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A List of Universities and Colleges in Qatar

Further Education in Qatar started in 1973 with the establishment of Qatar University with a mere 150 initial students. Things have changed greatly: in 2002 there were 8,621 students, the majority of whom were women.

The University has been joined by a number of western institutions who have set up highly specialized campus branches in Qatar, most of which are based in Doha's 2,500-acre Education City.

The new institutions have maintained international standards, and a quick look at their websites will show that entrance requirements are tough. Inviting these institutions to open in Qatar is in keeping with the government's focus on education. However, these institutions are not just here for education: they have also been charged with carrying out research.

Carnegie Mellon University


Carnegie Mellon, the Pennsylvania-based university, offers degrees in computer sciences and business. Students of any nationality can apply.

Contact details
Tel: +974 44 928 260
Fax: +974 44 928 255
Email: Admissions:
Address: c/o Qatar Foundation
P.O. Box 24866, Doha, Qatar

Calgary University: Faculty of Nursing in Qatar


This Canadian University provides nursing education and research in collaboration with Hamed Medical Corporation.

Contact details:
Tel: +974 44 065 200
Fax: +974 44 065 299
More contact details

CHN Institute

Location: CHN University Campus

CHN institute is affiliated with CHN university in Holland and Qatar (see below). It provides language courses for individual students, and tailor made courses, research and consulting to corporate clients.

Contact details:
Tel: +974 44 878 288
Fax: +974 44 871 764

CHN University

Location: Al-Jeleait Street, Bin Omran

You can't miss this Dutch administered university – it is located in a fort-like building at the back of Hamad Hospital and the Athletes Village. CHN university offers both degrees and MAs in tourism and hospitality.

Contact details:
Phone +974 – 44 888 116/ 44 888 126
Fax +974 44 888 136
Address: P.O. Box 36037, Doha, Qatar

College of the North Atlantic, Qatar


CNA,Q is a Canadian run technical college administered by the College of the North Atlantic, Canada. Programs include business studies, engineering technology and information technology. Part time courses are also available.

Main campus:
Location: 68 Al Tarafa, Duhail North, (Next to Qatar University)
Contact details
Telephone No. +974 44 952 222
Fax No. +974 44 952 200
Address: P. O. Box 24449, Doha, Qatar Doha, Qatar

Rayyan Campus:
Location: Al Forousiya Road
Opposite Horse Race Track
Contact details:
Telephone No. +974 44 825 555
Fax No. +974 44 825 500
Address: P. O. Box 24449, Doha, Qatar

Georgetown University

Location: Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) Building - Education City

George Town university offers a four year bachelor of Sciences degree in foreign services. While all suitable students will be considered, George Town anticipates that the majority of students will be recruited from English language international schools in the region.

Contact details (admissions):
Phone: +974 44 927 652
Fax: +974 44 826 868
Address: P.O. Box 23689, Doha, Qatar

NorthWestern University, Qatar (Journalism)

Location: 1st Floor Texas A&M University Building
Education City

Offers Journalism Programme leading to a Bachelors of Science in Journalism degree, and a communications leading to a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree with a major in Media Industries and Technologies.

Contact details:
Phone: + 974 44 230 300
Address: P.O. Box 34102 Doha, Qatar

Qatar Aeronautical College

Location: Ras Abu Aboud

Qatar Aeronautical College offers courses in Air Traffic Control, Engineering, Pilot Training and English Language.

Contact details:
Phone: +974 44 408 888
Fax: +974 44 357 034
Address: P O Box 4050, Doha, Qatar

Qatar University

Location: In West Bay area, close to the Golf Club.

Qatar University offers a foundation course and programs in engineering, education, law, sharia, Business and Economics and Arts and Sciences. Of particular to interest to expatriates might be Arabic for non-native speakers, offering a years program consisting of three four-month semesters. Its Sharia college is moderate; its former dean has spoken out against the use of the veil, and argued that Muslims should be allowed to join in festivities at Christmas, while its current dean is a women.


- Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs
Phone: +974 44 856 633
Fax: +974 44 851 704

- External Relations Office
Phone: +974 44 852 331
Fax: +974 44 837 742

Alternatively, email

University Address: PO Box 2713

For admissions see the individual colleges on Qatar Universities website.

Texas A&M University at Qatar

Location: Education City

Texas A&M university currently has approximately 200 students and around 48 members of staff – pretty small compared to the 45,00 students it has enrolled in its home country! In Qatar the university focuses on engineering programs, offering degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering. Admission is open to international students, and competition for places is highly competitive.

Contact details:

Phone: +974 44 927 369
Fax: +974 44 927 177
Address: PO Box 23874, Doha, Qatar

Phone: +974 44 927 377

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar

Location: Qatar Foundation

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, a branch university of VCU School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia, offers a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design, fashion design or interior design. Admission is open to non-Qatari students.

Contact details:
Phone: +974 44 927 200/ 44 927 328

Weill Cornell Medical College

Location: Education City

Weill Cornell Medical College is administered by the American Cornell College. In Qatar it offers a 6 year medical program consisting of a 2-year pre-medical program followed by a four year medical program, culminating in a Cornell Md degree. Up to 60 students are admitted, and while priority will be given to Qatari students who meet the strict admission criteria other nationalities will also be considered.

Contact details:

Tel: +974 44 928 000
Fax: +974 44 928 444

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