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Academic Partnerships

Duke University

Electrical and Computer Engineering


The Pratt School of ​Engineering and Effat University have been partners since 2004, when they collaborated to develop the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) curriculum and establish the program, the first of its kind for women in Saudia Arabia​. Every year, faculty from Duke visit the department to monitor its development and interact with students and faculty. ECE graduates each receive a personal letter of congratulations from the Dean of the Pratt School, Dean Tom Katsouleas.

University of Miami



The School of Architecture at Miami University has partnered Effat University since 2009. Miami collaborated with Effat to create the new 5-year curriculum in line with ABET stand​ards. Every summer, Effat students have the opportunity to take courses in Italy at the University of Miami’s facilities in Rome. They are currently also working with Effat to develop a Masters Program in Urban Design, which will open in the near future.

Syracuse University

Information System


Since the inception of the King Abdullah Scholarship Program, many Saudis have gone abroad to complete their graduate studies. In order to maximize their success in these demanding programs, Effat University has collaborated with Syracuse University to develop a preparatory program to enhance not only their academic English skills but also their analytical and critical thinking skills as well as boosting their academic foundations in their chosen disciplines.

Carnegie Mellon University



Effat has been a partner of the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon since 2011. CMU were instrumental in revising the curriculum in 2012, and monitor the implementation of the program.

Tokai University

Computer Science


The Computer Science department’s international partner is Tokai University, in the land of technical innovation, Japan. Tokai collaborates with Effat in ensuring that the curriculum remains up-to-date in this rapidly changing field. Professors from Tokai visit on an annual basis, giving not only lectures and courses relevant to the field, but also insights into the fascinating Japanese culture. students have also taken research internship courses in Tokai.

Georgetown University

College of Business


In 2005, Effat collaborated with the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, Washington DC to establish a department of Business Administration. From this solid foundation, the College of Business was formed in 2009. In 2013, the partnership was renewed, which will further strengthen all the departments, and increase the research capacity of for both students and faculty.​

Western Sydney University

English and Translation


Western Sydney University is one of Effat’s newest partners and many exciting collaborative projects between students and faculty are planned. Like Effat, UWS has a strong English/Arabic translation studies department, and the collaboration will focus not only the Bachelor program but also on the Master of Science in Translation Studies (MTS).

Mount-Holyoke University

Enhancement Centers


Mount Holyoke is a selective women’s college that has a robust reputation for empowering women and developing leadership skills to produce the leaders of the future. Their mission mirrors that of Effat, which is “ to qualify tomorrow’s competitive leaders”. Since 2010 the sister institutions have been collaborating to develop new initiatives to strengthen and add value to the co-curricular program at Effat.

Sorbonne University



The Cours de Civilsation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS) not only supports the French courses in the General Education department (GED), students also have the opportunity to study for the Diploma of French Language and Civilization (DOFLC) in the Executive Education and Community Service Institute (EECSI) with the support of the French Consulate in Jeddah.

Boston University



In line with Effat’s emphasis on a holistic approach to personal development, the General Education Program at Effat Universityis designed to prepare all students for a constructive and satisfying personal, social and civic life, as well as enhancing their professional skills. The partnership with Boston University ensures that the program is in line with NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) recommendations as well as the high impact practices advocated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the recognized authorities in the field. In their program review, Boston University state that they are “impressed by Effat’s focus on ethical thinking, global citizenship and character building”

Virginia Tech University



Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 275 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 33,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $502 million. The Effat English Academy collaborates with the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute, whose mission is to promote intercultural competence and understanding by connecting people across borders and disciplines. They aim to inspire globally minded students, scholars, and professionals through transformative learning, innovative collaborations, and cross-cultural engagement.

Auburn University



Auburn University’s undergraduate design program was ranked in June 2016 as one of the top 5 programs in the USA by DesignIntelligence, the definitive school ranking for architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design. Effat University’s newest academic partnership will add value to the Design program, ensuring quality and opening up possibilities for collaboration at all levels.

TISCH University



The Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, is the USA’s preeminent center for professional training and scholarship of performing, cinematic and emerging media arts. Many of its alumni have achieved great fame and accolades, and are leading creative forces globally. The partnership between Effat University’s VDP program and Tisch will add depth and breadth to the program, and a link to the vibrant international community of media specialists.


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