Expats finds Qatar’s universities too expensive

Published:  9 Mar at 4 PM
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Many foreign students hopeful of enrolling in Qatari universities are having to change their plans because of the high costs involved.

Qatar has long since been a destination for expat students to further their education, but in recent times the soaring costs have proven too much for some.

Lebanese expat Um Hussein, whose two sons have already graduated from Malaysian universities, had been hoping to send her daughter to a Qatari university. However, upon attending an education fair in the capital Doha last week, she learnt that to do so would be a huge financial burden on the family.

Qatari nationals do not have to pay to attend the Qatar University, the country’s only public university, but that offer does not extend to foreigners, many of whom have to take loans just to get their sons or daughters through their education. Many of these people are from nearby Arab countries or South Asian nations but have live in the oil-rich state for generations.

Their options remain limited, with paying for the public university or forking out even higher fees for international institutions located within the so-called Education City (at times in excess of US$50,000) what they have to choose between if they want their children to remain in Qatar – the most expensive country in the Arab region when it comes to higher education.
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