Is Alfaisal accredited by Ministry of Education (MoE)?
Yes, Alfaisal University is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education (MoE).


Freshmen

When can I apply and what are the admissions deadlines?
For the Fall March 1-August 30
For Spring November 1-December 31

Where can I find the online application form to start my application?
The online application form is available at https://admissions.alfaisal.edu/en/apply

What undergraduate programs do you have?
Alfaisal University offers wide range of Undergraduate programs in its five colleges (Business, Engineering, Medicine, Clinical Pharmacy, and Science). The programs have been designed in collaboration with distinguished international academic partners in order to satisfy the local and international market demands and to enable students to be prepared for employment.

What are the undergraduate admission requirements?
Click on your school’s education system to review the entry criteria for Admissions

I did not take any standardized test; can I still apply for Alfaisal?
Only those students coming from an education system or a country where there is no standardized test is required are allowed to apply, the University reserves right to require further evaluation through placement tests and interviews

Do you offer an English proficiency test in Alfaisal?
Yes, please contact the Deanship of Student Affairs, Admissions, and Registration

What is Alfaisal university code for SAT/College Board?
5752

What is Alfaisal university code for ETS/TOEFL
2787

How can I submit my official documents?
By mail or in person

How do you evaluate my application for admission?
Admission to Alfaisal University is very competitive. We welcome regular (freshman) applicants from high schools (or equivalents) that are accredited by the Ministry of Education. Applicants are considered based on the strength of their high school curriculum and grades earned, standardized test scores, and extra curriculum activities.

What are the English language requirements?
Click on your school’s education system to review our English language requirements.

Do you accept home-schooled students?
No, we don’t accept home-schooled students

How I will know that you received all my documents?
We will contact you if we found that your file is not complete or you are missing any document

What should I do if I am not sure how to answer a question on the application?
Please contact the Deanship of Student Affairs, Admissions, and Registration

I made a mistake on my application (I entered something incorrectly or forgot to add something) - can The Deanship of Student Affairs fix it for me?
Yes, please contact the Deanship of Student Affairs, Admissions, and Registration

What is the Language of instruction in Alfaisal?
English is the language of instruction in Alfaisal

What is the application fee amount?
500 SR plus applicable tax

Does Alfaisal University offer application fees waivers?
No, Alfaisal University does not offer application fees waivers

How much does it cost to attend Alfaisal University?
Preparatory Program yearly tuition fees is: SR 60,000 (plus VAT)
Undergraduates yearly tuition fees is: SR 94,000 for all degrees (plus VAT)

What scholarships / financial aid do you offer?
Alfaisal University has several scholarship programs available to students such as Merit-based (excellence in academic performance) and Financial need-based. The scholarship opportunities are available to new undergraduate students applying to Alfaisal University. Scholarships are awarded at the beginning of each academic year for new students only.

What happens after I apply?
Each year, we receive thousands of applications for admission. We conduct an individualized holistic review of each applicant, and this takes some time to complete. We recognize that students would like to receive a decision on their application as soon as possible, and we appreciate your patience. Please know that our timeline is designed to ensure careful consideration of each applicant.

When will I receive my admission decision?
In average, between one to two weeks

I am having trouble accessing my application account?
Please contact the Deanship of Student Affairs, Admissions, and Registration

Can I apply for more than one degree?
Yes, you can apply to more than one college

Can I change my program after submitting my Application?
Yes, please contact the Deanship of Student Affairs, Admissions, and Registration

How do I defer my admission to a later term?
Please contact the Deanship of Student Affairs, Admissions, and Registration

If I cancel my application, Can I refund the Application fee?
Application fees are generally non-refundable


Transfer Students

Who is considered a transfer student?
Any student who has already earned his/her high school certificate/diploma and has enrolled at a college or university but did not finish his/her degree is considered a transfer student.

I have a bachelor’s degree; can I apply to Alfaisal as transfer student?
Students who already have a bachelor’s degree cannot apply as transfer student. They can only apply as Freshman for a different degree from the previous one.

How much weight is given to my high school record in the evaluation process?
An applicant’s entire academic history is considered in the admission process, and we require high school records with the application.

Are interviews required for transfer Students?
In some cases, colleges can request an interview as part of the application evaluation process.

Is there financial aid available for transfer students?
Alfaisal University does not offer financial assistance to transfer students.

I have a bachelor’s degree and I am applying to Alfaisal as freshmen, can I transfer some of my courses?
No, courses that are used to obtain degree cannot be transferred.

What are Alfaisal’s eligibility requirements regarding the number of credits allowed?
Students must finish at least one semester in their previous institution with at least 2.00 GPA. The maximum credit limit for transfer in Alfaisal is 40% of the total program credit hours in Alfaisal.


International Students

How does Alfaisal University define an international student?
Any student who is not a Saudi citizen or a have a valid Iqama in Saudi Arabia is considered an international student. International students usually need student visa to study in Saudi Arabia

Where can I find the online application form to start my application?
The online application form is available at https://admissions.alfaisal.edu/en/international-applicant

What is the application fee amount?
500 SR plus applicable tax

How much does it cost to attend Alfaisal University?
Preparatory Program yearly tuition fees is: SR 60,000 (plus 5% Tax)
Undergraduates yearly tuition fees is: SR 94,000 for all degrees (plus 5% Tax)

What scholarships / financial aid do you offer for international students?
International students are eligible to apply to the Merit-based scholarships. The scholarship opportunities are available to new undergraduate students applying to Alfaisal University. Scholarships are awarded at the beginning of each academic year for new students only.

Can I study part time?
No, international students cannot study part time

When can I apply and what are the admissions deadlines for international students?
For the Fall March 1-July 26

What are the undergraduate admission requirements?
Click on your school’s education system to review the entry criteria for Admissions

What is Alfaisal university code for SAT/College Board?
5752

What is Alfaisal university code for ETS/TOEFL
2787

How do you evaluate my application for admission?
Admission to Alfaisal University is very competitive. We welcome regular (freshman) applicants from high schools (or equivalents) that are accredited by the Ministry of Education. Applicants are considered based on the strength of their high school curriculum and grades earned, standardized test scores, and extra curriculum activities.

How I will know that you received all my documents?
We will contact you if we found that your file is not complete or you are missing any document

What should I do if I am not sure how to answer a question on the application or have a problem in the application?
Please contact the Deanship of Student Affairs, Admissions, and Registration

What is the Language of instruction in Alfaisal?
English is the language of instruction in Alfaisal

Are international students required to take standardized tests?
Only those students coming from an education system or a country where there is no standardized test is required are allowed to apply without standardized tests, the University reserves right to require further evaluation through placement tests and interviews. However, submitting SAT, ACT, or any standardized tests results will increase your chance of admission, make you eligible for additional Merit based scholarships and help to prove English proficiency.

Does Alfaisal University award credit for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and the Advanced Placement (AP) exams?
No, currently we don’t award credit for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and the Advanced Placement (AP) exams

What should I do to get a Saudi student visa?
After you have been admitted to Alfaisal University and submitted all the required documents including the financial statement, we will mail a welcome packet by UPS International Express. The welcome packet will contain the admission letter and instructions on how to obtain a student visa.

Do I need health insurance?
Yes, all international students are required to have health insurance.

Can I defer my offer of admission?
Alfaisal University admits international students for a specific semester. If you wish to enrol for a semester later than that for which you are admitted, you must submit a new application with updated documents.


Non Degree/ Visiting Students

Who is considered a visiting student?
Undergraduate degree candidates at other colleges and universities who have completed at least one year of college by the date of enrollment may apply for admission as visiting students for one or two semesters (maximum 30 credit hours). Applicants to the Fall or Spring program must complete the NON DEGREE/ VISITING application for admission, present a satisfactory college/university record and a submit a letter of approval from the dean or major adviser from the degree-granting institution.

Who is considered a Non-Degree student?
Non-Degree student is an undergraduate student takes credit bearing courses but does not pursue a baccalaureate degree. Applicants to the Fall or Spring program must complete the NON DEGREE/ VISITING application for admission, present a satisfactory college/university record and a submit a letter of approval from the dean or major adviser from the degree-granting institution.

What are admission requirements for Non-Degree/ Visiting students?
Please visit the The admission requirement for Non-Degree/ Visiting students website for all the requirements

What English tests are accepted?
We accept TOEFL, IELTS, and we offer Oxford Placement Test (OPT) in the University

What are your minimum English test score requirements?
For the TOEFL, Alfaisal University recommends that the applicant achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 70 on the internet-based test. For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of at least 5.5 is recommended, and for OPT a minimum score of C2 is recommended. Alfaisal University does not prohibit applicants with lower scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admission decision. Some colleges may set a higher TOEFL/IELTS standard for admission.

What are the Alfaisal University Non-Degree/ Visiting admission application deadlines?
For the Fall March 1-August 30
For Spring November 1-December 31
For Summer please contact the Deanship of Student Affairs, Admissions, and Registration

What courses are Non-Degree/Visiting Students eligible to take?
Non Degree/Visiting Students are eligible to take any class a degree-seeking Alfaisal student would be eligible to take as long as they meet any stated prerequisites for that course (ie, an introductory course may be required before taking an advanced course or certain seminars may be reserved for majors.) Non-Degree/Visiting students are assigned an adviser to assist with navigating registration procedures and to act as a general resource during the student's stay at Alfaisal.

How many classes may I take as a Non-Degree/ Visiting Student?
You can take up to 15 credit hours per semester for two consecutive semesters (maximum 30 credit hours)

Can I take a science class without taking the lab? Can I take a science lab without taking the class?
Yes. Approval from the instructor and Dean’s Office is required.

How much do classes cost?
Full time student (12 hours and above): 47,000 SAR per semester (Plus the VAT if applicable)
Part time student (less than 12 hours): 3,917 SAR per credit hour (Plus the VAT if applicable)
Summer Semester: 3,133 SAR per credit hour (Plus the VAT if applicable)

How do I request a transcript?
Please contact the Deanship of Student Affairs, Admissions, and Registration

When must I make payment for tuition?
Non-Degree/Visiting students are required to pay their tuition fees at the time of registration.

Are Non-Degree/Visiting students eligible for financial aid?
Unfortunately, due to limited financial aid funding, Non-Degree/Visiting students are not eligible for financial assistance.

Are internships available for Non-Degree/ Visiting students?
No, internships are not available to Non-Degree/Visiting students

I am an international student. Am I allowed to take classes as a Non-Degree/ Visiting student?
No, international students who will need a visa sponsorship are not allowed to take courses as Non-Degree/ Visiting students

More Questions?
If you have additional questions regarding Non-Degree/ Visiting student information, please contact the Deanship of Student Affairs, Admissions, and Registration. An admission representative will respond as quickly as possible.


Registering for classes

What is the Netclassroom?
Netclassroom is the registration system that is used by Alfaisal University; it allows students to register for classes from any point around the world

How can I register using Netclassroom?
Using your Netclassroom account, for more information on how to use Netclassroom please download our Netclassroom Manual

How would I know which courses I am supposed to register?
Follow your college study plan that is available in your college website, or ask your academic advisor.

When will I meet my advisor?
During the orientation day.

Can I register by phone or email?
No. You can add /drop courses using Netclassroom only

How many credit hours can I register for in one semester?
For Fall and Spring semester the maximum course load is 18 credit hours.

What is the maximum credit hours that I can register in summer?
For summer semester, the maximum course load is 6-9 credit hours.

What should I do if I am currently registered in less than 12 credit hours?
To be considered as a full time student in Alfaisal you must be enrolled in a minimum 12 credit hours, we recommend that you discuss your options with your academic adviser.

There are two courses that I want to take but they are offered at the same time. Can I register for both?
You cannot register for two courses that meet at the same time or have overlapping meeting times.

The courses that I am taking include a lab, do I have to register for the lab also, or I can take them separately?
Courses with labs must be taken together

What does Credit Hour mean?
A credit hour is another term for semester hour. Most degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate. These credit hours must be completed by taking courses that fall within specific areas of study. These areas of study include the university's general requirements, the college in which the student is enrolled (i.e. the College of Engineering, etc.), and the specific requirements of the student's area of specialization.

How I can move from one section to another section of the same class?
You can move from one section to another by using Netclassroom

What is a class prerequisite or co-requisite means?
A prerequisite is a requirement that must be completed before a student is permitted to enroll in a course. For example, you must have credit for MAT101 before you can enroll in MATH 112. A co-requisite is a required course that must be taken along with another course, unless a student has already earned credit for that course. For example, CHM 107 Lab is a co-requisite for CHM 107. If you want to enroll in CHM 107 you must also enroll in CHM 107 Lab.

What if I don’t meet the prerequisite of a class, can I still take it?
Only with the approval of the instructor and the college dean, student must submit a request for pre-requisite waiver through the University Portal; you must submit an E-form named Temporary exemption of a Pre-Requisite.

What can I do if the class is full?
You need to talk to your adviser to find an alternative course or get the approval from the course instructor.

Do I have the right to transfer courses from another university to Alfaisal University?
Yes, you have, please review our Credit Transfer policies and procedures for further details.

I am Alfaisal student; can I take courses in other universities?
Yes, with the approval of the advisor, college dean, and dean of student affairs. Students can initiate the process of taking courses in other universities through the University Portal by submitted an E-form named study at another university .

When is last date to register for classes?
Please check our Academic Calendar, which serves as an information source and planning document for students, faculty, staff and departments, as well as outside organizations. The calendar includes registration dates, class start dates, add/drop deadlines, exam dates and more.


Adding classes

How can I add classes to my schedule?
You can add classes to your schedule by using Netclassroom

When is the deadline for adding classes?
Please consult the University Academic Calendar


Drop classes

How and when I can drop a course?
To drop a course you must visit the Student Affairs or submit a request through the University Portal. You can drop any courses during the first 4 weeks of the semester without any penalties.

Can I drop all my courses?
No, if you are planning to drop all the courses that you are enrolled in during specific semester, then you have to apply for a semester withdraw by submitting a semester withdraw e-form through the University Portal .

Do I have to pay for the courses that I dropped?
No, if it is within the drop period.

When is the deadline for dropping courses?
Please consult the University Academic Calendar


Withdraw from Classes

What is withdrawing from a course means?
Courses will appear in the transcript as (W) but will not affect the GPA, however, it will be included in the tuition fees. The difference between dropping a course and withdrawing from a course is based on the time at which the student decides to stop participating in a class. If a student decides to stop participating in a course BEFORE the withdrawal deadline, it is defined as dropping a course. If a student decides to stop participating in a course AFTER the deadline, it is defined as withdrawing from a course. If a student drops a course, the course will not be included on their transcript. If a student withdraws from a course, the course will be included on their transcript with a 'W.' This 'W' indicates to transcript reviewers that the student attempted the course but eventually withdrew prior to completing the course for a letter grade. 'W's do not count towards a student's GPA.

What are the consequences of having W's on my transcript?
Many students who contemplate withdrawing from a course wonder about how W's will be received and perceived by others, such as employers or graduate schools. What you decide to do after attending Alfaisal University will help you determine the consequences of having W's on your transcript. Students interested in pursuing additional education at graduate school should avoid withdrawing from courses as a GPA management strategy. Having one or two W's on your transcript may not be a big deal to most graduate schools, but if you have multiple W's on your transcript, it may lead some reviewers to question your ability to complete a rigorous and demanding curriculum. Therefore, it is wise to consult with your academic advisor, your faculty advisor, and the graduate school you anticipate attending to make sure a 'W' on you transcript will not adversely impact your admissions application. Some employers may request a copy of your transcript and evaluate it before offering you a job. Having multiple 'W's on your transcript may lead them to question your ability. Again, be careful about using course withdrawal as a way to manage your GPA.

Can I just stop going to class to withdraw from a course?
NO. In fact, students sometimes make this very serious mistake. If you no longer want to participate in a course for which you are enrolled, YOU MUST COMPLETE the withdraw e-form through the University Portal

Can I withdraw from all courses?
Yes, by submitting a semester withdraw e-form through the University Portal

Who should I talk to before withdrawing from courses?
Withdrawing from a course or courses is an important decision. Students often view withdrawal as a preventive measure to avoid damaging their grade point average (GPA). In addition to considering the impact of withdrawing on their GPA, students should also consider the implications withdrawing may have on their time to graduation and financial aid eligibility and repayment. For these reasons, students would be wise to consult with their academic advisor and financial aid counsellor before completing a withdrawal from a course or from the University.

How I can withdraw from a course?
By submitting, an E-form named Course Drop/Withdrawal through the University Portal.

Do I have to pay for the courses that I withdrew from?
Yes, you must pay for all the courses that you withdrew from

When is the last day to withdraw?
Please consult our Academic Calendar


Tuition Cost

What are the tuition fees for undergraduate programs?

  • Full time student (12 hours and above): 47,000 SAR per semester (Plus the VAT if applicable)
  • Part time student (less than 12 hours): 3,917 SAR per credit hour (Plus the VAT if applicable)
  • Summer Semester: 3,133 SAR per credit hour (Plus the VAT if applicable)

How I can apply for the Merit-based scholarships?

You do not need to apply for the Merit-based scholarships, The Deanship of Student Affairs will processes the merit-based Scholarships following student’s confirmation of acceptance and paying the 5,000 SAR seat deposit. Minimum requirements for the Merit-based scholarships are available here

How much is the Merit-based scholarships cover?

The Merit-based scholarships cover 20% of the tuition fees

When is the deadline to apply for the Merit-based scholarships?

The deadline to apply for the Merit-based scholarships is July 28

I am an international student; can I apply for the Merit-based scholarships?

Yes, international students can apply for Merit-based scholarships

I am a transferred student; can I apply for the Merit-based scholarships?

No, transferred students cannot apply for Merit-based scholarships

I am a visiting or Non-degree student; can I apply for the Merit-based scholarships?

No, visiting or Non-degree students cannot apply for Merit-based scholarships

I am an already student in Alfaisal can I apply for the Merit-based scholarships?

Very limited numbers of Merit-based scholarships are available for continuing students in Alfaisal.

How can I apply for the Need-based scholarships?

Students applying the Need-based scholarships must fill out the (Need-Based) e-form available on the Online Admission Application.

How much is the Need-based Scholarships cover?

The Need-based Scholarships cover 20% of the tuition fees

When is the deadline to apply for the Need-based scholarships?

The deadline to apply for the Need-based scholarships is July 28

I am an international student; can I apply for the Need-based scholarships?

No, international students cannot apply for Need-based scholarships

I am a transferred student; can I apply for the Need -based scholarships?

No, transferred students cannot apply for Need-based scholarships

I am a visiting or Non-degree student; can I apply for the Need-based scholarships?

No, visiting or Non-degree students cannot apply for Need-based scholarships

I am an already student in Alfaisal can I apply for the Need-based scholarships?

Very limited numbers of Need-based scholarships are available for continuing students in Alfaisal.

Can I receive both the Merit-based and the Need-based scholarships?

No, you can apply for both of them but you can receive only one of them

When will the results of the Merit-based and the Need-based scholarships be released?

During the first week of August

My Cambridge/Oxford A level exams will be available on November, how can I apply for the Merit-based and the Need-based scholarships?

You can apply based on your AS exam results and the predicted scores for A exams but the final awards will be delayed until the A exam results

What is the Dean’s List?

Dean’s List is awarded at the end of each academic year for continued students who finished at least 30 credit hours (two semesters) with a minimum 3.75 GPA and its 20% of tuition fees.

How and when I can apply for the Dean’s List?

Students will become eligible for the Dean’s List scholarships (20% of the tuition fees) after they finish at least 30 credit hours of University course works (two semesters). You do not need to apply for the Dean’s List scholarships; The Deanship of Student Affairs will processes the Dean’s List scholarships at the end of each semester to identify eligible students (with 3.75 CGPA and above).

What is the sibling discount?

The Sibling Discount is available to students who have a sibling who is studying at Alfaisal University. The 15 % or 25% (if more than one sibling) Discount on tuition fees is applied at enrolment each semester and is available for all degree programs.

How and when I can I apply for the Sibling discount?

The Sibling Discount application is available for new students as part of their admission application, for existing students they need to stop by the University Financial Aid Office

Can I combine the Merit-based OR Need-based scholarships WITH the Dean’s List?

Yes, you can combine the Merit-based OR Need-based scholarships WITH the Dean’s List

What are the tuition fees for Alfaisal University?
Preparatory Program yearly tuition fees is: SR 60,000
Undergraduates yearly tuition fees is: SR 94,000 for all degrees
Graduate programs full tuition fees is: SR 200,000

Click here for tuition fees and payment plans.

Do you offer campus tours for individuals or for small groups?
No, currently we do not offer individual or group tours for the University

Do you offer campus tours for schools?
Yes. The Students Recruitment team schedule campus tours for schools based on schedule availability.

How do I contact the Students Recruitment team?
Contact information
Mr. Mohammad Alnufaie, for male schools campus tour
011-2157936

Ms. Jihan Alshugair, for female schools campus tour
011-2157835

Does the university provide accommodation for students?
Unfortunately, we currently do not offer accommodation for students.


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