Discover the unique benefits that await students who enroll with us, and get a complete overview of the higher education programs offered at Qatar Foundation.
We offer a global education in a Middle Eastern setting and we’re committed, at all levels, to bringing unique learning opportunities to as many minds as possible.
After gaining admission into our universities, you have the unique opportunity to cross-register for classes at other partner universities in Education City.
Students also have the chance to pursue joint minors and certificates with different branch campuses.
We offer a range of scholarships and need-based financial aid options for students. Our admissions are need-blind and we remain committed to attracting the best students from around the world, regardless of their financial needs. Our loans are interest-free and include an option for repayment through working at one of hundreds of approved organizations in Qatar.
Education at QF is never limited to the classroom. Students have the opportunity to supplement their studies with hands-on experiences in Qatar and overseas.
Whether they study abroad, undertake residencies at the world’s top organizations, or pursue their research interests, our students gain the experiences required to best prepare them for their future careers.
After studying at our branch campuses in Qatar, students obtain the same degree as that from the university’s home campus.
The curricula taught in Doha are identical, and carry the same academic rigor, reputation, and tradition. The leadership and faculty of branch campuses are also made up of members that hail from their respective parent universities.
One of the best parts of being with QF is that they always urged us to be experimental. They wanted us to do things that we might not be able to do on our Washington campus.
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For the past 23 years, students in Qatar have been studying in a city where the iconic landmarks are some of the world’s top universities from New York, Paris, Chicago, London, Washington, DC, and more.
What started with a single school has transformed into Qatar Foundation’s ‘Education City,’ a 3,000-acre urban development housing various education and research institutes.
Our sprawling campus is not only home to nine universities, but also houses one of the most diverse student bodies, and graduates hundreds of students every year.
We’re proud of the diverse and international community we’ve grown and continue to foster here.
Qatar has a unique advantage: you earn a degree from the US, but you are close to home and part of a diverse environment.
Education City, our flagship initiative, is a campus of more than 12 square kilometers that hosts branch campuses of some of the world’s leading educational institutes, a homegrown university, and other research, scholastic, and community centers.Learn more about Education City
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When Northwestern University and Georgetown University first opened their branch campuses in Qatar, they focused on offering degrees from their most renowned schools: the Medill School of Journalism and the Walsh School of Foreign Service, respectively.
In the US, these schools are located hundreds of kilometers away from each other, but in Education City, they are only a few feet apart and offer joint programs.
Qatar Foundation's higher education ecosystem includes eight leading universities from around the world and one homegrown university.
A private, top-ranked, and global university, Carnegie Mellon sets its own course with programs that inspire creativity and collaboration. Since 2004, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar has offered select programs in science, business, and technology that prepare graduates to be leaders, creators, and problem-solvers.
You can unleash your inner artist or designer by becoming part of VCUarts Qatar, a branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. VCUarts Qatar, the first university to be founded at Qatar Foundation, has established itself as a center of excellence for education and research in art and design over the past 20 years, and has substantial involvement with the emerging design industries in Qatar.
If you’re interested in a degree from a leading foreign affairs university, you can apply to Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). Established in Education City in 2005, GU-Q offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree. The liberal arts education at GU-Q offers students training in a wide range of subjects, along with the ability to specialize in key international affairs topics.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) offers one of the world’s premier engineering programs, built on its home campus’ international reputation in engineering. Since its establishment in 2003, students at TAMUQ have been learning from some of the world’s most acclaimed scholars and researchers. The university dedicates tremendous resources to advanced research, and students work closely with faculty and graduate students throughout their academic career.
If you’re an aspiring doctor, you can join Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, which shares the tripartite mission of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York: a dedication to excellence in education, patient care, and research. Established in 2001 as the first medical school in Qatar, WCM-Q offers an integrated program of pre-medical and medical studies leading to the Cornell University MD degree.
At UCL Qatar, you can receive an education in cultural heritage of the highest quality from one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary universities, University College London (UCL). Since its establishment in 2012, UCL Qatar has offered innovative postgraduate degree programmes that are challenging, creative, and designed to produce highly skilled and motivated professionals who will become the cultural leaders of tomorrow.
If you’re a professional or an executive in a senior management position, you can enhance your leadership skills through the various programs offered at HEC Paris in Qatar. Since 2010, HEC Paris in Qatar’s world-class executive education has been building corporate competitiveness within the global economy. Its management programs and research activities are designed to support the transformation of GCC economies into advanced, competitive, and knowledge-based economies.
Founded in 2010, Hamad Bin Khalifa University is a homegrown graduate-focused university that acts as a catalyst for transformative change in Qatar and the region. Through applying creativity to knowledge, students at HBKU have the opportunity to discover innovative solutions that are locally relevant and have a global impact.
To explore the world of media and communication, you can study at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), a modern media school that opened in Qatar in 2008. NU-Q offers undergraduate education in journalism and communication with a strong liberal arts foundation. Northwestern’s programs are ranked as some of the best in the world and prepare the students to become leaders in the global media industry as executives, journalists, producers, directors, editors, and much more.
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“Our experiences at Education City and GU-Q were influential in developing the Orenda [curriculum]. We were given the desire to serve and create paths where seemingly none existed.
Our cartoons are set in an imaginary city dubbed ‘Taleemabad’, which is Urdu for ‘Education City’. The amazing thing is that anyone can be a part of it; it is a revolution that excludes no one.”
There is always something to do when you’re studying at Qatar Foundation.