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.
- 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?
- Is my family/personal medical history confidential?
- Why is immunization information required?
- What immunizations are required?
- I live in Doha. Where can I get these extra vaccinations?
- Why do I need health insurance?
- What companies provide insurance for international students?
- Do I have to purchase insurance from one of these companies?
- I am a student transferring from one of the other Education City universities or the Academic Bridge Program. Do I still have to complete all of the health records?
- How will I know if all my health documentation has been received and all requirements have been met?
- I have read through all of the FAQ's in the Health and Wellness section and still have questions! Who can I contact?
- 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 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? There will be an orientation organized by Qatar Foundation for all students on Saturday, August 17, and CMUQ's orientation will take place August 18-22.
- What is the purpose of orientation? Orientation is a fun and helpful program help 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 21, 2013.
- 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 email@example.com.
Health and Wellness
Is my family/personal medical history confidential? Your health/medical records are confidential. Information will not be released without your consent except for communicable diseases (i.e. chicken pox, measles, mumps), which much be reported to the Health Authority by law.
- Why is immunization information required? Immunization information is required in accordance with Carnegie Mellon Qatar and Qatar Foundation policies, and is in place to protect you and the community against vaccine-preventable diseases.
What immunizations are required? Immunization requirements can be found on the Medical History Report, but also outlined in this document. We also recommend that you view this Frequently Asked Questions document.
- I live in Doha. Where can I get these vaccinations? **UPDATED INFORMATION**: Qatar residents should go to their local Hamad primary care clinic to receive vaccinations. Immunizations are free of charge.
- Why do I need health insurance? All full-time students are required to have insurance coverage. The intent of this policy is to insure that students have access to health care, and are protected from significant financial loss in the event of seriously illness, injury or emergency evacuation. Qatar citizens and residents can provide a copy of their Hamad health cards as proof of insurance. International and GCC must purchase insurance that meets the University's requirements. See next question for information about which companies provide this kind of insurance.
What companies provide insurance for international and GCC students? Carnegie Mellon Qatar recommends HCC Medical Insurance Services, but some students have also used InterGlobal in the past. The coverage purchased must cover the entire academic year (through May 2014), and must cover 1) emergency evacuation, 2) repatriation of remains, 3) coverage for health care in Qatar, and 4) mental health benefits. You will upload confirmation of your insurance coverage to the Health and Wellness Form.
Directions for Purchasing HCC Medical Insurance:
- Go to the HCC website, and review the coverage plans to decide which one will meet your needs. The "Select", "Budget", and "Smart" plans meet the University's requirements.
- Click on the "Get Quote" button/link, and enter the dates of coverage needed. Students must be sure to have coverage for the entire academic year, or from the date of departure from your home country through the date of return in the spring.
- Click "Submit" and then review the quotes and choose which one you wish to purchase. Follow directions for purchasing the insurance.
- Once evidence of insurance is received, forward this email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Directions for Purchasing HCC Medical Insurance:
- Do I have to purchase insurance from one of these companies? If you choose an alternative insurance company, please forward a letter from your insurance company confirming that the above mentioned provisions are included in your health coverage.In addition, the letter should include the name of the student, policy number, insurance company and duration of coverage.
- I am a student transferring from one of the other Education City universities or the Academic Bridge Program. Do I still have to complete all of the health records? Yes! Medical information is confidential and is not shared between institutions in Education City.
- How will I know if all my health documentation has been received and all requirements have been met? You will receive an email confirmation from the Director of Health and Wellness. Only when the Director has confirmed, in writing, that everything has been met are you complete!
- I have read through all of the FAQ's in the Health and Wellness section and still have questions! Who can I contact? Send questions via email to email@example.com
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. Visit the Housing and Residence Life website to learn more about these facilities.
Are there any single rooms available in the residence halls? Yes, student 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 Qatar Foundation Housing & Residence Life Staff. Next, Qatar Foundation will send you an email with directions for the 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 2013 semester, the cost per semester to live on campus depends on the type of accommodation selected and assigned. The lowest option is 8,240 QAR per semester and the highest is 9,940 QAR per semester. Each new applicant for housing must also pay a one-time damage deposit of 2,000 QAR, plus a 1,000 QAR reservation fee (which does go toward the semester fees). Please visit the Housing and Residence Life website to learn about the wire transfer process.
- 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.
- 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.
- How do I get a visa to enter Qatar? International students will submit the International Student Form, which also asks for a passport copy, by July 1. The Office of International Education staff will submit the necessary documents on your behalf to the Qatar Foundation Government Affairs office. This will generate an entry visa for you, which will need to be transferred to a residence permit after arrival. The Office of International Education will forward this visa to you via email when it is ready.
- 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, after which you will need to have a medical exam and have your fingerprints taken by government officials. Once this data has been added to the database and approved, you will receive your passport back with the residence permit affixed to a passport page.
- 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? This document is needed for the residence permit process and must be submitted.
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 email@example.com.