Qatar University (QU) is Qatar’s first national institution of higher education. In 1973, recognizing the importance of education to the country’s growth, the Emir of Qatar issued a decree proclaiming the establishment of the first national College of Education.
In its first year, the college admitted 57 males and 93 female students. After several semesters, the country’s rapid development made it necessary to expand to accommodate new areas of specialisation. In 1977, QU was founded with four colleges -- Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Sharia, Law and Islamic Studies, and Science. By 1985, two additional colleges --Engineering, and Business and Economics -- were added.
By Fall 2005/06, the number of male and female registrants for study at QU reached 7,660, equalling almost 1/6 of the eligible Qatari population.
Today, Qatar University is a beacon of higher education and academic excellence. It provides the widest range of educational programs and degrees in Qatar to a large and diverse population of students from various nationalities and backgrounds. It currently has more than 17,000 students, and hosts nine colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Sharia & Islamic Studies.
The university is situated on the northern edge of Doha, approximately 16km from the city center and overlooking the coast, Doha Golf Course, the West Bay Lagoon housing complex, Pearl-Qatar and Al-Wusail commercial and residential development projects. In addition to the main campus, the University has an experimental farm located in Al Khor, 65km north of Doha.
In 2016, QU campus was named among the 23 most beautiful universities in the world.
The campus is divided into two adjacent sections, for male and female students. Each section has its own lecture halls, laboratories, learning support facilities, libraries, food courts, and sports and leisure centers, while sharing some services.
The university provides an optimum teaching/learning environment that is based on problem-based learning and learning-by-doing approaches, and programs to encourage lifelong learning and the development of life skills.
Student activities include student clubs, alumni chapters, student-led conferences, sporting events, an annual Cultural Village, annual Alumni Reunion, and more. The university also fields a vibrant Center for Volunteerism and Community Service that aims at developing students' knowledge and skills to become engaged and responsible citizens in the society. Under development is a QU Ambassador Program
Qatar University has 205 international students from 66 countries, pursuing Bachelor, Masters, and PhD-level programs across colleges with the largest numbers leaning towards Gulf Studies, environmental sciences, accounting, engineering, and Islamic Studies. 42 are enrolled at the Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Center.
There is no specific calendar for international student registration -- all registering students follow the same academic calendar dates that are posted on QU website.
International student stories can be accessed at www.qu.edu.qa/students/services/is/student_profile.php; and information on visa and immigration, airport welcome, housing, healthcare, etc. at www.qu.edu.qa/students/services/is/student_visa.php.
Qatar University continues to build on its mission towards achieving the highest international standard of education and best practices for the benefit of its students and in line with the aspirations of the state’s fast-developing society. In this regard, QU has sought and gained accreditation and international recognition for several colleges and a number of its programs from well-respected accrediting agencies such as NAACLS, ABET, CQAIE, AACSB, A2LA, AEJMC, and more.
QU was named No 1 in international collaboration in the 2015-16 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings; No 6 in THE Top-15 Arab World Universities Rankings 2016, and No 11 in QS Arab Region University Rankings 2015.
Application information for international students can be accessed at www.qu.edu.qa/students/services/is/applying_information.php
Tuition Fees And Scholarships
Fees for undergraduate admissions are detailed at www.qu.edu.qa/students/admission/undergraduate/tuition_fees.php, and for graduate admissions www.qu.edu.qa/students/admission/graduate/tuition_fees.php. Fees for students pursuing courses at the Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Center include:
Tuition: 1000 Qatari Riyals = $365.00 per credit hour. (students should register a minimum of 11 credit hours per term). Rent at university dorms = $219 per month (double occupancy, meals and bus transportation to and from campus). A rough estimate of US$2000 may cover rent within Doha and transportation (rents vary by location).
Some scholarship opportunities are offered to applicants from outside Qatar to pursue undergraduate programs or courses at the Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Center. www.qu.edu.qa/students/services/is/scholarship_and_paying_fees.php. These applicants may be nominated by their embassies or can apply directly to the university. www.qu.edu.qa/students/services/is/scholarships.php.