Founded in 1789 - the same year the US constitution took effect - Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit University in the United States. Today, Georgetown is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in Washington D.C., Doha and across the world. The establishment of the Qatar campus in 2005 continues a long history of engagement in the Middle East.
Since 1919 the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University has devoted itself to educating the next generation of global leaders. Internationally recognized academic excellence, intercultural understanding, and Jesuit ideals of service are some of the hallmarks of a School of Foreign Service education.
At the Qatar campus, students have the opportunity to major in International Economics, International Politics or Culture & Politics. Along with their Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degrees they may obtain certificates in American Studies or Arab and Regional Studies.
Culture & Politics majors explore the development of cultural and political identity, and how it shapes and informs people’s outlooks, perceptions and beliefs. Students develop a range of tools and methodological approaches to cultural analysis, while studying the links between cultural identity and questions of power and authority in society.
International Politics majors have the opportunity to look at the principal building blocks of international relations by learning how state and non-state actors cooperate and compete on political, security, and strategic issues. They learn how political forces and motivations, as well as non-political issues like ethnic divisions and the distribution of natural resources, affect political responses.
International Economics majors, through courses on international trade, international finance, economic development, and globalization, as well as macro-economics and micro-economics, acquire the skills required to understand globalized and interconnected markets. They understand economic relationships among countries, and learn to evaluate the effects of policy on the economic welfare of individuals, firms, and countries.
Further real world training takes place through student engagement in a variety of clubs and organizations, as well as in sports. Georgetown’s Model United Nations conference brings together 300 students to Qatar annually.
With a rigorous interdisciplinary approach to learning, Georgetown students are prepared for diverse career paths: from the energy sector, media and public relations, government relations, economic analysis to legal affairs, research, policy development and strategic business analysis. They join more than 15,000 alumni serving in leadership roles around the world.