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, 633 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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Research Events

Anatol Lieven, Professor of Government at Georgetown University in Qatar, delivered a talk titled “A New Political Strategy to Limit Climate Change.” In this moderated discussion based on his latest book, Climate Change and the Nation State: The Realist Case, Lieven sets out a new political strategy to mobilize support for the effort to limit climate change.

The turbulence of the 2020 U.S. presidential election has pushed American democracy to the brink. In this webinar, GU-Q policy experts explore the future of American politics and what it means for the nation and the world.
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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. 


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.


Faculty Research

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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.