New Student Guide

Welcome Class of 2025! 

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. In the summer, new students will receive an invitation to enroll in Hoyas 101, a special orientation program to learn more about life, services and support at Georgetown University in Qatar. 

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Health & Wellness

All about immunization compliance, health insurance, and emergency contact information.

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New Student Orientation (NSO) and Convocation

All about the mandatory New Student Orientation (NSO) and Convocation.

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International Students

All about the immigration process, transportation from the airport, orientation for international students, dorm facilities, and a recommended packing list.

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Academic Related Information

All about degree requirements, core curriculum, pre-registration, foreign language proficiency, academic calendar, and the undergraduate bulletin.

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Academic Resources

All about academic accommodations and academic support services offered.

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Useful Information

All about other useful information regarding IT services, facilities, finances, and student employment.


Start Here!

Submit your enrollment deposit by May 1, 2021 to reserve your place in the incoming Fall 2021 Class.

For questions, please contact The Office of Admissions.

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.

Password management is critical for the security of your work and personal accounts. Check out the updated NetID password standard and videos and other information about how to navigate password security and management!: https://security.georgetown.edu/best-practices/password-management

Please change your temporary password by going to http://password.georgetown.edu/ within the next 48 hours. This site will enable you to securely enroll in Password Station to set responses to security questions, DUO two factor authentication and create a permanent password.

If you have any questions regarding your NetID password, please contact the GU-Q IT User Support at +974 4457 8130 and if you need assistance in resetting the password then please visit https://admissions.qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/register/NewStudentPasswordReset2021.

Your university e-mail address is «NetID»@georgetown.edu. After setting a permanent NetID password, you can log into your Georgetown email at https://apps.georgetown.edu/.

Be sure to check your Georgetown University email account for all official Georgetown correspondence. Official University messages are sent only to your Georgetown email address. For information about using Google Apps, please go to https://uis.georgetown.edu/google-apps/.

Final transcripts must be sent to Georgetown University in Qatar as soon as they become available. Transcripts submitted by students are considered unofficial and will not be accepted. Official transcripts should be received directly from your school/counselor via email or online from the examination board (IB, Cambridge, EdExcel, College Board… etc).

If you 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.

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.

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 12, 2021

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

For any questions related to QF Student Housing, please contact them at studenthousing@qf.org.qa.

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.

Health and Wellness

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 JUNE 15, 2021.

For more information on required immunizations, click here.

For inquiries, contact the Student Wellness & Counseling Center.

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, 2021.

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

For inquiries, contact the Student Wellness & Counseling Center.

You need to provide the following two pieces of information by logging into https://myaccess.georgetown.edu/ 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 Monday, August 16 and ends on Thursday, August 19, 2021. 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 19, 2021 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.

International Students

f 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.

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.

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, 2021.

For questions, please contact the Office of Student Life.

GU-Q hosts a  mandatory orientation for international students on Sunday, August 15 2021. 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, 15, 2021.

Academic Related Information

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

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 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

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

To view the Academic Calendar of 2021-2022, please click here

To view the Undergraduate Bulletin, please click here

Academic Resources

To learn more about academic accommodations, please click here

To learn more about academic support services, please click here

Useful Information

To learn more about IT services, please click here

To learn more about facilities, please click here

To learn more about finances, please click here

To learn more about student employment, please click here