Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission approves Bates as education provider

Thursday, August 1

ELS Educational Services studentsSaudi Arabian students can now receive a scholarship to attend Bates Technical College

TACOMA, Wash. - More than 34,000 Saudi Arabian students studied in the United States during the 2011-12 academic year, making the country the fourth-largest provider of foreign students to U.S. colleges after China, India and South Korea. And now, this group of international students can attend Bates Technical College with a full scholarship from their country.  

Last month, the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) added Bates Technical College to its extensive list of authorized education providers, making it the only technical college in the state included on the list of recommended two-year colleges. The agency provides Saudi Arabian young men and women with scholarships that pay tuition and other expenses to approved colleges and universities. The goal is for the students to gain education and cultural exposure, and return home to contribute to the country's workforce and society.  

"With the approval of the SACM, Bates Technical College can now offer our educational programs to students from Saudi Arabia," said President Dr. Ron Langrell. "More than half of the students enrolled in the English language center, ELS Educational Services, on our campus are from Saudi Arabia, and several have expressed an interest in our Fire Protection Engineering program. With this approval, Saudi Arabian students already on our campus now have Bates as an educational option," he said.  

The SACM is a government-created agency that administers programs and initiatives, including the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program, which aims to meet the educational and cultural goals of Saudi Arabia.  

For more information about SACM, visit, and to see a list of approved two-year colleges nationwide, click here.  

About Bates Technical College Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.  

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