About Northwestern University in Qatar

Northwestern University in Qatar, founded in 2008, offers undergraduate degrees in journalism and communication. Ranked in the top 25 universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and #12 in the United States by US News and World Report, Northwestern is one of the best universities in Qatar. Its partnership with Qatar Foundation in Education City illustrates the nation’s commitment to offering students high caliber education as well as an internationally renowned degree, which is identical to that at our home campus in Evanston, Illinois, USA.


A World-Class US University


High-quality, well-delivered information is a basic expectation in college, but an excellent university also anticipates the need for students to develop their individual strengths, promoting confidence as well as skills and knowledge. The curriculum and courses available to NU-Q students provide a flexible framework, helping them develop a range of skills as they work toward their highest potentials.

Beyond that, the faculty and staff at NU-Q demonstrate consistent and strong support to students at every stage of their academic careers. The proof is in the placement and, so far, NU-Q graduates have demonstrated their readiness for prestigious positions in the corporate world, as well as acceptance into highly competitive graduate school programs.


Northwestern Graduates Excel


Northwestern has over 200,000 alumni with a tradition of excellence for generations, including statesmen and women, leaders of institutions ranging from business and law to media and sports and a supreme court justice. Within media, few schools in the world can boast alumni who have led major media companies, virtually every media organization and platform from newspapers and magazines to television networks, advertising agencies, public relations firms and especially digital media enterprises.

Northwestern graduates stand on the commanding heights of new communications and can be found in every corner of the working world in positions from entry level to the executive suites and boardrooms. They are doers of the highest caliber having won Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes and virtually every award and honor imaginable. This is the alumni family into which NU-Q graduates enter as educated men and women.


Education City


The Qatar Foundation’s Education City is one of the most exciting educational collaborations in the world today, connecting the visionary state of Qatar with the “best in class” programs of highly regarded universities from around the world. Indeed, one of Northwestern University in Qatar’s great assets is its partnership with Qatar Foundation.

The partnership allows Northwestern students to access the great minds and resources of five other outstanding American universities. Each school brings an expertise in specific academic disciplines—ranging from medicine to engineering to business to politics. The diversity and strength of each of these programs gives students the opportunity to study a variety of subjects under professors who are leaders in their fields.

Qatar Foundation’s vision doesn’t end with education. Through QF, Northwestern students have access to more than 30 other research, educational and cultural organizations, including The Doha Debates, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Al Shaqab, Baeram TV and Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies. The partnership with Qatar Foundation makes studying at NU-Q an opportunity that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world.