Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University opened its doors to women and men in 1975 with two pioneering colleges, the College of Medicine and the College of Architecture.
Almost four decades later this academic institution has grown into a leading research university with 21 colleges spread throughout the Eastern Province and a student population of over 45,000.
IAU is one of the most well respected research institutions in the Kingdom. Our prolific faculty and researchers have made great strides across all disciplines from such diverse fields as medical breakthroughs to advances in environmental architecture.
IAU’s commitment to research is evidenced by not only the juried scientific journals that are published here, but the numerous research entities that call IAU their home, including: the Deanship for Scientific Research, The Prince Mohamed Bin Fahd Center for Research and Consultation Studies, the Center for Scientific Publications, the Center for Urban Studies and the new Center for Patents and Technology Transfer.
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Student housing is one of the main factors that positively affect the life of a university student. Due to his distance from his native country during his studies, and one of the reasons for his psychological stability and the achievement of his educational goals.And the university, in its relentless endeavor to create a suitable climate for the student, has provided university accommodation for students coming from outside Dammam or from outside the Kingdom as scholarship students.
Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University has 16 libraries; 3 Central, 13 Satellite that are located on the two IAU campuses in the city of Dammam, as well as the various IAU campuses in Jubail, Qatif.
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