Over the years, there has been a surge in the number of students who seek to study in Yemen compared to other neighboring countries. This spike is being triggered by a lot of factors which we will be discussing below, and we will also provide you with every information you may need to study in Yemen. So, stick around while we walk you through this article.
Yemen is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the Arab World, with a young population and increasing population growth. Yemen’s economy is weak compared to most countries in the Middle-East, mainly because Yemen has very small oil reserves. For these reasons students will find almost no other scholarship programs besides those funded by various branches of the federal government.
Language and culture studies remain one of the leading attractions to Yemen. In comparison to its close neighbor, Saudi Arabia, there is no internationally renowned business center, no brand-new metropolitan skyscrapers or high-tech industry to draw the international elite.
However, as an international student, studying in Yemen helps you get to learn new language, get exposed to new culture, meet people from all over the world of unique background, and thereby having a network of friends who may become part of your success story.
Without much ado, lets dive right into reasons why you should consider studying in Yemen.
Why Should You Study in Yemen?
Prior to thorough research, we’ve provided you with some reasons on why you should further your academic career in Yemen. I advise you carefully read through, and don’t forget to leave your question(s), suggestion(s) or contribution(s) in the comment section just after this article.
- Yemen’s education index rank is 135th out of 195th countries. This position was attained just few years after its government placed the country’s education on high priority.
- The country ranks 153rd on the index of world ease of doing business.
- Yemen ranks 149th on the index of world economy.
- It ranks 144th in world safety ranking.
Cost to Study in Yemen
Below are some basic cost-of-living indicators in Yemen. Actual cost of living may vary depending on your personal choices and lifestyle.
Basic monthly living cost
Rent in a shared flat: The average price is $142
Share of utilities: The average price is $21
Internet subscription: The average price is $60
Local transportation: The average price is $51
Fast-Food combo: The average price is $6
Cinema ticket: The average price is $6
Pint of local beer: The average price is $2
Cost of Living in Yemen
One of the best things about studying in Yemen is its affordability. Yemen tuition fees are generally lower than those in China, India, Japan, e.t.c.
Average cost of Food: You can feed for a whole month for only $20. That’s only $0.67 per day. The food package will include flour, sugar, oil, rice and beans.
Average cost of Electricity: The average cost of electricity in Yemen is $63.84
Average cost of Data Usage and Internet: The average cost of internet in Yemen is $59.77
Average cost of Transportation: The average cost of transportation is $51.
Yemen has a good number of large and open air markets where one can actually get lots of goods. Do you want to know things you can see in Yemen’s market? Well, in the market, you’ll see everything from a colorful poncho to a horse, this is because most of the markets are cited in the city where there are a good number of animals.
The interesting thing about Yemen’s market is that you may not actually spend up to 30 USD on some important commodity like meat, cheese, cereals, vegetables, fruits, and even beer and drinks.
Unlike other countries where buses serve as cheap means of transportation, the best and cheapest means of transportation in Yemen is by rental cars.
Another way to tour Yemen is to take a taxi or a van. The Prices are really low, for instance, for a taxi start that costs only USD 0.50 and USD 2 per mile. This also proves that life in Yemen is really cost friendly for any international student who wants to study in the country.
Basic home comforts in Yemen can cost as low as $40 in a month. This total covers things like electricity bills, water supply, garbage collection, cooling and heating. To make calls using mobile/cell phones in Yemen costs like 0.2 USD per minute. Tariffs and other charges are not charged.
Clothing and shoes
Depending on the time of the year, there are different clothing and shoe items that people wear in Yemen. For some months in a year, you have to always carry a rain jacket and also a warm fleece, while in some other days, you just have some summer dresses, a swimsuit, T-shirts, hats, and comfortable shoes. The average prices for some traditional outfits like jeans, summer dresses, and Nike shoes are relative.
Rent per month
Rents in Yemen may not be the same as your homeland. For instance, your room may not actually have stoves, heaters and other home appliances. However, one should not forget that living in Yemen is inexpensive.
To get treatment from a doctor in a public hospital costs like $50, while the price of private doctors varies from $60 to $150. There are student medical aids that are accepted by various institutions in Yemen. Once given admission, it is important to check the type of insurance available for you before you start visiting health institutions.
List of Universities in Yemen
There are 23 universities in Yemen as at the time of this post, of which 7 are government owned. However, this page will be updated once more universities are created, so ensure you bookmark this post to be the first person to know. Below are some list of universities in Yemen;
International University of Technology Twintech
Applied and Social Sciences University
Lebanese International University Yemen
Queen Arwa University
Hadramout University of Science and Technology and some others. Amongst the universities listed above, the University of Science and Technology ranks as number one. The University of Science and Technology proves to be the best university both in Science and Technology field.
Do I Need IELTS to Study in Yemen?
To study at a Yemen school you will need to be proficient in English or French. It is advisable to research for your program requirements before the completion of your application. Also, schools even permit you to finish English courses after you begin your studies.
In some situations, international students don’t need to provide proof of their language skills. Are you from an English-speaking country? you may not be required to take the IELTS if you are from an English-speaking country.
Every University has its own language requirements. It is important to check the specific requirements of the school where you want to apply.
When is the Deadline to Apply for Schools in Yemen?
It is important to note that every Yemen school has its own deadline. You should make sure to submit your application well before this deadline.
Recently, Yemen schools are flooded with applications. As the deadline approaches, schools become more selective. The more reputable schools are especially competitive, so the earlier you get your application in, the better.
Can I Work While Studying in Yemen?
Yes. As a student, a study visa allows the holders to live and work (in a restricted manner) in Yemen for as long as they study in Yemen in order to help support themselves and any other dependent.
Visa Requirements to Study in Yemen
As an international student, you will need a student visa to study in Yemen depending on where you are coming from. As the time of the post, U,S citizens are offered visa only for a period of 30 days.
Visa Application Requirements
For stays longer than 90 days, students studying in Yemen will need a Study Visa. You’ll need the following documents to apply:
- Passport with remaining validity of at least 6 months beyond the travel dates
- Police certificate with a criminal record of the State where s/he resides.
- Medical certificate.
- Return ticket
- Two passports sized photographs
- Application form
- Certificate of course registration in an educational institution in Yemen.
- Visa and application fee
Eligibility for Student Visa in Yemen
To be eligible to obtain students visa in Yemen, the following criteria must be met.
- A letter of acceptance must be provided showing that an applicant has been awarded or offered a place on a full-time course of study at a recognized and accredited educational institution.
- Candidates must be able to present evidence of enough funds to carter for themselves in the country.
- There must be an evidence or proof to show that you have completed your payments
- Private medical insurance must be paid for and documentary evidence of this must be provided.
- Candidate must be willing to return to his/her country when the period of study elapses.
- All immigrants in Yemen should respect and oblige with national immigration laws, guidelines, and formalities.
- To study in Yemen, candidates must be willing to abide by all rules and regulations guiding the country .
Click Here to visit Yemen Embassy official webpage.