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CMU-Q extends campus beyond Pittsburgh

This is one building on Carnegie Mellon's Doha campus. (credit: Josh Debner/Photo Staff) This is one building on Carnegie Mellon's Doha campus. (credit: Josh Debner/Photo Staff)

When most people hear the name Carnegie Mellon, there are more or less two usual reactions. The first is a blank look, followed by the question of where exactly Carnegie Mellon is located.

The other typical response is something along the lines of, “oh, in Pittsburgh, right?” What people don’t realize, however, is that Carnegie Mellon has campuses located in cities other than Pittsburgh, namely, a growing campus in the aptly-named Education City in Doha, Qatar.

Carnegie Mellon’s campus joined Education City in 2004, or CMU-Q as it is often known, at the invitation of the Qatar Foundation. The campus joined that of other well-regarded institutions such as Northwestern, Georgetown, Cornell, Texas A&M, and Virginia Commonwealth. Carnegie Mellon students now have the opportunity to study abroad in Qatar, while retaining the comfort of the familiar name of Carnegie Mellon. Undergraduate programs are available in computer science, information systems, and business, while graduate students also have research opportunities.

The study-abroad program offers more than just the chance for students to further their education; however, it is the chance for Carnegie Mellon students to experience a new culture and interact with people from many different countries.

“Our students enrolled in Doha are from all over the world: Qatar, the Middle East, and even the United States. We also have many students from Doha each semester who come to Pittsburgh to study,” explained Renee Camerlengo, Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

In addition to an involved academic curriculum and the opportunity to interact with a diverse student body, studying at CMU-Q offers students the chance to get involved with the local culture in Doha and really experience the quickly-growing city.

“The strength of the CMU-Qatar community is its commitment to giving back to the community.

Carnegie Mellon students regularly tutor local high-schoolers in computer science, teach the construction workers building Education City literacy, and volunteer with autistic children of immigrant families,” enthused Jessica Dickinson Goodman, Junior Ethics, History, and Public Policy major.

Carnegie Mellon students who had the opportunity to visit the campus in Education City emphasized the importance of the new experiences they participated in while in Qatar.

“Studying abroad in Doha offers the opportunity to gain some first-hand experience with a part of the world that a lot of people don’t know much about. It’s a really dynamic and rapidly-changing city, with a lot of cultural offerings.

While there are plenty of things to do in Doha, other interesting places, like Dubai and Egypt, are only a short trip away,” stated Jennifer Marlow, doctorate student in Human-Computer Interaction. The new experiences are only further emphasized by the diverse mix of American and Middle Eastern traditions that Education City is composed of.

“Where else can you start your day drinking karak (tea) with a view of the Corniche and Doha Bay, attend a lecture on the history of Islam in the morning, have Pizza Hut for lunch, work on programming in the afternoon, cheer at an evening cricket match between Carnegie Mellon and Georgetown, and then enjoy kebabs on a traditional dhow boat cruise?” questions Marlow.

Students who are interested in studying abroad at Carnegie Mellon Qatar, or any other country, are encouraged to contact the Study Abroad staff at the Office of International Education, or visit the website at www.studentaffairs.cmu.edu/oie/sab.