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Journalism Residency in Qatar

Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar

Program sponsor: Northwestern

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) Building
Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) Building
Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) Building
Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) Building

The Journalism Residency Qatar program provides a unique and exciting opportunity for Medill students to live and work in the Middle East for 11 weeks while completing degree requirements.

Journalism Residency placements in Qatar are limited in number, and are available in newspaper/online and broadcast/video only.

Additionally, students will have access to Medill resources at the Northwestern University in Qatar campus. This includes invitation to student events, Wildcard access to facilities, and more.

Students should talk to JR adviser Karen Springen for advice about placement options for this program. Students will have a multi-tiered support network while they’re on their residencies, including an on-site supervisor, a local coordinator, a Medill faculty adviser, and support from ULA.

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Students will be enrolled in the journalism residency course (JOUR 395/396). Credits earned abroad are for JOUR 395/396, which is a course offered on a pass/no pass basis.

Students must also enroll in a course at Northwestern in Middle Eastern language, history, economics or political science during fall quarter prior to their JR and complete all JR prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements


Open to Medill BSJ students, in their junior or senior year. Students must also take a course at Northwestern in Middle Eastern language, history, economics, or political science during the fall quarter immediately prior to their JR.


No prior language study necessary


Apply for permission to study abroad
All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Housing is provided, with selections based on proximity to work, comfort, and safety. Students will stay in HBKU Student Housing in Education City, which has various room types available on a first come, first serve basis. All residents will have a private bedroom and bathroom, regardless of the room type. Additionally, all units are fully furnished and include wireless internet services, as well as access to the gym facilities in Education City, laundry, and other amenities.

Students will be responsible for arranging all meals, but there is a dining hall in the housing facility that offers buffet style meals and a la carte items. A breakfast stipend will be provided, which will allow students to participate in the breakfast buffet.

Host Institution

Northwestern University in Qatar draws from its parent organization, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, USA), a distinguished history, famous programs, and an exceptional faculty. Founded in 2008 in partnership with Qatar Foundation, NU-Q provides a framework through which students explore the world and, ultimately, shape its future through its distinguished schools of communication, journalism, and liberal arts.

Ranked #11 in the United States by US News & World Report and in the top 20 universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Northwestern is one of the best universities in Qatar.


The program will begin with an onsite orientation and briefing, which will provide a chance for students to acclimate to Middle East culture, to meet local media contacts, to tour important local sites, and to meet students from NU-Q.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Winter 2019: $19,840

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $11,320
  • Housing: $3,500
  • Local transportation stipend: $1,500
  • GeoBlue: $120

Total: $16,440

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Airfare: $1,600
  • Personal expenses: $1,800

Total: $3,400

Global JR students do not receive an hourly wage from their sites or qualify for the stipend available to domestic JR students.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students may also be eligible to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for Journalism Residency (JR) programs abroad, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Program Confirmation

Once you are approved to attend a Journalism Residency program abroad, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. You are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

Program Fee

Students participating in Journalism Residency (JR) programs abroad will be charged a program fee equivalent to Northwestern tuition, minus the estimated cost of international airfare. You are responsible for booking your own airfare.

The program fee includes the program's tuition, all related activities, accommodations abroad, and international health insurance. Refer to the budget above for exact costs and estimated living expenses abroad.

Travel Stipend

Students participating on Journalism Residency (JR) program abroad will receive a local transportation stipend to help offset the costs of work-related or ground transportation expenses, such as airport transfers, daily transportation to/from the placement site, transportation to/from field assignments, and any other work-related or personal transportation expenses. This stipend is meant to encourage you to choose the safest and most responsible transportation option – in many cases metered taxis or hired cars – even if that option is more expensive than others.

Your travel stipend will be processed after the start of your JR quarter. Be sure to set up direct deposit in CAESAR, so your stipend can be sent to you in a timely manner and so that you can access your funds from abroad. Note: This is different from direct deposit for work-study and must be set up separately.

Northwestern Invoice & Financial Aid

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program fee, outlined above. You will not be billed for on-campus student fees, and Journalism Residency (JR) programs abroad are exempt from the study abroad administrative fee.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your NU account. Remember that your financial aid and loans cannot cover the cost of your housing in Evanston while you are abroad, so be sure to cancel your on-campus housing contract or sublet your off-campus apartment.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Withdrawal & Refund Policies

If you withdraw or are dismissed from a Journalism Residency (JR) program abroad after submitting your program confirmation form, you are subject to the withdrawal & refund policies for Northwestern programs.