Established in 2007, the University of Calgary - Qatar (UCQ)
is the Middle Eastern extension of the University of Calgary
in Canada. The academic institution's aim is to prepare
young Qataris for a career in nursing, or to advance their
existing nursing career. The UCQ campus is located in Doha,
What programs of study are offered at UCQ?
UCQ offers two programs: a Bachelor's in Nursing program,
and a Post-RN diploma program. Both these programs are
modeled after similar programs offered at the University of
Calgary's Canadian campus.
Are the programs the same length as similar programs in the United States or Canada?
The length of the programs depends on where the student
begins in the program. Students with a prior background in
nursing may be advanced faster than those without. A
student's command of the English language is also a
determining factor in how long their program is, since
courses are taught in English.
Where are UCQ students from?
Qataris make up the bulk of the student population since
they are given priority during the admission process.
Furthermore, UCQ does not have the power to issue student
visas. Therefore unless a prospective student can acquire a
Residency Permit through a relative, they may not attend
Where are UCQ faculty members from?
The UCQ faculty is composed of Canadian graduates of PhD and
Master's programs. As a result, the Canadian Association of
Schools of Nursing (CASN) accredits UCQ.
What are the requirements to enter the UCQ programs?
For the UCQ Nursing Program, applicants need to have
graduated from a Canadian-approved secondary school program
or completed the College of the North Atlantic Qatar Pre-
Nursing Program. There are exceptions made for those who
hold nursing degrees not recognized by the CASN if they take
a placement test. All applicants must take a standardized
English language test prior to applying. All applicants must
be a Qatari citizen or hold a Qatari Resident's Permit.
The requirements for the Post-Diploma Program are the same
as the Nursing Program, except that they must hold either a
Nursing diploma from a Higher Institute of Nursing in Qatar
or a Nursing diploma from an accredited institution in
Where will I do my clinical training?
During nursing school, clinical rotations will be at
hospitals in Qatar.
When each year do the programs start?
The UCQ school year is broken up into three semesters: the
first semester runs from September till December; the second
semester runs from January to April; and the third semester
runs from May until the end of June.
What are the annual tuition costs?
Most students attend the fall and winter semesters only. In 2012,
two-semester year, consisting of five credits, costs
Information is subject to change. Always check with the school for the most up-to-date information about requirements, programs, and costs.