Many students aspire to attend the College of Al-Alsun, as it is the most efficient and oldest of the colleges that specialize in language education, as it does not rely on teaching a single language to the student, but rather requires him to choose a first and second language from among the thirteen departments.
In 1977, King Saud University established the College of Languages and Translation as a center for European languages and translation inside the College of Arts. Languages and translation are two topics that are interesting.
The incredible advancements in communication and transportation, as well as the intertwining of countries' economic and political relations, sparked an interest in teaching foreign languages as an effective means of facilitating economic, scientific, and cultural development, as well as civilized communication with other countries and peoples around the world.
Foreign languages are particularly important to the Kingdom because of their role in serving Islam and Muslims in various languages, as well as their position as a powerful Arab, Islamic, and worldwide economic and political power. The College of Languages and Translation began as a division of the College of Arts in the year 1397 AH - 1977 AD as the Center for European Languages and Translation and was later renamed the Institute of Languages and Translation by Cabinet Resolution No. 153 in the year 1411 AH - 1990 AD.
However, it did not take long for the Institute of Languages and Translation to be transformed into an independent college known as the College of Languages and Translation, thanks to a noble royal decree that included the ratification of the Higher Education Council's first session decision, which stipulated the transformation of the Institute of Languages and Translation into the College of Languages and Translation in the year 1415 AH - 1994 AD.
By Resolution No. 2345/MB dated 20/4/1432 AH, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Higher Education Council agreed to restructure the College into four departments as follows:
Starting in the academic year 1432/1433 AH, work on this structure will commence. King Saud University's window on the world's languages and cultures is the College of Languages and Translation. Because of its political, economic, and religious weight in the world, it is seen as a true communication and discussion route for the Kingdom with the rest of the world.
In this regard, the college is currently working to expand its role in civilized communication, in addition to its primary mission of teaching living languages and translation, in order to support the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' vision of achieving a comprehensive scientific renaissance in the Kingdom, of which translation is a vital component.
The Department of Languages and Translation was founded as an educational department in the previous Teachers College in 1422 AH under the name "English Language Department." As a first stage, a bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature is required. The student is now enrolled in a variety of courses offered by the Department of Languages and Translation, including language skills, linguistics, literature, translation, and associated branches and cultures relevant to the study of a foreign language in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The college's mission is to provide students with a high-quality education and high-level educational experiences in English language, literature, and translation, with the goal of preparing them for the labor market and supporting community-based research.
The interest in higher education for women has resulted in the establishment of Princess Nourah Bint Abdul Rahman University. The General Presidency for Girls' Education founded the first college for girls in 1970, which sparked this interest. The University was recognized by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who lay the foundation stone for the university campus on Wednesday, October 29, 2008.
Yes, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia opens its doors to everyone, both males and females, to study. Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University is also available, which is a college for girls.
Many languages are taught in Al-Alsun colleges in the Kingdom, led by English and French, in addition to a group of modern languages such as German, Italian and others.