Classes/Registration FAQs

  1. What is the average class-size?
  2. What is the faculty student ratio?
  3. Can students not enrolled at Northwestern University in Qatar take classes on campus?
  4. I am interested in studying Arabic intensively in the Arab world. Does Northwestern University in Qatar offer full-time Arabic program options?
  5. Does Northwestern University in Qatar have an English preparation program or a foundation program? 

1. What is the average class-size?

The average class size at NU-Q is 15 students.  In fall 2009, the largest class had 30 students and the smallest had 5 students. 

2. What is the faculty student ratio?

There is one professor for every five students.  

3. Can students not enrolled at Northwestern University in Qatar take classes on campus?

Only matriculated, full-time students are allowed to take classes at NU-Q. Cross-registering for NU-Q courses is also an option for students enrolled at any of the other Education City branch campuses. 

4. I am interested in studying Arabic intensively in the Arab world. Does Northwestern University in Qatar offer fulltime Arabic program options?

The fulltime program of study at NU-Q is taught in English.  However, NU-Q does have limited course offerings in Arabic and continues to add courses with a regional focus and courses designed to help prepare linguistically qualified students for careers in Arab media.  Students also have opportunities to cross register for language classes at any of the other Education City universities.

5. Does Northwestern University in Qatar have an English preparation program or a foundation program?

NU-Q does not offer a foundation program. Applicants needing additional assistance or time to improve their academic skills, in particular, their English, math, and general university preparedness, are advised to consider the Academic Bridge Program. There, students acquire the English and other skills necessary for success at NU-Q.  

Given the writing-intensive nature of NU-Q’s academic programs, NU-Q does offer the assistance of a trained ESL Writing Specialist to help with various aspects of the writing process for matriculated students. Students can visit the Writing Center on an appointment or drop-in basis to discuss each step of the process. Help is available on topics ranging from structuring  and organizing the entire writing project to the finer details of punctuation and grammar. Students are encouraged to seek assistance on an ongoing basis. The ESL writing specialist also gives workshops in classrooms on given topics at the request of faculty members.