University Destinations

GEMS students are accepted by some of the world’s most prestigious universities

In the last four years, GEMS Education has enjoyed some of the best university acceptance rates of any international school groups.  Our students have been accepted into 1,050 universities in 53 countries.  We are proud to say this includes 66 of the world’s top 100 universities.

Within the GEMS Education network, GEMS American Academy Qatar is proud to announce our 100% college acceptance rate from our first three consecutive graduating classes.

These days, there’s a lot more to a university than obtaining a world class qualification alone.  Here’s how we prepare our students for university and the world of work:

  1. Development of employability skills: It’s not just a degree that employers look for.  A GEMS student gains self-confidence, communication, initiative, team work and time management skills.
  2. Interest and experience in their future study courses: Student in high school explore their career interests through academic projects and assessments which culminates in Grade 12 where GAAQ seniors will undertake a 12-to-16-week internship at the locations of various Qatar companies.  This internship day will happen once per week and provide first-hand experience in a particular role or career field.
  3. Improved career prospects: A higher education is a gateway to jobs in the future.  Many organizations around the world employ GEMS Alumni.  With tens of thousands of contacts all over the world, your child will find a connection wherever their career takes them.
  4. Development of personal and social skills: GEMS Core Values have been part of our DNA for over 55 years.  With a GEMS Education, your child will not just become a conscientious student, they’ll also gain the confidence and independence to thrive at home, university and at work.

Whether we are lucky enough to teach your child for a few years or many more, the lessons they learn at GEMS and GEMS American Academy Qatar will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Summary of Top Acceptances for our First Three Graduating Classes

Top Schools in Each Category

USA Canada UK Europe Qatar World
1 Michigan State University Queen's University Coventry University MetFilm School Berlin Georgetown University Qatar American University of Beirut
2 University of Arizona McMaster University University of Aberdeen Universidad Europea de Madrid Carnegie Mellon University Qatar Monash University
3 New York Film Academy Dalhousie University Anglia Ruskin University Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Texas A&M University Qatar Bahçeşehir University
4 University of Missouri University of Waterloo Royal Holloway, University of London Royal College of Surgeons Qatar University Old Dominion University
5 Temple University Carleton University Brunel University London Suffolk University - Madrid Stenden University Qatar George Mason University

Flashback to our Class of 2021 Graduation

Our Class of 2021 had to endure a difficult pathway toward graduation because of the global COVID pandemic, but the community rallied to properly acknowledge and congratulate this special class of Seniors through a heartfelt video from GEMS American Academy administration.

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