Integrating and Supporting Saudi Women at U.S. Universities

Register here by Monday, November 27.

Lunch, professional development training, resources, and networking provided

Note: Space is limited to up to three representatives from each ASU college, school, and service unit. Please encourage ASU faculty and staff to attend this professional development workshop.

About this Workshop

Since the start of Saudi Arabia‚Äôs King Abdullah Scholarships Program in 2005 there has been a huge number of Saudi students studying abroad (fourth largest international student population in the U.S.), with the majority (75,000+ in 2015-2016) studying in the United States.  More than thirty percent of these students are female and they face unique challenges to succeeding while abroad. They often feel isolated, have difficulties navigating culture shock and integration into campus and community life (especially interacting with men), and they face unique academic, cultural, religious, and linguistic obstacles.  Americans do not always get the chance to interact with these dynamic women and Saudi women report often being misunderstood or mistreated by faculty, staff, students, and community members.

Through first hand perspectives and data presented by Saudi female students, and faculty and staff that have worked closely with them, participants will gain a better understanding about the Saudi female experience and how they can be better supported.  Participants will have the opportunity to have their questions answered and walk away with tips, information, resources, and action items that can be applied university-wide to help Saudi women (and similar populations) be more successful during their time at ASU.        

About Women on the Move

Women on the Move envisions Saudi women who are successful and engaged in both the larger university and U.S. communities in their academic, professional, personal, family, and spiritual pursuits. Women on the Move works towards this vision by supporting Saudi women, both students and non-students, through activities, conferences, and social gatherings coordinated by other Saudi women and their supporters.   Women on the Move also works with the university community to help faculty, staff, and students better understand the unique needs, challenges, and opportunities of Saudi women in the U.S., and how they can collaborate and support Saudi women in being successful.

Stay Engaged

If you are interested in receiving more information about Women on the Move, please send your contact information to As you interact with Saudi students, please also let them know about our organization!

This workshop is sponsored and supported by:

ASU Women on the Move

ASU Undergraduate Student Government

ASU Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies

Embassy of the U.S.A. - EducationUSA in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Pure Chiropractic Family Wellness Center


Women on the Move