Saudi students paying for studies abroad to be included in scholarship program
King Salman approved Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s proposal to cash a reward worth $2,000 to all Saudi students studying on government scholarships as well as to students studying at their own expense in recognized universities, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.
The move aims to support students’ educational journey.
The king also approved including all students who are currently studying at their own expense in universities abroad and who meet the requirements to the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques' overseas scholarship program.
According to the ministry of foreign affairs, there are around 90,000 Saudi students studying on government scholarships abroad. 850 are in the top ten universities and 1,600 are doctors who are residents and fellows.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had said during his recent tour to the US that Saudi students studying abroad on government scholarships were an honorable façade of Saudi Arabia.
Last week, the education ministry issued some decisions to further help students on government scholarships abroad, such as allowing them to take private lessons to overcome difficulties and increasing the rewards of students at distinguished universities.
Dr. Mohamed Aleissa, the cultural attaché in the US, said the missionary will pay any extra fees universities may demand because the missionary did not pay the fees on time.