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 to other countries. Write for All Around, the campus newspaper. Meet corporate leaders and CEO's through the Connections program.

    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Pre-Orientation, Orientation, and Convocation
    Health and Wellness

    All Carnegie Mellon Qatar students are required to maintain a medical file at the university, and to stay up-to-date with required immunizations. Without a completed medical file, new students will not be able to register for classes. For students who wish 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 the July 1 deadline. 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 Health and Wellness Form.

    1. Medical History Report: Make sure to complete all sections, including the signature at the end of the "For All Students" section.
    2. Immunization Records: Students must ensure that they receive all appropriate vaccines as outlined on the Immunization Requirement form. Please visit the FAQ page for specific information about submitting these records.
    3. Health Insurance: Private health insurance is required for all students and will automatically be enrolled in StudentCare Plus. Students may choose to waive out of insurance provided their insurance meets the minimum health insurance requirements. The documentation and waiver must be received no later than July 1st and be uploaded along with the above mentioned information.

    You may refer to our Insurance FAQs online or the New Student and Health Insurance pages for detailed information.

    For any questions you can contact us at health-wellness@qatar.cmu.edu.

    On Campus Housing
    International Students
    • What is pre-orientation? Pre-orientation is an 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 16-20. There may also be an orientation day organized by HBKU on August 22nd.
    • 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 suits or 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 19, 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 orientation.cmuq2019@gmail.com.
    On Campus Housing
    International Students