Other Countries

The liberal arts model is expanding to other countries beyond Europe, North America and Asia. Several new programs are starting in the Middle East, which has a vibrant and rapidly growing scene in higher education, centered in the regions of UAE, Saudia Arabia, and Qatar. Some notable programs in the Middle East include the NYU Abu Dhabi campus, the UAE American University of Sharjah. One well-established liberal arts colleges in Africa is the Ashesi University in Ghana, founded by a Swarthmore College alumnus. Within South America, there is the brand new Yachay Tech in Ecuador, which is a fascinating startup designed for technical subjects, but bringing in some liberal arts subjects as well. Bangladesh and Pakistan are also included in this section to highlight their important programs – the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, and the new Habib University in Karachi, Pakistan.



The American University in Cairo – http://www.aucegypt.edu/Pages/default.aspx


Ashesi University – http://www.ashesi.edu.gh


Al Akhawayn University – http://www.aui.ma/en/


American University of Nigeria – http://www.aun.edu.ng

South Africa

Wits University – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg – http://www.wits.ac.za/


South America


Universidad de Chile – home for the CIEE liberal arts program for US students, and a leading institution in Chile for liberal arts and sciences – http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/chile/santiago/liberal-arts/


Yachay Tech – a new technical university in Equador dedicated to science and technology (not truly liberal arts but very interesting!) – http://yachaytech.edu.ec/en/

Middle East / Pakistan / Bangladesh


Asian University for Women,Chittagong, Bangladesh – http://asian-university.org


American University of Beirut – http://www.aub.edu.lb/main/Pages/index.aspx


Habib University, Karachi, Pakistan – A liberal arts college in Pakistan founded by Wasif Rizvi, a Reed College alumnus  – http://habib.edu.pk


Al-Quds University – a Palestinian institution, with three locations and developed in a partnership with Bard College in the US – http://www.alquds.edu/en/about-us.html

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

American University of Sharjah – http://www.aus.edu

NYU Abu Dhabi – http://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/

Saudi Arabia

Effat University – http://www.effatuniversity.edu.sa/Pages/Homepage.aspx

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; while a tech school, and not “liberal arts,” the scale of this ambitous institution makes it worth watching – http://www.kaust.edu.sa


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