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Software available to students

Northwestern Qatar provides students with free access to various software programs.

Software provided on NU-Q laptops

Self Service


Self Service for macOS is an application installed on NU-Q IT-provided Apple computers aimed at allowing students, staff, and faculty to install common applications, run commands, and install Mac App Store Apps required for their time at NU-Q. Users can also run updates pushed by NU-Q IT to keep software up to date.

Where is Self Service located on my Mac? 

You can find the Self Service application on your Mac computer by navigating to:
Finder → Applications → Self Service.

Applications Available on Self Service

The below are a sample of applications and commands available in Self Service. This list is not exhaustive, for the most up-to-date list, please see the Self Service app. Learning Library

Lynda is a web-based program the provides tutorials and how-to videos on a variety of topics. Northwestern students can access Lynda for free:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter into the provided field
  3. Log in with your Northwestern NetID and password

More Software

More software, including EndNoteX9, is available for download through the Northwestern global IT site.

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