Why Northwestern?

Why Northwestern?

Northwestern University in Qatar

Northwestern is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community.

Our international campus in Doha, Qatar, cultivates potential within students to lead the world of media, journalism, and communication. Backed by a strong foundation in liberal arts, NU-Q students receive a top education, gaining a combination of theoretical and practical skills so that each student is prepared to succeed after graduation.

Northwestern graduates excel.

Northwestern University is one of the best universities worldwide.

Our university has over 200,000 alumni that include heads of major media companies, prominent statespersons, successful business executives, and prolific authors. They have won Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and virtually every award and honor imaginable.

Northwestern University in Qatar alums have demonstrated their readiness for prestigious positions in the corporate world, and acceptance into highly competitive graduate school programs.

Notable Northwestern alumni

George R.R. Martin
bestselling author of A Game of Thrones

Stephen Colbert
Emmy Award-winning comedian, author, and host of The Colbert Report and The Late Show

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Emmy Award-winning actress, Seinfeld, Veep

David Barstow
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times

Jeff Jarvis
creator of Entertainment Weekly

Andy Carvin
journalist, NPR, First Look Media

Ginni Rometty
president and CEO, IBM

Andrew Mason
founder and CEO, Groupon

Veronica Roth
bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy

Northwestern Rankings

#12 National University
(United States)
US News & World Report, 2017

#20 World University
Times Higher Education, 2017

#10 World's Most Innovative University
Reuters, 2016

Explore your creativity while learning a range of skills.

Degree programs at NU-Q

Northwestern students are doers, thinkers, and movers.

In addition to gaining hands-on skills in media, filmmaking, and journalism, Northwestern University in Qatar students are given a holistic education through liberal arts courses across a broad base of subjects.

Study with award-winning professors in small classes.

Ismaeel Naar

Ismaeel Naar

Class of 2013
Onlne Journalist,
Al Arabiya News Channel

At NU-Q, you have the advantage of working with professors who have been in the business of teaching and journalism for 30-plus years. Journalism is a craft. You have to develop it."

The faculty at NU-Q demonstrate consistent and strong support to students at every stage in their academic careers.

Class sizes at NU-Q are small, meaning that students get individualized attention from teachers.

Northwestern University in Qatar

Make lifelong friends.

Students say time and again that one of their favorite things about life at NU-Q is its tight-knit community of active and creative thinkers.

Student life here extends beyond the classroom — play sports, join clubs, or start one of your own!

Northwestern University in Qatar
Northwestern University in Qatar
Northwestern University in Qatar
Student Nationalities

Our student body is diverse, representing 30 nationalities:

Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Kingdom, USA, Yemen

Find yourself at the center of East and West in Qatar.

It's an exciting time to attend university in Qatar.

Qatar's Education City, home to NU-Q's campus, is a strong community of collaborating universities and centers for research. NU-Q students have the opportunity to take classes at five other outstanding universities on campus: Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Texas A&M, Virginia Commonwealth, and Cornell University. This partnership makes studying at NU-Q an opportunity that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world.

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Northwestern University in Qatar

Your journey starts here.