At a Glance
: Doha, Qatar
: 5 weeks
Arrive on: May 2018*
Depart on: June 2018*
*Dates to be determined.
Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome), teachers, and professionals.
Number of credits
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Good academic and disciplinary standing
: 6 credits
Explore the ethnic and culturally diverse city of Doha at Georgetown University’s GU-Q campus at Education City, a unique international center of learning established by the Qatar Foundation. 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.
*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.
Upon successful completion of the program, Georgetown students receive 6 GU undergraduate credits. Students take two courses in disciplines such as international affairs, comparative political systems, or the liberal arts with an emphasis on Middle East culture and politics. Courses can fulfill degree requirements for the College and the School of Foreign Service in majors including(but not limited to) History, Government, International Politics, Culture and Politics, and Regional and Comparative Studies. In 2017, there will be approximately 10 available courses for students to choose from. For course options for summer 2018, please email Arelis Palacios
All coursework, including grades and credits, earned on Georgetown-administered programs are automatically applied to Georgetown students.
Non-Georgetown participants will receive an official transcript from Georgetown for their completion of academic coursework and should discuss transfer of credit with a dean or academic adviser at their home university.
The program includes several organized excursions designed to engage students with major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of their host country in a direct, hands-on manner. Past excursions have included:
- A Doha city tour
- Explore Souq Waqif
- Museum of Islamic Art
- Imam Abdul Wahhab Mosque
- Fanaar Center
- Iftar at Melia Hotel
- Suhoor at Marriott Marquis
Students live in Education City's new dorm facility called HBKU Housing
. 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.
There is a cafeteria in the residence hall and other dining options but no formal meal plan.
The program cost for summer 2017 was $6,950
. The program price will be updated to reflect Summer 2018 during the Fall 2017 semester. This price includes: tuition, sponsored activities, books, and supplemental insurance.
The price does not include: airfare to/from Qatar, housing. Meals, passport fees, local transportation, and other individual expenses. The cost of room and board for Summer 2016 was approximately $2,000.
The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000 and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. Students who are currently receiving financial aid are automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.
OGE advises students to research and pursue a wide range of available funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website
Withdrawals and Refunds
Your acceptance form and program deposit are considered a good-faith commitment to participate on your Georgetown University summer program. Withdrawal from a summer program must be made in writing to the summer program coordinator. Please note that application fees and program deposits are non-refundable. Georgetown University will refund recoverable tuition and costs as determined by our partner institutions. Refunds will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of your intent to withdraw. Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student, including but not limited to passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs. Georgetown University reserves the right to adjust program fees or cancel any program without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide information on cancellations in a timely manner. In the event of cancellation, Georgetown University will refund program deposits and 100% of recoverable program fees.
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