Study in Qatar: Tuition Fees, Cost of Living, Tuition, Requirements

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Before you go to study abroad in Qatar, you should equip yourself with every relevant information. Information like tuition fees, cost of living, and admission requirements for your intended program.

As you’ve decided to study in Qatar in 2021, let’s show you how much tuition fees you should budget, as well as the cost of living in Qatar.


About Studying in Qatar

Qatar is a sovereign state located in the western part of Asia. It shares a border with Saudi Arabia and is also surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, an extension of the Indian Ocean also known as the Persian Gulf. Despite being a small country, as it takes the 38th seat in the list of the world’s smallest countries with its size beginning from 11,586km2.

Qatar is seen to be home to a lot of people and a place visited by both tourists, migrants, and students. As of the beginning of the year 2021, Qatar’s total population over 2.5 million: over 310,000 Qatari citizens and over 2.2 million expatriates these statistics reveal Qatar possesses a rich and well-accommodating culture.

Why you need to study in Qatar

Qatar has so much developed itself in the educational aspect that it has achieved the ability to train its own elites. It has every level of education, from elementary to tertiary level and it has one of the best global educational course. Many International schools have spread their tentacles in Qatar which has also helped in the educational sector of the country.

Education plays a vital role in Qatar’s development programs as the government has been quick to realize the importance of improving the educational infrastructures, and the enormous resources of the oil boom have provided the means to do so. With this great transformation in the educational system.

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Qatar has become the number one destination for a student ready to further their education through to the tertiary level. Qatar built an Education city for itself, a campus comprising of many local branches of colleges and universities. Many students choose to study in Qatar because of its high standard of education and its affordable tuition fees.

In this article, we shall be looking at the Cost of Studying in Qatar, Living Costs, Tuition Fees for Study in Qatar.

Cost of Studying in Qatar

The cost of tuition fees depends on each individual institution. Both locals and international students pay the same fees, with the full price of about 72,100 QR per semester which is approximately US$19,800.

Some universities charge fees based on ‘credit hour’, and having around 12 credit hours each semester. For instance, Qatar University, undergraduate program cost 1000 QR which is equivalent to $365.00 per credit hour. Scholarship opportunities are offered to some selected applicants from outside Qatar to pursue undergraduate programs.

These applicants may be nominated by their embassies or can apply directly to the university.

Costs of Living

The cost of living in Qatar can be ridiculously high, aside from some known benefits, the cost of living in Qatar is very high. Qatar imports most of its food items so, for the availability of varieties of brands for expatriates, they will be exceptionally expensive than local equivalents.

Admission Requirement

Admission requirements vary based on the university requirement and also the type of application (new, transfer, visiting or non-degree applicants). Applicants who are applying to Qatar University as an undergraduate are required to go through the following steps to secure their admission:

  1. Complete online application
  2. Final, official and certified high school transcript
  3. Health Certificate issued inside Qatar (International students please refer to International Students Website)
  4. A duplicate copy of the applicant’s Qatar ID card (Non-Qatari applicants must also provide a copy of their passport; international students please refer to the International Students website)
  5. Two (2) recent identical passport size photographs(size 4 x 6 cm) with white background
  6. Applicants’ official test reports to Colleges that require Foundation Program( if available) to be submitted to the Foundation Program Testing Center in order to be exempted from the Foundation Program.
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For Masters degree applicants, a good bachelor’s degree certificate is important, and for PhD, a good Masters degree result.


Language requirement

Arabic & English

Arabic is the mother tongue and the official language of the Qataris but in a country where expatriate outnumbers local Arabs nearly 10 to 1, you’re more likely to hear the sounds of English banter on the Corniche than Arabic.

English is widely used in Qatar and this can be attributed to the fact that Qatar was once a British protectorate. The government has ranked it as the second dialect after Arabic. This is due to the fact that the country has guest workers from other countries therefore; English allows both the locals and the workers to communicate. It is, however, important to know a few words of any dialects used in the country as they are helpful. Learning a few Arabic words will make your hosts and some of the native you relate with you, feel appreciative and accept you as one of them.

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Intake Periods/Deadlines

Mid-March to April: International students online applications begins.

May/June: All external ACT, IELTS, SAT test scores and Academic Bridge transfer documents to be submitted to Foundation Program by new international students, Admission decisions are announced on International (ONLY) applicants’ web application accounts.

September: International Students arrival to Doha.

Undergraduate admission is open and it started on 3 March and ends 11 June 2021.

Application Deadline

Summer 2021 Semester

Admissions Timeline for Visiting Students

CCQ Cross Registration Timeline

Fall 2021 Semester

Admission Timeline

Early Conditional Admission

Re-admission Timeline

CCQ Cross Registration

Universities in Qatar

There are many notable universities in Qatar, that is highly respected and reputable for good quality education. Among them are;

Qatar University situated in Qatar and Hamad bin Khalifa University is the two national universities available in the country.

Foreign universities include;

  1. Carnegie Mellon University
  2. HEC Paris located in Qatar, this is an international business management school.
  3. Northwestern University
  4. Texas A&M University
  5. The University of Calgary located
  6. University College London
  7. University of Calgary
  8. Stenden University

Climate in Qatar

The weather condition in Qatar is hot, hot temperature throughout the year, arid climate condition and little rainfall. The summer months are between June and September. Qatar is popular for sandstorms which usually occurs between March and August.

Additionally, living in Qatar is generally conducive coupled with good health facilities, good water system for cooking, drinking, washing and many other uses and are safe for the health.

There are also well-equipped medical facilities in the country for students, both internationals and locals.


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