medical and dental coverage

Dental support for dependents may be charged.

Monthly Living allowance

20-30000 US$ per anum

A yearly allowance is given for maintaining living expenses.

Relocation Support


Housing is provided but charges might apply to dependents.

KAUST -10 reasons for going there.

  • Free tuition and lodging
  • Nearby :Makkah and Madinah
  •  Visiting sites -Thamud,Al Ukhdud and other archeological sites
  • Al Baik -KFC equivalent restaurant
  • Sharma and Arabian food
  • Unique quality environment
  • Good quality Lab
  • High ranking :27 according to QS WUR ranking
  • Safe and different environment



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