In­ter­na­tional North­west­ern stu­dents study on Doha cam­pus

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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.”

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