Living in Qatar
Health and Wellness
Georgetown's commitment to educating the whole person extends to providing Health and Wellness services and facilities for personal fitness, athletics, health care and counseling. Recreational facilities can be found at the Qatar Foundation Recreation Center, located on the west side of Education City.
Since its founding in 1919, the School of Foreign Service has attracted students from around the globe. Today, over 130 nationalities are represented in the Georgetown community - and over two dozen alone at SFS-Qatar.
SFS-Qatar is committed to helping international students through the processes of immigration, acculturation, and community-building. For further details, please see our international student page.
If you have any further questions, contact SFSQ Student Affairs.
Student Safety is of the utmost importance to every at SFS-Qatar and Qatar Foundation. There is 24-hour security provided on the Education City campus as well as in each student apartment complex. In addition to these measures, there is an ambulance service located on campus as well as a clinic.
Office of Academic Services
Assistance and tutoring is available for all students at SFS-Qatar through the Office of Academic Services. The OAS staff, which includes students, specializes in helping students with study skills, paper writing, and subject-specific academic assistance.
On Campus Parking Information
Local students may obtain an Education City parking pass from GU's HSSE office.
Email us for details.
Unless given a medical exemption, students may NOT use the faculty/staff parking lot under the Georgetown University building between 6am and 5pm on weekdays during the academic year. Violators will face disciplinary action. Parking in the VIP driveway or parking spaces is prohibited at all times. Shuttles will be available to transport students from designated spots around campus.
During the summer session ONLY, students will be allowed to use the faculty/staff parking lot under the GU building.
Opening a Bank Account
Education City has a branch of Qatar National Bank located at the Recreation Center. To open an account, students can visit any QNB office with the following documents:
- ID Copy (please note: copy should include the front and back sides of the ID)
- Student ID
- Passport Copy
Additionally, students must complete a form provided by QNB that includes information about the account as well as the account-holder's signature. To learn more about student accounts with QNB, please click here.
There are two phone providers, Vodafone and Ooredoo (formerly Q-Tel), that will allow you to get a mobile line (SIM card) while in Qatar. You will find them in any major mall or in Carrefour. Note that in Qatar, sms is cheaper than calling and the person who initiates the call pays for it, but the received doesn’t lose minutes. Hint: You can check your balance with Ooredoo by calling *129#