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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Pre-Orientation, Orientation, and Convocation
    Health and Wellness

    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.

    1. Medical History Form: Make sure all questions are answered to the best of your ability and then upload this information on the 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 health-wellness@qatar.cmu.edu.

    On Campus Housing
    International Students
    • 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, 2016.
    • 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 cmuq-orientation@qatar.cmu.edu.
    On Campus Housing
    International Students