Experiential Learning

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

  1. International Negotiation and Crisis Simulation
  2. Study Abroad
  3. Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace
  4. Academic Internships
  5. Model United Nations
  6. Community Engagement
  7. Hoya Leadership Pathway

International Negotiation Crisis Simulation (both non-credit, and one-credit academic credit option IPOL 354-70 International Negotiation Lab)

Crisis Simulation

Practicing Diplomacy through Simulations in International Negotiation and Decision-Making

The International Negotiation Simulation Exercise in conjunction with Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) and SFS-Qatar, trains students at campuses in Washington, D.C. 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. The simulation exercises are hypothetical situations based on a current international problem, and participants gain experience in high-level diplomatic negotiations between key players. Students are assigned to teams and special guests and faculty mentors lead the exercise. Participants carefully read a background paper and scenario, and then absorb short “confidential” negotiating instructions. The learning objectives are to understand different perspectives, motivations and challenges in grappling with foreign policy issues.

IPOL 354-70 International Negotiation Lab (1 credit)
As of 2017, students have the option to earn academic credit for both this one-day exercise and additional academic components connected to the negotiation lab. This experiential learning simulation is usually offered in the fall semester. The class is graded pass / fail and appears on the Georgetown transcript. This course is designed to engage students in the study of diplomacy and negotiation using theory and practice.

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Study Abroad (academic credit)

Georgetown Students
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 SFS-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. Georgetown students can study abroad in Washington, D.C. or at one of the 100+ programs around the world in the the summer after the first year of studies, or in the junior year for a semester or entire academic year.  
Non-Georgetown students
Georgetown welcomes study abroad students to the Qatar campus from universities around the world in the summer or during the academic year.

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Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace (three-credit course, INAF 299)

This is a co-curricular academic-credit program offered in the spring semester that focuses on conflict management, conflict resolution, and on the processes that underlie both. Students apply to the program, and if selected, they register for a three-credit class in the spring semester and travel to the site of a previous conflict studied in the class, meeting actors on both sides of the conflict.  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)

Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar partners with organizations in Doha to provide academic internship programs for our students. These internships offer academic oversight and one academic credit, which differentiates them from a regular internship experience.  The aims behind these internships and the one-credit course components are to:

  • Provide professional mentorship and oversight of the internship experience,
  • Connect the experiential learning process (internship) to the curriculum while giving students substantive professional experience, and
  • Provide a students space for structured reflection and narrative development, which they can use to more critically focus their studies and professional goals.

Current partners include Brookings Doha Center, United States Embassy in Doha, Qatar, Blue Rubicon, Teach for Qatar, and Qatar Foundation (QF) Headquarters and Qatar Foundation's Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC).

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Model United Nations

MUN

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar's annual Model United Nations (MUN) conference 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. The MUN conference is governed by the MUN Student Board. Each year we welcome over 350 students from schools around the world to Doha for four days of MUN committee sessions and cultural experiences. Interested schools may apply to bring a team of 6 student delegates to the conference.

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Community Engagement

Service Learning

Service Learning merges academic learning with the needs of the broader community, with the aim of instilling participant with a sense of the rights and responsibilities of national and global citizenship. In the spirit of Georgetown’s Jesuit values, especially Contemplation in Action, service learning emphasizes critical reflection through personal, experience-based and analytical writing and discussion. Moreover, it helps students develop an understanding of the world as an interdependent system and increases global awareness and concern.

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Hoya Leadership Pathway

Hoya Leadership Pathway is a new co-curricular framework that encourages and recognizes student engagement and leadership.  

  • The Pathway focuses on students’ experiential learning through their participation in various Georgetown and community programs and activities.
  • Through engagement and reflection, students will be able to articulate the leadership competencies they have learned. 
  • Students can reach Copper, Bronze, Silver or Gold level throughout their years at Georgetown. 
  • The program is designed for students to build upon their experiences and skills to achieve ascending levels over multiple semesters.

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