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Northwestern Semester in Qatar

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Sponsor: Northwestern University in Qatar

Location: Doha, Qatar


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.


  • Fall


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.

Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Participate in an interview with the appropriate school:
    • Medill students: Schedule an interview with Daniel MacKenzie (, 847-491-4484)
    • School of Communication students: Contact the Student Resource Center (847-491-7214) to schedule an interview with either Catherine Carrigan or Freda Love Smith
    • Weinberg students: Schedule a meeting with your Weinberg college adviser.
  2. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by February 24

Languages: English

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Residence halls on campus

Program Costs: 

Visit the Northwestern Semester in Qatar website for cost information.