Study in Qatar

06 Oct

Choosing to study a under graduate or masters program in Qatar means opting to live and study in one of the world’s richest countries. Despite its tiny size, Qatar is a global player, with hundreds of students and expats flocking to the country each year.

Winning the bid to host the 2022 football World Cup means that Qatar’s exposure will only grow in the future. With flourishing industries in tourism, publishing and engineering, choosing to study a graduate program in Qatar could be a shrewd choice.

Education overview

For a small country, there are a surprising number of universities where you can study a graduate program in Qatar, including two national universities:

Qatar University

Hamad bin Khalifa University

There are also several foreign university campuses where you can study a degree in Qatar at. These include:
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
HEC Paris
Northwestern University in Qatar
Texas A&M University at Qatar
University College London Qatar
University of Calgary Qatar
Most universities in Qatar are based in capital city Doha or at Education City, a purpose built campus located 14sq kilometres outside of Doha.

Most courses in Qatar are taught in English, and you can expect your course to take between 3-5 years to complete.

Immigration and visas in Qatar

If you want to study a graduate program in Qatar, you’ll need to get a student visa. Your visa will be issued by a sponsor – normally your university – and you will need to apply well in advance of entering the country. You will normally need to show the following:

You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
You have paid all relevant visa fees
A medical certificate detailing your health from a licensed practitioner
A covering letter from your sponsor explaining the course

Living in Qatar

Qatar is a rapidly developing country, which welcomes dozens of new expats and international students each day. While still a conservative Muslim country, Qatar is embracing tourism, meaning there are now dedicated bars where you can drink alcohol.

Entertainment tends to focus around eating out, but Qatar is also home to some natural beauty. And, if you want to get away from everything, there is always the desert and its beautiful night sky.

Working in Qatar

Qatar is the richest country in the world. Its economy is focused around the export of oil, but it also huge reserves of natural gas, making it a natural fit for engineering students looking to work abroad.

The country’s economy is only set to grow in the future, with tourism a major growth sector, especially with the 2022 football World Cup on the horizon. However, international students studying graduate programs will need to look for work after the end of their degrees – your student visa forbids you from working in Qatar.


The easiest way of settling into life on a graduate program in Qatar is to live in university provided accommodation. International students in Qatar will live in single sex dormitories, but will normally have their own room, with shared kitchen, bathroom and living facilities.

However, it is also possible to look for private accommodation. It is probably easier to do this once you have been in the country for a few months, but if you want to go private straight away, you should contact your university for advice.

Rent per month:

One bedroom apartment (city centre) – 6,950QR (USD$1,900)
One bedroom apartment (outside city centre) – 5,000QR (USD$1,380)
Three bedroom apartment (city centre) –14,000QR (USD$3,800)
Three bedroom apartment (outside city centre) –9,670QR (USD$2,650)

Climate in Qatar

Qatar has a hot, arid climate with little rainfall and hot temperatures all year round. The main summer months run between June and September, when temperatures can regularly get above 40C.

Qatar is known for its sandstorms, which are most common between March and August.


A nationalised service known as “Karwa” is the basis of Qatari public transport, offering more than 3,000 taxis and buses on 35 routes in capital Doha.

Although there is currently no rail system in the country, plans are in place to build both a metro system and long distance railways in time for the 2022 football World Cup.

Qatar’s national airport is known as Doha International Airport.


The currency of Qatar is the Qatari riyal.

What to do next

If you’re interested in studying a graduate program in Qatar, sign up for our Free Application Service and we’ll be in touch shortly with more options. If you’d like to consider other countries to study in, visit our destination & visa guidelines section for more information on studying abroad.