EducationUSA

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries.

The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. EducationUSA also provides services to the U.S. higher education community to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalization goals. EducationUSA centers are located in U.S. embassies and consulates, Fulbright commissions, bi-national centers, universities, and non-profit organizations.

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Financing Your Studies

Studying in the U.S. can be expensive.  You will need a minimum of $12,000 per year to cover the cost of tuition, room and board, books, and personal expenses.  Some universities cost over $50,000.  Qatari students who wish to study in the U.S. on HEI Scholarships should work directly with the Supreme Council of Education – Higher Education Institute.  The websites listed below offer information on scholarships, grants and financial aid.

To make an appointment contact us by phone, mail, fax or email:

U.S. Embassy
P.O. Box 2399
Doha, Qatar
Email: Doha@educationusa.org

More than 3,600 colleges and universities offer undergraduate degree programs in the United States.  This vast choice means there are programs available to meet everyone’s needs.  The links below provide information on admissions procedures, standardized tests and guidelines, and give advice on locating and applying to just the right undergraduate program for you.

Finding a School

It can be difficult to find the right university with so many institutions to choose from.  Below are search engines that can help you narrow your options.  Remember you will want to consider location, cost, type of program, and size of institution.

Standardized Tests

U.S. universities set their own admission procedures and requirements.  As a part of the application process, most American colleges will require you submit scores from one of the standardized admission tests given in the U.S.  There are some colleges and universities that do not require international applicants to take admissions tests, and some schools do not ask for admission test scores from any applicant.  Visit the individual university websites to find specific admission test requirements.

TOEFL iBT

The Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) will measure your language ability as it relates to speaking, writing, listening and reading.  The TOEFL iBt is offered in Doha, Qatar. For registration and more information, including test preparation, please visit The ETS website.  www.ets.org/toefl

SAT

The SAT test measures a student’s verbal and mathematical reasoning ability, as well as written skills.  Many universities, especially those that have more competitive admission criteria, either require or recommend the SAT.  For registration and more information, visit the College Board website.  http://www.collegeboard.com/

ACT

The ACT Test is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. For more information and registration visit: http://www.actstudent.org

Handbook and Guides

There are many published resources available that will help explain the admission process and what it is like to study in the United States.  Below are some guides and handbooks to help inform you about the process:

  • If You Want to Study in the USA, Undergraduate: English (PDF 2 MB)

More than 1,700 universities and other institutions offer graduate degree programs in the United States.  The sections below can help you find the right program for you and give information on admissions procedures and guidelines.

Finding A School

It can be difficult to find the right university with so many institutions to choose from.  Below are search engines that can help you narrow your options.  Remember you may want to consider location, cost, type of program, and size of institution.

Standardized Tests

U.S. universities set their own admission procedures and requirements.  As a part of the application process, most American colleges will require you submit scores from one of the standardized admission tests given in the U.S.  There are some colleges and universities that do not require international applicants to take admissions tests, and some schools do not ask for admission test scores from any applicant.  Visit the individual university websites to find specific admission test requirements.

TOEFL iBT
The Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) will measure your language ability as it relates to speaking, writing, listening and reading.  The TOEFL iBt is offered in Qatar. For registration and more information, including test preparation, please visit The ETS website.

GRE
The Graduate Record Examination is often required by graduate schools in fields other than professional programs such as medicine, dentistry or law.  The GRE is offered in Qatar.  For registration and more information, including test preparation, visit the GRE website. http://www.ets.org/gre

GMAT
The Graduate Management Admission Test is usually required for applicants to business or management programs.  The GMAT is offered in Qatar.  For registration and more information, including test preparation, visit www.mba.com

LSAT
The Law School Admission Test is required of Applicants to professional law programs (J.D.) and some postgraduate law programs in American law schools.  For more information visit  http://www.lsac.org/ .

USMLE
The United States Medical Licensing Examination is a three part exam required of all foreign medical graduates who wish to be licensed to practice medicine or apply to a residency program in the United States.  For more information, please visit www.ecfmg.org .

The United States is a great destination for international students seeking to learn English or improve their English skills.  There are hundreds of educational institutions that offer English language programs, spread across the many geographic and cultural regions of the United States.  The following websites can help narrow your search:

If You Want to Study in the USA: Short Term, ESL Distance Education, and Accreditation, helps to explain the selection and application process to English as a Second Language programs  English (PDF 1 MB)

The 21st century brings with it a constantly expanding number of ways in which education can be effectively delivered to learners.  More than 90 percent of all accredited U.S. colleges and universities with 10,000 or more students now offer distance education programs, where the students and instructor are not in the same place.  Below are some links to information all about getting a U.S. degree without leaving Qatar.

Accreditation

Beware!  Not all colleges, universities and distance learning programs advertised in the newspapers or provided in online databases are accredited by one of the regional or national accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Therefore, when researching colleges and universities in the United States, your first step should always be to verify accreditation.  To check if a school is accredited by a recognized U.S. accrediting organization, go to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education website at: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/  and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation http://www.chea.org

Finding A Program

With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to find just the right distance learning program for your specific needs.  Below are search engines that can help you narrow your options.  Remember, you may want to consider accreditation, method of delivery, cost, type of program, and if there are any residency requirements.

Handbook

If You Want to Study in the USA: Short Term, ESL Distance Education, and Accreditation is a useful handbook that explains distance education programs and accreditation. English (PDF 1.03 MB)

Are you a student preparing to travel and study in the United States in the next few months?  If so, sign up for an upcoming pre-departure orientation.  Advisors will talk about how you can get organized as you plan your departure to the USA.  They will discuss what documents you need to bring, financial considerations, health insurance coverage, tips for packing your baggage, cultural adjustment and U.S. immigration, customs procedures and much more.

Sign up for our Alumni Newsletter to receive information about our new U.S. Alumni Network Qatar, and to read about alumni events, opportunities, news and updates:  https://tinyletter.com/USAlumniQatar

The Education Advising Office is building a database of graduates from U.S. colleges and universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  If you would like to be added, please email the following information to PASDoha@state.gov.

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • U.S. college/university where you earned your degree
  • Year of Graduation
  • Degree earned
  • Major
  • Are you willing to be contacted in the future? (Yes/No)
  • E-mail
  • Mobile
  • Fax
  • City of Residence

If you were on a Fulbright Project/Program, also visit the U.S. State Department Alumni website at https://alumni.state.gov/