Diploma Certificate in Arabic as a Foreign
Language (DCAFL) Scholarship
EXTERNAL (Non-resident Applicants)
This full scholarship is available to
international students, based on the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia’s relation with their
countries. The DCAFL by the Arabic Language
Institute at King Abdulaziz University is a
two-year full time study program consisting
of 60-credit hours. The program is designed
to develop the students’ linguistic
competence in Arabic in all four language
skills: listening, speaking, reading and
writing. It also focuses on using Arabic in
real life situations. The program mainly
employs Al-Arabiyatu Bayna Yadayk
series “Arabic between your hands,”
published by “Arabic for All,” a non-profit
organization. Upon completion of the program
requirements, students receive a Diploma
Certificate in Arabic as a Foreign Language
(DCAFL) and OUTSTANDING students have the
opportunity to UPGRADE their scholarship and
continue their Bachelor studies in any
undergraduate program accept those offered
in the following faculties: Medicine,
Dentistry, Applied Medical Sciences, and
External Scholarship Admission Requirements:
1- Applicants to the DCAFL scholarship must:
a. hold a secondary school certificate
with a grade not lower than "Good". The
certificate and transcript must be in Arabic
or English, or translated to either language
by a certified translator.
b. be between 17 and 25 years old.
c. not have received a scholarship from
any other educational institution in the
d. not have been dismissed from any
educational institution in the Kingdom.
e. provide proof of medical fitness.
f. have a passport valid for at least two
g. obtain their government approval to
receive a scholarship to study in the
Kingdom; this applies to citizens of
countries that require Saudi students to
provide the same approval.
h. submit two letters of recommendation.
i. (only for female applicants)
be accompanied by a male guardian (mahram)
who, according to the regulations, must
either have received a scholarship or have a
residence permit (Iqamah), or will be
employed by a Saudi employer in need of his
2- All certificates and documents must be
attested by authorities in the applicant’s
3- The electronic application must be
submitted within the announced deadline with
all required documents.
4- Once admitted, applicants must continue
the registration procedures and plan their
arrival as instructed by email.
5- Upon their arrival to the Kingdom,
applicants must pass the medical examination
determined by the rules and regulations of
the Kingdom and the University.
Scholarship Application Procedure:
1- Online application forms are submitted
within the application period announced on
the Arabic Language Institute website (http://ali.kau.edu.sa).
2- All incomplete or inaccurate
applications are rejected.
3- Applications are then reviewed by the
Admission Committee who decides which
applicants are nominated for the
4- Nominated applications will be
submitted to the Ministry of Education for
approval and final admission.
5- Admitted applicants will be contacted
via email to verify at which Embassy of the
Kingdom they prefer to receive their entry
6- After the visa is issued, applicants
must visit the Saudi Embassy for attestation
of documents and to complete the necessary
formalities for traveling to the Kingdom of
Review & Preliminary Decision
Review & Final Admission
A.L.I. Admission Committee
Ministry of Education
Application submission period
1-2 months after submission
of the Scholarship:
1- In general, scholarship students enjoy
all benefits that other university students
2- Additionally, scholarship students are
offered the following:
a. Suitable accommodation and appropriate
educational, social, and cultural care and
b. A monthly stipend.
c. A two-months stipend upon arrival for
d. A three-months stipend after graduation
e. Subsidized meals.
f. An annual two-way ticket from and to
e. Health care through University and
governmental health facilities.
OUTSTANDING students have the opportunity to
UPGRADE their scholarship and continue their
Bachelor studies in any undergraduate
program except those offered in the
following faculties: Medicine, Dentistry,
Applied Medical Sciences, and Pharmacy.
General Scholarship Rules:
1- Students must pledge to abide by the
rules and regulations of the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia. Residency (Iqamah) laws
apply to scholarship students and therefore
they must adhere to it. The existing
regulations in the Kingdom denounce
extremism and terrorism in all its forms and
2- Students must also maintain good conduct
and behavior according to the University's
3- Students must be committed to full time
study and working for companies,
institutions or individuals during
the course of study is prohibited for
student on scholarships.
4- Students will be under the University
sponsorship during the scholarship period
and it will be responsible for them
throughout their stay.
5- Students can apply for family
visa according to the applicable rules and
regulations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
6- It is mandatory that the travel
documents/passport that the students hold
allow them to return back to the country
from where these documents are obtained
without any terms or conditions.
7- Students on scholarship do not have the
right to transfer from one university to
End of Scholarship:
External scholarship students should leave
the Kingdom after completing their studies
within a period not exceeding three months
from the completion
2- If a
student does not complete the degree
requirements during the actual duration of
the program (four semesters), it is not
permissible to extend his scholarship
duration for more than half the period
required to complete the program (two
For more information:
For more information regarding the
scholarship, please visit our website at http://ali.kau.edu.sa .