Journalism Residency Qatar

  • Brandon Wilson Al Jazeera Qatar

About This Program

  • Location: Doha, Qatar
  • Term: Winter Quarter
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Eligibility: Open to Medill BSJ students, in their junior or senior year. Students must also take a course at Northwestern in Middle Eastern language, history, economics or political science during the Fall Quarter immediately prior to their JR.
  • Program type: Journalism Residency
  • Program credits: 4 NU credits
Winter Quarter 2019
  • Application deadline: June 10
  • 2018 program dates: Sunday, January 7, 2018 (date of arrival in Dubai) - Sunday, March 25, 2018 (date of departure from Doha). Return in Fall Quarter for 2019 dates.

Winter Quarter 2018: $19,213

Total fees charged by Northwestern: $15,813, includes: 

  • $10,703 tuition fee covers courses and excursions
  • $110 for GeoBlue Health Insurance
  • $3,500 housing fee covers student housing in Education City, plus a breakfast stipend
  • $1,500 local transportation stipend to cover program-related transportation, such as commuting costs
  • $0 Study Abroad Administrative Fee

Estimated additional costs: $3,400, includes:

  • $1,600 for round-trip international airfare
  • $1,800 for discretionary expenses, including meals, personal expenses, and incidentals

Global JR students do not receive an hourly wage from their sites or qualify for the stipend available to domestic JR students.

Financial aid recipients participating in global JR programs can use their aid toward program costs, and students may be eligible for external funding opportunities. Students participating in this program are also subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs. Contact Medill or IPD, or review our Financial Considerations for more information.


The Journalism Residency Qatar program provides a unique and exciting opportunity for Medill students to live and work in the Middle East for 11 weeks while completing degree requirements.

Journalism Residency placements in Qatar are limited in number, and are available in newspaper/online and broadcast/video only.

Additionally, students will have access to Medill resources at Northwestern University in Qatar campus. This includes invitation to student events, Wildcard access to facilities, and more.

Students should talk to JR adviser Karen Springen for advice about placement options for this program. Students will have a multi-tiered support network while they’re on their residencies, including an on-site supervisor, a local coordinator, a Medill faculty adviser, and support from IPD. 

Housing & Meals

Housing is provided, with selections based on proximity to work, comfort and safety. Students will stay in HBKU Student Housing in Education City, which has various room types available on a first come, first serve basis. All residents will have a private bedroom and bathroom, regardless of the room type. Additionally, all units are fully furnished and include wireless internet services, as well as access to the gym facilities in Education City, laundry, and other amenities.

Students will be responsible for arranging all meals, but there is a dining hall in the housing facility that offers buffet style meals and a la carte items. A breakfast stipend will be provided, which will allow students to participate in the breakfast buffet.


Students will be enrolled in the journalism residency course (JOUR 395/396). Credits earned abroad are for JOUR 395/396, which is a course offered on a pass/no pass basis.

Students must also enroll in a course at Northwestern in Middle Eastern language, history, economics or political science during Fall Quarter prior to their JR and complete all JR prerequisite courses. For more details on Medill’s Journalism Residency program, click here.


The program will begin with an onsite orientation and briefing, which will provide a chance for students to acclimate to Middle East culture, to meet local media contacts, to tour important local sites, and to meet students from NU-Q.