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Welcome to Georgetown University in Qatar

Georgetown University in Qatar is focused on providing holistic education through exposure to different faiths, cultures, and beliefs, and through critical engagement with a range of ideas and points of view.


To date, 558 graduates from 52 countries have earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree, and are working in a broad range of fields from politics to finance, arts, education, energy, international consultancy, and more.  With majors in Culture and Politics, International Economics, International History, or International Politics, Georgetown’s holistic liberal arts education engages students in discovering critical and innovative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems alongside a passionate learning community of students, faculty and university leaders. 

True to the spirit of Georgetown, our multidisciplinary study of international affairs focuses on educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures, and beliefs, and through critical engagement with a range of points of view. As a result, the Qatar campus is a vibrant, multinational community of outstanding students, faculty, and staff, dedicated to the best in scholarship, learning, and service.

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Fall 2020: Return to Campus

We look forward to coming together again as a community at Georgetown University in Qatar. Our planning for Fall 2020 is guided by a deep commitment to the health and safety of our community and to the fulfillment of our academic mission. The plans for a gradual, safe return to campus are informed by evidence, and aligned with the State of Qatar, Qatar Foundation (QF), and with Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

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Realize your potential

GU-Q’s diverse student population represents more than 50 different nationalities from five continents. To date, 558 graduates from 52 different countries have earned degrees from our university.

Learn more about the admissions process. 

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Build your own future

Founded in 1919, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (SFS) sought to educate students about global issues and prepare them for a life of service – in business, government, and the humanitarian fields. Continuing (and expanding on) that tradition, the SFS offers students in both Washington, DC, and Doha, Qatar, an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program built on a rigorous liberal arts curriculum.

Students and faculty talk about their personal journeys to Georgetown University in Qatar and share insights from their experiences in Education City.

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Experience something new

GU-Q’s diverse student population enables each student to learn about different countries and experience new cultures and traditions. Both inside and outside the classroom, our students share firsthand accounts of their unique experiences in their home countries.

Create new knowledge.

Scholars at GU-Q demonstrate a sustained commitment to world-class research, education, and public service. Our faculty’s research is recognized both regionally and globally, with a broad range of original research publications and involvement in major international conferences.

This culture of scholarly inquiry also supports the academic excellence of students and has resulted in their participation in international research programs, student-run conferences, and numerous student awards.

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Faculty Research

Participants at an Indian Ocean Working Group

Indian Ocean Working Group (IOWG)

Since 2014, the Indian Ocean Working Group (IOWG) at GU-Qatar has convened researchers from across the world to build collaborative expertise across the boundaries of traditional area studies to remap the Indian Ocean World through historical circularities of people, culture, knowledge, ideas, commodities, technology, architecture, labor, and capital. Since its inception, the Indian Ocean Studies collective has hosted conferences, symposia, and monthly reading group meetings, bringing together scholars from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America as well as Doha-based institutions.

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The Center for International and Regional Studies

The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) is a premier research institute which sponsors major studies of emerging socio-economic and political trends in the Gulf region and funds research initiatives in the areas of international relations, political economy, and domestic politics.

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Building a Legacy: Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022

This CIRS research initiative provides a platform for academic engagement with the tournament. Under the guidance of GU-Q Visiting Associate Professor Danyel Reiche, the initiative examines the implications of staging “the world’s greatest sporting event” on the social, political, and economic development of Qatar as well as on regional and global affairs.



CIRS, Staff

Georgetown Filmmaker at QF Turns Research at CIRS into Art for a Global Audience

In the Sudanese Revolution that began with street protests in late 2018, an iconic image of a Sudanese woman, draped in a traditional thobe, finger raised in defiance, emerged as a symbol of resistance. The photograph went viral, invoking the matriarchal power and influence of a “kandaka,” a powerful Nubian warrior queen of ancient Sudan. The role of a powerful matriarch, a modern day kandaka, is also at the heart…

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Georgetown Student’s Research at QF Finds International Recognition in Top Journal Publication

An ethnographic study of Qatar’s South Asian community conducted by Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) student Irene Promodh has been published by the peer-reviewed Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, marking an impressive scholarly achievement that is usually reserved for graduate students or established scholars. Top tier academic journals have their choice of research from highly qualified researchers, which is what makes Irene’s publishing success so significant, explained Dr. Reza…


Hoyas Create Connections to QF through the Georgetown Leadership Track Program

The Georgetown Leadership Track program at GU-Q, a Qatar Foundation (QF) partner institution, invited juniors and seniors to participate in a session on "Building Connections with Qatar Foundation.”  The session was an important part of the final year of the learning track, which focuses on encouraging students to prepare for life beyond graduation by networking and starting to put into practice the lessons learned over the course of their undergraduate…