Academic Bridge Program


The Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a center of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is a premier pre-university program established for high school graduates from Qatar and other countries in the region. The ABP is located in the architecturally stunning, LAS (Liberal Arts and Sciences) building on the campus of Education City in Qatar. Since our program was established in 2001, more than 2,500 students (mostly Qatari high school graduates, but also students from over 30 other countries) have graduated from our program.

Many have enrolled at one of the universities in Education City, at Qatar University, or at universities in the U.S or the U.K. Over 90% of our graduates are admitted to university each year. The Academic Bridge Program of Qatar Foundation aims to be the pre-eminent Post-Secondary Preparatory Program in Qatar and the Gulf Region and to equip specially selected, top-caliber secondary school graduates for admission to and success in degree programs at the universities at Qatar Foundation and other English-language world-class universities.

The mission of the Academic Bridge Program is to provide high school graduates in Qatar with the academic and personal skills for success in reputable English language universities around the world, with special emphasis on preparing students for the universities in Qatar Foundation’s Education City.

Since its launch in 2001, the Academic Bridge Program (ABP) has graduated more than 2,500 students, 90% of whom have gone on to study at universities here in Qatar or abroad. You can find ABP graduates studying in the UK, the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. A large number of our students are studying in – or have graduated from – Qatar Foundation’s partner universities. To find out more about where our students have been admitted.

The ABP has helped thousands of students to study in top English speaking universities by giving them important academic and personal skills. These skills helped them to be stronger university applicants and more successful students in university.

The Academic Bridge Program (ABP) annually admits secondary school graduates from Qatar and other countries in the region who need to improve their English, math and science skills in order to meet the admission standards of – and to do well in – highly selective universities.

Students seeking admission to the ABP often wish to study business, engineering, computer science, medicine, art, international relations, journalism, or communications at university. That said, the ABP admits students who wish to study other subjects as well.

The ABP is a rigorous two-semester general studies program which focuses on English, math, science and computer skills. Studies in these four areas help ensure a successful transition from high school to university. Students are placed in classes according to their skill level to ensure that they are challenged, yet able to succeed and improve. ABP also partners with the universities at Qatar Foundation to offer cross-registration, an exceptional opportunity for students to prove that they are ready for university studies.

The Academic Bridge Program is a center of Qatar Foundation (QF) and as such, benefits from the many facilities provided by Qatar Foundation. Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development is a private, non-profit organization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Amir father of Qatar, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bent Nasser.

QF carries out its mission through three strategic pillars: education, science and research, and community development. QF’s education pillar brings world-class universities to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. Meanwhile, its science and research pillar builds Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences. Finally, its community development pillar helps foster a progressive society while also enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.

The ABP has five full time administrators, a counselor, a librarian, a learning resources coordinator, 30 teachers, and 19 support staff members. The entire faculty has bachelor’s degrees, 95% have at least one master’s degree, and 5 hold doctorates.

Faculty members are drawn from 19 countries including Australia, Canada, England, Egypt, France, Jordan, India, Ireland, Lebanon, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Sudan, the United States, and Switzerland.

The ABP’s Student Services Department strives to provide an environment that advocates for transformative education – a holistic process of learning that places the student at the centre of the learning experience, promoting personal growth, leadership development, social responsibility, student empowerment and involvement in all intellectual, social, cultural, spiritual, emotional, professional and physical areas of the students’ life.

Student Services is committed to building a community where the living and learning environments are cohesive, student life is vibrant, and diverse.

In line with the mission of the ABP, Student Services undertake to exert all efforts to bridge the gap between high school and university and ensure a smooth transition to a co-educational university environment. This is achieved by providing students with opportunities to develop their academic, social, and personal skills in a range of co-curricular activities and projects.

We are also dedicated to creating an educational setting where academic learning and personal development can be combined through co-curricular programs and activities which reflect the diverse ways through which students acquire knowledge.

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Courses & Programs


  • Foundation English Program
  • Academic English Program