Higher Education in Qatar
Equivalency of University Degrees
In order to verify the validity and integrity of certificates and degrees that have been issued by institutions abroad, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has established an equivalency system. Under this system, the Ministry considers equivalency applications and issues decisions after verifying the legitimacy of the degree or certificate. To visit the Certificate Equivalency portal, click here.
All students working and living in Qatar with certificates or degrees from higher education institutions abroad should apply for an equivalency certificate.
The Ministry will also issue prior approval for those who wish to pursue higher education options abroad at their own expense or at the expense of their employer.
Equivalency is particularly important for graduates seeking employment as well as for employers wanting to hire them.
The equivalency certification ensures that those hired have met the required academic standards and that their degrees are from a legitimate institution.
Higher Education Tracks
The government provides Qatari students with scholarships to pursue their desired field of study in Qatar and abroad after high school. In order to ensure the highest quality standards and educational outcomes, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education compiles a list of colleges and universities abroad that are eligible for Qatari scholarships.
As of 2017, this list contains more than 650 post-secondary institutions representing more than 25 countries in Europe, Asia, North America, and Oceania. It is updated every two years.
The Ministry also compiles a list of approved universities for online education. In 2017, more than 155 institutions were approved.
To be eligible for a scholarship, students must gain acceptance to one of the approved universities found on either the Emiri Scholarship or, the Approved Universities list.
The Emiri Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by the government to students who gain acceptance to 30 of the world's most elite universities, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, University of Melbourne, and McGill University.
Students wishing to study at their own expense must still obtain a pre-approval to ensure their university of choice is approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Application for Government Sholarships
Registration for government scholarships is now open for the academic year 2020/21. Starting July 7th, students can apply online for the undergraduate or graduate programs as per the dates announced by the Ministry for the fall and spring semesters. For information about the application dates, click here .
To register for the scholarship, please visit the Government Scholarship Program portal.
The required documents for undergraduate applications include:
The required documents to apply for undergraduate scholarships for non-fresh high school graduates:
The required documents for graduate applications include:
The complete details about the admission requirements, Amiri scholarship universities, required documents, approved universities and available majors can be found on the Government Scholarship Program portal, or read more the frequently asked questions.
For more information, please contact us at Registration.Admission@edu.gov.qa
The cultural attachés sponsored by Qatar work in the various countries around the globe where students study. They provide students with assistance in all aspects of life, study and health. The cultural attaché offices abroad are generally specialized in the following ways:
To visit the website page for the cultural attaché office in Jordan click here.
To visit the website page for the cultural attaché office in USA click here.
To visit the website page for cultural attaché office in the London Embassy, click here.
Licensing Higher Education Institution
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education is concerned with supervising the higher education, granting licenses to establish private higher education institutions and considering relevant applications submitted by different parties. Therefore, it sets a number of academic procedures and standards to make it easy for those wishing to establish higher education institutions in the State of Qatar.
The Ministry has developed a handbook on the procedures for licensing higher education institutions and a handbook on the standards for licensing higher education institutions and programs to simplify the procedures and address difficulties that may face those wishing to establish higher education institutions.
To this end, the Ministry provides advice and guidance during the initial stages of the projects, as well as continuous support throughout the different stages of establishing higher education institutions.
The purposes of establishing such procedure and standard handbooks are to set a clear system for those wishing to start higher education institutions, simplify licensing procedures and address the difficulties they may encounter. This shall, in no way, affect the provision and management of high-quality academic programs, which produce high academic and practical outputs and, thus, contribute towards the advancement of the Qatari society.Through the adoption of these standards, the Ministry further aims at promoting investment and increasing the number of private higher education institutions. This will help to diversify the higher education fields nationwide and increase the higher education enrollment rates to serve all community members. It will further expand partnership between the public and private sectors.
National Qualifications Framework is a mandatory benchmark instrument to
identify, classify, and regulate academic and technical national qualifications
across different levels of learning according to specific criteria. Its
recognized as a single and integrated benchmarking framework that covers the
various sectors of education for example academic, vocational, technical, and
specialized education. NQF is mandatory for all educational institutions,
higher education and vocational educational in the country. Such institutions
are required to align both their existing and any subsequent qualifications
with the national framework. A national qualifications framework is designed to
improve the quality of qualifications and link them with each other to
facilitate learning opportunities and educational advancement. The
qualifications framework also facilitates recognition of existing
qualifications in the country and serve as structural development of all new qualifications. In addition, NQF is a
considered as comparison and alignment instrument for national qualifications
with their international counterparts. Furthermore, the NQF would contribute to
promoting lifelong learning and guide review and development programs of the
country’s educational system
To view the full text of the National Qualifications Framework, please click the link