Georgetown University Commences The Third Pre-college Summer Program

Jul 9, 2012

Serving as a springboard to kick start their higher education journey, the third annual Georgetown Pre-College Summer (GPS) Program of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) is now underway for university-bound students.

The three-week program, running until July 19, is geared to give students the opportunity to prepare for university success, experience life as a university student and explore topics with professors on a world-class campus.

“This year, we have about 40 students who we will challenge with preparations in English; specifically in writing, Math; especially its use in Economics, and SAT; offered by Kaplan™ instructors. Additional workshop sessions feature important insight into university life including stress and time management, note taking and more,” said Kevin Gomes, program coordinator for GPS.

“We focus more on 11th and 12th grade students, but are open to anyone in high school or those just finishing high school. The GPS Program definitely sees diverse participants, not exclusively students who are university ready,” added Gomes.

SFS-Q’s Pre-College Summer Program scouts students throughout the year through websites, contacts with school counselors, admission trips, open houses and events such as its highly-successful Model United Nations Conference.

“GPS has a three-fold goal. First, we are making sure that Qatar’s secondary education community is informed of our expectation for admissions into Georgetown University. Second, we also want to make sure we are giving the participants a firsthand look at what our international affairs curriculum is about,” explained Gomes.

“The third part for us is getting to meet high school students from around the area and getting a better sense of who they are, where they are starting from, and what to expect from them to do better and to offer assistance,” added Gomes.

As a testament to the impact of the Program, Gomes recalled a former participant who is now a peer tutor at SFS-Q and a rising sophomore, after first touching grounds at GPS two years ago.

“Although completing the GPS Program does not guarantee admission into Georgetown, SFS-Qatar has accepted quite a few past GPS students, and so far, they have done well here,” Gomes said.

About Georgetown University in Qatar

Established in 1789 in Washington, DC, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), founded in 2005 in partnership with Qatar Foundation, seeks to build upon the world-class reputation of the university through education, research, and service. Inspired by the university’s mission of promoting intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding, GU-Q aims to advance knowledge and provide students and the community with a holistic educational experience that produces global citizens committed to the service of humankind.

Located in Doha’s Education City, GU-Q offers the same internationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree as Georgetown’s Capitol Campus in Washington, DC. This unique, interdisciplinary program prepares students to tackle the most important and pressing global issues by helping them develop critical thinking, analytic, and communication skills within an international context. GU-Q alumni work in leading local and international organizations across industries ranging from finance to energy, education, and media. The Qatar campus also serves as a residency and delivery location for the Executive Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management along with the Executive Master’s in Leadership.

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