Carnegie Mellon Qatar welcomes applications from students seeking to transfer from their present university to Education City. Transfer students may apply for either fall semester admission (March 1 deadline; classes begin in late August) or spring semester admission (November 15 deadline; classes begin in mid-January). A minimum of two semesters of university level coursework is required for all transfer applicants.
Application requirements insofar as transcript submission, standardized testing, and counselor and teacher recommendations are the same as for first-year applicants. Both secondary school and university transcripts are necessary to complete a transfer application, as is the QAR 250 (or $70 USD) application fee.
A formal transfer credit evaluation will be given to admitted students shortly after the admission offer is made. Transfer credit is considered on an individual basis, and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar may award elective credit for courses with no Carnegie Mellon equivalent. Transfer applicants should be ready to submit course descriptions of university courses they have taken if requested to do so.
Transfer credit for courses that you are taking while we are reviewing your exiting university record depends on successful completion of each course. Grades are not transferred—only credit. Sometimes transfer students have to take specific courses and accumulate a larger total number of courses than the normal amount required for graduation. The time it takes for you to graduate will depend on the time you need to complete the full university degree requirements, not on your class standing at a previous institution.
Financial Aid for Transfer Applicants
Transfer students can receive financial aid from Qatar Foundation. The Financial Aid Office, however, only considers applications prior to the fall semester. Transfer students entering in January (spring semester) will not be eligible for financial aid in their first semester. Financial aid is not guaranteed, and students entering in spring will have to pay for one semester's tuition fees without knowing whether or not they will receive financial aid starting in fall.