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City and Academic Overview

Study Abroad in Doha 

API students who choose to study abroad in Doha have the amazing opportunity to live in the Islamic world and learn Arabic language and culture, while taking a variety of courses in English at Qatar University (QU). Founded in 1973 and located near the diplomatic quarter of Doha, Qatar University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the region. QU bears many national, regional, American, Canadian, and other international accreditations, such as an AACSB certified business school and an ABET certified engineering school, and the university is a candidate for accreditation in the U.S. by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The academic philosophy at QU is to preserve the tradition of the Qatari and Arab cultures while offering their 6,000 + students an education with a global perspective. In keeping with regional customs, students are divided on campus into male and female classrooms, and housing is segregated by gender as well. Courses are available in subjects such as agricultural science, business, education, engineering, environmental science, geography, history, law (Western and Sharia), nutrition, pharmacy, sports science, and much more!

Come discover this unique and thriving corner of the Islamic world experience the generosity and hospitality of the Qatari people with API!

City Information

Population: 998,651

Doha is the capital of Qatar, a small peninsular nation about the size of Connecticut, located approximately halfway up the coast on the Arabian (Persian) Gulf. Over 3/4 of Qatar’s population live in Doha or the surrounding communities. The official language of the country is Arabic, though one will find it quite easy to communicate in English as well. Despite being a small nation, Qatar holds the 3rd largest natural gas reserves in the world. Since gaining independence from the U.K. on September 3, 1971, Qatar has diversified its economy in a wide range of fields, becoming one of the fastest-growing economies in the world (it is soon to overtake Switzerland as the richest nation on Earth!). Doha is an increasingly modern and cosmopolitan city, offering excellent entertainment, cultural, and sporting events (it was recently awarded the 2022 World Cup), as well as other exciting activities. Local amenities include a gorgeous waterfront promenade called the Corniche, the Museum of Islamic Art designed by I.M. Pei, the architect who built the Louvre Pyramids, and the Aspire Sports Zone, a multi-use sports facility built for the 2006 Asian Games.

Why Doha?

  • Capital of Qatar
  • Friendly, clean city
  • Qatar named top country in region in Global Peace Index Rating
  • Desert excursions
  • Courses in English
  • Top academic accreditations
  • Many majors available
  • Beautiful waterfront area
  • Museum of Islamic Art
  • Sports capital of Gulf Region
  • Host of 2022 World Cup