New Students Information

Welcome Class of 2024! 

We are excited to have you join our community, and this New Student webpage highlights key information and university requirements. Just follow the directions below to ensure your smooth transition to Georgetown University in Qatar. 

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Health & Wellness

New Student Orientation (NSO) and Convocation (Mandatory)

International Students

Academic related information

Academic Resources

Useful Information

Want to know more? Click here for more about GU-Q academics, activities, and general student life.


Submit Enrollment Deposit

Submit your enrollment deposit by May 31, 2020 to reserve your place in the incoming Fall 2020 Class.

For questions, please contact The Office of Admissions.

How to activate your NetID

After you have submitted a deposit to secure your place in the incoming class, you will receive a letter from the Office of Admissions with information about your NetID, along with a temporary password. This step is very important to access all services.

Determine what your password will be. For tips on password creation go to:

Once you have a secure password in mind, enroll in the Georgetown NetID Management System at You will configure security questions to help change your password if you forget it later on.Activate your NetID

Having trouble?  NetIDs must be activated within 72 hours of your enrollment.  Don’t worry, you can submit a Net ID Password Reset Form.

NetID Password Reset

How to activate your Georgetown email account

As soon as you activate your NetID, you will be able to start using your Georgetown email account. In order to access your email go to

Official University messages are sent only to your Georgetown email address. For information about using your email account, please go to

Academic Transcript

Given our current operating status, the Office of Admissions will receive all transcripts electronically:

  • Transcripts received directly from your school/counselor via email or online from the examination board (IB, Cambridge, EdExcel, College Board… etc) will be considered official.
  • Transcripts submitted by students (electronically) will be considered unofficial and will require that you bring the official transcript with you to campus.

Georgetown University in Qatar building is currently closed to most staff. Submitting hard copy transcripts via mail or courier may result in significant delays. If you are unable to submit documents electronically, or have any questions or concerns regarding your high school transcripts, please contact the Office of Admissions.

If you have completed an advanced credit program, such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or British A/AS-Levels, you might be eligible for university credits that will impact your fall class schedule. Report your scores to GU-Q Academics as soon as they are available. Unofficial scores can be reported as long as you follow up with the official scores when they are available.

If you are a transfer student, you must provide an official copy of your final academic transcripts from previous academic institutions, as well as course syllabi, in order to evaluate the courses for transfer. It is important to receive transcripts early, as these can affect fall class registrations.Transcripts and syllabi can be submitted by email to GU-Q Advising.

Student ID Card Request

You are required to submit a digital passport size photo for your student ID card.  Your ID card will allow you to have access to the Georgetown building, as well as, access a variety of functions such as the student lounge, library and transportation services.  Failure to provide a photo will delay the issuance of your card and may prevent you from accessing the Georgetown building and other university services.

Your photo needs to be in color, on a solid background and facing the camera. Photos with hats, sunglasses, as well as partial photos will be rejected.

► Please upload your digital photo via your Application Status Page

How to Apply for Housing

This is a 2-step process. First, Georgetown needs to verify that you are a student. Once this is done, students will shortly receive an email from StarRez. You should respond to the instructions sent by the StarRez system.

Information for students who apply for housing will automatically be provided to QF Housing and Residence Life (HRL). HRL will then send information to your Georgetown email with instructions for completing your housing application through their StarRez system.

Students who already live in Qatar are also eligible to apply for housing.

Housing Application

Step 1: Please click on this Link in order to start the application process for QF Residence Halls. 

Step 2: Look for an email from Qatar Foundation / StarRez and follow the instructions.

Expected Assignment Timeline:  In early July, Qatar Foundation will email applicants a link to the StarRez system.  You must follow the instructions emailed to you in order to reserve a space. Note that you will not hear back from QF Housing Residence Life (HRL) about your room assignment until the end of July.

QF Student Housing Dates

Students can check into QF Student Housing as early as August 7, 2020

For more information on Housing and Resident Life, click here.

For any questions related to QF Student Housing, please contact them at

Qatar ID

If you are a resident and have a Qatar ID, a copy must be submitted via your Application Status Page.  If you are applying from outside Qatar and already have a Qatar ID, or have an old ID, please submit a copy.

Required Immunizations

All students are required, at the time of registration, to provide documentation of vaccination or immunity from Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Meningitis. In addition, all students are required to have documentation of a Tuberculosis (TB) skin test in the last year and submit the Immunization and Tuberculosis Screening Certificate upon admission.

If you choose to waive the Meningitis vaccination, you should read the Meningitis Fact Sheet and complete and sign the Meningitis Vaccine Waiver.

The Immunization and Tuberculosis Screening Certificate and Meningitis Vaccine Waiver (optional) must be completed by a health care physician.  This process can take several weeks to complete.  You will need to plan ahead to meet the deadline and avoid registration delays. ► Please upload your completed immunization documents via your Application Status Page. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL YOUR COMPLETED FORM OR IMMUNIZATION DOCUMENTS TO US. 

Deadline to submit your required immunizations is JULY 15, 2020.

For more information on required immunizations, click here

For inquiries, contact the Student Wellness & Counseling Center.

Health Insurance

All enrolled international and local expatriate students residing in Qatar are required to carry a supplementary private health insurance; therefore, GU-Q has negotiated a comprehensive medical and travel policy designed specifically for GU-Q students.

All international and local expatriate students will be automatically enrolled and charged a premium fee for this insurance on their student billing accounts, unless they decline the coverage and provide documentation of adequate insurance coverage under another private policy.

If you have coverage by another private insurance that remains in effect throughout the academic year, and you wish to decline the student health insurance arranged by GU-Q, you must complete the Insurance Waiver Form and provide a copy of the front and back of your current private health insurance card. ► If you are eligible to opt out of enrollment in GU-Q insurance plan, please upload your completed Insurance Waiver Form along with a copy of the front and back of your current private health insurance card via your Application Status Page, should you choose to waive.

Students are responsible for understanding their insurance coverage and benefits and must carefully read the enrollment and benefit details, including the inclusions, exclusions, and limitations of their coverage.

Deadline to waive out of student insurance is JULY 1, 2020.

For more information on Student Health Insurance and Medical and Travel Insurance Policy, click here.

For inquiries, contact the Student Wellness & Counseling Center.

Emergency Contact Information

You need to provide the following two pieces of information by logging into before you arrive. You will need your Net ID and password.

  • Emergency contact information (Next of Kin tab). Please provide a name, relationship, address and mobile number for the person you want us to call in case of an emergency. You may add more than one person.
  • Your mobile number (Addresses and Phone tab). We use your mobile number to reach you by SMS only when needed.  For those who are coming from abroad, you can change the mobile/cell phone number later, once you get a Qatar SIM card. Use the format 974######## when entering your number.

New Student Orientation (NSO) and Convocation

Your New Student Orientation (NSO) begins on Sunday, August 16 and ends on Thursday, August 20, 2020. It is mandatory for all incoming students to attend their NSO.  On the first day, you will take a placement examination in English, Arabic, and/or French to be placed in the right class.  Additionally, you will meet your Academic Dean, learn about your academic expectations and co-curricular activities, and get to know your fellow classmates.  All first-year students will receive their class schedule at individual meetings with their Academic Dean during NSO.

New Student Convocation will be the evening of Thursday, August 27, 2020 and is mandatory for all new students.  The dress code is business or traditional attire.  Please be respectful of cultural norms.  We encourage parents and family members to come and celebrate the beginning of your Georgetown career.  A light reception will follow the ceremony giving families the opportunity to meet Georgetown faculty and staff.

Qatar Entry Visa and Residency Permit (RP)

If you do not have a Qatari ID or residency permit, GU-Q will process a student entry visa for you and email it to you. You cannot enter Qatar on a visitor visa in order to study, and the only required document for GU-Q to begin the process is a valid passport.

The visa will be emailed to you by GU-Q around late July.  Print it and take it with you to the airport (an electronic copy will not suffice). It may be necessary to present a copy at passport control. Additionally, we require all international students to upload their flight itineraries via your Application Status Page in order to issue an OK to board on your flight.

After you arrive in Qatar, we will begin the process of obtaining a residency permit (RP).  The RP allows you to stay in Qatar for more than 30 days and facilitates other processes, such as getting a national health card, a driver’s license, etc.  At New Student Orientation (NSO), GU-Q will collect your passport temporarily and turn it in to Qatar’s immigration department. The process of getting a residency permit takes approximately 4-6 weeks, and you can help by making sure we have an electronic passport size photo of you and a document showing your blood type.  Not having these items will delay the process.  You will not be able to leave Qatar until your RP process is complete, unless there is an emergency.  Please do not plan to travel for at least one month after your arrival.

► Please upload a passport size photo and blood type document via your Application Status Page.

To study and reside in Qatar, immigration laws require that individuals seeking residency be screened and test negative for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Tuberculosis. The issuance of the residency permit is contingent on passing the medical clearance process. We strongly recommend having these tests done in your home country prior to your arrival to Qatar. Positive findings may result in immediate repatriation from the country.

For more useful information for international students, click here.

For questions please contact The Office of Student Life.

Getting a SIM Card

It is easy to buy a SIM card with a Qatar number in Doha. You can add time by buying ‘top-up’ cards to get a monthly plan.  The two main vendors are Ooredoo and Vodafone.  Please review their Qatar websites before your arrival so you can get connected quickly. Both Ooredoo and Vodafone have dedicated kiosks in the Arrivals Hall at Hamad International Airport and in major shopping malls.

Transportation (Airport ⇒QF Student Housing)

GU-Q will assist international students with transportation from the airport if you provide your arrival information. For this reason, it is imperative that you keep all contact information up-to-date and inform us of any changes to your flight.

► All international students must fill out the Transportation Request Form and upload your flight itinerary to your Application Status Page.

Note: If you request assistance, instructions will be emailed to you at a later time.

Please note the following:

  • GU-Q assist with transportation for students only. If you are traveling with parents/siblings/companions, they will have to arrange their own transportation.
  • We will only be providing transportation from the airport to QF Student Housing.  If you plan to stay anywhere else besides QF Student Housing, you will have to arrange your own transportation. 

Deadline to request transportation is August 1, 2020.

For questions, please contact the Office of Student Life.

Orientation for International Students

GU-Q hosts a  mandatory orientation for international students on Saturday, August 15 2020. During the orientation we will hold interactive information sessions and social activities on academic life, immigration regulations, health care and cultural awareness of living in Qatar. We would require you to be in Qatar by August, 14, 2020.

Overview of the Facilities Available in the Dorm Room and the Recommended Packing List

Image showing the facilities available in the dorm room and the recommended packing list

Degree requirements

Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) Degree Requirements

Your advising dean will explain the degree requirements when you arrive. For more information on the BSFS degree requirements, click here

Core Curriculum – First Two Years

The Core Curriculum (“the Core”) offers students a deep foundation on which their major and elective courses are built while instilling values of citizenship and service. SFS students take the SFS Core (Proseminar, Government, History, Economics, Science and Map of the Modern World) in addition to the University Core requirements (Theology, Philosophy, Writing, HALC and Engaging Diversity). Together these courses give students the knowledge they need to understand and solve problems while maintaining the broad nature of a liberal arts education. For more information about the Core-Curriculum – First Two Years, click here

New Student Pre-Registration

New students at GU-Q must submit fall course requests over the summer by filling in this form. For more information on how to pre-register for courses, click here

Foreign Language Proficiency

In order to earn the BSFS degree, every student in the School of Foreign Service must demonstrate that he or she has the minimum skills necessary to complete academic or professional work in a modern language other than English. For more information about the Foreign Language Proficiency, please click here

Academic Calendar

To view the Academic Calendar of 2020-2021, please click here

Undergraduate Bulletin

To view the Undergraduate Bulletin, please click here