Step by Step Guide to Study in U.S Universities from Saudi Arabia
As a citizen of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you are encouraged to study abroad in countries like the United States of America, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Studying in Australia and the UK are great destinations, however, the number one destination for students from Saudi Arabia is the United States of America. Applying to study at U.S. universities in Saudi Arabia can be a complicated process for many Saudi students, here you will find a step-by-step process on how to begin your application for a U.S university in Saudi Arabia.
Step One / Research
As a citizen of Saudi Arabia, the first thing you need to do is decide which major or degree you wish to study, students from Saudi Arabia have a great interest in majors in engineering, business, and hospitality management. Deciding which major you wish to study is very important because not all the universities in the USA offer the same majors and some universities do not offer engineering or technology programs. Finding the universities that offer the degree you want to study can be complicated which is why we created a tool that will allow you to find the university that offers the program you wish to study.
As a student from Saudi Arabia chances are that you have a friend or know a friend that is studying at a university in the USA, your friends can be a great resource of information and they can provide you with valuable information. Learning about their mistakes, their recommendations, and difference in cultures will have a positive in choosing the location or university you wish to study while you are in the United States of America. While hearing from a friend is important, understand that every student is different and you need to decide ultimately what you think is the best option for you.
Step Two / Speak with an EduBookings.com Advisor
Once you have a list of majors, cities, or preferences of the university you want to study in the USA, it is time to book a free online appointment with one of our education advisors. Our education advisors have been working with students from Saudi Arabia for many years and we have helped thousands of students from Saudi Arabia with the application process to study at universities in the USA. The advisor will be able to answer all your questions, make recommendations, look at all your academic background and even begin the application process. They can also recommend a university and program that is accepted by one of the major scholarship opportunities that students from Saudi Arabia have. We have worked with Saudi students with scholarships to study in U.S universities from the Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Cultural Mission, Saudi Military, and the scholarships from the different Saudi Arabian universities that are awarded to their teaching assistants.
You can meet with our advisors right from the comfort of your home, all you need is a computer with internet that has a microphone like a laptop and you will be able to connect with one of our advisors when is most convenient for you, from the comfort of you home. It is also a good idea to have copies of your academic transcripts, any English proficiency exams you might have taken such as the IELTS, TOEFL, or Duolingo, as well as your resume if you are applying for a master’s degree.
Step Three / Submit your application
Once you and your Edubookings advisor have decided on a university in the USA and the degree program you want to study, you will need to book another online meeting to begin your application process. One of the reasons why so many students from all over the world as well as students from Saudi Arabia love to work with EduBookings.com is our application system. As opposed to you having to submit your application and ask for help with the process, at EduBookings.com we do the entire process for you. You will have access to our application system where you can upload all your documents, ask questions, get updates on your university applications, and much much more. You will also have access to our App which you can download for iOS and Android giving you access to all your applications in seconds; thru the app, you will get notifications every step of the way and we will keep you updated every step of the process.
Step Four / Accept your university offer
Once we submit your applications to the different universities in the USA, you will begin to get updates on your EduBookings account or your Bookie account as the application process moves forward. It is important that you read and check your account constantly and check all the notifications you receive on your phone via the mobile app. Once the application process is completed and we have received all the decisions from the different universities, you receive your acceptance letters, this is when it is time to choose which university you want to attend, this is a great opportunity to schedule another appointment with an Edubookings academic advisor, so they can answer any final questions you may have and help you choose from the universities you have been accepted in the USA. As a student from Saudi Arabia, the academic advisor will focus on helping you choose the university that will accommodate your priorities, that is part of one of the scholarships if you are a sponsored student, and begin your confirmation process.
As part of your confirmation process, most universities in the USA will require a tuition deposit payment; this payment can vary anywhere from 300 dollars to 2000 dollars and it really varies depending on the university. If you or your Saudi family will be paying for your education in the USA, you will need to pay this deposit to the university you have chosen for your university studies. If you have a scholarship, your sponsor will need a copy of your acceptance letter and they will provide you with a sponsor letter, which will serve as your deposit. Once this part of the process is done, the university will issue your I-20 form, so we can begin your student visa process.
Step Five / Apply for a Student Visa
Once you receive your I-20 form in the mail or via email, you are now ready to begin your student visa application and become an international student. In Saudi Arabia appointments for a student visa are generally quite fast and they tend to be only one to two weeks out from the date you begin your visa applications. Applying for a visa can be complicated for some students, so we have made a step-by-step process you can follow, just click on this link to see how to apply for your student visa.
Once you complete your visa application is completed and you have selected your student visa appointment at one of the two U.S embassies in Jeddah or Riyadh you are almost done with your process. On the day of your appointment for your student visa at the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia, you will need to bring all your academic and financial documents for the officer to review. We have 100% visa approval from Saudi students applying for a student visa, so you have nothing to be concerned or worried about. We are always here to help you.
Step Six / Travel from Saudi Arabia to the USA
Now that your student visa is approved, you are ready to organize moving from Saudi Arabia to the university in the U.S. You can now begin to purchase your flight ticket, pack your bags and prepare for the new adventure. Your Edubookings advisor is going to be there every step of the way and help you with your arrival at the university, selecting your accommodations, organizing pick up at the airport, and anything else you may need. As an Edubookings student, you will get support for the duration of your studies, which means that we will always be there to help you 7 days a week, the 365 days of the year. Unlike other agencies that will no longer help you, we will be there for you as long as you are in the U.S and you can always reach out to your advisor to help you with anything you need.