Return to Campus
Stay Safe - Return to Campus
Students - Return to Campus
Faculty - Return to Campus
Employees - Return to Campus

We look forward to welcoming students to campus this semester. However, in line with recent ministry guidance, all classes at GU-Q will be online starting August 22, 2021 with the policy to be revisited September 2, 2021 in accordance with Qatar Ministry guidance.


Important Fall 2021 Dates

New Student Orientation
FY students’ English placement test (depends on NSO schedule)
FY students’ language placement test (depends on NSO schedule)
Sun. Aug. 15 – Thu. Aug 19, 2021
New Student Academic Convocation (first-years)Thu. Aug. 19, 2021
Classes begin. Registration changes accepted – add/drop continuesSun. Aug. 22, 2021
Last day for GU-Q waitlist; Winners may claim a seat until Wednesday, August 25 at 3:45 PM (EST) / 10:45 PM Qatar TimeTue. Aug. 24, 2021
Registration closes at 11:59 PM Qatar time
Last day to drop without the grade of W.
Fri. Aug. 27, 2021
Undergraduate first-year student advisory grades dueMon. Sep. 20, 2021
Fall break begins after the last classThu. Oct. 7, 2021
Mid-term break, no classesSun. Oct. 10, 2021 – Thu. Oct. 14, 2021
Classes resumeSun. Oct. 17, 2021
Registration begins for the following Spring (exact dates TBC)Mon. Nov. 8, 2021
Last day to withdraw from coursesThu. Nov. 18, 2021
Classes endThu. Dec. 2, 2021
Study daysFri. Dec. 3, 2021 – Sat Dec 4, 2021
Exam daysSun. Dec. 5, 2021 – Thu. Dec. 9, 2021
Study dayFri. Dec. 10, 2021
Exam day and end of the semesterSat. Dec. 11, 2021

Click here for the official Academic Calendar

Student FAQs for Return to Campus

What is being done to ensure the safety of the GU-Q community once a return to the building has been authorized?

GU-Q has instituted a number of health and safety measures to minimize the risk of infection, including onsite screening protocols, the mandatory use of face masks (only made-for-purpose, no bandanas, no vents), and strict adherence to physical distancing. Please visit the STAY SAFE page for a detailed listing of these measures.

Have the same measures been adopted by other QF institutions and entities?

We continue to work with QF and the other partner institutions to coordinate physical distancing and safety measures across all spaces on campus.

What will happen if someone in our community tests positive? What if I test positive and can’t attend classes in person? 

We will follow the Ministry of Public Health’s guidance and protocols for handling confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19. This includes procedures for reporting, contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation. If a member of our community suspects that they have COVID-19 symptoms, they should contact the Ministry of Public Health hotline at 16000. In addition, they are urged to contact Malgorzata (Gosia) Ledwon in HR via email at

If I test positive, do I have to pay for my healthcare?

Hamad Medical Corporation is the national healthcare system in Qatar, and provides testing and treatment for COVID-19 free of charge or for a minimal fee for all residents of Qatar including GU-Q students. For more information see the Ministry of Public Health. COVID-19 testing for students is also available at QF Primary Health Care Center. There are some private medical facilities that provide testing and treatment for a fee. Private healthcare for COVID-19 is not covered by student health insurance.

Can I come to in-person classes if I previously tested positive for COVID-19?

Qatari public health authorities will make the determination about when someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 may exit self-isolation. GU-Q will follow this determination.

My family recently returned to Qatar from a trip and are subject to quarantine in accordance with government guidelines. Am I also required to quarantine?

It depends on your personal circumstances and needs to be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Malgorzata (Gosia) Ledwon in HR via email at

Will there be temperature checks, Ehteraz and #CampusClear app checks, and I.D. checks upon entering the building?

Updated access controls for entering the building  include temperature checks, a green verification with a gold border on the Ehteraz contact tracing app, and GUID card checks.  While #CampusClear is no longer required, vaccination is now required unless you have an exemption from HR or Student Development. You must register a temperature of less than 38° C in order to be admitted into the building.

How will GU-Q provide safety for service providers?

The safety measures and PPE (face masks, face shields, etc.) that are in place for faculty, students, and staff, are also available to contractors.

How will students know which classes they can take online, and which will incorporate elements of in-person classes?

The Fall semester will begin online, but classes may shift to hybrid or in person sometime during the semester based on latest developments and ministry guidance.  The first checkpoint for reevaluation of teaching modality will happen around September 2, 2021

What if I still struggle with my classes due to my health condition?

Students who believe they have conditions that impact their academic performance and their wellbeing can learn about Academic Accommodation and contact the Student Wellness & Counseling Center via email at for further advice.

Will professors hold office hours online and/or in person?

Professors will hold office hours online, and there may be some opportunity for in-person office hours. Please check with your instructor.

How will I make appointments to meet with my professors?

Professors will adopt different methods to schedule appointments. Please check with each of your instructors.

Will my advising deans hold office hours online and/or in person?

Most appointments with an advising dean will be held online, though there may be some opportunity for in-person appointments. You can book and select your student appointments on the advising dean’s Google calendar and/or see their scheduled “Zoom walk-in appointments” via their Google calendar link here.

How will I make appointments to meet with my advising deans?

The best way to schedule an appointment with an advising dean is through email. You can also book and select your student appointments on the advising dean’s Google calendar and/or see their scheduled “ zoom walk-in appointments” via their Google calendar link here.

What will be the advising process during add/drop?

We want to ensure there is an easy way for you to contact your deans during the add/drop week. This system is announced closer to the beginning of the semester.

Will the library be open?

Will I still be able to access accommodations, tutoring, and Writing Center services online?

Yes, the Office of Academic Services is dedicated to supporting student success both online and in person, if the situation permits. Please visit the OAS website for more details.

Will we be issued hard copies of books, articles and other materials, or will everything be electronic?

Most course material will be made available in print form.

Will there be any changes to the course schedule?

Classes will take place throughout the day and week, just like any other semester.

Will students be allowed access to campus in the Fall semester?

  • Yes. Students who are vaccinated or have a vaccination exemption are allowed on campus
  • Email with any questions or concerns

To ensure building capacity remains in line with current COVID-19 safety measures and government guidelines, we will continue to monitor building access and the number of people in the building. If building capacity numbers approach established limits, we may revert to the semester pass entry booking system for students. 

Where will students be allowed to park?

Parking is available on site for students this semester.

When is the GU-Q building open?

  • Students who are vaccinated or have an exemption may access the building between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. beginning August 22, 2021.
  • Email with any questions or concerns

The evenings and weekends will be dedicated to cleaning and maintenance works. To ensure the health and safety of the entire community and to minimize the density of people in the building, students should not come to the GU-Q building outside of the listed business hours.

Will the campus gym be accessible?

The gym will remain closed. We will reassess gym access and announce changes as appropriate.

Will drop-off be allowed at the VIP entrance?

Yes, drop-off at the VIP entrance will be available to students. Building hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and entry will be limited to the VIP entrance, Car Park 1 (underground), the Main Entrance (Library), and the loading dock during these times.

Will the QF shuttle service be operational?

Please visit the transportation page for availability and the map and schedule of the QF Student Shuttle.

Will the student lounge be available?

The Student Lounge is open, however Red Square, gym, and the space in the Women’s Center have been closed until further notice.

What rules will be in place regarding physical distancing measures and will they apply both inside and outside of GU-Q?

When you enter the campus many signs and banners will indicate the distancing rules. Please follow all posted signage for the paths around the building and maintain indicated distances. We are working with QF and the other partner institutions to coordinate physical distancing and safety measures across all spaces on campus. Please visit the STAY SAFE page for more details on health and safety measures.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of an emergency evacuation you should ignore all one-way systems and evacuate using the nearest emergency exit. Please ensure your face mask is on and maintain physical distancing at the assembly points.

What dining options are available in the GU-Q building?

The Global Cafe is open for all members of the community. Cafeteria seating in the Atrium is for vaccinated guests. Single occupancy dining rooms have been allocated for non-vaccinated students. Please follow the signs in the Atrium for the assigned room numbers.

  • Vaccinated members of the community may dine in the following spaces:
    • Atrium seating areas
    • Outdoor seating areas
    • Private offices
  • Non-vaccinated members of the community may dine in the following spaces:
    • Designated dining areas (see below for list of rooms)
    • Outdoor seating areas
    • Private offices

Food delivery is allowed between 12 noon and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. The delivery driver will be directed to the VIP entrance where you should meet them to collect your food. Please visit the STAY SAFE page for more details on dining options.

Will the Student Center be open?

The EC Student Center is currently open, but may close in response to ongoing health conditions. 

Is student housing available for Fall 2021?

EC housing has sufficient capacity for all new and returning international students while still maintaining safe physical distancing requirements. A green verification on the Ehteraz contact tracing app is required for entry. Students should closely monitor messages from Housing staff for updates.

Will visitors be allowed in the dorms?

No, visitors are not allowed in the Residence Halls.

Can I get an extension for submitting my immunization record because of difficulty getting my records or accessing my healthcare provider/clinics?

We understand that it is difficult at the moment to get all of the documentation you need. If you are experiencing this difficulty, please contact the SWCC at

What if I have other private health insurance but still want to get the insurance purchased by GU-Q?

International and expatriate students are automatically enrolled in GU-Q health insurance if they do not have another private insurance. However, they may enroll in the GU-Q insurance policy in addition to their own private insurance if they wish to do so. For more information please see the  Student Health Insurance page  or contact SWCC at

I am an international student. Why am I being enrolled in the GU-Q insurance plan if I am not going to be in Qatar for part or all of a semester due to the pandemic?

The GU-Q insurance policy is based on annual enrollment (August 1 to July 31). All students who are enrolled in the GU-Q insurance policy are able to use their insurance worldwide on a reimbursement basis for conditions that are covered in the policy. For more information visit the  Student Health Insurance page or contact SWCC at

Does GU-Q health insurance cover my medical expenses in my home country?

Yes, students enrolled in the GU-Q health insurance policy are able to use their insurance worldwide on a reimbursement basis for conditions that are covered in the policy. For more information contact SWCC  at Please note that Qatari citizens are not eligible for enrollment in the GU-Q insurance policy. They may purchase their own policy from available insurance companies in Qatar if they wish to do so. See our Student Health Insurance website for more information.

If we are virtual, am I still able to access counseling sessions and the other programming offered by SWCC?

Yes, individual and group counseling, workshops and presentations, and most other SWCC resources will remain available online. Please use the appointment scheduling tool or contact the SWCC at to schedule an appointment with a counselor, or if you have any questions. More information about counseling and other services provided by SWCC is on the Student Wellness & Counseling Center website.

What sorts of extracurricular activities will be available?

Students clubs and organizations seeking to host an event or secure a space for a club meeting should contact Uday Rosario in Student Development for further information. The host must be present for the entire duration of the event and ensure that all participants are wearing masks and maintaining the required physical distance. 

Will student clubs and organizations be allowed to order food on campus?

Yes, ensuring compliance with current health measures.

Will I be able to participate in student employment?

Student employees may work from the building with the consent of their supervisor if they are fully-vaccinated. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students may not work from the building. Please speak with your supervisor for more information. Please remember that to qualify for student employment, the student must be physically present in Qatar during the term of their employment.

Will there be a Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace class and trip in Spring 2022? What about the Community Engagement Program class and trip?

This depends on local and global conditions. We will keep you apprised of any developments.

Will the GU-Q MUN be held in Spring 2022?

Yes, Model United Nations will run this academic year, but conditions will determine whether or not it will be held in person or virtually.

What is GU-Q’s travel policy?

GU-Q has updated its travel policy in line with the Washington, DC campus, permitting essential travel only.  Read the guidelines here.

I am currently outside of Qatar. How do I obtain approval to enter Qatar?

The entry permit depends on how long you have been outside Qatar and whether you have a Qatar ID already. You can print your Exceptional Return Permit at this portal. 

For additional questions, email Angela Marongiu, Office of Student Life, at for instructions regarding your entry permit.

When I arrive in Qatar, will I have to be in quarantine?

Quarantine is no longer necessary for travelers who have received the full course of vaccination from the approved vaccine list, and are travelling from countries described on the Ministry of Public Health Travel and Return Policy

Do I still need an Exceptional Entry Permit or Re-entry Permit? 

Yes, you still need an EEP. Please send Omar Al-Swadi your confirmed flight ticket and he will apply for an entry permit for you. You must log into this portal and print the entry permit. If you have any issues, please email Omar Al-Swadi at for assistance. 

If I am unable for logistical reasons to arrive in Qatar, is it possible for me to come mid-semester?

Yes, you can come after the semester begins, but please notify Angela Marongui, Office of Student Life, at so that you receive the latest information about re-entry permits and quarantine options.

Student Contacts and Resources

The Office of Academic Services (OAS) continues to provide students with high quality support in all contexts whether the university follows an in-person, online, or a hyflex plan. The Writing Center is open for students enrolled in Fall 2021 courses. Appointments will be conducted online, except by special request, and can be made through the WCOnline appointment booking system available on the OAS website. Academic accommodations are in effect for eligible students and arrangements for in-person testing will be available as required.

You can address specific questions or concerns to:

  • OAS Tutoring, Disability Support and Accommodations
    Laura Hiatt – Associate Director of Academic Services
  • Writing Center
    Kerry Sauer – Writing Center Coordinator
  • Economics Support and Specific Courses
    Samreen Khan – Economics Support Coordinator

The staff of the Department of Student Development are all available via email or Zoom. Please reach out anytime to help us ensure that we are meeting your co-curricular needs. Send any Zoom events to by Thursday for publication in the weekly newsletter the following Sunday. Note that during the summer, even though the weekly newsletter isn’t issued, event announcements will continue to be shared with the community as individual emails through

For information on:

  • Student Life & Student Code of Conduct
  • Housing, Immigration, & Emergency Contact Information
    Angela Marongiu
    Student Support Manager
  • Georgetown Leadership Track, Senior Class Committee
    Afsha Kohli
    Associate Director of Operations for Student Development
  • Student Clubs & Activities, GUQConnect Newsletter
    Uday Rosario
    Assistant Director for Student Programs
  • Career Services [Book an appointment here >>]
    Mohammed Shehada
    Associate Director for Student Professional Development
  • Student Employment
    Eman Thowfeek
    Student Development Coordinator

The academic advising and transcription function of the university continues to be available online. Please reach out for any information or assistance.

You are advised that travel is complicated by ongoing travel restrictions both within and outside of Qatar that may jeopardize your ability to return. If you feel there is a compelling reason to travel, please contact us before making any plans, and be sure to consult with your family.

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