General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1986
Abbreviation SQU
Teachers 869
Students 7,514
Foreigners 2%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on past academic records
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Housing Available
Financial aid Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
• Ministry of Higher Education, Oman
World ranking 585
Country ranking 1
Quality of teaching 200
International Faculty 37
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 585
QS World University Rankings 525
Cost of living in Muscat
Expenses - USD/Month Min. Med.
Accommodation 325 449
Food 169 322
Transportation 21 64
Communications and utilities 89 79
Clothing 18 68
Sports and leisure 27 96
Total 649 1,078
Accommodation in Muscat USD/Month
Shared room outside of centre 329
Shared room in city centre 454
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 474
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 672
Alternative title
Arabic جامعة السلطان قابوس
Location on map
Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) - public higher education institution in Oman. SQU was established in 1986. The university campus is of urban type and is located in the vicinity of Muscat.

University ranking. According to the most influential rankings Sultan Qaboos University is the best educational institution in Oman. Despite being one of the youngest universities of Oman, Sultan Qaboos University ranks high in international ratings. Sultan Qaboos University is in the top 5% according to the international rankings.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The main criterion of admission is the academic performance of the applicant. High competition at Sultan Qaboos University allows only 1 out of 5 applicants to be accepted. The academic schedule is divided into semesters. If you want to obtain your master’s at SQU this will cost you less than 1000 USD. After passing a rather difficult admission process, the students can count on financial support in the form of a scholarship. More information about tuition fees and admission requirements can be found on the official website of the university(

The composition of the university. Sultan Qaboos University is medium in scale, teaching no more than 8 thousand students at a time. Both citizens and foreigners are able to apply. The ratio of foreign students at SQU is 2% of all students. At SQU the academic staff counts 869 various specialists. Многие преподаватели Sultan Qaboos University - иностранные специалисты. The university provides its students with the opportunity to participate in the international exchange programs. To learn more about the students and alumni of the university you can visit the university’s social media pages: Linkedin.

Infrastructure of SQU. The university has a functioning library. For those who require accommodations dormitories on and off campus are offered.

Sultan Qaboos University - Official Description

Sultan Qaboos University is the realization of the promise announced by the Sultan of Oman, His. Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said during the 10th anniversary of Oman’s National Day in 1980. Work on the university started in 1982 and the first students were enrolled in 1986. The University commenced with five colleges; namely Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, Education and Science. Furthermore the College of Arts was established in 1987, following the College of Commerce and Economics which was developed in 1993. The College of Law joined the University in 2006 and finally the College of Nursing was established in 2008. Today the university is home to more than 14,000 undergraduate and close to 1500 postgraduate students. Set in a valley beneath the stark panorama of the nearby foothills of the Oman Mountains, the University is a tasteful array of buildings designed with arches and courtyards and constructed in white and pink sandstone in a manner that reflects traditional Omani and Islamic architecture. The University was constructed on an axis in the valley with one end aligned toward Mecca. We currently have close to 1500 students enrolled in master's and PhD programs covering medicine, engineering, science, the environment, agriculture, marine sciences, commerce,...

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