University Information

Our vision at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is to aspire to be a destination for scientific and technological education and research. By inspiring discoveries to address global challenges, we strive to serve as a beacon of knowledge that bridges people and cultures for the betterment of humanity.

The KAUST program guide provides information about academic programs and requirements for applicants, students, faculty, and staff at the University. Students are expected to follow the program requirements outlined in the program guide of the academic year they started their program. The senior academic leadership team consisting of the division deans, associate deans, and the dean of graduate affairs along with the Office of the Registrar are responsible for the academic policies in the program guide and reserve the right to make changes at any time on behalf of the University.

The program guide reference to “students” is general and the plural pronoun throughout the text is chosen for simplicity and ease of language, but has no further implications. This program guide expires 10 years from the published academic year.

This program guide was last updated as of September 2022. 

The Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is the custodian of official student information and records. It is responsible for registration, course enrollment management, classroom assignment, final exam scheduling, grade processing, academic and administrative policy monitoring, information dissemination, maintaining student records, and providing certified documents, including transcripts and diplomas. The Office of the Registrar publishes the course schedule, available before registration for each semester/session. Information about registration procedures, time and location of courses, faculty, and course prerequisites and requirements are provided to students prior to the beginning of the semester/session. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for supporting strategic enrollment by analyzing student progression and retention, graduation, and academic trends for long-term admissions and operational planning for the University.

The Registrar’s Office is responsible for ensuring all students meet the minimum overarching university degree requirements to graduate. Requests to waive university degree requirements are reviewed by the Provost’s Office and must be endorsed by the division. In addition, the Registrar’s Office oversees academic policies that apply to all students. Out of policy exceptions are reviewed by the Registrar’s Office in conjunction with the relevant division.

Contact Information

Office of the Registrar 
Building 9, Level 3 
4700 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology 
Thuwal 23955-6900 Saudi Arabia 
Phone: +966 12 808 0505

Office of the Registrar Vision

The Registrar’s Office at KAUST aspires to provide efficient, customer-oriented, and adaptable service through effective use of technology to ensure the future success of KAUST.

Divisions and Programs

There are three academic divisions, each headed by a division dean. Divisions are responsible for overseeing programs within their area, including implementing any division specific requirements (e.g. qualifying examinations) and ensuring all program requirements meet the minimum university requirements. Within each division are programs that are headed by a program chair reporting to the division. Programs are responsible for teaching and individual program requirements. Requests to waive division or program requirements are reviewed by the relevant division and/or program.

Academic Advisors

Academic Advisors

All students have an academic advisor responsible for reviewing and approving study plans and course registration. Students should frequently meet with their academic advisor to make sure that they are making satisfactory progress toward their degrees.

Student-Advisor Relationship 

Students and their academic advisors share the responsibility in creating a professional academic student-advisor relationship. Mutual respect, honesty, and effective communication will help cultivate a successful relationship. Early in the student-advisor relationship, students and academic advisors should discuss expectations of the relationship, and both should consider not only academic, research, and professional goals but also issues pertaining to academic and research circumstances, including schedules, work-life balance, and personal and family responsibilities. Both students and academic advisors are responsible for communicating as necessary.

If students are facing issues during their time at KAUST, students should be able to raise these issues in confidence with their academic advisor. Advisors should support their students and provide advice and guidance as appropriate. Students can also approach their Graduate Program Coordinators (GPCs) at any time. It is recommended that students maintain regular contact with their GPCs throughout their time at KAUST. GPCs can give advice and, where necessary, refer students to other sources of help, or raise matters with their associate dean or dean.

Graduate Program Coordinators

Graduate program coordinators (GPCs) are administrative division/program representatives who work with students, faculty, and staff to support students and programs. These include graduate program student advisors, graduate program advisors, and graduate program coordinators. The term GPC is used as a placeholder in the program guide as divisions assign different titles to these positions.

Graduate Affairs

Graduate Affairs includes the Admissions Office, Graduate Development and Services, Graduate Operations, and Alumni Services. The Dean of Graduate Affairs is the head of Graduate Affairs.

For detailed information on academic services provided by Graduate Affairs, including housing, recreation, travel, and alumni please see the Student Handbook.