Arabian Campus


Programs in Qatar Universities & Colleges in Qatar Schools - KG to 12 in Qatar Training Institutes in Qatar  
About Qatar
Studying in Qatar
Getting to Qatar
Living in Qatar
LIST OF Embassies
Other Links

Study in Qatar - EducationAL System IN QATAR





General Information

The tentative beginnings of education in Qatar were in the first half of the twentieth century when boys and girls were taught in the traditional ‘katateeb’ schools. They were taught many subjects but without a formal system. Since those early days, education in Qatar has made great leaps and developed into a system of education reaching all the way to highest stages. Qatar follows a policy of compulsory and continuous education where all citizens receive free schooling reflecting the country’s identity and providing equal opportunities to all.


In 1985, the literacy rate in Qatar was estimated to be about 74%. By 2000 the literacy rate had reached an estimated 81%.

Elimination of Illiteracy

The first centre for adult education and the elimination of illiteracy was established in 1954. Regular classes were started in 1956 when there were seven schools with 614 students. Two ladies centres were opened in 1976. Illiterate students were given four years of elementary schooling after which they were granted their literacy certificates. In the past such students were also given incentive allowances of QR150 per month. The Ministry of Education and Culture takes care to ensure the subjects studied are appropriate to the emotional needs of the students and that those given to female students are directly relevant to women’s needs.

Latest statistics indicate that illiteracy in Qatar has declined in recent years. Statistics for 1997 show that illiteracy for Qataris over 10 years old is 13.6%, 8.6% for males and 18.4% for females.

Education System

Qatar follows a policy of compulsory education until the end of the elementary stage and free education to all citizens. Basic education consists of the following stages,

Elementary Stage: Six years

Preparatory Stage:
Three years

Secondary Stage: Three years

The country has 113 elementary schools; 60 for boys and 53 for girls, 56 preparatory schools; 28 for boys and 28 for girls, and 41 secondary schools; 19 for boys and 22 for girls. Government schools provide free education for the children of non-Qatari residents who work for the public sector. Qatar also has private schools as well as schools for the different Arab communities like the Lebanese, Jordanian and Sudanese schools plus those for non-Arab communities like the Indian, American and other schools.


The curricula of the Primary and intermediate cycles emphasise basic literacy and numeracy skills.

The Secondary cycle focuses on preparing students for University, technical or vocational training, or for joining the workforce directly.


For a comprehensive list of Schools K-12 (KG-12) in QATAR

click the link below:

Study in QATAR - List of Schools K-12 (KG-12) in QATAR

Higher Education

University education in Qatar started in the seventies when two colleges of education, one for male and one for female students, were established in 1973.

The Qatar Foundation was established in 1995 by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. His wife, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, is the organization’s chairperson and driving force. Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development aims to support Qatar on its journey to a knowledge economy by unlocking human potential.

Qatar Foundation

Education City
P.O. Box 5825
Doha, Qatar

Phone:   + 974 492 7000
Fax:   +974 480 1971

Qatar Foundation Information

Qatar Foundation - Animation by Zaina Salameh - NUQ Student

An Amazing and Creative Video About Qatar Foundation by Zaina Salameh (A student from Northwestern University in Qatar)

MIT 395 Computer Animation 3D
Program in Media Industries and Technologies, 
Northwestern University in Qatar
Instructor - Muqeem Khan


The new campus for Qatar University was officially inaugurated in 1985. The university consists of the following seven faculties:

  • Faculty of Education / Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences / Faculty of Science / Faculty of Islamic Studies / Faculty of Administration and Economics Faculty of Engineering / Faculty of Technology

Qatar University

P.O. Box 2713
Doha, Qatar

Telephone: +974 485 2222
Fax: +974 483 5043

Qatar University Information

All the above faculties have branches in the male and female student sections with the exception of the Faculty of Engineering, which is available to male students only. The academic staff have a large number of specialists from Qatar, all Arab countries and some foreign countries. The university has more than eight thousand students.

A large number of Qataris, particularly male students, attend universities outside the state. Universities in the USA and UK, in particular, have a large number of Qataris studying for higher degrees.

The Supreme Education Council grants a large number of scholarships to enable these students to obtain the highest degrees from the best universities.

Supreme Education Council

P.O. Box 35111
Doha, Qatar

Telephone:  Hot line 155

Telephone:  +974 4 404 4564 and +974 4 404 4567
Fax:  +974 4404 4571


Supreme Education Council Website
Qatar Foundation has a number of first-class private universities and colleges.

For a comprehensive list of Universities and Colleges in QATAR

click the link below:

Study in QATAR - List of Universities and Colleges in QATAR


For a comprehensive list of Degree Programs in QATAR

click the link below:

Study in QATAR - Degree Programs in QATAR




Graduate Employment Committee

The Graduate Employment Committee comprises a number of senior officials whose job is to integrate and absorb the number of Qatari university graduates into various government bodies and other businesses and enterprises.

The committee's main concern is to ensure optimum use of the graduates and their knowledge so they can best contribute to development and progress.

Training and Vocational Development

In 1962 the Department of Training and Vocational Development was set up to help supply the country's demand for skilled and semi-skilled labour. The aim is to qualify and train Qatari workers and technicians. In addition to several training centres, a regional training centre was also established in 1970 with the help of the United Nations Development Programme.

This centre comprises special workshops and installations to accommodate training in the following fields: mechanics, air-conditioning and refrigeration, welding and industrialization, carpentry and decoration, filing and turnery, power-generation and water distillation, in addition to two sections for sanitary and electrical installations.

The centre also trains female Qataris in the fields of modern clerical and secretarial work in school administration.

English Language Teaching

In Qatari schools and colleges, all subjects are taught in the Arabic language. English is taught as a foreign language in common use in the country. The Ministry of Education and Culture has decided to commence English language teaching from the start of the elementary stage.

Stages of Studies

University Level Studies:

University level first stage: Bachelor

University level second stage: Postgraduate Degree

University level thrid stage: Master Degree

List of Degree Programs in QATAR

click the link below:

Study in QATAR - Degree Programs in QATAR

Teacher Education Degree

Training of primary/basic school teachers:
Primary school teachers are trained at the Faculty of Education of the Qatar University, which provides an eight-semester programme in elementary education, made up of a four-semester programme leading to a Certificate in Elementary Education and a further four-semester programme leading to a Bachelor's Degree in Education.

Training of secondary school teachers:
Secondary school teachers are trained at the Faculty of Education of the Qatar University, which provides eight semester programmes leading to a Bachelor of Arts and Education and a Bachelor of Science and Education in literary and scientific specializations. A General Diploma in Education is conferred after a 36 credit hour programme for in-service teachers who do not have a university degree in education. A Special Diploma in Education is also conferred at postgraduate level.

Training of higher education teachers:
Higher education teachers are trained at the Faculty of Education of the Qatar University, which conducts workshops and seminars in instructional design and development of courses, methodology and strategies of teaching and student evaluation.

Non-traditional higher education studies:
Non-formal studies are offered at the Faculty of Education, which provides evening programmes leading to a General Diploma in Education and a Special Diploma in Education. The Faculties of Science and Engineering conduct professional short courses.

Admissions to Higher Education

Admission to University Level Studies

Name of secondary school credential required: Thanawaya Aam Qatari

Minimum score/requirement: 60% in the scientific track and 65% in the literary track. For admission to the Engineering Faculty, students must obtain 60% or more or a general or religious secondary Certificate (Sciences) with a minimum average of 75% or above.

Foreign Students Admission

Quotas: 10 to 25% of places are reserved for foreign students.

Admission requirements: Foreign students should have a High School Certificate or a recognized equivalent. Applications should be made to the Academic Registrar, University of Qatar, at least six months in advance. Foreign students admitted on a scholarship are granted welfare services.

Entry regulations: Visas, residence permits and health papers are required.

Language requirements:

Most foreign universities and Colleges require a good knowledge of English.

At some government universities a good knowledge of Arabic maybe required. Sometimes foreign students undertake a year of Arabic before admission.

Foreign Students must check with the individual University or College regarding their Admission policies.

List of Universities and Colleges in QATAR

click the link below:

Study in QATAR - List of Universities and Colleges in QATAR


Special Needs Education

Al-Amal School for Boys and Al-Amal School for Girls had been estatblished to provide special needs students with Islamic guidance to help them become good citizens and offer them the chance to achieve optimum physical, mental, emotional and social growth.

There are several newly established schools hosting various services for Special Needs Students.

Al Noor Institute for the Blind +974 4481 5164
Cedars Tutoring Centre +974 4468 8192
Doha Montessori British School +974 4444 5955
Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind +974 4487 7544
Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of Special Needs +974 4466 3232
Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs +974 4495 6666
Sunbeam Centre of Excellence +974 4444 0108
The Learning Centre part of Qatar Foundation +974 4492 7888

Article for Qatar Social and Cultural Center for the Blind:


Qatar's Education Blog

Sources: Middle East Policy Council
All Rights Reserved, ©,
Disclaimer       |       About Us       |       CONTACT US        |        Advertising Info