There are approximately 16 higher education institutions in Kuwait. These are comprised of a public university, and 15 private higher education institutions which include technical schools. Kuwait University is the only public higher education institution and it is funded by the government. Private higher education institutions are funded through tuition. Technical schools are specialized schools that offer professional degrees for students who will enter the job market immediately. On the other hand, universities offer a range of diverse academic and professional courses. For more information, please refer to the official government website: https://www.mohe.edu.kw/site/
The educational structure in Kuwait follows the traditional path of a Bachelor’s, followed by a Master’s, and then a Doctorate. Bachelor’s degrees take four years to complete. However, a Bachelor’s in engineering takes five years to complete and a Bachelor’s of medicine takes seven years to complete. Master’s degrees take two years whereas doctoral degrees take at least three years to complete.
There is no centralized system of administration for application to higher education institutions in Kuwait, meaning that prospective students should apply directly to their desired institutions. Students applying to an undergraduate degree are required to hold a general secondary school leaving certificate from Kuwaiti secondary schools, as well as to write a personal statement to illustrate their motivation for applying to that specific HEI. However, foreign certificates such as the International Baccalaureate and A levels are also accepted. Some faculties require students to pass an entrance examination or an aptitude test as well. Master’s students are required to have a Bachelor’s degree from a relevant field with a grade-point-average of 2.67 minimum on a scale of 4. Prospective doctoral students are required to have a Master’s degree in a related field.
Kuwait University, is free for local students. However, international students are required to pay tuition fees which vary depending on the course, but can be found here http://kuweb.ku.edu.kw. Private university tuition fees range depending on the degree and the institution itself. Generally, costs are approximately 13’000£ per year on average, though this figure varies for each individual institution.
Information for International Students
International students are required to apply for a student visa in order to study in Kuwait. This can be done through local embassies and consulates. However, part-time students may not be guaranteed a visa. Many courses are taught in English, meaning that non-native speakers are required to take a TOEFL or IELTS test in order to prove their proficiency. The official language of instruction is Arabic meaning that students will have to prove their proficiency in order to be accepted to certain courses. Most universities offer accommodation on campus or in the city which students must pay for in addition to their tuition fees.