FAQ: Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Located in Education City, Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFSQ) is a premier academic institution meant to prepare students for an international career. The programs are tailored to fit the needs and interests of the student. Upon graduating, SFSQ students enter the international arena of Middle Eastern business, economics and politics.

What programs of study are offered at SFSQ?

SFSQ offers a four-year Liberal Arts program, which yields a BSc in Foreign Service Degree (BSFS). The program consists of two parts: for the first two years, students take a broad range of core subjects designed to help them identify their interests; at the end of their second year, students choose to major in International politics, Culture and Politics, or International Economics. The students can also earn certificates in American or Arab studies in addition to their degrees.

How long is the program?

Four years is the normal duration of the SFSQ undergraduate Arts & Science degree program.

Where are SFSQ faculty members from?

SFSQ faculty members are recruited from all around the world. Where they come from depends on which course is being taught.

Will my degree read "Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar" or"Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service"?

The degree obtained from SFSQ will read Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

What are the requirements for admission to SFSQ?

If English is not your mother tongue, you must sit a standardized English language test. Furthermore, it is recommended you score 600 or higher on each section of your SATs, particularly in the English and Math sections.

When each year does the program start?

SFSQ's academic year is the same as the American school year (September to December; January-April).

What are the annual tuition costs for international students?

Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is US$42,920. The tuition increases every year by 6%.

Is there financial aid for international students?

There are many opportunities for financial aid at SFSQ. According to their website, most students who attend SFSQ are on some form of financial aid. The Qatar Foundation, whose loans can cover over half a student's tuition cost, is the most popular source of aid.

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?

For US$5,000, students rent shared, furnished, gender segregated apartments in the Education City district of Doha, near the SFSQ campus. Food is also provided in this package.

How do I apply?

Apply online at SFSO'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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