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
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
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