Government of Saudi Arabia announced The custodian scholarship program for two holy mosques is being updated in early March, where by 2030 it shares its goal of sending 70,000 students abroad.
But a new program will not fund Learning English in English-speaking countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, is a significant change from previous scholarships in Saudi Arabia.
Anders Alund, president of sales and marketing EF Language Schoolssaid Saudi Arabia is an important market for the company and that the ESL exception is “a disappointment for an industry seeking recovery after COVID”.
However, he added that the new scholarship is “very generous” and “enhances student mobility”.
“Most Saudi students studying in the United States are sponsored, and these students are unlikely to continue if they lose government support.”
The Saudi Arabia the government said the new program was compatible with other scholarships, but it was unclear whether existing pathways would continue on the same scale.
“Most Saudi students studying in the United States are sponsored, and those students are unlikely to continue if they lose government support.”
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“In the heyday of the KASP program, the program seemed to act more like a law than a scholarship, and FLS along with many schools in all our centers had a very large population of Saudi Arabia,” Frerichs said.
But KASP has become less generous over the years, with tougher requirements introduced in 2016 reducing the number of students eligible for tuition. The Kingdom famously stopped its scholarship for students in Canada in 2018 after a diplomatic dispute after Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Christia Freeland has criticized the human rights position in Saudi Arabia.
At a recent press conference, Education Minister Hamad al-Sheikh said that English language training would be conducted at the local level, including at Saudi universities.
Under the new program, students will be divided into four streams, including a “provider path,” which will facilitate scholarships at the world’s 200 best institutions.
“The desire to put the best Saudi students in the best universities in the world is a worthy government program,” Frerichs said.
“But I also hope and believe that the Saudi government will see the benefits of continuing to support its citizens who can benefit from attending a non-elite university as well as the necessary language training to support this learning.”