Georgetown University was established in 1789 as an institution of higher learning on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland. Since then, it has expanded to attract the best and brightest students from the United States and the world, promising a high quality education in the political heartland of the United States. The University’s on-going academic discussions with policymakers, independent actors and decision makers, positioned in Washington, D.C and in Doha, Qatar as the center of east-west relations has ensured the relevancy and vibrancy of Georgetown’s programs of study for the coming century.
The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) established in 1919 in Washington, D.C. and in 2005 in Doha, Qatar is a premier school of international affairs providing rigorous education combining theory and practice while instilling the values of service in all students. This emphasis on cooperation in the achievement of common worthy goals is central to the values of Georgetown University. The motto “Women and Men for Others”, a phrase that captures the worth placed on the development of both the character and outlook of Georgetown students, is emblematic of the mission to foster holistic growth. In 1975 scholars from SFS established the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) to provide opportunities for students studying in the United States to get to know and understand the Arab world.
Since 2005, the School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) has served as a bridge between academic communities in the United States and the Gulf region of the Middle East in the area of international relations. Encompassing cultural studies, international economics and international politics, the array of courses and disciplines available to students in Doha mirror the curriculum offered in Washington, D.C. The interdisciplinary mandate of the curriculum is stressed in both locations, while the provision of opportunities for cross-registration at participating Education City universities and semesters abroad in the U.S. allow SFS-Q students to take advantage of the best of both worlds.