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Who Should Apply?

The Red Sea Summer Program offers an opportunity for exceptionally qualified international undergraduate and post-graduate students to learn about Red Sea research from KAUST Faculty.

Sixteen (16) students will be selected to participate in the summer workshop from international universities.

Application Deadline: Friday March 15, 2019

Click here for detailed application instructions.

Applications are closed for the 2019 Marine Science Program. We encourage you to explore potential VSRP internships at VSRP website.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The ideal program participant will be a current undergraduate or Master’s student with a strong background in core biological sciences, preferably also with at least one specialized course, such as ecology, zoology, genetics, oceanography, or marine biology.

Note: Enrolled KAUST students, KAUST Alumni, students who are currently in a PhD program or those who have earned a PhD are not eligible to participate.

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) that exceeds 3.50 /4.00 (14/20: Equivalent to ECTS B).

  • Demonstrated English reading comprehension, speaking, listening and writing abilities. Suggested levels; TOEFL score of 79 on the IBT or 6.0 on the IELTS.

Documents for your application

  • Official academic transcript(s) or a certified translation if the original transcript(s) is not in English from current and previous institutions.
  • Personal Statement of Intent,
  • Letter of Recommendation from professor or academic supervisor
  • A passport with  validity until 2020 (and two blank facing pages).

Program Package

  • Round-trip to/from international airport of departure city to Jeddah (KAUST)
  • Private bedroom and bath in a shared residential suite
  • Visa fees (Students must have valid passport)
  • Three-week Program living allowance ( $800USD )
  • Health insurance at KAUST
  • Access to community recreational resources
  • Social and cultural activities
  • Tuition-free program

Timeline for Application, Admittance and Arrivals/Departures


Application Deadline

March 15,  2019

Admissions Interviews

April 10 – May 1, 2019

Student Notification

May 13, 2019 (approx.)

Visa Processing & Flight Arrangements

May 19, 2019  – July 4, 2019

Arrival at KAUST

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Departure from KAUST

August 9, 2019