Qatar Leadership Exchange

The Qatar Leadership Exchange is the premier cross-cultural leadership development program in the Division of Student Affairs at VCU.

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Application due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Student Government Association (SGA) in partnership with VCU Division of Student Affairs sponsors the initiative. The program's purpose is to increase appreciation, awareness, and collaboration between VCU's Richmond and VCU Arts Qatar campuses. The Exchange provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for sixteen student leaders to travel to the VCU Arts Qatar campus in Doha for one week over the fall Reading Days. In addition, students will host the Qatar delegation in Richmond for one week in late October/early November, including planning for the campus' annual VCU Arts Qatar Day celebration. The program is open to all students on both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses, including graduate and professional students. The program provides full funding for the students who are selected.


  • Increase appreciation, awareness, and collaboration between VCU's Richmond and Qatar campuses
  • Promote communication, partnership, and leadership development between the Student Government Associations on both campuses
  • Increase students' understanding of Qatari and United States culture and customs
  • Provide a high-impact, study abroad experience that is open to all VCU students regardless of their ability to afford it financially
  • Enhance students' leadership development in order to support VCU's Quest For Distinction and the Qatar 2030 National Vision goals and strategies

Participation Guidelines

Selected students will be required to participate in the extensive planning of all aspects of the exchange and must be able to commit to the following dates (with the understanding that some changes may occur):

  • Participate in the Qatar Leadership Exchange Orientation - prior to the end of the spring 2018 semester
  • Attend weekly planning meetings starting in the fall 2018 semester
  • Travel to Qatar:
    • Leave on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
    • Return on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018
  • Hosting the VCU Qatar Delegation (Tentative)
    • Travel to Washington, D.C., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018
    • Be available for specific hosting events during the week of Nov. 5-Nov. 9, 2018
    • Volunteer on site at Qatar Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
    • Volunteer on site at Majlis Day on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018


This experience is open to all VCU undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students on both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses based on the following guidelines:

  • Participants must be in good standing academically and have a minimum G.P.A of 2.5 or higher
  • Participants must not have any outstanding conduct concerns
  • Applicants must be full-time students, registered for classes and attend classes on the VCU Monroe Park or the MCV campuses for the Fall 2018 semester
  • Students who anticipate engaging in fieldwork, practicums, or internships must be located in the Richmond area during the fall semester
  • Students who are graduating in December 2018 are not eligible to apply


This application consists of general information, specific open-ended questions and the names and contact information for two (2) references. Please follow all instructions and complete the application in full in order to be considered for the exchange. If you have any questions, please submit them at or contact Ms. Allison Dyche ( or LaDarius Thompson ( for more information. The application is due at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday March 7, 2018!

Students can apply using the following link: 2018 VCU Qatar Leadership Exchange Application

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