Moving to a new country can be daunting, but the Student Services team at UCL Qatar are here to ease you through this transition. We will be there to assist you with any queries or issues you have, from housing to visas and endeavour to ensure a high level of well-being and welfare for all our students. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to visit our office or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
- When to Arrive
A pre-induction course - ‘Stepping up to a masters’ programme will be offered as an option to incoming UCL Qatar students.
This short course is a two-week, full-time, pre-masters course supporting students before they join their master’s programmes at UCL Qatar. The course begins on 8 September and runs for two full weeks until the formal induction week on 22 September 2019. Places on the course are limited. If there are more new students who wish to attend this course than spaces available, final selection will be at the discretion of the Degree co-ordinators. More information about registering interest in attending this programme will be sent to all new students directly.
For students who are unable to attend this pre-sessional course, it is recommended that you aim to arrive in Doha between 19 and 21 September 2019, prior to the start of Induction Week on 22 September 2018.
All visitors will arrive at Hamad International Airport, which is served by many international carriers including Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Sri Lankan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Pegasus Airlines and Jet Airways.
Meet and Greet Service
All new incoming international students will be met upon their arrival at the airport and taken to their accommodation. We will require your flight arrival details and will contact all incoming students in August to obtain this information.
- Mobile Phones
It is easy to buy a Qatari SIM card, you will require your passport and you are encouraged to get your SIM card as soon as possible on arrival in Qatar. SIM cards can be purchased at the airport or at many retail outlets across Qatar. You can choose to pay-as-you-go with top-up vouchers or take out a monthly contract. The two networks in Qatar are Ooredoo and Vodafone
- Opening a Bank Account
There are a number of different bank providers based in Qatar. Some students prefer to open an account with Qatar National Bank (QNB) for convenience as there is a local branch at Education City Community Housing (ECCH). Local bank branches can be found in all malls and a large number of ATM machines can be found in and around Doha.
Information on how to open a local bank account will be provided to new students during Induction week.
- Managing your Finances
- Qatar imports a large percentage of its food products, making some items more expensive if you choose an imported product over its local equivalent. Local fruit, vegetables, fish and bread are often cheap.
- Many well-known high-street brands can be found in malls such as City Centre, Mall of Qatar, Festival City Mall, Lagoona, Landmark and Villaggio.
- Electronics, stationery and most household items can be found cheaper in larger supermarkets such as Family Food Centre, Carrefour and Lulu Hypermarket.
- Entertainment is dependent on individual preference. The cost of dining out can vary between QAR 30 - 200, due to the wide range of different restaurants.
- Many cultural activities and public events in Qatar are free to attend (There may be a charge for concerts or special exhibitions in galleries and museums).
Cost of Living
Please note that the below information is a guide and living expenses per month can vary according to individual preferences and lifestyle and may be less or more than suggested:
- Food / month: QAR 1000
- Household and Personal items / month: QAR 300
- Entertainment / month: QAR 500
- Transport / month (by taxi): QAR 300
- Working Part-Time on a Student Visa
UCL Qatar students, sponsored by Qatar Foundation on a student visa, are permitted to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week on Education City campus. The employer must be part of Qatar Foundation and the student must obtain prior written approval from UCL Qatar before starting any employment.
Most campus student jobs are advertised under the HBKU website. www.tech4work.com. The hourly rate of pay for student campus jobs and internships can vary, the basic salary range is 27 to 45 QAR per hour.
- Driving Licence
New residents can drive for one week (7 days from arrival) on approved licences from some countries. You will need to check with the Traffic Department at Madinat Khalifa to see if the licence of your home country is valid. UCL Qatar students, sponsored by Qatar Foundation on a student visa, require a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to apply for a driving licence. This can be requested by emailing the Student and Academic Services Team email@example.com
- Health Matters
The State of Qatar provides national health coverage for all residents of Qatar by providing them with a National Health (Hamad) Card. International students are eligible to obtain a National Health Card after receiving their Residence Permit. All students (Qatari citizens and expatriates residing in Qatar) are recommended to apply for and/or renew their National Health Card on their own in the Primary Healthcare Center located in their district. The Hamad Health card will not be available until students receive their Qatar Residence Permit, therefore, all new students should ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover their travel to Qatar and any medical requirements during the first few weeks living in Qatar.
Qatar Foundation Primary Healthcare Clinic
Qatar Foundation (QF) Primary Health Care Centre, located in the Student Center, is the primary healthcare centre for Education City students. Staffed by physicians, specialists, nurses, and dentists, the clinic provides routine curative health services and basic dental care to all students. No appointment is required to see a physician. However, you would need to make appointment to see a dentist. Opening hours are 7:30am - 2:30pm Sunday to Thursday. 12pm - 8pm Saturday. Kulud Pharmacy, located in the Student Center, provides medications for a fee.
Student Health Insurance
UCL provide travel and medical insurance which covers official student off-site trips and placements. However, all UCL Qatar students are strongly advised to arrange their own private health insurance cover while living in Qatar.
UCL Qatar advises all students to be immunised against Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Meningitis. In addition, all students should acquire documentation of a Tuberculosis (TB) skin test within the last year. Students are encouraged to review the Ministry of Public Health guidelines on immunisation and vaccine practice in the State of Qatar. In order to avoid delays, please see your healthcare provider prior to arriving in Doha to complete the immunisations especially if your records are incomplete and you need to get any outstanding immunisations. In Qatar, vaccines, blood work, and record verification can be done for free at Hamad Medical Corporation Vaccination Unit in Mesaimeer Health Center or for a fee at private hospitals, laboratories, or clinics.
What Additional Type of Medical Tests are Required?
The State of Qatar requires resident applicants to undergo and test negative for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and chest x-ray for Tuberculosis. The Qatar Foundation will arrange for these medical tests after students arrive in Doha.