FAQ: Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

Carnegie Mellon University is one of several American universities which was invited by the Qatar Foundation to open a site in the Education City complex in Doha. The university offers several programs, aimed to prepare a student for a bright career in Qatar or abroad.

What are the programs offered?

There are four undergraduate programs: Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computer Science, and Information Systems. In addition, students of Carnegie Mellon Qatar are able to participate in a 'cross-registration program,' which allows them to take courses at other universities within Education City.

Are the programs the same length as in North America?

The programs take four years to complete.

Where are the students from?

The students who attend Carnegie Mellon Qatar come from all parts of the globe.

Where are the faculty members from?

All Carnegie Mellon Qatar faculty members are either from or trained at the Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh campus. Ninety percent of Carnegie Mellon Qatar faculty hold a PhD.

What are the minimum requirements for admission to Carnegie Mellon Qatar?

Applicants to Carnegie Mellon Qatar must sit a standardized English language test, or score higher than 600 in either the reading or writing sections of the SAT examination. As in the United States, the higher your SAT score, the more likely you will be accepted.

Will my diploma read "Carnegie Mellon University" or "Carnegie Mellon Qatar"?

All degrees given to students at the Qatar campus come from the home campus in Pittsburg, PA. The degree or diploma reads "Carnegie Mellon University," not "Carnegie Mellon Qatar." In fact, there is no mention of Qatar anywhere on the diploma or the degree, and the diplomas are made in and shipped from the United States.

When each year does each program start?

The academic year at Carnegie Mellon Qatar is modeled after the North American academic calendar (September-December, January-February).

What is the cost of tuition for one academic year?

The cost of tuition for one academic year is US$43,160.

Is there financial aid for international students?

International students may apply to the Qatar Foundation for loans, which can cover anything from 5% to 100% of tuition (including international student costs). Loans must be paid back when the student graduates. Carnegie Mellon University offers 5-10 academic merit scholarships that cover 50% of tuition.

Is there health insurance for international students?

All residents of Qatar are provided with national health coverage by the State. International students who have received their Residence Permit are eligible to obtain a National Health Card and receive free medical care.

What are the approximate housing costs?

Housing for Carnegie Mellon Qatar students is on-campus and costs US$4,300 per year. The cost rises to US$6,300 if the student requires a meal-plan.

How do I apply?

There is an online application on Carnegie Mellon's website. However, applicants must also provide a personal essay, official academic transcripts pertaining to previous schooling, official SAT or ACT results, a letter of recommendation, and standardized English language test results. For more information, visit Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar's website.


Information is subject to change. Always check with the school for the most up-to-date information about requirements, programs, and costs.

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