Study In Qatar - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities


This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Qatar as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Qatar as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as

 

How to study in Qatar

Why study in Qatar

Cost of studying in Qatar

Universities in Qatar for international students

Cost of living in Qatar for international students

How to get a visa to study in Qatar

How to apply and study in Qatar

Tuition fees to study in Qatar

Applying to study in Qatar

 

To find out how to apply to universities in Qatar, you should visit the website of your chosen institution and read up on the application process and entry requirements for your chosen program. In many cases domestic and international students can now apply online through the relevant department.

At some universities there is regulation on the types of student who are eligible to apply. For example, at Qatar University only those with a valid State of Qatar residence permit or citizenship in a fellow Gulf country are eligible to enroll.

If you don’t yet hold a residence permit but wish to study in Qatar, visit the international student section of your chosen university’s website, where you may find assistance is offered to help you get a residency permit.

Applying to universities in Qatar

 

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.

 

Tuition fees and living costs in Qatar for international students

 

 

The cost of studying in Qatar actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Qatar have different tuition fees.

 

Tuition fees at universities in Qatar differ among universities because each university have their own fees. Unlike other study abroad destinations,in Qatar both Qatari and non-Qatari students pay the same tuition fees.

 

The average tuition fees for universities in Qatar is about US$19,800 which is an average tuition fee compared to universities in the US and the UK.

 

Some of the universities in Qatar charge fees per ‘credit hour’, with around 12 credit hours per semester. On average a university can charge about US$2,650 for some courses.

 

 Engineering programs can cost about US$3,300 per credit hour. Medicine tuition fees is about US$16,500 -33,000 per year.

 

Although the tuition fees for Qatari universities are very expensive they cost of living in Qatar is not as expensive as it may seem. With about US1000 per month you can live comfortably in Qatar but this will actually depend on your lifestyle and spending habits.

 

Cost of living in Qatar according to expatistan

 

Qatar

Housing           [Edit]


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

12,292

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

7,575

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

448

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

8,573

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

4,840

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

309

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

249

            40” flat screen TV

1,213

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

318

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

37

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

38

Clothes            [Edit]


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

339

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

253

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

344

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

430

Transportation [Edit]


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

81,819

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

1.57

            Monthly ticket public transport

199

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

25

Personal Care  [Edit]


            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

19

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

75

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

189

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

18

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

15

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

20

            4 rolls of toilet paper

10

            Tube of toothpaste

10

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

47

Entertainment  [Edit]


            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

180

            2 tickets to the movies

84

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

225

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

394

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

83

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

20

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

38

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

2,484

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

0.69

            1 month of gym membership in business district

635

 

Visa to study in Qatar

 

As an international student, you will need a visa to study in Qatar. Below is the requirements and process of getting a Qatar visa

 

Who requires a visa?
Nationals of the following countries can apply for an entry visa upon arrival to Qatar or at the Embassy:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Vatican.
Nationals of other countries, and who are green card holders, can apply for a visa by contacting the Ministry of Interior in , through a relative or a friend. You need to send them copies of your passport and green card. This process takes from three to five business days.

What documents will be required?
- A visa applicant must submit a valid passport with his/her application. The passport must be valid for at least six months longer than the applicant's intended stay in the State of Qatar and must have available pages to place a visa.
- Each application must have 2 color passport-size photographs (2" x 2").
- The original Passport and 2 additional photocopies of the first couple of pages (with name and photo).
- Please include a company letter (for Business Visa) or an invitation letter (for Tourist Visa) explaining the reason for the entry visa request (individual letter per applicant).

Time required to issue a Visa
10-12 business day for a tourist visa and a month or more for a work visa.

How long is the Visa valid for?
The Qatari visas (except the transit visa) allow their holders to enter the country for one month.

 

List and ranking of all the universities in Qatar

 

Below is the list and ranking of all the universities in Qatar

 

Qatar University

Well Cornell Medicine

Texas A&M University at Qatar

Carnegie Mellon University

Northwestern University in Qatar

Virginia Commonwealth University

College of the North Atlantic

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

HEC Paris in Qatar

University of Calgary in Qatar

Doha Institute of Graduate Studies

Georgetown University in Qatar

 

Courses to study at universities in Qatar

 

Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering

Agriculture

Anatomy

Physiology

Anthropology

Architecture

Art and Design

Oral science

Biochemistry

Biological sciences

Building

Business management

Chemical engineering

Chemistry

Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science

Counselling

Creative writing

Criminology

Dentistry

Cinematics

Economics

Education

Electrical engineering

Fashion

Film making

Food science

Geography

General engineering

German

History

Law

Linguistics

Marketing

Material technology

Mathematics

Mechanical engineering

Medical technology

Medicine

Microbiology

Music

Nursing

Optometry

Pharmacy

Philosophy

Psychology

Robotics

Sociology

Theology

Veterinary medicine

 

Items to pack while going to study in Qatar

 

In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card

           Deodorant

           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes

           Gum

           Hand sanitizer

           Headphones

           Health insurance card

           Passport

           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)

           Wallet

Toiletries

           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer

           Makeup

           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)

           Toothbrush

           Toothpaste

 

Supplies

           Bobby pins

           Comb

           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties

           Hairbrush

           Headbands

           Nail clipper

           Razor(s)

           Sunglasses

           Sunscreen

           Tampons and pads

           Tweezers

Laundry

You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)

Clothing

           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)

Electronics

Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive

           iPod

           Laptop

           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable

Medical

           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine

           Vitamins

Miscellaneous

           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)

           Journal

           Language dictionary

           Map

           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)

 

Benefits of studying abroad in Qatar or any other study abroad destination

 

1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.


8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

 

Hope this post was helpful

 

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