WELCOME TO THE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL LEARNING IN MUSCAT, OMAN!
The Center for International Learning is a premier Center for studying Arabic and the wider Middle East. Through intentionally designed programs, we welcome students from over 41 countries to our two signature programs: Intensive Arabic Program and the Middle East Studies Program. Our Intensive Arabic Program is taught year-round, while our Middle East Studies Program is taught only during the Fall and Spring Semesters. We are the largest and oldest Center for the teaching of Arabic language in Oman, and have designed a curriculum that is most closely aligned with the outcomes of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). We have been the host site for a number of prestigious global institutions and programs including (but not limited to): the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Republic of Singapore), U.S. Department of Defense (Project Global Officers (GO) and military officers from various branches), British Military in Oman, and the British Embassy in Muscat. Furthermore, we have hosted students from such prestigious global scholarship programs as Fulbright Scholarship, Boren Fellowship, and the DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service). We regularly host students, professionals, scholars, and faculty from around the world and from institutions as prestigious as Harvard University (U.S.), University of Oxford (U.K.), University of Cambridge (U.K.), Edinburgh University (U.S.), University of California (U.S.), Ohio State University (U.S.), the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the College of William and Mary (U.S.), Leiden University (Netherlands), Northeastern University (U.S.), Virginia Tech (U.S.), among many others.
Our Middle East Studies Program is the only one of its kind in the entire Gulf region. Through an intentional approach to the study of Oman, the Arab Gulf States, and the Arab world, our students in this program are challenged to think outside of disciplinary boundaries that limit a true understanding of the region. The students begin their semester with an exploration of the complexities of their host nation, Oman; they move onto an exploration of issues in the Gulf beyond oil and delve into socio-political issues that allow them to contextualize the multiple issues that define the region; they end the semester with a critical examination of multiple issues in the Middle East, taking into account the current realities in the region. The study is supplemented with an examination of literature from around the region as well as movies that represent realities in different countries in the Arab Middle East. The program includes a course that explores the theoretical complexities in the study of the Middle East, as well as approaches to research that will prepare students to undertake an independent study on any topic of their choice related to the Arab world.
Our programs are supplemented by an array of excursions in Oman that allow students to explore the multiple dimensions of this fascinating country that hosts our students. Students are given the opportunity on most weekends of their time in Oman to visit villages that have existed for over 4,000 years, cities that have served central roles in Omani and Ibadhi history, desert locales that force one to marvel at the force of nature, and wadis (valleys/ravines) that redefine our understanding of beauty. These excursions are included in the program costs that students pay to attend the program, as we feel that your learning is enhanced both by feeling connected to your host country as well as the break that you get from leaving Muscat and allowing your brain the rest it needs from such rigorous study.
One of the biggest advantages that we have is our location. First, Muscat is the most cosmopolitan city in the Sultanate of Oman and is the seat of government and international diplomatic representation. You have access to all the amenities of a small, modern city (including internet, clean food and water, modern road system, ample transportation facilities, and a modern and inexpensive health care system). Furthermore, Oman's location on the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula gives you access to countries in the region (including the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey), as well as non-Arab countries that are equally rich and interesting (e.g. Tanzania, Kenya, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka). Our students have taken advantage of our location to hop on a plane and explore the richness of both the Arab world as well as the Indian Ocean. We invite you to do the same!
We hope you will continue to explore our programs and join us in this fascinating location to enhance your knowledge of the region. Please feel free to become acquainted with our staff by visiting the following link. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.