The US Consulate General in Jeddah has awarded 30 scholarships to Saudi students so that they can pursue English language courses, the Arab News reported today.
The scholarships, part of the English Access Microscholarship Program, aim to provide young Saudis with the language skills needed for better job opportunities and further studies abroad.
“The program is a wonderful opportunity for students to acquire skills that can help them reach their educational and career goals,” a US Consulate General spokesperson in Jeddah told the Arab News.
The program provides free two-year English classes to male and female students aged 14 to 18. The courses are taught by a Saudi-based English language institute called Direct English.
Since it launched in 2004, nearly 200 Saudi boys and girls have enrolled in the Access program in Jeddah, Abha, Riyadh, Hail, Qassim, Hofuf and Al-Khobar.
The program is advertised through local partners, targeting students who are getting good grades in school but might not have the resources to take English classes on their own. Applications are then reviewed by the US Embassy in Riyadh as well as the consulates in Jeddah and Dhahran.
In addition, the English Access Microscholarship program gives students the skills to compete for and participate in exchanges in the United States. Access alumni have been selected for participation in State Department-sponsored high school exchanges and undergraduate student leader institutes in the US.