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Saudi Arabia has announced that it will revoke all government-issued scholarships for Saudi students studying in Canada. Due to international disputes between the two countries, Saudi Arabia has ordered thousands of Saudi students to leave Canada immediately. According to an anonymous Saudi government official, there are currently over 15,000 Saudi students with scholarships and grants in Canada who will be forced to relocate due to this development. Given that Saudi students will not be allowed to return to Canadian universities for the upcoming school year, the Saudi government has suggested that students transfer to schools in other countries. Luckily, many top universities in the United States offer great transfer opportunities for international students. If you are a Saudi student who has been affected by these recent developments and you wish to continue your education in Fall 2018 at a top U.S. university, please visit our Welcoming Saudi Students page.

Saudi-American relations are very strong

Whereas there is tension between Saudi Arabia and Canada right now, Saudi Arabia and the United States have a very good relationship with one another. Full special diplomatic relations were established between the two countries in 1933, and they remain strong partners today, both economically and politically. In fact, Donald Trump made Saudi Arabia the first country he visited in 2017 after he was elected the 45th President of the United States, further strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

There are many Saudi students already in the United States

The flourishing relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States has had a beneficial impact on students. Many Saudi students come to the United States every year to study at American colleges and universities. In fact, according to the Institute of International Education, Saudi Arabia is the 4th most popular country of origin for international students studying in the United States. As of 2017, there were over 50,000 Saudi Arabian students in the U.S.


#YouAreWelcomeHere is a movement that was started in 2016 to demonstrate to international students that they are welcome at colleges and universities in the United States. After Temple University launched its own #YouAreWelcomeHere video, the campaign rapidly grew in popularity. The #YouAreWelcomeHere movement was covered by many prominent higher education news outlets, including U.S. News Global Education. Over 300 colleges, universities, and organizations in the United States have since joined the movement by expressing support for intentional students who want to study in the United States. As a Saudi student, you should know that you are welcome to come study in the United States.

Why should you study in the United States?

The United States is by far the most popular destination for students looking to study outside their home country. What makes the United States so special? There are many reasons why the U.S. is the top study location for international students. In addition to boasting some of the top schools in the world, the U.S. offers amazing career advancement opportunities, outstanding support, and many resources for international students. The U.S. also offers more cultural diversity, a richer campus experience, and more academic flexibility than any other country in the world.

Visit our Why Study in the United States? page to learn more about why attending school in the U.S. is the best choice you can make for your future.

Which schools in the United States should you study at?

There are over 5,000 colleges and universities in the United States, so finding the right school can be difficult. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. U.S News Global Education has compiled a list of top International-Friendly Universities that are offering expedited enrollment services for Saudi students. These are schools that have been selected by our experts at U.S. News Global Education thanks to the outstanding support and resources that they offer for international students. If you are a Saudi student who is being forced to leave a university in Canada, these International-Friendly Universities are a great starting point for you, regardless if you are studying at the undergraduate or graduate level. Visit the page and complete the form to hear from a certified U.S. News Global Education counselor to guide you through the transfer process. Click here to get started.

What if you need help applying to U.S. universities?

If you need help acquiring your student F-1 visa to the United States, the process is not difficult. Click here to learn more about how to obtain a student visa to the United States. Our counselors are also available to help guide you through the visa acquisition process.

If you do not know at which school to study, or if you need help with the application process, you may find it beneficial to speak with an education counselor. U.S. News Global Education has counselors on standby who understand the current situation in Canada and with the Saudi government and can advise you on universities that would be a good fit. Visit our special transfer page for Saudi students and fill out the form to speak to a counselor.