About Northwestern University in Qatar

The fast-evolving world of media offers unprecedented opportunity for creative thinkers, entrepreneurs and leaders; the hunger for those well-trained professionals is nowhere greater than in the Gulf region.

Northwestern University in Qatar, founded in 2008, offers top-ranked programs in journalism and communication. Graduates of NU-Q earn either a bachelor of science degree in journalism or a bachelor of science degree in communication with all the technical skills required to launch rewarding professional careers. NU-Q also offers students the opportunity to complete a certificate in Middle East studies and a minor in media and politics.

The vision and ambition of NU-Q is that the journalists and media professionals who have studied at the university will help bring the story of the Middle East to the wider world and will influence the political, cultural and social life of the countries in which they practice their profession.

NU-Q is not just a media school, however; it's a community of students who undertake a broad and rigorous curriculum in the liberal arts that enriches their capacity for critical thinking and broadens their world-view. The university ensures that graduates are broadly educated in areas beyond their specialties with an emphasis on cultivating flexibility of mind and a capacity for critical thinking and clear expression.

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.