Government Scholarships: Kuwait
February 10th, 2015 by Lette Berhe

Kuwait Small Flag on a Map Background. 487227677This week we´re spotlighting Kuwait and how its government scholarships are funding Kuwaiti students´ higher education abroad. According to the 2014 Open Doors Report, there were 7,288 students from Kuwait studying in the United States during the 2013/14 academic year. This number puts Kuwait in the 21st spot of the top 25 countries of origin sending international students to study in US universities. The Open Doors Report also shows that this number was about a 340 % increase from the 2006/7 academic year when the number of students arriving from Kuwait was at a low of a little more than 1,600 students. What allowed for such a drastic increase? Students can thank Kuwait’s Ministry of Higher Education.


The study abroad scholarships, sponsored by Kuwait´s Ministry of Education, began in the early 1950s with the idea of fostering an educated workforce despite the lack of higher education opportunities available within its own country. It began with only offering sponsorship to neighboring countries, which included Egypt and Lebanon. Over time, the Ministry began to expand its sponsorship to countries such as the US, Canada, France, and China. As of last year, the list of approved institutions includes schools located in 13 different countries outside of the participating Arab states.


The Ministry of Education sponsors qualifying students to study undergraduate and graduate programs abroad.

In order to be eligible Kuwaiti students must:

  • be Kuwaiti citizens (expats ineligible)
  • show proof of a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • not have any other grant or scholarship that could interfere with their responsibilities
  • commit to being a full-time student
  • pass a medical exam

Application Period

Undergraduate: The application period for students interested in applying for undergraduate study sponsorship is open from late June to the end of August.

Graduate: The application period open March of every year.

Scholarship Benefits

If chosen as a grantee, the scholarship includes:

  • full tuition
  • living expenses
  • book costs

In some cases, students may also be granted with airfare assistance and/or a monthly living allowance.

If you´re interested don´t hesitate! You can find more detailed information (in Arabic) and the forms necessary for submission on the Ministry´s website.

Be sure to check out our Funding Your Education Overseas page for great tips on how to make your dream to study abroad come true!  


  1. mohammed zayyan Ibrahim says:

    I study pharmaceutical teachnology in Nigeria how and where can I get scholarship abroad to continue my education to the next level?

  2. krik3 says:

    i’m not kuwait citizens. now i’m studying in Egypt. Can i apply this scholarship? thank you.

    • Jennifer Frankel says:

      Unfortunately we do not offer scholarships and this program is particularly geared toward Kuwaiti citizens. You may want to contact your government directly to see if they have any scholarship programs for students studying abroad.

  3. Mahmadvosid says:



    i wan to contine my study when i found someone to help me

  5. Nura Rd Muhammad says:

    I am Nigerian and I wanted to study abroad for undergraduate degree and wishing to study library science where will I found a scholarship to suite me best. thank you.

  6. bertrand mbuh says:

    i love to study in kuwait
    it has been my dream to study there but yet i do not know anyone there

    • Jennifer Frankel says:

      Best of luck, feel free to reach out to the organization and they should be able to assist you!

  7. haseeb rehman says:

    how to apply for scholarship and i live pakistan which requirment for the scholarship please guide me thank you

    • Jennifer Frankel says:

      You would need to contact the Ministry directly to learn more about this scholarship and how to apply.

  8. Yiramba Gassama says:

    I am an Gambian,A certified accounting technician and currently studying CIPS chartered institue of purchasing and supply in The Gambia. I am looking for scholarship in kuwait to study procurement and logistics in kuwait. Can I have scholarship

    • Jennifer Frankel says:

      You will need to contact the Ministry directly to about the application process and eligibility. Best of luck!

  9. Buba Touray says:

    I want a degree in Islamic studies in Kuwait or elsewhere.

  10. shahbaz says:

    I am get study at kuwait but will not manged going at kuwait.

  11. shahbaz says:

    I am pakistani I am get study at kuwait but will not menaged to going at kuwait.

  12. O. Alr. says:

    Im from kuwait & just got accepted in an american university, where can i apply for this scholarship? (this will be my first time being in the states)

    • Jennifer Frankel says:

      To apply for this scholarship, you would need to contact the Ministry directly by clicking the link in the post.

  13. Masuumi Juma says:

    Asalam Aleikum;
    I’m Masuumi Juma, ugandan, aged 22, male seeking for undergraduates sponsorship to join university here in Uganda.
    Asalam Aleikum.

  14. hassan says:

    I apply of a scholarship for Kuwait but I don’t know for how long will it be ready because they said I should wait for 3 months.

    • Jennifer Frankel says:

      Hi Hassan, thanks for your message. I recommend contacting the agency directly to check the status of your scholarship. They’ll be able to help you navigate the process. Good luck!

  15. Usman Yahya Usman says:

    Please and Please I wan to give the scholarship.


    I have acceptance from UCLA to study PhD electrical engineering and the specialty is medical imaging. I will be studying MRI, x-rays, Nuclear medicine, ultrasound, CT, fluoroscopy, molecular imaging.

    How can you help in this regard,


    • Jennifer Frankel says:

      Hi Ibrahim, thanks for your message. You are eligible for our international student loans if you have a US cosigner and attend an eligible school. You can learn more about the process of applying here. Best of luck!


    I forgot to mention that I am from Saudi Arabia but could not get a chance.

  18. Hamid Ullah says:

    Dear R. Sir/Madam,
    I am Hamid Ullah from Pakistan. I did A- level from Pakistan. I have keen interest to study in kuwait through scholarship. If you have full scholarship for international students, Please inform me . I will be highly thankful.

  19. khamis says:

    i need ur assistance to study in kuwait thank u.

    • Rachel Rollins says:

      Hi Khamis,

      Thanks for visiting. Unfortunately, we cannot help you find a school in Kuwait. We do provided resources studying in the US, Canada and Australia at our sister site

      Good Luck!

  20. Abdul Ganiy faozan says:

    My name is Abdul Ganiy faozan .
    I seeking for Kuwait scholarship .
    I want to study nursing, please help me to get it. thank you

  21. Areej Mohammad says:

    Hello. I’m a Kuwaiti citizen. My question is that if I am a student in a university in Kuwait, and I want to go abroad, lets say for example, Dubai, can I get a scholarship for a Diploma in Dubai?? Or is that impossible?

    • Al Clunnie says:

      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, our loan programs are for international students from anywhere in the world studying in the United States, or for US students studying abroad. We do not currently have a program for international students studying elsewhere in the world, even with a US co-signer.

      If you would like more information about international student loans for studying in the US please let me know.

      For information and listings of scholarships available around the world, please visit:

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