Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
Applications are due in February for the upcoming fall or full year and in October for the spring term. If you are considering a full year abroad in two locations (split year), you must submit application materials for both programs at the deadline for the first program.
*Applicants who do not meet these eligibility requirements are encouraged to meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to learn about their options.
The School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q), now renamed as Georgetown in Doha, Qatar (GU-Q), was established in May 2005 by Georgetown University and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and began operation with the convocation of its first class in August of the same year. Its curriculum and academic standards are the same as 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. Students can take public transportation or taxis into Doha.
Qatar, a small peninsula in the Arabian Gulf, is a monarchy governed by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. 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. Doha, the capital city, has a population of around 900,000 people. Doha is an international center of business and education. The city hosted the 2006 Asian Games and annually stages major international sporting events, including professional golf, tennis, and motorcycle racing competitions. Students can enjoy traditional shopping, museums dedicated to Arabic culture and history, and the finest corniche in the Gulf area.
Accommodation and Meals
Students live in Education City's new dorm facility. Students can select from the following options: residence hall rooms, studio or one-bedroom apartments, or a single room in a two or three-bedroom apartment. There are separate apartments for male and female students. Students may prepare their own meals in apartment facilities. There is a cafeteria in the residence hall and other dining options but no formal meal plan.
Qatar has strict laws on the sale of consumption of alcohol, and all students are expected to abstain from consuming any alcoholic beverages during their stay.
Level of Support: High
The fall semester at Georgetown in Doha, Qatar begins in early August with an orientation and continues through mid-December. The spring semester runs from early to mid-January until mid to late-May. Students can pre-register for their classes during the normal pre-registration period in November or April.
Fields of Study and Language of Instruction
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 take a total of 15 credits per semester at GU-Q. Courses count toward the Georgetown degree as if they were taken on Main Campus and students are evaluated in the same way. Students are encouraged to take Arabic language courses that are offered at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels starting in the fall semester or take level II of these classes in the spring semester.
Georgetown in Doha offers a wide range of international affairs courses with a special emphasis on international political issues and the Middle East. Students may select courses that explore the history of the modern Middle East, comparative politics and economic development in the region, and current issues such as the conflict in Iraq, as well as selecting courses devoted to the study of Arabic language and culture. Students may also explore broader themes in contemporary international relations, such as U.S. foreign policy, international political economy, and international security issues. A variety of elective courses in the humanities and social sciences allow visiting students to explore more general areas of interest alongside a diverse international student population.
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.
Although study abroad students are not able to participate in internships, there are opportunities for volunteer work. The Career Development office send out notices to students when opportunities arise.
This program is administered by Georgetown University. A Georgetown transcript will be issued at the end of the semester, and grades will be factored into the students' GPA. Students who successfully complete the program will receive 15 Georgetown credits.