Due to an unexpected and last-minute change in the application procedure for the Arabic for Non-Native Speakers (ANNS) Program at Qatar University (QU), US students are now required to apply directly to the Program. The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) will no longer vet and select students for the ANNS Program as of the current 2016-2017 academic year. We apologize for any inconvenience, but these changes are beyond the control of CCAS.
As of January 3, 2016, students interested in the ANNS Program should apply here.
QU's application window is open from January 10 to March 10, 2016.
All information concerning admission to the ANNS Program must be directed to QU's International Students Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
For applicants who have already submitted application materials to CCAS:
Applicants who have already submitted their materials to CCAS must submit a new application through QU starting January 10th. The list of required application materials can be found here on QU's website. Applicants need not submit additional materials to CCAS.
For applicants for whom letters of recommendation have already been submitted:
CCAS will forward to QU all letters of recommendation that have already been submitted as part of the application file. Any additional letters of recommendation are to be sent to: email@example.com. Please note that any forwarded materials will be submitted in addition to, and not in lieu of, the QU application.
About Qatar University and the ANNS Program
Qatar University, founded in 1977, is the national university of Qatar. It has the stated vision of "being a model national university in the region, recognized for high-quality education and research and for being a leader of economic and social development."
The university houses seven colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business & Economics, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Law, College of Pharmacy, and the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies. Qatar University offers undergraduate degrees in all seven colleges and graduate degrees in Business Administration, Education and the sciences.
Approximately 8,000 students from nearly 85 countries attend Qatar University. The Arabic for Non-Native Speakers Program (ANNS) exemplifies this diversity by drawing students from across the Islamic world in addition to Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. These students engage in a wide variety of activities while at Qatar University, including sports, cultural exchange, and special festivals and events.
Campus and Housing
Qatar University is a modern campus with high-quality facilities and many amenities. It is divided into adjacent women's and men's sections. Both the men's and women's campuses have their own lecture halls, laboratories, and learning-support facilities. Faculty and staff have access to both campuses, but students are restricted to their respective campuses and classrooms. Arabic language instruction for non-native speakers (both male and female) takes place on the men's section of the campus.
The computer lab is fully equipped, and if you prefer to bring your own laptop it provides a fast Ethernet connection. The University has a health clinic, where all appointments and medications given are free of charge. There is a gym, a library, and a student activities center with the usual American fast food chains, an ATM machine, computer lab, game room, and several lounge areas.
Male students are housed in the university residence hall, located on al-Rayyan road, about 20 minutes from the main campus. This hall houses most of the University's non-Qatari male students. A shuttle bus commutes between the campus and the residence hall regularly. Male students on the scholarship program live in furnished, air-conditioned dormitory-style units. The residence has a dining hall that provides three free meals a day, a gym, TV room, and many game/activity areas.
Female housing is located in a compound, which consists of 20 villas, near campus and Landmark Mall. It is one of the many “compounds” in the city, meaning there is a front gate and a wall surrounding the entire property. The compound has a gym, swimming pool, library and wireless internet access. Female students have access to three meals a day as well as transportation to and from the University. The rooms are furnished and air-conditioned with shared living space and kitchen.
The State of Qatar is a small peninsula bordering Saudi Arabia and projecting into the Persian Gulf. With substantial oil and natural gas reserves, Qatar has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world and has developed high quality health care and education systems. Like most of Arabia, it is a hot and dry desert land with no surface water and few native plants and animals. Most of Qatar’s 850,000 people live in cities, particularly Doha, the national capital.
Doha lies on the east coast of the peninsula, and displays a mix of modern and traditional Arabic architecture. The Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam is the predominant religion. Most women wear a long black dress, called an abaya, and some wear a face cover, called a niqab, but foreigners are not expected to do so. Loose pants, capris, or jeans are recommended, paired with t-shirts or long-sleeved tops. Shorts and tank tops are not allowed on the University’s campus and not recommended in general.
Only 20 percent of the nation's population is native to Qatar, as a large number of expatriates from India, Pakistan, Iran, North Africa, and various Western nations live and work in the country. Qatar's official language is Arabic, although Urdu and English are widely spoken, especially among the foreign community. It is known for its wide array of international cuisines, and shopping and recreational activities are plentiful.
The desert in Qatar is surprisingly varied. Magnificent sand dunes curve across the country in the south, while to the north, the desert is flat and rocky, with limestone outcrops. Oases and farms that draw on sources of sweet water are found in central and northern areas. The climate is mild and pleasant in winter, hot and sometimes humid in summer. Doha is situated around a bay, so there are many beaches, as well as a sea line "Corniche" which runs along the water.
- Al Shaab
- Al Sharq
- Arabic Program for Non-Native Speakers (at Qatar University)
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- Arab Net - Qatar
- Lonely Planet
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- Qatar Globe
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- University of Qatar
- U.S. Department of State
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