About 28 members of the University’s Class of 2011 are students from Saudi Arabia who have been attending the University under the King Abdullah Scholarship program.
The majority (18) have earned undergraduate degrees in mechanical, electrical or civil engineering. Four are getting undergraduate degrees in computer science or computer engineering, while one Saudi woman will receive her undergraduate degree in early childhood education. Another two Saudis have earned their master’s degrees while studying at the University.
The King Abdullah Scholarship program is a long-standing effort to foster greater cultural understanding between Saudis and Americans by having young Saudi men and women study at colleges and university in the United States. President George W. Bush and King Abdullah (then Crown Prince) re-established the program in 2005. Currently there are about 20,000 Saudi students studying in the United States. University officials expect another 30 to 40 Saudis to begin their studies at the University of Hartford in the fall.