Program Details

All participants will take four courses: Introduction to Arabic, Christian-Muslim Relations, Oman Culture and Society, and Integrative Experiential Learning. Northwestern College will grant 16 credits upon completion of the program.
Location:
Lupeni, Romania; Muscat, Oman
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
Northwestern College, in conjunction with the Al Amana Centre of Muscat, Oman, is pleased to offer a unique semester experience engaging the culture of Oman. This program will provide participants an opportunity to discover this rich and diverse Middle Eastern nation and to engage in a vibrant dialogue about Islam, Arab culture, and—more specifically—Omani culture. Combining cultural immersion with academic rigor, students will gain an understanding of some of the important questions facing a traditional culture that is rapidly modernizing. The Al Amana Centre represents over one hundred years of work in Oman. This legacy opens doors to people and experiences not available to others. Aside from time spent in Muscat, participants will venture beyond the capital city to truly discover the diversity of Oman. The modern city gives way to small oasis villages, date palm farms and Bedouin lifestyles. To experience these elements of life in Oman, participants will be given ample opportunities to engage and observe more traditional Omani life through various excursions and activities.

All participants will take four courses: Introduction to Arabic, Christian-Muslim Relations, Oman Culture and Society, and Integrative Experiential Learning. Northwestern College will grant 16 credits upon completion of the program.

Students will stay at the Al Amana Centre located in Muttrah, the historic section of Muscat. A resident director will be on-campus, and students will take their meals at The Centre. During the semester, participants will take four weekend trips to discover the diversity within Oman. Included will be excursions into the interior via the coastal road. There will also be opportunities to hear guest lecturers, attend lectures at the Grand Mosque and hear presentations at the Historical Association of Oman. In students’ free time, they will be able to visit local museums, go snorkeling, dolphin watching, trek in the mountains, and more.
Setting Description:
The Oman Semester will take place in the cities of Muscat, Manah, and Nizwah. Oman is located in the Middle East and occupies the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to the west, Yemen to the south, the Straight of Hormuz to the north and the Arabian Sea to the east. Muscat is the capital of Oman and is also Oman’s financial and trade center. The wilayat of Manah is thought to be the first resting place of Malik bin Fahim al Azdi before the Arabs entered Oman when the Maa'rab Dam in Yemen broke. Nizwa is in the A’Dakhliyah region and is known as the “Pearl of Islam” due to its important contribution in bringing Islam to Oman.
Cost:
The program fee will be the same as Northwestern College on-campus tuition/room/board plus airfare. It includes tuition for 16 credits, in-country transportation, housing, most meals or meal per diem, orientation, and all program excursions and retreats. Visit our site for current rates. All participants will need to cover airfare, books (est. $100-$150), passport and pictures, immunizations/vaccines, international insurance and individual travel and spending money, among other items.

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