KAUST Gifted Student Foundation Year Program

Students enjoying the festivities at the 2014 North Carolina State Fair

NC State University's Global Training Initiative (GTI) and Intensive English Program (IEP) was selected by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) – the Saudi Arabian postgraduate research institution – to provide an intensive foundation year program for select recipients of the KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP) in preparation for their undergraduate study in the United States.

This rigorous program spans the academic year, and delivers customized and uncredited instruction in advanced English for Academic Purposes, as well as math, science, and writing courses designed to prepare students for future college-level coursework. The GTI and IEP also provide a year-long course on American culture and university life that develops cross-cultural competencies both inside and outside the classroom, equipping students with the skills needed to integrate and succeed. This is augmented through student engagement in service projects throughout the community and extracurricular activities. KGSP students additionally receive standardized test preparation and individualized academic advising to support their competitive edge as they apply to U.S. universities.

The KGSP is an invitation-only scholarship that selects students from the top 3 percent of Saudi high school graduates in science and math, and supports them as they earn bachelor’s degrees at US institutions prior to pursuing advanced degrees at KAUST. For more information on KGSP, please visit

For more information on this and other GTI/IEP sponsored programs, please contact Program Director Tim Rose (

KAUST 2014 Orientation dinner KAUST students volunteer

KGSP students enjoying a welcome dinner during orientation week.

KGSP Students give back to the community through volunteering at the Shephard's Table soup kitchen in downtown Raleigh.