Thank you for your interest in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
We suggest you carefully review the list of requirements below and prepare your application
in advance of the deadline.
KAUST requires a minimum TOEFL score of 79 on the IBT (Internet Based Test) or
6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The KAUST
admissions code is 4107. Only official TOEFL or IELTS scores will be accepted. TOEFL or
IELTS scores for tests administered by an educational institution for admission to that
particular institution are not acceptable.
A TOEFL or IELTS score is 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.
KAUST does not
require the GRE exam for admission. However, we strongly encourage students to take the
GRE general test. A high quantitative score on the GRE will enhance a student's
application. Official test results should be sent directly from ETS. The KAUST
admissions code is 4139.
Submit an official, complete university Transcript/ Mark sheets/ Graduation
Certificate/ Academic Record from every institution previously attended. A scan of the
official transcript provided by the university in the native language must be uploaded
into the online application along with the certified English translation. Your
transcript must include the university grading scale for all documents submitted. If
offered admission, an official final transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions
prior to arrival (during the onboarding process) in a sealed envelope to:
Office of Admissions
Building 9, Suite 4328
4700 King Abdullah University of Science and
Thuwal, Jeddah 23955-6900
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
have three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. Letters of recommendation
are important and should be written by professors or advisors under whom you have
pursued research or taken courses in your major field of study. Recommendation letters
should be submitted through the application directly from the recommender. Recommenders
should provide details about how he/she knows your work, as well as comparative
statements (e.g., top 1% of class, best in past five years, etc.), and insight into your
Also please add your Curriculum Vitae (CV).
All admitted students receive the benefits of the KAUST Fellowship which supports
students for the duration of their graduate studies. The benefits of the KAUST
- Full tuition support
- Monthly living allowance (ranging between $20,000-30,000 annually, depending on
qualifications and progression through degree programs)
- Medical and dental coverage*
- Relocation support
* Charges may apply to dependent housing and medical and dental coverage.