Visiting Student Research Programme – KAUST, Arabia Saudita

The Visiting Student Research programme (VSRP) with KAUST - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia, allows Master's degree students from the faculties of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Information Engineering, Computer Science, and Statistics and Mathematics, Physics, and Natural Sciences to carry out a thesis research period fully funded by the Saudi Arabian University, up to a maximum of 6 months.

The programme includes:

  • $1,000 per month scholarship;
  • a student visa;
  • round-trip airfare,
  • health coverage paid by KAUST to selected students;
  • the possibility of housing on the university campus.

KAUST is a campus immersed in a context with a strong international character. In addition to students coming from different parts of the world, the faculty also has a strong international connotation. Students who benefit from this opportunity will have the chance to get in touch with a multicultural environment and establish academic relationships beneficial for their education and professional careers.

For more details on KAUST, download the brochure:

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology - Virual Tour


Join the informative webinar arranged by KAUST on December 3rd at 5 p.m.  Register here.



To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • be enrolled (even part-time) at Sapienza, in the academic year 2022-23 in a Master's degree or single-cycle degree programme of the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Information Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics or Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences;
  • be a European or international citizen with a regular residence permit in Italy;
  • not be resident in Saudi Arabia;
  • keep your student status until the end of the experience abroad and not take the final degree exam before the Academic Coordinator for International Mobility (RAM) accepts the educational activity carried out at KAUST;
  • have advanced knowledge of English (level B2, C1 or C2) (see art. 2.3.1).

Send your online application here.

The application will then be checked and assessed by the Faculty offering the internship at KAUST.

If the Faculty's response is positive, the selected students will be called for a 30-minute online interview in English with the staff in charge of admissions at KAUST.

Further information is available here:

The list of selected candidates will be communicated to ARI - Non-EU mobility and International Education Agreements Unit, which, before the mobility, will provide more details on the recognition of the experience abroad.

Selected students can have their experience at KAUST recognised (in terms of eligibility and credits) in their academic career as dissertation research. For such recognition to take place, the Academic Coordinator for International Mobility (RAM) must approve the Learning Agreement (art. 7.1) before departure and in accordance with "Regolamento per la Mobilità studentesca e il riconoscimento di periodo di studio e formazione all'estero".

Selected students must pay the tuition fees only at Sapienza and any other expenses, which are not among those listed above, are to be paid by the student.

During the entire mobility period abroad, students must be enrolled at Sapienza. They will only be able to obtain their degree (Master's or PhD) after completing their study period abroad.

Get to know KAUST

Pietro Paolo Ciottoli (Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering): “Kaust is an outstanding hub for knowledge and technical expertise on the international scene, attracting the best researchers, professors, and students from all over the world. Kaust also features a world-leading experimental facility and one of the most advanced High-performance Computers in the world. KAUST was pivotal in my professional growth, allowing me to access the highest levels of knowledge in the combustion field and extend my research network to a global level”.

Francesco Di Sabatino (Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering): I moved to KAUST in January 2016, and I joined the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC). That was the beginning of an amazing journey and a challenging part of my life. During the years at KAUST, I had the chance to meet amazing people and friends from around the world, work in state-of-the-art combustion laboratories, broaden my knowledge of the combustion processes, laser diagnostics and plasma-assisted combustion.

Giuseppe Indelicato (Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering):  I went to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) on the 26-th of January 2018 to attend the first Clean Combustion Winter School (CCWR), a three-weeks workshop on the challenges associated to clean combustion science organized by Prof. Deanna Lacoste and Prof. Gaetano Magnotti in collaboration with the Visiting Students Research Program (VSRP). Personally, CCWR gave me the possibility to touch with hands the state-of-art experimental facilities offered by KAUST under the supervision of experts such as professor Gaetano Magnotti, and collaborate within an international team. Thanks to VSRP, I was introduced to a friendly and welcoming environment, which provided us with all the comforts during our brief stay.

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