Who Can Apply:
Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Texas A&M Application Deadline
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
In 2003, as part of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalida Al-Thani's vision for the development of Qatar, Texas A&M University was invited by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to establish a branch campus in Education City, in Doha, Qatar.Texas A&M University Qatar’s research emphasis areas include environmental issues, advanced water treatment technologies, chemical process safety, petroleum reservoir studies, mathematical modeling, machinery and controls, telecommunications, transportation and roads, electric power generation, distribution and machinery, chemistry, and physics. In total, research activities that address important issues to Qatar are valued at over $196 million.
Designed by the Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta, the 55-000 square meter Texas A&M Engineering Building combines modernist elements with traditional Islamic architectural motifs. As one of the most advanced facilities for engineering education in the world, the building is fully wireless and features high-tech classrooms, teaching laboratories and computer laboratories. The research annex provides additional research laboratories that give future Aggie engineers firsthand experience.
Located on 25,000 acres on the outskirts of Doha, Education City is Qatar Foundation's flagship project. With a mission to prepare the people of Qatar and the region to meet challenges of an ever-changing world, Qatar Foundation has created a "multiversity" made up of the world's leading universities.
To the south of the city, a new airport promises to bring future commerce, tourism and opportunity. To the north, construction continues on The Pearl-Qatar, a man-made island for resort hotels and luxury villas. These will compliment Doha's many existing attractions: five-star restaurants, modern shopping malls, traditional souks, historic museums, first-run movies and a variety of sporting and other activities. A regular bus service carries students from Education City to different locations throughout Doha.
Under the leadership of His Highness, The Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatar has made enormous strides in diversifying its economy. The country has invested its petrodollars heavily in healthcare, education and encouraged the creation of an infrastructure that will help Qatar become a tourist destination and international financial center. The State of Qatar is transforming its energy-based economy into a knowledge-based economy.
His Highness, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, has also pursued a course of political reform including declaring freedom of the press and equal rights for women. This makes Qatar among the most progressive states in the Arab world. These steps toward political and economic liberalization have created a stable and prosperous society that engages wholeheartedly in the global community while maintaining a national character founded deeply in its cultural roots. The current construction boom in Qatar makes its capital city, Doha, a canvas of potential.
This program is limited to Chemical, Electrical & Computer, Electrical, Mechanical or Petroleum Engineering students in the Dwight Look College of Engineering during the fall and spring semester. Summer session is open to all students in the College of Engineering.
Must be nominated by the department head within your department
Have a minimum 2.75 G.P.R.
Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
Students can choose to study abroad during
Fall Semester (August to December)
Spring Semester (January to May)
Academic Year (August to May)
Summer I (May to early July)
The Texas A&M Qatar curriculum is identical to that offered at the main campus in College Station, Texas. Courses are taught in a coeducational setting all in English. Programs of study include chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering in addition to liberal arts and science courses. Like their counterparts in Texas, the Qatar campus' faculty is dedicated to preparing students to solve the engineering challenges of tomorrow through discovery, innovation and application.
As a student of the Qatar campus, not only do you have the opportunity to get a world-class engineering education, you can study side-by-side with students specializing in the arts, medicine, business, journalism, communication or foreign service. Through the cross registration program, you can study art at Virginia Commonwealth University, journalism at Northwestern University, business, communication and computer science at Carnegie Mellon University or international affairs or Arabic at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Becoming an exchange student to TAMUQ is a very competitive process. We encourage students to meet with their academic advisor regarding the program and ask that their name be put on the list of applicants.
Students will live at the HBKU Student Housing at Education City with other students from various parts of the world. This gives TAMU students an opportunity to learn different nationalities and gain international exposure.
Male and female students live in separate on-campus housing, close to the Texas A&M Engineering Building. The accommodations include shared apartments that are fully furnished with living room, dining room and bedroom furniture. Each residence also has a common room equipped with cable TV, computers and a telephone with local service. Security services are provided on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Texas A&M - Qatar facilities of Education City include a student center, a recreation center and transportation services. The Student Center is the heart of the campus. It offers services and programs that bring together students, graduates, faculty and staff of Education City. The services and operations include food court, health and wellness center, convenience store, bookstore, bowling alley, game room, art gallery, movie theater and much more. The Student Center is a place for students to study, relax, and find excitement and enjoyment.
Texas A&M has a rich tradition of student involvement, service and leadership. At Texas A&M at Qatar, students, faculty and staff form one community united in pursuit of the same educational goals. The faculty and staff know that students learn by doing, which translates into hands-on training that encourages creative problem solving in real-world situations. Outside the classroom, students involve themselves in a wide range of extracurricular activities that challenge them to engage each other and the world at large. Lecture series, volunteer days, athletics, charitable drives, student government, and student organizations enrich your education.
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.
The College of Engineering and the Qatar Support Office will provide full or partial scholarships to selected students who qualify. A selection committee will review student applications and select students they feel are qualified to participate in the program. Please see the College of Engineering TAMUQ Info link below for more details.
“Studying abroad in Qatar Spring semester was one of the best decisions I made throughout college. Qatar is a new center for the modern oil and gas industry, so as a petroleum engineering student, I was able to better my understanding of the industry and learn about the foreign fields. Going to school with the local students was beneficial, because we were able to learn from each other both about the coursework and our home countries. The students in my classes had an entirely different experience in the A&M petroleum engineering program, and they were interested to know about ours. The students were friendly and welcoming to us, and the small classes were a good environment for learning. I felt closer to my professors and utilized their vast knowledge of the international industry many times.
The experience was unforgettable, and I would highly recommend it to anyone willing to go with an open mind. I met wonderful, people, both study abroad students and locals, and I got to see parts of the world I never thought I would. Four months, in my opinion is the perfect amount of time to feel immersed and truly learn the culture without being away from home for to lucky to have gotten this opportunity to learn so much about my industry and the Middle East at such a young age.”
Reciprocal Exchange Program Participant
For detailed information about the exchange program at Texas A&M University - Qatar, students should contact David DeSousa in the Dwight Look College of Engineering’s International Programs Office.