About Us

Mission and Vision


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.

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Why ABP?

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.

Gateway to University

The ABP helps its students get admitted to English-speaking universities and to be successful in their future studies. Not only is the ABP academic program focused on building the skills needed to succeed in university, we offer a range of supportive services that pave the way for college success.

Mini courses in IELTS and ACT/SAT help boost test scores, while college counseling services help students understand the complex college application process and how to write compelling college admissions essays. As a result, over 90% of ABP graduates are admitted to universities each year.

Academic Skills

The Academic Bridge Program (ABP) provides students with a variety of skills that are important for university admission and for success at university. Those skills include the following:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Following instructions
  • Using rubrics
  • Proofreading
  • Getting extra help
  • Time management
  • Working with others in a group
  • Working in a mixed gender environment
  • Taking initiative
  • Accepting responsibility
  • Acting with academic integrity

The students and faculty are diverse. I met people I wouldn’t have met anywhere else and it’s close to Qatar Foundation’s universities.

— Ali Al Ansari
ABP Alumni

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Message from the ABP Director

It is my pleasure to introduce the faculty and staff of the Academic Bridge Program (ABP) for the 2015-2016 school year. The school normally seeks teachers with at least a master’s degree and a minimum of five years of experience. This year, however, the average teacher’s experience is closer to 15 years, and several of the senior teachers and administrators have as many as 30-40 years of experience. Additionally, five of the senior staff has earned doctoral degrees.

Some of this year’s faculty members have been college professors or instructors, and many have taught in several countries prior to coming to Qatar. This year’s faculty and staff have been recruited from hundreds of applicants, and they collectively represent 20 nations (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Jordan, Romania, Lebanon, The Philippines, Poland, Switzerland, Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, France, India, and 11 faculty members from Qatar). The faculty has been selected for their subject matter expertise, educational qualifications, enthusiasm and previous success in teaching, and their commitment to providing each student with the maximum opportunity for learning and success.


ABP Director