Twelve Saudi students from the Prince Sultan University in Riyadh have traveled to the United States to participate in a summer program at the Kansas State University (KSU) in Manhattan, according to a press release on KSU’s website.
The two-week program, which ends July 1, is the first of its kind for Saudi undergraduates at an American university. It developed out of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two universities in November 2006.
Saudi students participating in the program receive two hours of credit in English instruction, tips on research and class presentations, and exposure to student-teacher interaction. The agreement also allows Saudi students to transfer to KSU for their final two years of study.
The university’s office of international programs and the KSU Saudi student club have organized numerous activities to entertain the Saudi students, including a tour of the Konza Prairie, soccer games and barbecues.
Prince Sultan University is the only Saudi university to offer its students such a summer program at no additional costs. Kenneth M. Holland, associate provost for international programs at KSU, said that the university hopes to lead a group of American students to Prince Sultan University for a similar program.