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Study In Qatar - International Students

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This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Qatar.

Sitting on the northeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula Qatar borders Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf.

Qatar might be tiny fish in the global ocean, but it’s a country that’s certainly making waves.

With the football/soccer World Cup due to land in Qatar in 2022, heavy investment in tourism and the success of news organisation Al Jazeera, choosing to study a degree in Qatar is a shrewd investment for your future.

Recognised as one of the world’s richest countries by the World Bank, the nation is investing vast amounts of money in developing and internationalising its higher education system.

Through the Qatar Foundation, the country has encouraged foreign universities to set up satellite campuses in the country to boost education levels.

Bachelor Degree In Qatar

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Universities in Qatar

Qatar is home to both its own universities and foreign university campuses with satellite locations in Qatar.

There are three Qatari institutions and 14 foreign university campuses. Choosing one of the foreign universities may give students the best of both worlds: studying in a foreign country but with a familiar language and educational structure.

Schools in the United States, England, Canada and France all have foreign campuses in Qatar.

Clustered together at the so-called ‘Education City’ (a large campus built just outside Doha by Higher Supreme Council’s education reforms) these foreign institutions include Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Qatar Academy, an International Baccalaureate school and branch campuses of the Canada’s University of Calgary and the College of the North Atlantic, leading European business school HEC Paris and the UK’s UCL.

Education City is not just a hub for overseas universities to bring their education to Qatar but it also offers wide opportunities for building industry connections with a range of nearby facilities including Qatar Science & Technology Park, and the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute. The Qatar National Research Fund also supports research conducted in the City.

While universities are developing rapidly in Qatar only one is recognised in the QS World University Rankings 2016/2017 – Qatar University.

Located on the outskirts of the capital city Doha it is a public university that is home to around 16,000 students with academic programs available in English and Arabic across seven colleges.

Tuition Fees in Qatar

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Most courses in Qatar are taught in English, and you can expect your course to take between three to five years to complete. Qatar, like many countries around it, uses the bachelor’s degree as its main degree for undergraduates.

Students can pursue bachelor’s degrees in a variety of areas both in the arts and science.

These degrees include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Bachelor of Arts
• Bachelor of Engineering
• Bachelor of Science
• Bachelor of Business Administration


Specific degrees may depend on individual schools.

In many cases you can apply for undergraduate degrees in Qatar online directly with your chosen institution, through a relevant department.

Some universities put restrictions on what type of student can apply for their courses. Only those with a valid State of Qatar residence permit of citizenship in a Gulf country can apply to Qatar University.

Immigration & Visa in Qatar

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Qatar, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

If you want to study a degree in Qatar as an international student, you will 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 online well in advance of entering the country.

In addition to the online application, you’ll need to provide your online application confirmation page, your passport copy, an affidavit of financial sponsor, a copy of the passport of the financial sponsor, additional financial documents (more information about these can be found online), a health evaluation, a certificate of “good conduct” issued by the authority, a parental approval letter, and a student declaration form.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Qatar

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Qatar.

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.

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.

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Qatar. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

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

Apply to Study in Qatar

Apply to Study in Qatar and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Qatar.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

You can find out about studying in other countries with our country guides.

Cities in Qatar