King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a private research university located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

Founded in 2009, the University provides research and graduate training programs in English as the official language of instruction. KAUST is the first mixed-gender university campus in Saudi Arabia. 

KAUST aspires to be a destination for scientific and technological education and research.

Attracting and developing top talent from the Kingdom and around the world, KAUST invests in its people. The University allows its members to fulfill their intellectual potential in a state-of-the-art environment. KAUST is dedicated to maintaining the best academic and professional practices in its development and recruitment efforts.


Study at KAUST - World-Class Research on the Shores of the Red Sea​

KAUST is an international graduate-level science and technology research university located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. Home to world-class faculty, scientists, engineers and students from around the globe, the campus's 10 research centers focus on finding solutions to problems in areas related to water, food, energy and the environment. Students have the opportunity to access to state-of-the-art labs and our eminent faculty, while obtaining a diverse graduate study experience.

KAUST Degrees

  • M.S. Degree
  • Ph.D. Degree

​KAUST Programs​

BESE Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

  • Bioscience (B)
  • Environmental Science and Engineering (EnSE)
  • Marine Science (MarS)
  • Plant Science (PS)

CEMSE Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division

  • Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences (AMCS)
  • Computer Science (CS)
  • Electrical Engineering (EE)
  • Statistics (STAT)

PSE Physical Science and Engineering Division

  • Applied Physics (AP)
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE)
  • Chemical Science (ChemS)
  • Earth Science and Engineering (ErSE)
  • Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering (ErPE)
  • Material Science and Engineering (MSE)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)



The Visiting Student Research Internship Program is an opportunity for exceptionally qualified international baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students to conduct research with faculty mentors in selected areas of basic and applied research projects. The duration of the program ranges from between three and six months, depending on the research project. Arival date must be a minimum of 6 weeks after date of submission. 

We are currently accepting applications for internships starting from January onwards.

KAUST VSRP visiting students will receive the following:

  • Monthly living allowance ( $1000 )
  • Round-trip airfare to/from city of departure-Jeddah (KAUST)
  • Health insurance
  • Private bedroom and bath in a shared residential suite
  • Visa fees (Students must have valid passport)
  • Access to community recreational resources
  • Social and cultural activities


Working at KAUST

We offer rewarding career opportunities in a state-of-the-art research and innovation hub on the shores of the Red Sea.

KAUST believes that personal fulfillment and discovery are integral aspects of a rewarding professional life. The University makes it easy for faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows to balance their professional responsibilities with other aspects of their lives. 

KAUST provides ample opportunities and time to keep work and life in harmony – from vacations and holidays to an inviting campus community on the shores of the Red Sea, with all the seaside amenities and recreation facilities of a fine resort. 

Join us to be part of discoveries that address global challenges in four key areas: food, water, energy and the environment. Join us to contribute to science and innovation and become part of a uniquely international community where you and your family will thrive.​

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