Qassim Province is one of the 13 provinces of Saudi Arabia. Qassim has a population of 1,370,727 and an area of 58,046 km² and it's located at the heart of the country near the geographic center of the Arabian Peninsula. Qassim is known to be the "alimental basket" or “food basket” of the country, for its agricultural assets.
Al Qassim is the seventh most populated region in the country after Jizan and the fifth most densely populated. Qassim has more than 400 cities, towns, villages, and Bedouin settlements, ten of which are recognized as governorates. The capital city of Qassim is Buraydah, which is inhabited by approximately 60% of the region's total population. Qassim has a desert climate, with long hot summers and short, mild winters, and there’s little precipitation, so it’s a great place to get out and have a good time exploring.
Qassim is located in the center of the Kingdom, and approximately 400 km northwest of Riyadh, the capital city. It is bordered by Ha'il Region to the north, Al Madinah Region to the west, and Riyadh Region to the south and east. Al-Qassim's airport is Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Airport.
Al Qassim region is served by schools in every town for all three educational levels and includes (Private school, public school, and an international school). Al Qassim has around 263,379 female and male students, 33,061 female and male teachers and 2,533 Schools. Al Qassim region has a number of governments, private colleges and universities.
Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in research and the establishment of new and more specialized universities. The kingdom's aim is to boost tertiary enrollments and accommodate surging demand, which is driven by population growth and other factors. Education is the largest sector on Saudi Arabia’s government budget. The country spends more on education than most Arab countries. Qassim has a number of colleges and universities that serve both Saudi and Non-Saudi students.
Qassim University is one of the government universities in Saudi Arabia. The university was established in 2004 and has 36 colleges. It has more than 67,000 male and female students. faculty members are exceeding 4000, along with over 3000 employees.
Qassim University's main campus is located at 7.8 million square meters in the center of the Qassim region, near Prince Naif Airport, and in an intermediate area between its cities and governorates.
Courses at Qassim University start at the foundation level and go all the way up to postgraduate studies. The institution has broken 6 core elements: Colleges of Sharia and Islamic Studies; Colleges of Humanities and Arabic Studies; Community Colleges; Colleges of Science and Arts; Colleges of Health and Colleges of Engineering and Science. The university also includes nine women's colleges with scientific, literary, educational and rehabilitative programs.
Sulaiman Al-Rajhi University is a private, non-profit, research university, comprising three graduate colleges: Medicine, Nursing and Applied Medical Sciences as well as a state-of-the-art University Hospital. The university was founded by the Sulaiman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi Charitable Foundation and is located in Al Bukayriyah, Qassim.
The university's main campus is near the Madinah-Riyadh Highway SRC's campus is specifically located beside the highway connecting Riyadh and Madinah and sits approximately 370 km from the capital city of Riyadh.
Buraidah College of Technology was established in 1407H/1987 as the first college of technology in the Kingdom. Its main objective and priority are to graduate the qualified technical cadres scientifically and practically to work in technical areas that contribute directly in building the national economy.
College of Food and Environment Technology was founded in 1977 in Buraydah in Al Qassim region. It was converted from the Technical Institute to Buraydah College of Agricultural Technology in 2000, and last renamed in 2008 to the College of Food and Environment Technology in Buraydah.
Unfortunately, the visa you receive as a student in Saudi Arabia does not allow you to work there.
Students who are citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council nations do not need a visa to study in Saudi Arabia; however, all other international students must have a visa. To apply for a visa, a student must have a recent police report and a medical report certifying the student has no contagious diseases.
There are about 72,000 foreigners currently studying in Saudi Arabia.