Six U.S. universities run branches in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar at a sprawling complex outside Doha called Education City. Expenses are said to be fully covered through tuition and a foundation created by the Qatari royal family. Here are details on these Middle Eastern operations. Branches are listed in the order they opened.
Bachelor’s in art history and in fine arts (fashion, graphic or interior design; painting/printmaking). Master’s in fine arts (design). Opened in 1998.
Tuition (undergraduate): $23,724
Graduates in Class of 2015: 58
Graduates since 1998: 508
Estimated annual budget (fiscal 2014): $41,862,161
Weill Cornell Medical College
Pre-medical (non-degree) and doctor of medicine (MD). Opened in 2002.
Students: 291 (18 preliminary, 93 pre-medical, 180 in MD program)
Faculty: 68 (24 for pre-med program, 44 for MD program)
Tuition: $48,880 (pre-med); $50,950 (MD)
Graduates (MD) in Class of 2015: 42
Graduates (MD) since 2002: 223
***Qatar-related expenditures reimbursed in 2014: $121,709,209
Bachelor’s in engineering (chemical, mechanical, petroleum and electrical/computer). Master’s in chemical engineering. Opened in 2003.
Tuition (undergraduate): About $28,900
Graduates in Class of 2015: 105
Graduates since 2003: 635
No budget information available.
Bachelor’s in business administration, computer science, information systems, biological sciences and computational biology. Opened in 2004.
Fall 2015 students: 414
Graduates in Class of 2015: 104
Graduates since 2004: 481
**Reported expenditures in Middle East and North Africa, 2012-13: $54,583,947
Bachelor’s in foreign service (culture and politics; international economics; international history; international politics). Opened in 2005.
Graduates in Class of 2015: 57
Graduates since 2005: 269
*Qatar Foundation support in 2014: $59,540,167
Bachelor’s in journalism and communication. Opened in 2008.
Graduates in Class of 2015: 39
Graduates since 2008: 137
*Qatar Foundation support in 2014: $45,291,694
Sources and notes:
Each university branch provided its own data on enrollment, faculty, tuition and graduates. A few students are cross-enrolled at multiple branches. VCU’s headquarters in Richmond provided a copy of its contract with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, which includes estimates for the annual budget of the VCU branch in Qatar. Other universities declined to provide copies of their contracts.
*”Qatar Foundation support” for Georgetown and Northwestern, refers to payments received through contracts and reported to the U.S. Department of Education. Several universities did not report contractual payments to the U.S. government.
**”Reported expenditures in Middle East and North Africa” refers to line items from university tax records that encompass Doha operations.
***Cornell provided precise detail on how much the Qatar Foundation reimbursed its operations under an expense item reported through U.S. tax records.