Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

Established in 2004, Carnegie Mellon Qatar was the university's first undergraduate branch campus. Today, Carnegie Mellon Qatar offers five undergraduate programs. Nearly 400 students from 35 countries call Carnegie Mellon Qatar home. Carnegie Mellon Qatar is part of Education City, a campus on the outskirts of Doha that currently houses eight other university campuses from the United States and Europe.

The university offers benefits to eligible faculty and staff members working in Qatar. Eligible employees may cover their eligible dependents under certain benefits. Benefits-eligible expatriate employees may register and cover their same- or opposite-sex domestic partner. Offerings and coverage are determined by your employment status (full- or part-time, expatriate or local).

Benefits Effective Date

  • For Local HiresBenefits always go into effect on the first of the month. For example, if the hire date is the first of the month, the benefits effective date is the same date. Otherwise, the benefits effective date is the first day of the month following the date you were hired or became eligible.
  • For Expatriates —  If you are already employed by Carnegie Mellon, your benefits become effective on the first day of the month prior to the start of your international assignment. If you are newly hired, your benefits effective date is your first day of employment.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time, benefits-eligible —Scheduled Hours: At least 37.5 hours per week or 100% of a full-time schedule
  • Part-time, benefits-eligible — Scheduled Hours: At least 17.5 hours per week or 46.7% of a full-time schedule
  • Not benefits-eligible — Scheduled Hours: Less than 17.5 hours per week or 46.7% of a full-time schedule

Retirement Savings Eligibility

  • All employees who are U.S. citizens (expatriate or local hire) may contribute to a retirement savings plan by payroll deduction.
  • Full-time employees who are paid in USD and are expatriates are eligible for university contributions to a retirement savings plan.
  • Part-time employees who are paid in USD and are expatriates are eligible for university contributions once they reach 1,000 hours in an employment year.

Specific eligibility requirements (such as minimum hours worked, citizenship, U.S. sourced income/expatriate status, service requirement, etc.) or different benefit levels may exist.

Benefits Offerings for Full-Time Expatriates and Local-Hire Non-Qatari Citizens

Health and Welfare

  • Medical, Prescription and Vision Coverage through Cigna or Aetna
    • The Aetna plan offers two options—one that includes non-emergency care in the United States, and one that does not
  • Dental Coverage through Cigna
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Dependent Life Insurance

Financial

  • Spending Accounts (expatriates with U.S. sourced income only)
  • Retirement Savings
    • University contribution of 8% of your salary (9.78% for employees on a 9-month appointment) to the 403(b) Faculty and Staff Retirement Plan (FSRP) at no cost to you (expatriates with U.S. sourced income only)
    • Pre-tax or post-tax (Roth) supplemental contributions to the FSRP (expatriates with U.S. sourced income and U.S. citizen local hires only)
  • Tuition Benefits for Yourself and Your Dependent Children

Other Benefits

Benefits Offerings for Eligible Part-Time Expatriates and Local-Hire Non-Qatari Citizens

Health and Welfare

  • Medical, Prescription and Vision Coverage through Cigna or Aetna
    • The Aetna plan offers two options—one that includes non-emergency care in the United States, and one that does not
  • Life and AD&D Insurance

Financial

  • Retirement Savings
    • University contribution of 8% of your salary (9.78% for employees on a 9-month appointment) to the 403(b) Faculty and Staff Retirement Plan (FSRP) at no cost to you (expatriates with U.S. sourced income only; must work 1000 hours in an employment year)
    • Pre-tax or post-tax (Roth) supplemental contributions to the FSRP (expatriates with U.S. sourced income and U.S. citizen local hires only)
  • Tuition Benefits for Yourself

Other Benefits

Benefits Offerings for Full-Time Local-Hire Qatari Citizens

Health and Welfare

Financial

Other Benefits

Benefits Offerings for Eligible Part-Time Local-Hire Qatari Citizens

Health and Welfare

  • Medical, Prescription and Vision Coverage through Aetna
    • The Aetna plan offers two options—one that includes non-emergency care in the United States, and one that does not
  • Life and AD&D Insurance

Financial

Other Benefits

Contact the Carriers

CIGNA Global Health Benefits Plan
Group Number: 02424A
Phone:  or 302-797-3100
Toll Free: 800-441-2668 (Outside the U.S. should call toll free)
Tel-Drug Phone: 800-835-3784 or 605-373-0100

Aetna International
Phone: 800-01-08 (Qatar toll free) or 
+971-4-438-7602 (from outside Qatar)

MetLife
Disability, Life and AD&D Insurance
Phone: 800-638-6420

Plan Documents