School Admissions are open for the 2021/22 school year! Usually, parents would be visiting new schools for their children to attend in September. However, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, visiting schools and meeting with staff and administrators has been put on hold. So how are parents supposed to choose a new school for their kids? 

Thankfully many of the wonderful schools in Qatar have adapted to the current situation and are now providing online or virtual services to get all the answers you need before applying. The following list of schools and nurseries are holding virtual admissions, tours and e-meetings to answer all your questions and queries.

Acorn Nursery

Acorn Nurseries is a group of premium British-managed, EYFS curriculum nursery schools in Qatar for children aged 2 months to 4 years of age. They operate to international standards, and have branches in the Ain Khalid area of Doha as well as Al Khor.

Summer Camp is a time of informal, play-based activities where children will be re-introduced to nursery routines after the long absences and disruptions enforced by the Covid-19 crisis. It is a vital opportunity for them to re-connect with friends and staff, while re-gaining their confidence in being out of the home and away from family. Summer is an excellent opportunity to ensure your kids are “School Ready” before the August start to the new academic year.

Find out more from their website, or call 5056 3088.

ACS International School Doha

ACS International School, offering both the IB and American curriculum, caters for ages 3-18, and is based in a brand-new campus with world class facilities. The school is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year. Parents can contact the Admissions Team to arrange a personal campus tour, either in person or for an online virtual tour. You can call 4474 9000 or email [email protected] to arrange your tour and find out more about this wonderful school.

Arab International Academy

Due to the government restrictions in place to fight COVID-19, it’s not possible to visit AIA directly. However, AIA have developed an impressive Virtual Tour that you can take to discover the school and its impressive facilities.

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AIA’s admissions are currently open! You can apply for your child to attend AIA here, or you can call 4041 4999, or email [email protected]

Belgravia High School

The Belgravia High School is now accepting admissions applications for the 2021/22 school year. Belgravia offers course in a wide selection of British curriculum subjects and offers a quality education for all! Belgravia High offers a top quality British Education taught by all our trained, qualified and experienced teachers and a wide range of IGCSE and A-Level subjects in small classes of a maximum 16 students to give your children the attention in school they deserve.

Visit their website, or contact the Belgravia High School by emailing [email protected] or call 5550 0693.

Compass International School Doha

Nothing can replace a face-to-face visit and tour of the school – but with school closures and travel restrictions around the world, a Virtual Discovery Meeting at Compass is the next best thing.

Compass International School have scheduled Virtual Tours so you can speak directly with a member of the friendly admissions team. Once they’ve learned more about you and your family’s needs, they will arrange a convenient time for your personalised Virtual Discovery Meeting so you can e-meet with staff who will answer all your questions. You can register for a Meeting here.

Call the admissions team at Compass on 4034 9821 or send an enquiry here.

Doha British School

Doha British School (DBS) is a group of schools offering outstanding English National Curriculum from Pre-school, to IGCSE, AS/A-Levels, BTEC and IB Diploma. DBS has two campuses in Ain Khaled and Al Wakra, with a third set to open in September 2021.

Admissions to DBS are still ongoing. Onsite school tours are temporarily on hold but parents can watch the DBS school tour videos to get a glimpse of what learning in DBS is like. 

To inquire about admissions, parents can visit the school’s website at or contact admissions at 4019 8000 for Ain Khaled campus, 4019 8080 for Al Wakra campus, and 4019 8008 for Rawdat Al Hamama campus.

Doha English Speaking School (DESS)

Doha English Speaking School is open for admissions for the next academic year. Please check their website for details.

This September, DESS will open its fantastic new building to Year 7 students, with Year 8 following in September 2022. From November applications will be accepted for Year 8.

This makes DESS the leading preparatory school in Qatar, offering a not-for-profit education within a warm, community environment with excellent facilities.

This year’s virtual open days were a resounding success with Year 7 applications closing in record time. They were conducted personally by Principal Sean Sibley and Head of School Charlotte Molloy, who ran regular online Q&A sessions with parents.

DESS hopes to begin tours again soon, but until then, please visit them virtually at to register your interest in a personal virtual tour or virtual open day.

Doha College

Admissions are now open for new students to attend Doha College’s new 90,000 m² state-of-the-art campus in September 2021!

For more information about the admissions process at Doha College click here. You can contact Doha College and their Admissions Team by emailing [email protected] or give them a call on 4407 6777.

GEMS American Academy Qatar (GAAQ)

GEMS American Academy Qatar (GAAQ) is part of the GEMS Education family, a network of international schools worldwide that offers students the highest standard of education.  In fact, in the past four years, GEMS Education students have been accepted into 1,050 universities in 53 countries.  Moreover, these college and university acceptances include 66 of the world’s top 100 universities. As a GEMS Education school, GAAQ offers a rigorous American curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 to their multicultural student body.

Currently, GEMS American Academy Qatar is offering daily virtual chats and tours with a member of the Admissions team by scheduling here.  Moreover, please check below for virtual events that the academy is offering this May:

Tuesday, 11 May at 12 pm “Admissions Open Day” with GAAQ Registrar, Alex Stenman, and Parent Relations Executive, Justin Tyler.

Tuesday, 18 May “GAAQ Alumni Day” with our school’s alumni.

Click here to follow their Facebook page and click here to follow their YouTube page to be notified when they go live for these virtual events. To get in contact please email [email protected] or call 4032 9000 or a website visit away!

Hamilton International School

The Hamilton International School is the school of choice for so many families in Doha. You can explore the campus and have all your questions answered in one of the upcoming Virtual Open Houses. You will be able to meet the passionate and experienced Senior Leadership Team and the Admissions team. Click here for a list of the upcoming events.

The Hamilton International School offers a Family Package of up to 20% off tuition fees for those families joining the school. The Admissions team is happy to answer all your questions and assist you further, whether through a virtual meeting or a phone call or a tour, please contact the Head of Admissions, Thouraya El Bouz, via email [email protected] or call / WhatsApp 3329 6569.

Keep an eye on our upcoming events:

International School of London, Qatar

Join ISL Qatar for one of their Virtual Open Mornings. Get to tour their excellent campus online, meet the leadership team, and get to know the programmes on offer. Click here to register.

ISL Qatar also have a Virtual Tour of their campus if you would like to witness their world-class facilities first hand. Click here to explore.

After you have explored the campus, you might have some questions. Their friendly Admissions Team will be happy to e-meet you and discuss any concerns or queries you may have. You can sign up for an e-Meeting here.

To apply for your child to attend the International School of London here in Qatar, visit their website, email [email protected] or call 4433 8600.

Northview International School Qatar

Northview International School, a new vibrant school by Artemis Education Group of Schools, delivering an international curriculum, and quality education at a fair price, is open to expressions of interest for its first intake of students for September 2021.

The building of Northview International School will boast the latest in innovation across technology curriculum and teaching. All aspects of e-learning will be factored into the teaching platform design to ensure the school meets the needs of both in-school and online learning.

Situated in Umm Qarn in North Doha, just off Al Shamal Highway and only 15 minutes from Lusail city, Northview International School embraces kindness at the core of its foundation, while equally striving to enhance cultural awareness and tolerance in line with Qatar’s multicultural community.

Read more about the technological innovations available at Northview International School here. To learn more about Northview’s engaging American curriculum just 20 minutes north of Doha, visit:

SEK International School Qatar

Admissions for SEK Qatar are now open! You can have a quick Virtual Tour of the campus to explore their impressive facilities here.

If you would like to apply for your child to attend SEK Qatar click here for all the Admission details or email [email protected]. If you have any further questions call 4012 7636.

Swiss International School Qatar (SISQ)

The Swiss International School in Qatar (SISQ) has been a real success story since it opened four years ago, thanks to a sustained focus on multilingualism and a quality IB education. Our school harbours a truly international and diverse community, and hires the best teachers to provide children with the care and attention they need to thrive. Recently, it has been awarded CIS membership — a great achievement by a dedicated school community. SISQ is still accepting applications for September 2021. Call Admissions on 4036 3131 or email [email protected]. You may also visit

Universities in Qatar:

City University College & Ulster University

Whether you want to build your foundation, further your studies and go to university, look for employment or start your own business, the courses offered by City University College (CUC) in partnership with Ulster University provide you with relevant hands-on practical experience that enhances your career prospects.

Admissions now open for September 2021 intake. To find more about the BTEC programmes click here and degree programmes click here.

CUC also provides virtual meetings if you would like have a one on one with their staff. To book a virtual meeting or find out more information about their admissions process send email to [email protected] or call 4019 8198.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar)

Give your child a chance to be a mini-curator, historian, artist or art critic! Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar has opened registration for a brand-new community-centered program – Children’s Summer Art and Design Program 2021. Unlike typical summer art classes that enhance technical skills such as sketching, shading and painting, this program introduces 7-to-9-year-olds to art appreciation and art history. The course will be held from 4 July to 5 August.

Additionally, VCUarts Qatar will be holding the second edition of its highly successful High School Summer Art and Design Program 2021. This is an intensive three-week program with an optional fourth week of portfolio development classes. The course is aimed at high school students who would like to explore art and design as a pathway for their undergraduate studies. The first three-week segment runs from 4 July to 5 August, and, for those who opt for the portfolio classes, from 4 July to 29 August, including the Eid-Al-Adha break.

Further details for both programs are available at, while queries can be mailed to [email protected], or sent to WhatsApp number 3013 3448.

Weill-Cornell University – Qatar (WCM-Q)

Applications are now open for Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar’s (WCM-Q) Biomedical Research Training Program 2021.

The program is designed to give aspiring college graduates the opportunity to gain key research skills and experience to help them kick-start successful careers in biomedical research.

The program has been redesigned and extended this year to include a ten-month training period from September 2021 to June 2022. Participating graduates will work alongside WCM-Q’s world-leading scientists in the college’s state-of-the-art laboratories on a program that has been carefully designed to equip them with a wide variety of research skills, experiences, and competencies, providing a firm foundation upon which they can build careers in biomedical research.

Interested applicants can contact the research training team for more information at [email protected]. Applicants can also find more information and submit their applications online at

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