International Northwestern students study on Doha campus
Undergraduates from Northwestern’s Evanston campus are spending a semester on the University’s international campus in Qatar. The students including Bryan Lee, Dylan Gresik, and Liming (Adrian) Wan are spending the Fall semester at NU-Q where they are exploring the Middle East and learning first-hand about the region’s culture, as well as enrolling in classes that ranges from political science and public policy to journalism and strategic communication. “Cross-campus learning offers a unique opportunity for students from our home campus to physically and academically explore the dynamic Middle Eastern region,” said Everette E Dennis, Dean and CEO of NU-Q. “Students explore and learn about media, communications, and international relations in a different context and gain a deeper understanding of the international perspective that is presented in the media industry.”
The programme for the Northwestern students includes field trips, hands-on learning experiences, and a week of travel in the region. Students can also cross-register at the other American branch campus universities across Education City. For this year’s students, Arabic course at Georgetown University in Qatar along with the social, political, and economic developments in Qatar including the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the Qatari diplomatic crisis have been included in the curriculum.
Gresik, a Medill student majoring in journalism and political science said that NU-Q is the ideal location to learn about the geo-political dynamics of the region. “I am interested in foreign policy, national security, and international relations. Doha really fits at the centre of those interests between the Gulf crisis and Qatar’s outsized presence in the world,” he said. “The resources and access provided here to students at Northwestern and Education City has allowed me the unique opportunity to learn about and experience these political developments as they play out on the ground.”
Lee, an international studies and political science student from Weinberg, said, “I hope to be involved in politics and international relations in my career, and I hope my study abroad experience gives me insight into how the United States and Qatar can strengthen their strategic partnership and continue to work together to solve problems in the region.”
Wan, a journalism and Middle East and North African studies major student from Medill, said, “I’ve befriended students from many diverse backgrounds, which has significantly broadened my horizon and engaged me in more multicultural dialogues.”