Media, Technology & Digital Culture in the Middle East

CCT Summer Institute in Doha, Qatar


Institute Overview

Since the 2011 Arab Spring, the world has renewed its attention to politics in the Middle East. New communication technologies have played a significant role in these developments —not just in driving events, but also in shaping perceptions of those events. Establishing itself as a media hub, Qatar has become both a global leader in regional and transnational journalism as well as a testing ground for technology-driven, knowledge-based economies. In partnership with the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q), the Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) offers a two-week Summer Institute on Media, Technology & Digital Culture in the Middle East.

Based in Doha and hosted by Georgetown University’s state-of-the-art Qatar campus, the Institute provides first-hand perspective on emergent media and communication trends, technology-driven innovations, and digital experiments in the Middle East region. Drawing upon regional and technical expertise, the Institute helps students reflect on the relation between information technologies and processes of globalization. It examines the evolving relationship between new media, digital cultures, and socio-political changes in a fast-changing region. Focusing on the contemporary Middle East and oil-rich Gulf states, the institute provides a broad-based critical understanding of the complexities of the information environment in the global south. As such, it affords students the opportunity to explore emergent trends, experience alternative digital cultures, and develop a comparative perspective through which they can critically reflect on normative models.

The institute adopts an interdisciplinary approach and emphasizes experiential learning. Lectures and guest lectures by leading experts and workshops by seasoned practitioners are enriched by site visits to globally recognized Doha-based organizations, including Al Jazeera, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). The site visits provide first-hand accounts and behind-the-scenes discussions with the professionals and key staff who are shaping digital culture in the Middle East and transnational information trends. The program also includes cultural activities and an architectural tour of major Doha landmarks and projects, with an emphasis on sustainability, future planning, and emerging global cities.

To learn more out about the 2014 Institute and student perspectives, please visit

Class in Doha

Who Can and Should Apply

Graduate students interested in the evolving relationship between media and communication technologies and culture, society, and politics in the Middle East should apply. Students can expect a rich and alternative learning experience, but must also be prepared for a demanding and academically rigorous program.

The program will accept 10-16 students from Georgetown and other universities who are currently enrolled in graduate programs. Each student will apply through the Georgetown Office of Global Education and enroll with permission of the studentʼs own program.

For students enrolled with Georgetown University, participation counts as three (3) graduate credits. 

Dates and Application Deadlines

The 2014 program took place in the weeks betwen Main Campus Commencement in May and the beginning of Ramadan in June. There are currently no plans to hold a 2016 Summer Institute, although we look forward to future collaborations with Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). 



Program Cost

The student fee for future Summer Institutes is to be determined. The fee covers travel insurance, double occupancy hotel rooms (with daily cleaning service and private kitchens and baths), some meals, and transportation within Doha. Each student is individually responsible for transportation to and from Doha, passport fees, additional meals, and other personal expenses.

Host Institution in Doha

Classes are held at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), with some course activities taking place elsewhere in Doha.



The courses in the program are taught by a number of distinguished scholars including the program co-directors, Professor Mohamed Zayani (SFS-Q) and Professor Wayne J.R. Osborn (CCT). The Institute also includes guest lectures by regional experts and  professionals, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of key Qatari media and technology organizations.


If you receive federal financial aid, you can apply your student loans toward the program cost. Contact your financial aid counselor in the Office of Student Financial Services to ask about a summer funding plan.

Georgetown does not offer scholarships for summer study, but students can look for external funding to cover summer study.



Students share double-occupancy hotel rooms located in Doha's West Bay district. All rooms are equipped with private kitchens and baths and serviced with daily cleaning. Transportation is provided to the GU-Q campus and all Institute activities.


Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

There are currently no plans to hold a 2016 Summer Institute, although we look forward to future collaborations with Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). 

Graduate students should apply through the Georgetown University Office of Global Education “Study Abroad” website.
1. Visit: Office of Global Education.
2. Click “Search Programs” on the lower left side of the page.
3. Enter search term, e.g. “Doha” or “New Communication Technologies”.
4. Click on the appropriate program.
5. Click “Apply Now” at the bottom of the page.

To apply, students must submit the following through the OIP online application system:
1. Student Application
2. Two Letters of Recommendation
3. Statement of Interest
4. Transcript(s) (unofficial transcripts will be accepted)
5. Application Fee, which will be charged through Student Accounts.
Please contact Sarah Twose, CCT Director of Academic Programs, with questions about application procedures.

Language of Instruction

All sessions are conducted in English.

Contact and Additional Information

Please contact Sarah Twose if you have additional questions.
Communication, Culture & Technology Program
Georgetown University
3520 Prospect Street, NW
Suite 311, Car Barn
Washington, DC 20057-1047
Phone: (202) 687-9163

Please note that Georgetown University reserves the right to adjust program fees or cancel any program without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide information on cancellations in a timely manner. In the event of cancellation, Georgetown University will refund program deposits and 100% of recoverable program fees.