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The Computer Science program at the KAUST: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology trains students to create computational infrastructure and apply computational methods to a variety of areas. 


The Computer Science program at the KAUST: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology offers six tracks, each of which leads to a frontier of computing: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Systems, High Performance Computing, Theoretical Computer Science, Visual Computing, and Computational Biosciences.

Key facts:

Among several applications, the CS program focuses on large-scale networked computer systems, cloud computing, computational aerodynamics, computational biology, computer graphics, biomedical ontology, semantic integration, spatial-temporal databases, remote sensing, data mining, urban planning, environmental sensing, medical and biological disciplines (for the complete list of courses, please check the CS Program Guide provided below). CS is nonetheless in fast expansion and CEMSE’s program is on the front line offering students tools and the opportunities to break new ground.

Programme Structure

  • Research in the CS program revolves around the individual Faculty Research Groups and is boosted and complemented by the KAUST Core Lab facilities, the Research Centers affiliated to CEMSE, with collaborations spanning across the University, industry and international research institutions.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official university transcripts

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Statement of purpose

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Academic score

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Thuwal

2270 - 3445 SAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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