*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.
- Good academic and disciplinary standing
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
About the Program
Georgetown in Doha, Qatar
(GU-Q), formerly known as the School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q), was established in May 2005 by Georgetown University and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. The first class began in August of the same year. Its curriculum and academic standards are the same as the SFS curriculum on the Main Campus, as is the quality of its faculty, many of whom come from Main Campus. The campus is located in Education City, along with 5 other American universities.
Georgetown in Doha is located in Qatar, a small peninsula in the Arabian Gulf. Doha, the capital city, has a population of around 900,000 people and is an international center of business and education. Students can enjoy traditional shopping, museums dedicated to Arabic culture and history. Arabic is the official language of Qatar, but English is widely spoken amongst Qatar's expatriate population. Islam is the official state religion, with most of the population belonging to the Sunni sect.
- Full year: late August to mid-May
- Fall: late August to mid-December
- Spring: late January to mid-May
Fields of Study
Language of instruction is English.
Fields of study include: Arabic, Economics, French, Government/Political Science, History, International Studies, Literature, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Religion
Students are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit they wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.
A full courseload for this program is: 15 credits
GU-Q belongs to a consortium of 6 universities all located in Education City. Each university has their own focus. Study abroad students may cross register into one class at another school in the consortium with the appropriate approval. All GU-Q courses are in-residence, and thus are factored into the student’s GPA.
The minimum passing grade for this program is: C
Students are required to live in program housing.
Students have three housing options:
- Residence hall rooms
- Studio or one-bedroom apartments
- Single room in a two or three-bedroom apartment
There is no meal plan on this program. Students eat at any number of cafeterias and restaurants on campus.
The Office of Global Education is committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. OGE hopes that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.
With over 200 approved-programs, OGE is confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with the OGE advisor specializing in your geographic area of interest to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.
To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website
. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website
Stories Beyond the Hilltop Blog
Learn more about Hoya experiences in Doha in Stories Beyond the Hilltop.