Experiential Learning


Experiential Learning

Experiential learning means that we learn through experience — and especially by reflecting on the experience.

Our Philosophy

At Georgetown we believe it is important for students to have the opportunity apply the ideas and theories that they learn in their classes to real-world situations and to actively reflect on that experience as part of the learning process. To that end, students are offered several co-curricular opportunities, both with and without academic credit, to complement and enhance their learning.

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International Negotiation and Crisis Simulation

The International Negotiation Simulation Exercise in conjunction with Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) and GU-Q, trains students at campuses in Washington, DC and Doha in negotiations, decision-making and crisis management. This one-day simulation offers students the hands-on opportunity to practice diplomacy through complex international negotiations and real time crisis decision making activities.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

All GU-Q students are encouraged to study abroad at some point during their academic career. In so doing, they are exposed to new ideas and perspectives, as well as to peoples, cultures, and values that are different from their own. Given GU-Q’s curricular focus on international affairs, we believe that such experiences are a valuable component of the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree.

Experiential Learning

Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace

This is an academic-credit course with a trip component offered in the spring semester. Zones focuses on conflict management, conflict resolution, and on the processes that underlie both. The aim is to contextualize the theoretical learning done in the classroom — to see the human dimension of the conflict students read about.

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Academic Internships (one-credit course INAF 335)

Gain hands-on experience working with one of our partner organizations in Doha, while getting academic credit and oversight by a relevant faculty member. In an academic internships, students benefit from:

  • Professional mentorship and oversight of the internship experience
  • Connection between the learning process of gaining substantive professional experience and the curriculum
  • Structured reflection and narrative development assignments, which help to critically focus your studies and professional goals

Current partners include Brookings Doha Center, United States Embassy in Doha, Qatar, Teach for Qatar, Qatar Foundation (QF) Headquarters, Qatar Foundation’s Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), and Qatar Reads at Qatar Foundation’s Community Development.

Service Learning

Community Engagement Program

Serve the local and global community through this credit-bearing program that follows intensive classroom learning with a hands-on service experience. Develop an understanding of the world as an interdependent system and increase global awareness and concern through meeting with community members, collaboratively working on a project together, and developing follow-up activities to help sustain the project long term.

Other Experiential Learning Opportunities


Model United Nations

Help to organize and run GU-Q’s annual Model United Nations (MUN) conference by joining the MUN student board. The event is a forum for engaged high school students to debate current global issues and gain insight into the world of international politics and policy-making. Each year we welcome over 350 students from schools in Qatar and around the world to Doha for four days of MUN committee sessions and cultural experiences.

Georgetown Leadership Track

The Georgetown Leadership Track is a four-year program that is designed to channel the leader in you, which is based on the Georgetown values of: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, Contemplation in Action, Academic Excellence, Education the Whole Person, Cura Personalis, Faith and Justice, People for Others, Interreligious Understanding, and Community in Diversity.

  • The Track focuses on students’ leadership development over the four years through Awareness, Self-Management, and Connections
  • Through workshop attendance and active participation on campus, students will advance through the multiple tiers of the program
  • Students must demonstrate learning and advancement at each level, progressing through Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum levels throughout their years at Georgetown

Participate in Global Events With Travel Grants

Conference and Research Grants

Students can apply for funds to subsidize travel and fees to attend conferences around the world that are relevant to their interest. The two categories of grants available are Student Research Grants and Student Conference Grants.

Activity Travel Fund

Students can apply for funding to various conferences, workshops, exhibitions and/or trainings that contribute towards their co-curricular development. The applications are on a rolling basis and very competitive, so it is wise to plan carefully about the event you are planning to attend.