Study in Qatar
Qatar is a growing study abroad destination, in the last decade, the country has been deeply committed to raising its education system to meet world standards. The government of Qatar set education as one of the basic pillars of the country’s development. Qatar is an independent state in the middle east and it is famous around for its wealth and opulence. This has greatly translated into every sphere of their government including their higher education system. The country is set up that foreign students do not only benefit from the quality of education they provide, they also enjoy a peaceful and safe clime whilst learning about the Arab culture and the islamic religion. Students need not worry about the language situation in the country. Although Arabic is the official language of Qatar, the public university system also makes room for many programs and courses to be offered in English. Many international institutions have campuses in Qatar and students there are primarily taught in English with many international campus members. Students who already have knowledge of the Arabic language take the advantage to sharpen their skills in an environment with many native speakers as well. Higher education in Qatar is modeled in the same structure as that of the USA, the course grading, course outlines and, duration all resemble that of the USA which makes it easy for the majority of foreign students to adapt to. Qatar is very particular about its focus on practical student learning modules and modern research. Universities in the country have been considered the hub for some of the best and brightest minds in the region.
About QatarQatar is a small state located on the Qatar peninsula of western Asia, it was found in the early 1900s by Sheik Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani and has been ruled by the house of Thani ever since. There are still arguments whether the state should be considered officially as a monarchy or a democracy. Qatar was ruled the British for many years following Ottoman rule before it became an independent country in 1971. It is bordered to the south by Saudi Arabia and its other neighbor is the Persian Gulf. Qatar is a country of great riches owing to its very many natural gas and oil reserves that are the 3rd largest in the world. By 2017, when they last held a population census, the state of Qatar was home to a population of 2.6 million citizens and residents. This ranks them 422 in the world based on population by country. According to the census, there are 313,000 Qatar citizens and 2.3 million temporary residents in the state. The total land area of Qatar is 11,610 sq km which is about 4,483 sq miles. The capital city called Doha is a world-class city with some of the best modern architecture and technology. The city is also the biggest in the country with an estimated population of 344,939 people. Over 60% of the residents in Qatar also live in Doha. The population density of the entire country, in general, is at 231 people by square kilometer and keeps growing at an annual average of 7.25 %. The cities and districts in Qatar are generally named after their geographical features, for instance, Doha means mountainous and it reflects the rounded base that characterizes the country’s coastlines. There are 8 major districts (baladiyah) in Qatar namely; Doha, Al Rayyan, Al Shamal, Al Shahaniya, Al Daayen, Al Wakrah, Al Khor and Umm Salal. Qatar is a desert region that has a really diverse range of flora and fauna, one example is the ‘Purple Island’ which has many low cliffs and a mon grow forest and many aquatic organisms. Qatar also has a very expansive coastline and beach camping is a really popular past time amongst her citizens. Government-wise, Qatar is an emirate and for its size, the country yields a lot of influence both in the Arab world and on the international scene. They use the Riyal (QAR) as their official currency.
About Qatar EconomySince Qatar has the highest GDP per capita in the world as well as being the highest exporter of liquid gas in the world, the country’s oil and gas revenues are a huge contributing factor to its economy. In just 50 years this country has gone from a struggling fishing economy to an oil giant with the highest per capita gross domestic product in the world roughly at $128,702 as of 2019. The citizens of Qatar also have an average income of well over $400,000, the country sits on the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves which contributes largely to its wealth. Qatar’s reserves are estimated to be around 896 trillion cubic feet. The discovery of oil in Qatar in 1939 was great, it was nothing compared to the natural gas reserves found thirty years later. The discovery of offshore oil fields led to the gradual development and modernization of the country in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1990s the new monarch Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani set a whole new direction for the country and integrated Qatar into the global economy building the world’s largest facilities for condensing liquid natural gas and exporting them, whilst also partnering with several international oil companies. The government of Qatar launched Al Jazeera in 1996, which is a 24-hour news outlet that combines aggressive news reporting, extensive production quality, and an Islamic world view. The channel was created to showcase the state of Qatar and increase the country’s influence and visibility, however, the channel has become very huge and is one of the most relevant news broadcast stations in the whole Arab world. Although Qatar’s GDP continues to skyrocket in the last decade thanks to steady oil production and high natural gas production and in regards to their plans for the future, the country is aware of the pending depletion and has put in place monumental measures to diversify its economy. Looking towards education as the future country has a huge campus called ‘Education City’ which houses American and European universities and many research centers. Qatar also has a sovereign wealth fund of about $170 billion and there is the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) that recycles oil and gas incomes into other income streams. Qatar is also on its way to becoming a financial service leader in the gulf states thanks to its relative stability and large base of capital.
Why Study in Qatar
Scholarships in QatarTuition in Qatar is fairly priced compared to the type of quality that they offer. The public school system is free for Qatari citizens but international students have to pay a token amount. On many foreign campuses in Qatar, both Qatari and Foreign students pay the same tuition amount for the same programs. Tuition in Qatar typically ranges from QR 50,00 to QR 80,000 for an academic year. There are many scholarship opportunities in Qatar, from tuition waivers to financial aid or even full scholarships. Undergraduate students are usually nominated by their universities nor by an external body when they apply. Graduate students are also eligible for research funding, grants and financial aid many of which fully covers their tuition as well.
Qatar Student VisaThe state of Qatar maintains that all students who have been accepted into an accredited academic program in the country must get a student visa to be granted entry, and must subsequently file for permanent residency RocApply Qatar will gladly assist you with this aspect, forward every question and inquiry to any of the contact details available on all our online and offline platforms.
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