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A number of Universities and Colleges have been set up in Qatar and the number is ever growing. Higher Education accounts for 2% of government spending.

Qatar has benefited from major investment into its Higher Education system. The recruitment of major academics and a busy schedule of international conferences are helping to raise the profile of the country’s academic research. Major US and UK universities including UCL and Georgetown have satellite campuses in Qatar.  


For entering universities in Qatar, basic requirements are as follow:

  • Foreign students must be a holder of an International Baccalaureate or equivalent
  • Foreign students must have completed 12 full years of study and be the holder of a secondary school certificate

Entry tests are sometimes required. English proficiency is usually required and may be assessed with a TOEFL test. Passing scores may vary from institution to institution.


Citizens of Qatar and nationals of the Council Countries Gulf Cooperation are exempted from tuition fees. However, foreign students must pay tuition fees. Fees vary, depending on the course and the institution. As a reference, most subjects fees at Qatar University (ranked in the world’s top 500 universities) will range from 800-1000 QR per credit hour of your course. Medical students will pay between 60-120,000 Riyals per academic year, depending on the year of the course.

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With regards to visa formalities, it is necessary to contact the embassy or consulate of Qatar in your area for more information. Also, contact universities in Qatar to find out more about visa requirements.


It is necessary to get a residence permit in order to study in Qatar. You are not allowed to study in Qatar on a single entry visa or a tourist visa.

Non-academic courses

If you do not wish to study for university credit but are interested in studying a language or a new skill, many of the universities hold regular public lectures and have workshops across the year.

Arabic courses

FANAR, located next to the Souq Waqif, is a government organisation dedicated to raising awareness of Islam and the Arabic language. They offer courses and information sessions and are free or low cost.

Qatar National Library

Whatever you’re studying, you can visit one of the world’s most impressive libraries. The newly designed Qatar National Library has a large collection of over 1 million books and has state-of-the-art study rooms and facilities. There is a historical archive. The website is regularly updated with special events and workshops.

Qatar Museums

Qatar Museums run a number of programmes for adult learning, with regular workshops, lectures and special events. The Museum of Islamic Art also has a unique library for your own research purposes. Details are available on their website

 Useful links:

Qatar University
Carnegie Mellon University Qatar
Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
Qatar Foundation
EdArabia University Rankings
Hukoomi - Education in Qatar

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