The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) to the United States is one of the specialized agencies created by the Saudi government in 1951 to administer programs and policies to meet the educational and cultural needs of Saudis studying in the United States. It also functions as an intermediary between U.S. educational institutions and their counterparts in the Kingdom in terms of issues pertaining to culture, education and science.
SACM is part of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C., however, in terms of administration, finance and student affairs, the Mission reports directly to the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).
Since 1988 the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission has undergone constant modifications in its organizational structure and continues to integrate modern information technology into its office procedures. It provides fast, efficient and reliable support and services to the Saudi students and their dependents in the U.S.A. and enhances and strengthens the educational and cultural relations between the Kingdom and this country.
SACM responsibilities include representing Saudi universities, ministries and other governmental agencies that sponsor Saudi students in the United States. SACM regularly reports on students’ academic progress, facilitates communications and exchanges scientific and technological expertise between American educational and research institutions and their Saudi counterparts. SACM also implements governmental policy and scholarship rules and regulations regarding financial obligations to the students in addition to looking after the students’ educational, cultural and social welfare.