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This Regional Institute is aimed at connecting secondary school counselors within the Middle East & North Africa Region with university admission advising tools and networks of universities around the world. It is also intended for universities around the world who want to build connections and deepen their understanding of students in the Middle Eastern and North African markets.   
Through in-depth and focused conversations and presentations, participants will gain a greater understanding of the educational process, admission requirements, fees and scholarships, and the challenges and opportunities students face when applying to a university outside of the Middle East and North Africa.    

Registration is now closed.

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The Regional Institute will allow for two days of concentrated networking, educational sessions, and conversations that are specific to Middle Eastern & North African students.

Representatives from universities and high schools, including admissions officers, principals, counselors, and teachers are encouraged to attend. All levels of experience are welcome. International ACAC membership is required.

Colleges and Universities Scheduled to Attend as of September 26, 2023

Secondary Schools and IECs Scheduled to Attend as of September 26, 2023

Organizations Scheduled to Attend as of September 26, 2023

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Institute Location

Georgetown University in Qatar
Education City (Doha) - Qatar
Approximately 30 minutes from Doha International Airport

Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) is dedicated to fulfilling Georgetown University’s mission of promoting intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding through serious and sustained discourse among people of different faiths, cultures, and beliefs. Embodying this spirit of the University, Georgetown’s Qatar campus undertakes education, research, and service in order to advance knowledge and provide students and the community with a holistic educational experience that produces global citizens committed to the service of humankind. They demonstrate the values of Georgetown University; seek to build upon the world-class reputation of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; and work with their partner, Qatar Foundation, in its endeavors to achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030 and help develop Qatar’s knowledge economy.
Their vision is to be recognized as the leading academic institution for international affairs in the Middle East by demonstrating unfailing excellence in teaching, research, and community outreach. 

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Regional Institute fees will be $200 for Secondary School and Individual Members and $225 for College and University Members and Organizational Members.

The institute will offer scholarship opportunities for secondary school and independent counselors who could not otherwise afford to attend. 

Regional Institute Grant Applications are closed.


Registration is now closed.

Housing Options

Room blocks have been negotiated at nearby internationally recognized hotels as there will be no on-campus housing. 

1. Marriott Marquis City Center Doha (Marriott): Standard or Superior Room, breakfast and internet included, for $151/$177 USD/night. 

  • Booking is available at this LINK ONLY.
  • This room block and booking link are available until August 31. After August 31, rooms and rate subject to availability until October 1. 
  • Cancellation available until 24 hours prior to the day of check-in. 

2. Wyndham Doha: Breakfast and internet included, for $164 USD/night. 

  • Booking is available at this LINK ONLY.
  • This room block and booking link are available until September 15. After September 15, rooms and rate subject to availability until October 1
  • Cancellation available until 48 hours prior to check-in. 

3. Al Wadi Hotel MGallery: Breakfast and internet included, for $151/night. 

  • Group Code: GUQCON2023: send booking request to [email protected]
  • Cancellation available until 18:00 day of arrival, local time. Cancellation received after 18:00 day of arrival, local time, as well as a no-show on the scheduled date of arrival, will be subject to one night’s room charge.

4. AlRayyan Hotel Doha Curio (Hilton): Breakfast and internet included, for $96 USD/night. 

  • Booking is available at this LINK ONLY.
  • This booking link is available until August 31. After August 31, rooms and rate subject to availability until October 1.
  • Cancellation available until 11:59 PM local time October 4.
  • This is an alcohol-free hotel.


Tentative working schedule.

Friday, October 6th

  • Opening Session
  • Dinner and Networking 

Saturday, October 7th

  • Welcome
  • Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2
  • Networking Lunch
  • Concurrent Session 3
  • Secondary School and Independent Counselor Fair
  • Dinner and Networking
Sunday, October 8th 
  • Concurrent Session 4
  • Concurrent Session 5
  • Lunch
  • Optional Education City Universities Tour
  • 5:30 - 7:30 PM Optional Evening International ACAC College/University Fair
    • The registration fee for the Fair is $175 USD per institution. (Separate Fair Registration will be required.)
    • Open and advertised to students and local schools in the region. 

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