Required Materials for Application

The application period for the 2014-15 school year has concluded. The 2015-16 application period will begin in Fall 2014.

The following items are required for application to NU-Q: 

1. Online application form

The application for the 2015-16 school year is not yet available. The online application is the basis of your application. Northwestern only accepts online applications. 

2. Photocopy of Passport

Upload a clear photo of your passport in its assigned section through the online application.

3. Personal Statement

Upload your personal statement in its assigned section through the online application. In no more than 650 words, describe your unique and impressive characteristics that you posses and would improve your prospects for success in the field of study at Northwestern University in Qatar.

4. Essay

Upload your essay writing in its assigned section through the online application. In no more than 650 words, implement the writing skills you learned in high school to demonstrate your writing abilities and also your creativity as a writer. Below is a list of six essay options. Please choose ONE:

  • Option 1 - Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  • Option 2 - Discuss some issue of personal, local, national or international concern and its importance to you.
  • Option 3 - Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you and describe that influence.
  • Option 4 - Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
  • Option 5 - A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
  • Option 6 - Topic of your choice

Download these instructions.

5. Two (2) Teacher's Reports

Download the Teacher’s Report form

One of these two reports must be filled by your English course teacher. We strongly recommend using the online application to submit your Teacher's Reports. Paper copies should be printed out, filled out and submitted to the Admissions Office in a sealed stamped envelope.

6. Secondary School Report

Download the Secondary School Report form

This form should be completed by the school counselor as an assessment of your overall academic profile. It can be sent directly from the school or handed to the Admissions Office in a sealed stamped envelope.

7. Secondary School Transcripts

Your official transcripts/grade reports for years 9, 10, 11 and 12 to be submitted in a sealed stamped envelope. These can be attached to the Secondary School Report.

8. Dean's Certificate (Only for transfer applicants)

Download the Dean's Certificate form

Please complete the applicant's section and submit this form to the university officer/concerned department who attests the student's academic standing and disciplinary history.

9. Post-Secondary Transcripts (Only for transfer applicants)

Current and complete transcripts must be attached to the Dean's certificate and sent directly to the Admissions Office in a sealed stamped envelope.

10. SAT or ACT Scores

Either SAT or ACT scores are required. Our Institutional codes are:

  • SAT: 5714
  • ACT: 1107


Either TOEFL or IELTS is required. The testing agency should send reports directly to NU-Q. Our TOEFL institutional code is 5945. These scores should not be more than two years old.

Eligibility of TOEFL/IELTS Waiver:

Applicants are eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver if one of the following conditions are applicable:

  1. Based on native language status: This applies for applicants who are native English speakers and have completed their studies in English.
  2. Based on testing performance: This applies for applicants who earned a score of:

    • SAT: 600 or more in BOTH the Critical Reading and Writing components
    • ACT: 26 or more in BOTH English and Reading components

Note: The office of Admissions reserves the right to deny requests for waiver based on a thorough review of the request and application materials.

12. Extracurricular activity samples

Proof of extracurricular involvement is not required, but may strengthen your application. You may submit small, representative samples of your extracurricular productions. The application form includes sections where you can list your extracurricular activities.

13. Application fee

Non-refundable 240 QRs ($65 USD), noting that the application fee is waived for applicants who submit their online applications by February 10. The terms of payment are as follows:

  • For applicants residing in Qatar:
    • Cash only
  • For applicants residing outside Qatar:
    • A check in US Dollars to be sent via mail.
    • Wire transfer or money order

NU-Q Mailing Address

Use electronic submission when applicable. Please send paper materials to:

Office of Admissions
Northwestern University in Qatar
Education City, Carnegie Mellon Building
PO Box 34102 - Doha, Qatar
Telephone: +974-4454-5100
Fax: +974-4454-5180