Life as a Tartan
It's all about balance. As a Carnegie Mellon student, you'll work hard. Academic expectations are high. The workload can be heavy. However, Carnegie Mellon is not all about work. It's also about having fun.
From the first day of Orientation, current Carnegie Mellon students will be introducing you to innumerable opportunities to do just that. Learn to be a leader in the Carnegie Mellon Student Majlis. Travel and lead service projects in other countries. Write for All Around, the campus newspaper. Meet corporate leaders and CEO's lunch programs.
Getting involved with campus life helps you learn how to balance academic expectations with other commitments. It makes you a more invested member of the campus community and provides you with a richer, more fulfilling campus experience.
To learn more about student life at Carnegie Mellon, visit here.
- Pre-Orientation, Orientation and Convocation
- Health and Wellness
- On Campus Housing
- International Students
- What is pre-orientation?
- Why do I have to take a math and writing assessment?
- How will I know what classes for which to register?
- When is orientation?
- What is the purpose of orientation?
- What should I bring to orientation?
- What should I wear to orientation?
- Is orientation mandatory?
- What is convocation?
- I have read through all of the FAQ's in this section and still have questions! Who can I contact?
All Carnegie Mellon University Qatar students are required to maintain an updated medical file. Without a completed medical file, new students will not be able to register for classes. For students who plan to live on campus, residence hall assignments will not be distributed until the medical file is complete, nor will visas to enter Qatar be given to international students.
In order for a student's medical file to be deemed complete, the following records must be submitted by July 1st. The Director of Health and Wellness will provide written confirmation to the student when all requirements have been met.
All forms and documents mentioned below are to be uploaded as attachments to the online Student Portal.
- All sections must be completed as verification that you have received all required immunizations. The last page should be signed by you or your parent giving the university permission to treat you based on your individual needs in the event that you become ill during your stay on campus and require emergent care. This information is confidential and will not be released without your consent.
- Required Vaccinations: Ensure that you receive all the required vaccinations and provide the appropriate evidence as outlined on the health form. This information helps us to protect you and the community against vaccine-preventable diseases. Additional information is available on the “Life as a Tartan” web page.
2. Insurance Requirements: In accordance with the Health Insurance Policy, all students that are not Qatari Nationals must have adequate private health insurance coverage. All non-Qatari students will be automatically enrolled in the university offered health insurance plan and charged in their first semester of attendance each academic year. You can request to waive this insurance if you are able to provide documentation that you have an alternative private health insurance that meets the minimum requirements. If you are requesting to waive the university offered health insurance submit a Medical Insurance Waiver Form by July 1st.
**Medical Insurance Waiver Forms received after July 1st will NOT be considered.
All Qatari students must provide a valid copy of their Hamad Health Card (front and back).
3. Notice of Privacy Form: This form pledges that all information shared with the office of Health & Wellness staff is confidential. In addition, by signing this form, students accept the responsibility of respecting the rights of others, as well as the rights that they themselves possess. Additional information can be found on the form itself.
For any questions you can contact the Director of Health and Wellness at email@example.com.
- What are the residence halls like?
- Are there any single rooms available in the residence halls?
- Can anyone live on campus?
- How do I apply for housing?
- How much does it cost to live on campus?
- If I live on campus, will there be cafeterias or food courts open on campus for meals on the weekends?
- I have read through all of the FAQ's in this section and still have questions! Who can I contact?
- How do I get a visa to enter Qatar?
- What is the process to convert my entry visa into a residence permit (i.e. a visa to study in Qatar)?
- Can my parents travel to Qatar and help me move in?
- Why do I need a document stating my blood type?
- Once I get my residence permit, can I travel in and out of the country any time I want?
I have read through all of the FAQ's in the International Students section and still have questions! Who can I contact?
- What is pre-orientation? Pre-orientation is a half-day appointment during the summer where enrolling students meet with their first-year advisor, Dr. Marion Oliver, take academic placement exams, and handle other administrative details such as obtaining your Carngie Mellon Qatar I.D. card. While meeting with Dr. Oliver, students will receive course schedules and have an opportunity to ask questions about transitioning to Carnegie Mellon Qatar.
- Why do I have to take a math and writing assessment? All new students must either show proficiency or pass 2 English and 2 math courses during their first year at CMUQ. The math and writing assessments are the best way to test your proficiency in these areas, and your results may allow you to "pass out" of the first semester of math and/or English. So make sure to try your best during these assessments!
How will I know what classes for which to register? As a first-year student, you don't need to be worried about arranging you schedule! Your advisor, Dr. Oliver, will provide you with the course schedule you'll take for your fall semester and you will be automatically registered.
- When is orientation? CMUQ's orientation will take place August 14-18. There may also be an orientation day organized by HBKU.
- What is the purpose of orientation? Orientation is a fun and helpful program that will help you with your transition to university life. You will meet your classmates, as well as staff and professors, and you'll learn so much about how CMU works and what it means to be a Tartan!
- What should I bring to orientation? You should bring something to write with and a small notebook, plus an open mind and your excitement! We will provide you with everything you may need during orientation. Please leave your brothers, sisters, counsins, friends, and parents at home!
- What should I wear to orientation? You should wear something in which you'll feel comfortable and be able to move around. No need for formal attire.
Is orientation mandatory? Yes, but you'll love it! It is the best and easiest way to become a part of the Tartan family.
- What is convocation? Convocation is a formal ceremony that officially marks the beginning of your academic career as well as ushers new students into the Carnegie Mellon family. Conovation will be held on Wednesday August 17, 2015.
- I have read through all of the FAQ's in this section and still have questions! Who can I contact? Send questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Campus Housing
- What are the residence halls like? The new residence halls have different housing options. a)Residence Hall Room, b) Two bedroom apartment, c) Studio apartment, d) One bedroom apartment.
Are there any single rooms available in the residence halls? Yes, students will not share bedrooms in the new residence halls. The two bedroom apartment houses two residents - one in each bedroom.
- Can anyone live on campus? Yes! For directions on the housing application process, read the question below.
How do I apply for housing? First, complete the Housing Request Form, and this information will be sent to the HBKU Housing & Residence Life Staff. Next, HBKU will send you an email with directions for accessing the online housing application. Remember: No student will be given their housing assignment until their medical file is fully complete. It is in your best interest to complete the housing request form and all medical forms as early as possible.
- How much does it cost to live on campus? For the Fall 2015 semester, the cost per semester to live on campus depends on the type of accommodation selected and assigned. The lowest option is 8,840 QAR per semester and the highest is 10,640 QAR per semester. Each new applicant for housing must also pay a one-time damage deposit of 2,000 QAR, Click here for costs by room type.
- If I live on campus, will there be cafeterias or food courts open on campus for meals on the weekends? There will be multiple food options available in the Student Center on the weekends, as well as weekdays. There is also a cafeteria within the residence hall complex.
- I have read through all of the FAQ's in this section and still have questions! Who can I contact? Read this detailed FAQ document for HBKU Housing & Residence Life. If you still have questions, contact OIE via email at email@example.com.
- How do I get a visa to enter Qatar? International students will submit the International Student Form, which also asks for a scanned passport copy, by July 1. If possible, also upload your blood group document at the same time. The Office of International Education staff will submit the necessary documents on your behalf to the Qatar Foundation Government Affairs office. An entry visa will be generated for you, and the Office of International Education will forward this visa to you via email when it is ready. The entry visa will be trasferred to a residency permit after your arrival in Qatar.
- What is the process to transfer my entry visa into a residence permit (i.e. a visa to study in Qatar)? After arriving in Qatar, the Office of International Education will submit a copy of your entry visa, your passport, 2 passport photos, and your blood type documentation to Qatar Foundation Government Affairs. This office will submit your information into the Ministry of Interior database. You will need to have a medical exam, have your fingerprints taken and eyes scanned by government officials. Once this data has been added to the database and approved, you will receive your passport back with an approved residence permit and Qatar Identification Card.
- Can my parents travel to Qatar and help me move in? Yes. You should first check the Qatar e-government website to see if your parents are able to get a visa on arrival. If not, then you must submit a Parent Visa Request for each parent. This form should be submitted by July 1 at the latest. You will be asked to upload a copy of each of their passports on this form, so be sure to have a scanned copy available when you fill out the form.
Why do I need a document stating my blood type? A document stating your blood type is needed for the residence permit application process. It is best if you submit this document with your international student information form, however you can submit it via email later if necessary.
Once I get my residence permit, can I travel in and out of the country any time I want? Students with residence permits must submit an exit request each time they wish to travel outside of Qatar. This process will be discussed in detail during orientation, but does require at least one week notice.
- I have read through all of the FAQ's in the International Students section and still have questions! Who can I contact? Send questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.