Search for the best international schools in Qatar; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.
The world’s second richest state in terms of GDP per capita, Qatar is host to a thriving international school sector serving expatriates, Qataris and Arabic-speaking students from across the region. The ruling Al Thani family has poured billions of dollars into education since the current Emir’s father launched a drive to set up the world’s first purpose-built regional education hub, Qatar Education City, on the outskirts of Doha in 1995.
International schools have blossomed in and around Doha following a raft of nationwide education reforms begun in 2001. They now account for about a quarter of all schools in the Emirate, where some 85 per cent of the population are expatriates.
Most international schools are large, co-educational day schools that teach in English. But there are several single-sex international schools for girls and an elite boys’ boarding school, the Doha Leadership Academy, while the Deutsche Internationale Schule Doha offers instruction in German and English and the French School teaches in French. A Swiss international school is due to open in 2017.
Qatar has 14 IB World Schools authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma, six of which are approved to offer the Middle Years Programme, with four, including Qatar Academy on the Education City campus, also offering the Primary Years.
Qatar Academy, which has 1,800 students, blends the IB curriculum with a strong emphasis on Arabic, Islamic studies and Qatari culture and history, while the 2,100-student British School Doha has adopted the English national curriculum leading to IGCSEs, followed by the IB Diploma.
High demand for international education has prompted a steady stream of new school openings, with King’s College Doha, which is a sister school to Britain’s King’s College Taunton, and Qatar’s first Turkish embassy school launched in 2016. The Swiss International School of Qatar, which is part of the Bellevue Education group and has registered as a candidate school for IB accreditation, opened in 2017 for students up to age 14 and will accept students aged 15 to 18 from September 2018.
The first school for expatriates in Qatar was the English-medium Pak Shama School, which serves the Pakistani community. Schools aimed at other Asian migrant communities, such as the Philippine School Doha, have followed. Public schools, which are normally single-sex, are reserved for Qatari nationals.
As well as overseas universities, school-leavers can apply to branches of prestigious US and European institutions within Education City. These include the American universities Cornell and Carnegie Mellon, University College London and top French business school HEC Paris.
If you are looking specifically for International Baccalaureate World Schools in Qatar, you can find selected schools on our sister website: www.ibyb.org.