How much does the trip cost and what do I have to pay for?
The cost of the trip is $450 per student. The student’s contribution of $450 covers the round-trip airfare, hotel accommodation in Doha, all meals, activities, visa fees, and in-country transport.
Students are responsible for securing their own passports, which must be valid through September 2017, six months beyond their departure date in March 2017. Those selected must be able to provide a color copy of their passport by December 1, 2016.
Should I still apply to IMPAQT if the financial contribution is too high?
Absolutely! Your ability to pay is not considered by the selection committee, comprised of active IMPAQT members and members of the Division of Student Affairs. The cost of the trip should not serve as a barrier to any student who is interested in applying. The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is committed to sending students to Doha through the IMPAQT program regardless of their financial situation.
If the personal contribution presents financial challenge, please submit a letter detailing your extenuating circumstances directly to Renee Camerlengo, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org. All financial concerns will be kept confidential and are separate from the selection process.
What should I do if the cost is too high? How do I demonstrate my financial need?
If you have financial concerns, please submit a letter detailing your extenuating circumstances directly to Renee Camerlengo, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs: email@example.com. All financial concerns will be kept confidential and are separate from the selection process.
What is the time commitment like for IMPAQT?
After students return from the trip, there is a sustained commitment to bridging the gaps between our Pittsburgh and Doha campuses. This commitment involves the completion of an individual or group project that influences the Pittsburgh campus and community, as well as the general ambassadorship that is inherent to IMPAQT’s mission. Examples of projects and the ambassadorship role are wide-ranging and often intertwined: planning and hosting a UC Late Night event about CMU-Q; welcoming the new Doha exchange students at the airport; coordinating an exhibition of photos from Doha; or taking a group of CMU-P and CMU-Q students to a Tartan football game.
Can seniors apply for IMPAQT?
Graduating seniors are welcome to apply. However, the sustained commitment makes it challenging for graduating seniors to fulfill this element of the role. Seniors are asked to address how they will contribute to enhancing the student experience between the two campuses in the two months before they graduate.
What happens during the trip?
The six day trip is a combination of cultural and academic activities. Students will spend several days on our campus in Education City, a part of Doha, meeting with students, staff, and faculty in formal, as well as informal, settings. There are also excursions in and around Doha, such as the Islamic Art Museum and FANAR (the Islamic Cultural Center), a dhow cruise, visits to the souks (open-air markets) and more.
If you have a particular interest in an academic program, student organization, or other aspect of the Doha campus, we will help you to arrange a meeting prior to the group’s departure.