Academic Programs International has announced a new program in Qatar, a country that has recently been attracting a lot of attention.
API’s program is in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Qatar is a small peninsular nation about the size of Connecticut, located approximately halfway up the coast on the Arabian (Persian) Gulf. Over three-quarters of Qatar’s population live in Doha or the surrounding communities.
The official language of the country is Arabic, though one will find it quite easy to communicate in English as well. Despite being a small nation, Qatar holds the third largest natural gas reserves in the world. Since gaining independence from the U.K. on 03 September 1971, Qatar has diversified its economy in a wide range of fields, becoming one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. It will soon overtake Switzerland as the richest nation on earth!
Doha is an increasingly modern and cosmopolitan city, offering excellent entertainment, cultural, and sporting events, as well as other exciting activities. Qatar was named the top country in the region on the Global Peace Index rating, and is in the top 15 in the world. Local amenities include a gorgeous waterfront promenade called the Corniche, the Museum of Islamic Art designed by I.M. Pei, the architect who built the Louvre Pyramids, and the Aspire Sports Zone, a multi-use sports facility built for the 2006 Asian Games.
In 2010, the country was named host nation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and as such will be the first ever Middle Eastern country to host the prestigious event. The bid was truly revolutionary. It included plans for a series of carbon neutral stadia that will be air-conditioned and open air, powered by the country’s greatest natural resource – which is not oil or gas, but solar energy. Additionally, the bid proposes to dismantle the stadia after the games and donate them to less fortunate countries in order to bring the game and goodwill across the globe.
In May 2010, API announced that it plans to begin offering study abroad programs in Qatar in fall 2011. While other U.S. universities have satellite campuses with specialized curriculum in Doha’s Education City, API is the first study abroad program in Qatar following the traditional, direct enrollment model with its partner – Qatar University. This allows U.S. students to integrate with and take classes alongside Qatari and international students in a native environment.
API’s academic program offers courses in English and Arabic in subjects as varied as Arabic language and culture, business (via an AACSB-accredited business school), education, engineering (via an ABET-accredited engineering school), law, pharmacy, and sports management/marketing/science, and more. In keeping with regional customs, students are divided on campus into male and female classrooms, and housing is separated by gender as well.
API students will experience not only the sites and sounds of Qatar via tours of Doha, and on desert safaris, but they will have the opportunity to travel to neighboring countries such as the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah), as well as the Sultanate of Oman.
Discover this unique and thriving corner of the Islamic world and experience the generosity and hospitality of the Qatari people with API! You can find more information as well as an online application on API’s listing for the Doha, Qatar program at GoAbroad.com!