Required Materials for Application

Note: The 2015-16 application period begins August 1, 2014. All application materials are due February 1, 2015.


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

1. Online application form

Northwestern only accepts online applications through The Common Application. The application for 2015-16 admission opens August 1, 2014.

Application instructions:

To start your application for Northwestern University in Qatar:

  1. Create an account through the Common Application website.
  2. Search for "Northwestern University in Qatar" to access our member screen and Writing Supplements. Once your account is created, you will be able to access NU-Q’s member screen and Writing Supplement.

2. Personal Statement & Writing Supplements

Your personal statement and writing supplements should be included on your online application form.  

3. Official High School Transcripts

Your official transcripts/grade reports for years 9, 10, 11 and 12 should be submitted in a sealed stamped envelope. These can be attached to your school counselor's recommendation.

4. Recommendation Letter from High School Counselor (Submitted through the common app)

This letter should be completed by the school counselor as an assessment of your overall academic profile. 

5. Two (2) Teachers' Recommendations (Submitted through the common app)

One of these two reports must be completed by your English course teacher. 

6. SAT or ACT Scores

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

  • SAT: 5714
  • ACT: 1107

7. TOEFL or IELTS

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
      OR
    • 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 your completed waiver form and application materials.

8. Non-refundable Application fee 

Non-refundable $75 USD, submitted through the Common App.

9. 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.

10. Dean's Report (Only for transfer applicants)

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.

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

Current and complete transcripts must be sent directly to the Admissions Office in a sealed stamped envelope.

12. Interviews are not required and are an optional addition to your application for admission

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