Registration Overview

Georgetown SFS-Q students generally take five, three-credit courses every fall and spring semester, and they complete the undergraduate degree in four years. The following are details on how to register for Georgetown courses as well as consortium courses at Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) partner universities.

Academic Calendar

SFS-Q Academic Calendar (for students and faculty taking classes at SFS-Qatar)

Georgetown Main Campus (Washington, D.C.) Academic Calendar (for students taking classes at the Washington, D.C. campus)

Course Schedule

The course schedule includes course descriptions, syllabi, faculty profiles, and class days, times and locations.

Find SFS-Q courses as follows:

  • Go to the course schedule
  • Select the term you want and main campus i.e. Fall 2012 Class Schedule Main Campus
  • In the Part of Term field, select SFS Qatar.

Meeting with Academic Advisor and Major/Certificate Advisors

Students meet with academic advisors at least once a semester to discuss overall curriculum planning, progress toward graduation, and to receive guidance in course selection and selecting a major. Your academic advisor must approve your course selection each semester and will contact you before pre-registration to arrange a meeting.

Your academic advisor is listed in your academic record within MyAccess.

In addition, you may also wish to meet with the deans responsible for certain majors and certificates to discuss those in more detail. They are as follows:



Degree Audit and Curriculum Requirements

Your academic advisor will advise you on courses, degree requirements and possible paths toward graduation, but it’s a student’s responsibility to be familiar with the curriculum and the requirements for the degree and to ultimately fulfill those requirements.

Students need to check their degree progress and requirements frequently via their degree audit in MyAccess.

MyAccess – The Registration System

Students register online via MyAccess for courses. To do this, students need a NetID and password.

Full-time enrollment

Georgetown SFS-Q students typically take five courses per semester and graduate in four academic years. Students are required to be enrolled on a full-time basis, which means taking a minimum of 12 credits per semester.

New Student Pre-Registration

New students must pre-register for their first semester of classes over the summer. Registration for new students is open for a month, usually from late June through late July. Specific dates for each year will be sent via email.

In order to pre-register, you need to do the following:

Georgetown students typically take five courses per semester. Only pre-register for three of the five courses.

Pre-Register for the following:

  • Microeconomics (ECON 001)
  • Philosophy, Theology or History (PHIL-099, THEO-001, HIST-007 OR HIST-008)
  • Foreign Language Course (French or Arabic) – If you don’t have near-fluency in a language other than English, you’ll need to enroll in either an Arabic or French language course. Select the language class you think is closest to your ability. You’ll take a language placement exam during orientation which allows us to adjust your registration as needed.

You’ll take two additional courses in your first semester, but don’t pre-register for them online. They are:

  • Proseminar INAF 100 (we place you in this course)
  • Critical Writing for International Affairs (ENFL 114) or Humanities and Writing (HUMW 011) - During orientation you’ll take a placement exam which will determine the course best matched to your preparation. You’ll then register for this course accordingly.

Note these important items:

  • Select SFS-Qatar as Part of Term when filtering the schedule of classes to see just the classes at SFS-Q
  • Your academic advisor may edit your course schedule as needed.

You’ll meet with your assigned academic advisor during orientation to further discuss and finalize your schedule. You can make changes during the add/drop period as needed, but finalize your courses as early as possible.

Pre-Registration, Registration, Add/Drop, and Waitlists

Pre-registration is usually held the first two weeks of November for spring semester courses; the first two weeks of April for fall semester courses; and end of January through early May for summer courses. Registration dates for specific programs like study abroad may vary, but all will be announced each year.

During Pre-Registration, your registration requests are collected and approved by your advisor, then processed in a batch at the end of the pre-registration period. You’ll see results a few weeks after pre-registration ends.

During Registration, your results are processed as you submit them, so you can see immediately if you have been registered for a class or not.

Add/drop is an extended registration period – a last chance to finalize your course schedule. Your class schedule must be final by the last day of add/drop.

If a class is full, you can opt to be placed on a waitlist. Don’t assume you’ll get a seat in a class that is full. Always register for another class you if you don’t get a confirmed seat in your preferred course. If you are awarded a seat from the waitlist, you’ll receive an email at your Georgetown email account. You’ll have up to 24 hours to claim the seat. If you don’t claim it, it passes to the next person on the waitlist.

Withdrawing from Class and Tuition Refunds

If you need to withdraw from a class, always consult your academic advisor first. Note the withdrawal dates and the tuition refund schedule.

University Registrar’s Office and SFS-Q Registration Contacts

The University Registrar’s Office provides information on the Washington, D.C. and Qatar campus’ schedule of classes, registration procedures and policies.

SFS-Q students should contact Deborah McKee, Academic Recorder at SFS-Q for transcript requests and other registration-related queries instead of the Georgetown Registrar in D.C.

Consortium Cross-Registration

Starting with the second (sophomore) year, Georgetown students may enroll in classes at other Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) schools pending space available in the class, and the approval of an academic advisor and the SFS-Q Academic Recorder/Registrar. Students may not take more than one consortium class in a semester and may not take more than four such courses over the period of their degree.

Classes available for cross-registration will be posted each semester. Students must do the following to register:

  • Complete the cross-university registration request form.
  • Discuss course request with your academic advisor and receive approval.
  • Present registration form to SFS-Q Academic Recorder and receive approval.
  • Submit registration form to the institution presenting that course
  • Wait for confirmation from the institution. If you do NOT obtain a seat, please make sure you advise the SFS-Qatar Academic Recorder to have that course removed from your SFS-Q registration record.
  • If necessary, make any changes to your schedule by the add/drop deadline for that semester.

Students studying abroad at SFS-Q are eligible to take cross-registration courses and must follow the same registration procedures and policies as SFS-Q students.