cropped-Leopardfish-1-1-e1464111245146.jpg International Schools in Saudi Arabia

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Most western expats who move to Saudi Arabia do so for the generous tax free remuneration. They typically do not choose to work there in order to experience the rich Saudi Arabian culture (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The truth is, most western expats living in Saudi Arabia have minimal contact with the indigenous people or culture. Why? Because they live in gated western compounds with western amenities and are also generally completely absorbed with the social life of their expat community. While the typical compound experience includes plenty of fun, frolicking and fine foods, it eventually gets boring for some expats due to its synthetic nature. Of course, outside of these international enclaves is a country governed by Sharia law. It’s essential that working expats familiarize themselves with the morals, laws and cultural expectations in Saudi Arabia because the consequences could be dire even if one would inadvertently disobey or contradict an Islamic law or social custom. It also should be noted that expat women are expected to wear an abaya and are not allowed to drive a car. Read more...

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Cost of Living

Cost of living

According to Xpatulator, living in Saudi Arabia is cheaper than the international average. Items such as housing, transport, restaurants, hotels, groceries, furniture, appliances, alcohol and tobacco are less expensive than in western countries. That said, be prepared to pay an inordinately high price for your Internet service. Of course, many expats don’t have to worry about many of the aforesaid items because their employer covers them anyway. In fact, most teaching expats in the Kingdom receive generous allowances for housing, transport and medical insurance as well as a free education for their children. As a result, most westerners enjoy a fairly comfortable lifestyle while living in Saudi Arabia and are able to bank a reasonable amount of money as well. Read more…

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Saudi Arabia’s climate is extremely hot by day with an extreme drop in temperature by night. There is also a big temperature difference between the interior and the coastal areas. The average summer temperatures are around 45 degrees Celsius but this can climb to 54 degrees. During the winter temperatures range between 8 and 22 degrees. Rainfall is rare except in the Western region of Asir which experiences monsoon rain coming from the Indian Ocean.

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Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions
Once you have a job offer from a school in Qatar you will need to obtain a work visa. The requirements for this often differ depending on your nationality and qualifications. For the latest up to date information for entry please visit the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Your new employer will be your sponsor and will undertake most of the paperwork for you. You will however be required to supply the school with relevant paperwork and on arrival you will also have to attend a number of appointments to finalise this process find out more… Age restrictions often apply in the Middle East and this may make your application more challenging if you are over the age of 60. Family Visa’s are also subject to special conditions. Please ensure that you talk to your new school about this at the earliest opportunity. Required documentation you can prepare in advance :

Your full birth certificate (including travelling family)

Marriage certificate or proof of single status.

Criminal record check from your home/previous country(s)

Passport / ID copies (including travelling family)

Passport size photographs

Health record from an authorised clinic (incl any traveling family members)

Attested Teaching Degree Certificate

The Visa process can often be delayed Leopardfish recommend that you are proactive and plan well in advance of your arrival date.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world are constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office        US State Department        BBC World News           Al Jazeera        Arab News 

School Profile Pages

Please click on the school below to access the school profile page*. This is a new resource and we will be adding more profiles asap.

  • Abdul-Aziz International School
  • Abha International School
  • Advanced Generations Schools
  • Advanced Learning Schools
  • Al-Bassam Schools
  • Al-Corniche International School
  • Al Hussan Academy
  • Al-Jouf International School
  • Al Hussan Academy (Boys)
  • Al-Hussan Inter School-Riyadh
  • Al-Hussan International School
  • Al Kharj International School
  • Al Khobar Orbit Academy
  • Al-Khobar International School
  • Al-Kon International School
  • Al Majd Int School, Al Khobar
  • Al-Sharq International School
  • Al Maqased International School (Girls)
  • Al-Reeyada International School
  • Al-Rowad International School
  • Al Waha International School (Girls)
  • American International School of Jeddah
  • American International School – Riyadh
  • Asia International School
  • Aspire International Academy
  • British Council, Dammam
  • British International School Of Al Khobar
  • British International School Of Jeddah
  • British International School Riyadh
  • Creative International School Dammam
  • Development International School
  • Dhahran Ahliyya Schools
  • Dhahran British Grammar School
  • Dhahran High School; International Schools Group
  • Dunes Inter School – Al-Khobar
  • Hala International School
  • Inspire International Academy
  • International Programs School
  • Jawahir Al-Riyadh Int School
  • Jeddah Al-Wadi Int School
  • Jeddah Hala International School
  • Jeddah Hijaz International School
  • Jeddah Knowledge International School
  • Jeddah Manarat Int School
  • Jeddah Private Schools
  • Jeddah Prep And Grammar School
  • Jeddah Thamer Int School
  • KAUST School
  • King Faisal Pre-School
  • King Faisal School
  • King Khalid Military Academy
  • MLS International
  • Manarat Al Sharkia Sch Al Khobar
  • Manarat Jeddah Int School
  • Multinational School Riyadh
  • Nada International School
  • Radhwa international school
  • Riyadh Manarat Al Riyadh
  • Riyadh Middle East Int School
  • Samha International School
  • Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools
  • Saudi Aramco Industrial Training Center
  • The World Academy

Please let us know if the schools details need updating.
The information on this page has been gathered by the Leopardfish team. However staff, websites and contract benefits change regularly. If you discover one of these changes please let us know by emailing us at admin@leopardfish.
* Leopardfish takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this data, All data is provided in good faith.