The Weill-Cornell Medical College of Qatar (WCMC-Q) is the
Middle Eastern extension of the Weill-Cornell Medical
College in New York City. The school offers a program
identical to its New York counterpart, but with the added
benefit of being located in Qatar.
What programs of study are offered?
WCMC-Q offers two programs: a two-year Pre-Medical Program,
and a four-year Medical Program. Most WCMC-Q students take
the two programs consecutively, for a total of six years.
Where are the students from?
Since WCMC-Q is a private institution, the college accepts
applicants from all over the world. However, the
requirements are such that those with an American secondary
school education are preferred. Generous funding from the
Qatari government ensures about a quarter of the class are
Where is the faculty from?
The entire teaching staff at WCMC-Q is Cornell University
faculty. All Teaching Assistants are recent graduates of
universities in the United States.
What are the requirements and minimum GPA or MCAT scores?
Due to Qatar's geographical situation, WCMC-Q receives many
applicants from throughout the region. As such, admission to
WCMC-Q's Pre-Medical Program is not based solely on a high
GPA or SAT score. Instead, admission is decided by a series
of personal interviews and references. WCMC-Q believes this
admission system makes room for applicants who may have
lacked access to proper educational resources in their
childhood. That being said, a high GPA or SAT score
The system of admission to WCMC-Q's Medical Program is
similar to that of its Pre-Medical Program, but with the
added requirement of MCAT scores. Although the school does
not publish a specific cut-off score for MCAT results, the
average score of the entering class of 2010 was 34.8.
Will my degree read "Weill-Cornell Medical College of Qatar" or "Weill-Cornell Medical College"?
Since the Medical Program at the Weill-Cornell Medical
College New York City is identical to that of WCMC-Q, the
degree does not include "Qatar" in the title.
Once I receive an MD from WCMC-Q, am I immediately eligible to write the USMLE in the USA or the LMCC in Canada or must my credentials be assessed first?
Since the WCMC-Q degree is classified as "American," you are
eligible to write either the USMLE or LMCC
Where will I do my clinical training?
During medical school, clinical rotations will be at
hospitals in Qatar.
When each year do the programs start?
WCMC-Q's academic year is divided into two semesters: the
first semester begins in early August and runs through to
December; the second semester begins in January and runs
through to May.
What are the annual tuition costs for international students?
Tuition for the 2009-10 school year was US$49,955. For four
years this equates to approximately US$188,000.
International students who are not permanent residents or
citizens of Canada or the United States must pay the full
price of their program up front.
Is there financial aid for international students?
Applicants who are either citizens or permanent residents of
the United States are eligible for financial aid. All
international students are eligible for Qatar Foundation
Financial Aid, which acts as a loan for the duration of
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.
Where do students live? What is student life like?
At WCMC-Q, men and women live in separate dormitories
located close to campus within the Education City area of
Doha. According to WCMC-Q student blogs, students have
access to modern sports facilities where cricket, soccer,
and basketball are played. Off-campus activities include
walking or biking along the Corniche (oceanfront walkways of
Doha), exploring the souqs (traditional open-air markets),
or relaxing with friends at one of the many cafes in Doha.
How do I apply?
The rules for applying to WCMC-Q are the same as applying to
medical school in the United States. First, you apply
directly through the American Medical College Application
Service (AMLAS); second, when asked to do so, you must fill
out a WCMC-Q application; third, you must submit your MCAT
scores; and finally, successful applicants are required to
attend an interview in Doha. For more information, visit
Information is subject to change. Always check with the school for the most up-to-date information about requirements, programs, and costs.