The College of the North Atlantic in Qatar (CNA-Q) is a
technical college near Education City in Doha, Qatar. Begun
in 2001 through a deal signed between the College of the
North Atlantic in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada and the
Qatari Government, the CNA-Q is designed to educate future
generations of Qataris after Qatari State Secondary
What programs of study are offered?
CNA-Q offers programs in health sciences, business,
engineering, information technology, security, and technical
preparatory studies. All courses are taught according to the
Canadian curriculum and in the English language.
Consequently, half the staff at CNA-Q is dedicated to
teaching the English language as a consequence. Healthcare
programs offered include: Dental Assistant, Emergency
Medical Science, Food Safety and Inspection, Occupational
Health and Safety, Public Health, Medical Radiography
Technology, Pharmacy Technician, Pre-Nursing, and
Are programs the same length as in North America?
The curriculum is based on the Canadian community college
model, which dictates two-year programs. However, due to the
need for additional English courses, CNA-Q students
generally take three to four years to complete their degree.
Where are CNA-Q students from?
Approximately 80% of CNA-Q students are citizens or
permanent residents of Qatar. The remaining 20% generally
come from neighbouring Middle Eastern countries, such as
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Where is CNA-Q faculty from?
The CNA-Q recruits their faculty primarily from Canada.
However, native Qataris are hired as TAs or classroom
What are the minimum requirements for admission?
Most programs at the CNA-Q prefer one English credit, one
Academic or Advanced Mathematics credit, and two Science
credits. All these credits must be obtained from a Qatari
State Secondary School and must be a passing grade. If these
requirements are preventing a Qatari from admittance, Qatari
nationals are allowed to take catch-up courses or they can
apply as a mature student, where the requirements are
Once completed, can CNA-Q students work/study in North America?
The curriculum at CNA-Q is the same as the curriculum at its
Canadian counterparts. Therefore, CNA-Q graduates are
groomed to write the Canadian licensing exams. Furthermore,
after graduation, CNA-Q students are encouraged to apply to
specific universities in the UK and Canada. Even if the
student becomes licensed in, e.g., Canada, if the student is
not a citizen of the country in question, or a landed
immigrant in the country in question, a visa would be
necessary to work.
If accepted to a program at CNA-Q, where do students gain their work experience?
All students in their final year at college must pass a
specialized course, which aims to integrate the students'
academic studies with practical work experience. Students
find work placements within Qatar with the help of a Work
Term Coordinator from the college.
When each year do the programs start?
There are three semesters available at CNA-Q: the first
semester begins in the fall; the second begins in the
winter; and the third begins in the spring. The months of
July and August are reserved for vacation.
What are the annual tuition costs?
One full academic year at CNA-Q, composed of two semesters,
costs QR20,000 or US$5,492.
Is there financial aid for students?
Most Qatari students are employees of the Qatari State or a
Qatari corporation and are paid to attend CNA-Q. Qataris are
also eligible for various scholarships. Non-Qataris are
generally required to pay their own way, unless sponsored
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, on or off campus?
The campus has residences, which can each house 170
students. Male and female students have access to segregated
cafeterias, student lounges, and recreational areas. Common
areas include public lobbies, cafes, libraries, classrooms,
laboratories, and courtyards.
How does a CNA-Q-hopeful apply?
Hopeful applicants must complete an online application form
and include their official Secondary School transcript,
photocopies of their passport, a copy of their Qatari
National Identification Card, and an application processing
fee of QR100 (US$27.46).
International students must obtain a Residency Permit ID
Number in order to apply to CNA-Q. To obtain the number,
they must send a Qatar-approved transcript and letter of
permission to the Qatar Ministry of the Interior. They are
then required to sit English and Math placement tests.