Through the Qatar Foundation, the country has encouraged foreign universities to set up satellite campuses in the country to boost education levels.
How can you study a degree in Qatar?
Qatar has two national universities at which you can study:
- Qatar University
Hamad bin Khalifa University
There are also several foreign university campuses where you can study a degree in Qatar at. These include:
- Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
- HEC Paris
- Northwestern University in Qatar
- Texas A&M University at Qatar
- University College London Qatar
University of Calgary Qatar
Most universities in Qatar are based in capital city Doha or at Education City, a purpose built campus located 14sq kilometres outside of Doha.
Most courses in Qatar are taught in English, and you can expect your course to take between 3-5 years to complete.
Immigration and visas in Qatar
If you want to study a degree in Qatar as an international student, you will almost certainly need to get a student visa. Visas for students in Qatar are issued by a sponsor – normally your university – and you will need to apply well in advance of entering the country. You will normally need to show the following:
- You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
- You have paid all relevant visa fees
- A medical certificate detailing your health from a licensed practitioner
A covering letter from your sponsor explaining the course
Accommodation and living costs
Most students coming to study a degree in Qatar will live in single sex dormitories provided by the university. These are often high quality, with living areas, dining rooms and individual showers. This is the easiest option if you want to settle into life in Qatar easily.
However, it is also possible to look for private accommodation. It is probably easier to do this once you have been in the country for a few months, but if you want to go private straight away, you should contact your university for advice.
Tuition fees: Tuition fees for international students vary from course to course and institution to institution. You should check with the relevant university., but you will normally pay per credit hour.
Living costs: The cost of living in Qatar is relatively high when compared with other Middle Eastern countries. You should expect rent to form a large part of your monthly outgoings. Food and eating out can also be expensive when compared with Western countries.
Rent per month:
- One bedroom apartment (city centre) – 6,950QR (USD$1,900)
- One bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 5,000QR (USD$1,380)
- Three bedroom apartment (city centre) –14,000QR (USD$3,800)
Three bedroom apartment (outside city centre) –9,670QR (USD$2,650)
How safe is Qatar?
Crime is very low in Qatar and international students should generally feel safe in the country. It’s worth noting that Qatar is a socially conservative Muslim country, so the consumption of alcohol is strictly controlled and students should dress modestly when out and about.
Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:
- Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
- Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
- Not making valuables obvious
- Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
- Being wary of strangers
Being careful of traffic
Staying in touch
Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:
- Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
- Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
- Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill
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