Our People & Culture

Our Culture

Georgetown's location in the new heart of the Middle East allows the University to carry on its 220 year tradition of building women and men in service to humankind. The resources of Georgetown coupled with those provided by the Qatar Foundation allow students and faculty to study, conduct research, and be a part of an educational enterprise that is uniquely positioned to shape international affairs in the century ahead.

Meet some of our community members below in order to learn about the unique people and culture that make Georgetown's Qatar campus a compelling place to study and work.


“I think that we are the sum of our experiences and our students here in Doha are excited to learn and have new experiences. Whether it is experiential learning through the international crisis simulation in conjunction with GU’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy that I organize, or through the Women and Development course I teach, our small class sizes in Doha allow for a lot of interaction and reflection. Each student’s questions and perspectives are addressed.”

Christine Schiwietz



“Our student body here in Qatar represents incredible diversity, both socially and academically. And with our small student-to-faculty ratio, we have been able to create an environment in which students enjoy unparalleled access to gifted teachers and leading scholars."

Daniel Stoll





“In addition to the scholarly, research-focused environment that embodies Georgetown, our geographical location provides us with a critical asset for carrying out our research projects. We get to study the Gulf not from a remote distance but up close and personal.Our research benefits from an academic approach which is impacted by our interaction and engagement with the broader community, and with the network of regional scholars we engage with. Through our daily contacts with students, with nationals, and with the people who live and work here, we end up thinking about things in a unique sort of way.”

Zahra Babar



“Being at Georgetown is eye-opening, to say the least. I have learned to never take information at face value, but to critically evaluate the knowledge offered to me. Transparency is one of the most significant virtues I’ve learned to adopt as a Georgetown student, discussing political, social, and economic issues with as much honesty and personal conviction as possible. Georgetown has given me the opportunity to develop my individual outlook on the world around me and has provided me with the confidence to own my thoughts without fear of judgment. At any given point on campus, it is easy to see a group of diverse students with differing opinions chatting about important events around the globe, bringing to the table both intellect and a passion for knowledge that was bred by Georgetown faculty and staff.”

Dana Qarout is a senior majoring in Culture and Politics. She is currently pursuing both a certificate in American studies and honors in the major. Dana is the chairperson of the Honor Council, the founder of the Student-Student Dialogue club, member of the MESSA executive committee for 2014-15, and leader of the Dabkeh Arab Folk Dance club.

“Being at a student at Georgetown constantly reminds me of how privileged I am to be at a university that is so diverse and accepting of different opinions. The coursework forces you to think about ideas, theories, and systems, giving you the ability to analyze and critique the status quo. Georgetown has infused me with confidence, reminding me that my opinion matters. It has introduced me to so many people from various backgrounds and religions, enabling me to become more worldly and accepting of different practices and perspectives. Additionally, Georgetown’s varied courses and trips such through the Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace programs, have allowed me to identify my area of interest which includes education and women and children’s rights, giving me an idea of what I would like to pursue in the future.”

Tehreem Asghar is a member of the Class of 2016. She is a Culture and Politics major who was born in Pakistan, raised in South Africa, lived in Saudi Arabia and is now living as an international student in Doha. Tehreem has been actively involved in Georgetown’s community, taking part in Student Government Association (SGA), Hoya English Language Program (HELP), Yearbook, Amal, Akhuwat-e-Awam and the Zones of Conflict, Zones of Peace program.