Student Scholarships in Saudi Arabia: Implications and Opportunities for Overseas Engagement

  • Fawzy BukhariEmail author
  • Brian Denman
Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 40)


This chapter describes and assesses the scholarship system operating in Saudi Arabia and, in particular, critically assesses the development of the King Abdullah Scholarship Program – arguably the most comprehensive scholarship programme ever supported by a nation state. This chapter also highlights the challenges that Saudi students confront during their studies abroad.


Saudi Arabia Scholarship Program Foundation Period International High Education Government Scholarship 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Scholarships ProgramMinistry of EducationRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.University of HiroshimaHiroshimaJapan
  3. 3.Higher Education Policy and ManagementUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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