The country centres around capital Kuwait City, with little else to see save a few resorts dotted along the coast – although plans to create a tourist development on the island of Failaka are beginning. Choosing to study a degree in Kuwait will place you in a unique, historical Arab country with a history of tolerance and growth.
How can you study a degree in Kuwait?
Kuwait has four state sponsored universities where you can study as an international student. The four universities are:
- Kuwait University
- The College of Basic Education in PAAET
- Higher Institute of Theatre Arts
Higher Institute of Music Arts
There are also several private institutions where you can study a degree in Kuwait. These include:
- Arab Open University
- American University of Kuwait
- Box Hill College Kuwait
Arab Open University
Immigration and visas in Kuwait
If you want to study a degree in Kuwait, you’ll need to apply for a student visa well in advance of travelling to the country. In order to get your visa, you’ll need to demonstrate the following:
- You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
- You have paid all relevant visa fees
- You have enough funds to cover your stay in Kuwait
A covering letter from your sponsor explaining the course
International students will not be able to work in Kuwait as part of their visa conditions.
Accommodation and living costs
Most universities in Kuwait will provide housing for students in dedicated complexes or dormitories. There are several advantages to this, including being closer to your university, being able to mix with other students and not having to furnish your apartment.
However, it is possible to get private accommodation, or even in some cases, stay with a local Kuwaiti family. However, wherever you choose to live, you need to make sure that it has air-conditioning.
Tuition fees: Tuition fees for international students vary from course to course and institution to institution. However, you will normally pay a flat fee per credit hour of study.
Living costs: The cost of living in Kuwait depends on the type of lifestyle you want to live. For instance, domestic goods and petrol are very cheap, but imported goods and electronics can be expensive. Kuwait is small country and entertainment options are limited, so expect to spend holidays abroad.
Rent per month:
- One bedroom apartment (city centre) – 250KWD (USD$900)
- One bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 180KWD (USD$640)
- Three bedroom apartment (city centre) –540KWD (USD$1,900)
- Three bedroom apartment (outside city centre) –420KWD (USD$1,500)
How safe is Kuwait?
Kuwait is a small, safe country which is respectful of international students. Crime is low. However, students do need to be aware of Kuwait’s Muslim culture, meaning they should dress respectfully at all times and avoid offending cultural practices.
Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:
- Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
- Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
- Not making valuables obvious
- Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
- Being wary of strangers
Being careful of traffic
Staying in touch
Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:
- Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
- Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
- Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill
What to do next
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