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Northwestern Semester 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

This 16-week intercampus study program hosts students at Northwestern’s international campus in Doha, Qatar. NU-Q offers many of the same courses as one finds in Evanston as well as its own distinctive work in communication, journalism and liberal arts, with special attention to Middle East Studies and Middle East Media Studies. Semester in Qatar is now open to students from Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, and especially welcomes applications from students interested in Middle East and North African Studies (MENA), including those seeking more experience studying Arabic (Arabic Language courses are available to SiQ students upon placement test). At NU-Q, one can experience the challenges of the Middle East in a safe, comfortable environment with access to people and activities that cut across the entire region. Students enroll in the program’s signature Doha Seminar, which engages students in the exchange of ideas discussing topics such as contemporary Arab thought and ideology, Islam in the western world, and storytelling practices among indigenous groups. Students study under an excellent faculty and alongside an accomplished, diverse student body. Doha is a media city – home to Al Jazeera, the Doha Film Institute, English and Arabic newspapers and magazines, digital media enterprises, and advertising and public relations firms, all ripe with internship possibilities. To fully imagine the variety, values and vibrancy of the region, the semester of academic studies is also complemented by a post-semester regional excursion beyond Qatar.

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All classes are taught in English. In addition to taking courses at NU-Q, Semester in Qatar students can take classes at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Georgetown University in Qatar, Texas A&M University in Qatar, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, and Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Program Requirements


Applicants must be in the Northwestern School of Communication, the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, or the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.


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 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


To experience convenience and community, students will stay in Education City housing managed by the Qatar Foundation. The apartment-style units offer an opportunity to live among peers and create lasting friendships in a safe and inspiring setting. Accommodations are segregated by gender. Housing is of an exceptionally high standard. Students can easily prepare their own food or eat on campus in the student center, coffee shops or dining halls.

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.


Experience Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Trip

To fully imagine the variety, values and vibrancy of the MENA region, visitors need to experience the wider region and its people. Immediately following the end of coursework, NU-Q provides SiQ students with a regional excursion beyond Qatar. This is a chance to personally see, hear and feel a region second to none in its impact upon the world. In December 2014, SiQ students traveled to Oman, where they spent three days exploring its culture and customs by engaging with locals and camping in its deserts.


Program Cost

Visit the Northwestern Semester in Qatar website for cost information.

Billed through CAESAR

Evanston students will be billed through CAESAR for regular undergraduate tuition and enrollment fees, as well as NU-Q housing and textbook fees.

Estimated Additional Costs

Visit the NU-Q website for estimated living expenses.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • All students attending this program will receive a $5,000 scholarship, which will be applied to your direct costs through CAESAR. If you are a financial aid recipient, these funds will be incorporated into your financial aid package for the term per Northwestern's outside scholarship policy.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Northwestern Semester in Qatar (NU-Q) program, 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

After being accepted to the Semester in Qatar program, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. Northwestern students admitted to the NU-Q semester program are not required to pay a confirmation deposit.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your regular NU tuition and fees, NU-Q housing fees, and the NU-Q textbook fee. Estimated costs are outlined above; you can also find your NU-billed charges and additional expenses on the NU-Q website.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your Northwestern account.

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 an exchange program abroad after submitting your program confirmation form, you are subject to the withdrawal & refund policies for Northwestern programs.

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