Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar constantly works to make its application materials accessible and user-friendly. This is an overview of the application process with details about our online application solution and the supporting application material.

What we look for

We seek promising students who will contribute to the community during their university years, and to society throughout their lives.

While academic achievement is the most important indicator for university admissions, the Admissions Committee considers many other factors—strong personal qualities, special talents or excellences of all kinds, perspectives formed by unusual personal circumstances, and the ability to take advantage of available resources and opportunities.

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Each applicant is considered with great care. While there is no formula for gaining admission, we hope you will explore the information in this section to understand what we look for in our holistic admissions process.

When To Apply

Admission Application Deadline | March 1, 2015    


How To Apply

Online Application

The Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar offers an Online Application System that allows for submission of key required application materials including the Personal Statement, and personal documents.

SFS-Qatar Application for Admission (to be submitted online)


Official Transcripts

Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope from the school, with the school official’s stamp or signature on the envelope closure. The teacher reference and the counselor reference should not be submitted in hard copy unless prior approval is granted by the SFS-Qatar Office of Admissions.

  • Official transcripts/grade reports.

(final three years of secondary school and any subsequent studies)


Overall Academic Assessment Report / Counselor Reference

A counselor reference and the teacher reference should be sent directly from the school via the online application or school-to-university secure document transfer.

  • Overall Academic Assessment Report​/Counselor Reference


Teachers References

  • One or More Teacher Report/s​

A minimum of one (1) teacher reference (Recommendation letter) must be submitted on behalf of the student. The teacher reference must be submitted electronically, through our application system unless prior approval is requested and granted by the SFS-Qatar Office of Admissions. Please make sure to input the name and contact information for each reference recommendation provider through the designated link on your online application.
Paper references may be exceptionally accepted for extenuating circumstances only, such as lack of internet access. Prior approval is required. Please email the Office of Admissions for approval. Should a paper submission be approved, you can download a copy of the reference form here.


TOEFL (or IELTS) Results

Applicants must request results of the following tests be sent directly from the testing organization to SFS-Qatar.

  • TOEFL (code 8750)

Note: Applicants who score 600 or above on both the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT (26 or above on both the English and reading sections of the ACT) are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Please contact the SFS-Q Office of Admissions with any questions. Access our language wavier policy here


SAT or ACT Results

Applicants must request that results of the following tests be sent directly from the testing organization to SFS-Q. All other test reports will be considered unofficial.

  • ACT (code 0669)
  • SAT I (code 4563)

SFS-Qatar will accept, on a temporary basis, unofficial score reports or reports provided by the student. Before a final decision can be made on the application, however, official reports must be received by the SFS-Qatar Office of Admissions. Please be sure to fill out all forms completely and accurately.


Application Fee

QR 250 [$65 USD] non-refundable application fee by credit card, check or money order, made out to Georgetown University. No cash accepted.

The payment can be made by credit card (via the online application system). Check or money order is also accepted and should be made payable to Georgetown University (no cash accepted). Checks should be in Qatari Riyals. The application fee is not refundable.


SAT II Results

Preferred but not required: SAT II results on three subject tests

SAT II results are preferred but not required. The subjects may be any of your choosing, but we recommend that you choose:

  • subjects that demonstrate your preparedness for our program
  • subjects that you will do well in 
  • subjects that will show your academic breadth 

*applicants who score 600 or above on both the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT (26 or above on both the English and reading sections of the ACT) are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Georgetown University SFS-Qatar does not participate in the Score Choice option available through the College Board. The SFS-Qatar Office of Admissions requires that you submit scores from all test sittings of the SAT, ACT, and SAT II Subject Tests.  Access to your full testing profile enables the admissions committee to fully and fairly assess your individual strengths in comparison to the entire applicant pool.
Please contact the SFS-Qatar Office of Admissions with any questions.

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William Jefferson Clinton
42nd President of the United States of America

HM King Abdullah II ibin Al Hussein
King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

James A. Firestone
President, Corporate Strategy and Asia Operations, Xerox Corporation

HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
Deputy Emir and Chairman, Qatar Investment Authority

Please Note

  • All of the above should be original documents or official copies from the issuing organization.

  • Official English translations are also required, if original documents are not in English.

  • All documents submitted with the application become the property of Georgetown University and cannot be returned to the applicant.

  • It is strongly recommended that all of the above items be submitted together as one package, if possible.

For more information on the elements of the application, please see the Application Details page and/or the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Confirmation of Online Application Submission
Once you have completed your online form, and you have clicked on the “Submit” button, you will receive an automatic confirmation of your application submission from Georgetown University.  Prior to submission you should print a copy of your complete application for your records. After submitting your application, please return to the online application system to verify you’re application completion status. The SFS-Qatar Office of Admissions reviews COMPLETE applications only.