Imam Abdulrahman Faisal University

Imam Abdulrahman Faisal University

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University is a public institution of higher education in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. It was established in 1975. This university is also known as IAU. It is one of the leading universities in Medicine in the Eastern Province of the country.

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University History

In 1975, the University of Dammam was established with two Colleges which were the College of Architecture and the College of Medicine. Since its inception, both male and female students have been admitted to this university. During King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz's visit to Dammam, this university was renamed as the Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in 2016.

The admissions at this university are based on Standardized National Exams. Students are admitted on the base of their grades. Students struggle for majors where the top students are sorted into the colleges of their choice in their first year. The medical track is one of the most highly competitive tracks in the university.

For instance, only the top 140 students would be admitted into the College of Medicine, and so on. Dr. Ebtisam Mohammed Al-Mathal who is the dean of Human Resources and Professor of Parasitology in the Science Faculty was selected as the secretary of the Board of Trustees in May 2021 at the university.

Former Names of the Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

  • King Faisal University
  • University of Dammam

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University President

Dr. Abdullah M. Al Rubaish is the President of this university.

Student Enrolled at IAU

In the academic year 2023, this university enrolled a total of 85,407 students out of which 28, 079 are undergraduate students. This university has 2,094 academic staff in the year 2023.

Terms & Conditions of Admission

 Nationality Related Conditions:

  • Applicant should be a Saudi or she/he has a Saudi Mother
  • The age of the applicant should be 17 to 25 years
  • Non-Saudi Applicant should have a Valid Iqama
  • Non-Saudi Applicant has to pay the Tuition fees for all of the academic year which is around about 9200 Riyals per Semester.

  Secondary School CCertificate-Related Conditions:

  • Applicant must have the Saudi General Secondary School Certificate.
  • Students should have  GAT and SAAT tests provided by the National Center. Their grades are documented in the Governmental Program.
  • Students must not have any previous record at this university.
  • The student should not be enrolled in another Saudi university.

To Apply for Health Tracks atImam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University:

  • Applicant must be Saudi or she/he has a Saudi Mother
  • Applicant should pass the Professional Fitness Examination from the Family of the university

Special Conditions for Admissions:

  • The percentage should not be less than 100%
  • Passing the Personal Interview

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University Campus

The main campus of this university is in the coastal area of Al-Rakah situated between Dammam and Khobar.


  • Dammam
  • Jubail
  • Qatif
  • Rayyan – Dammam
  • Campus App

Ranking of Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

This university is ranked #959th by Best Global Universities. Also, it is ranked as #255th by Best Global Universities in Asia and as #7th by Best Global Universities in Saudi Arabia.

Subject Ranking

  • As #857th in Chemistry
  • #328th in Materials Science
  • As #589th in Clinical Medicine

Subjects at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

Engineering and Technology

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • General Engineering

Clinical, Health, and Pre Clinical

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Other Health

Social Sciences

  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • Communication and Media Studies

Arts and Humanities

  • Architecture
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Languages & Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Performing Arts and Design

Physical Sciences

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Business and Management
  • Law
  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer Sciences

Language of Instruction

  • English
  • Arabic

Vision & Mission of the IAU


It is a leading university that achieves excellence Nationally, Regionally, and Internationally.


Its mission is to provide creative Knowledge, Research, and Professional services with effective community partnerships.

Values of the Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

  • Loyalty
  • Excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Transparency
  • Diversity
  • Creativity
  • Social Responsibility

Goals of Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

This university aims to achieve 8 strategic goals which are:

  • Provide HHigh-QualityKnowledge & Educational Services
  • Develop Scientific Research & Innovation System
  • Promote Community Responsibility & Partnership
  • Enforce University Values & Develop Human Resources
  • Achieve Sa ustainable Built Environment
  • Build up an Advanced Institutional Administrative System
  • Achieve Financial Sustainability of University Resources
  • Enhance Communication & Information Technology Systems

Colleges at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University


  • College of Medicine
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Applied Medical Sciences
  • College of Clinical Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Applied Medical Sciences- Jubail


  • College of Design
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Architecture & Planning

Science & Management

  • College of Applied Studies & Community Service
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Science
  • College of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Applied College

Arts & Education

  • College of Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Science & Humanities - Jubail
  • College of Sharia & Law

Research Centers at IAU

  • Institute for Research & Medical Consultations
  • Center for Architectural Studies & Research
  • Basic & Applied Scientific Research Center

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University Departments

  • Admission Department
  • Student Affairs Department
  • Study Programs Department
  • Information Department
  • Graduate Department
  • Archiving Department
  • Fellowship Department
  • Parallel Education Department
  • Public Relations Department
  • Scholarship Department

Medical Services at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Coronary Care Unit
  • Cardiac Catheterization Unit
  • Health Education Unit
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Cardiac Laboratory
  • Respiratory Care Services
  • Dialysis Unit
  • Emergency Room
  • Labor & Diagnostic Laboratory

Contact Us


King Faisal Ibn Abd Al Aziz, King Faysal University, 34212 Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Phone No

+966 13 333 3766

Official Website

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the GPA requirement at this university?

The minimum GPA required at this university is 3.2.

How to apply to this university?

  • Through the Deanship of Admissions & Registration of the University
  • Click on Deanship E-Service
  • Select Online Admission from the Left List

What are the salaries of Assistant Professor and Lecturer at this university?

The salary of the Assistant Professor at this university is almost 10,080 SAR while the salary of the Lecturer is almost 7,441 SAR.

What is the student ratio of females to males at this university?

At this university, the ratio of female to male students is 84: 16.


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