Embassy Cultural Attaché says Saudi students fare well in U.S.

January 27, 2010

Dr. Mohammed Al-Eisa, the Saudi Cultural Attaché in Washington, D.C., offered assurances today regarding the well-being of Saudi students on scholarship in the United States. During a joint discussion with his American counterpart in Riyadh, William Owen, on the sidelines of the International Higher Education Exhibition at the Riyadh Exhibition Center, Dr. Al-Eisa said that his office has not received any complaints from the 23,500 Saudi students studying in the U.S. He added that the number of Saudi students in the U.S. is expected to surge to 30,000 over the next few years.

Al-Eisa noted that there are 104 Saudi student clubs dispersed across a number of universities that utilize their schools’ facilities to hold social and cultural activities. “It is a unique experience in the world to have a designated club for Saudi students where they interact and seek support and assistance,” he said.

Describing the services provided by Cultural Mission to arriving students, Dr. Al-Eisa detailed the extensive assistance offered, including receptions, expediting file-opening procedures, issuance of registration cards and coordination with educational institutions. “We have provided emergency units, doctors, and 27 electronic services at the Cultural office premises, benefiting more than 1,000 students daily,” he said, in addition to facilitating generous health insurance coverage.