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More international students choose ASU than any other public university in the United States. Among them, Saudis constitute the third-largest group, by nationality.

Enrollment by Saudi nationals grew exponentially in just one decade. In 2005, ASU enrolled 20 undergraduates and four graduate students from Saudi Arabia. By 2017, those figures shot up to 682 undergraduates and 103 graduates. They are focusing on 13 areas of study, with half studying engineering and one in five pursuing a degree in business. Other fields include liberal arts, global management, public service and teaching.

Sponsored Students

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission and Aramco have sent multiple delegations to ASU to explore ways the university accommodates sponsored Saudi students. Such cultural missions have led to 126 Aramco-sponsored students currently enrolling at ASU.


ASU has worked to grow the Saudi student population by recruiting in the United States and abroad. This is accomplished through partnerships with organizations in the private and public sectors in Saudi Arabia. ASU has teamed up with public entities such as EducationUSA and AMIDEAST, as well as private oil companies and other industry leaders. In addition, ASU directly recruits students who are sponsored by private companies, who have individually expressed interest in enrolling or have been involved in outreach delegations from the Gulf States.

Student Organizations

Saudi students are heavily involved in campus life at ASU. They have plenty of opportunity to join cultural groups such as the Saudi Students Club at ASU, Muslim Students Association, Arabic Language & Culture Club and Women on the Move.