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QUICK FACTS
Location Irbi, Oman or Muscat, Oman
Academic Term Summer Quarter, Autumn Semester, Spring Semester (W/Sp)
September 9-December 27 2018, and various other dates
Estimated Program Fee $5,500 (Summer Quarter), $12,820 (Semester)
Credits 12-24 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Manager Shannon Quinn | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline Rolling Admission
HIGHLIGHTS
General The Noor Majan Arabic Institute is a center of innovation for language & cultural education. It is a strong leader and front-runner of Arabic language studies within the Sultanate of Oman. The courses at Noor Majan are designed to give students the self-confidence and ability to effectively communicate in Arabic, drawing upon relevant and authentic material to engage students in all aspects of the culture and language. 
 
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Noor Majan offers intensive Arabic language courses that are either two months or one month in length. The two options were built to accommodate the needs and time constraints of university students and professionals alike.  The continuous nature of Noor Majan's programs enables students to enter at any point during the year and study for as short as one month or for as long as one year. The two-month program consists of 200 contact hours, while the one-month program is 100 contact hours. Classes meet for five teaching hours per day, five days a week, a total of 25 contact hours per week.

In addition to the classroom contact hours, students will also receive two hours of language partner practice every week. During this time students will be challenged to apply their classroom knowledge to real-life situations.
 
LOCATION

Site
Oman sits in the Gulf region and is a land of jagged mountains, lush green hills touched by monsoon showers in the South, and vast deserts. This diverse landscape is also home to some of the most welcoming and hospitable people in the world.


Ibri Campus:
The Ibri campus is located among many historical sites, most prominent among them is the 400-year old Ibri fort and its famous gates are known as “Sabahat,” located right beside the well-preserved old suq of Ibri. Inside the fort, there is an old mosque which is still in use today. Amongst the most prominent archaeological sites in and near Ibri is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bat with its pre historic beehive tombs. Ibri’s souq is one of the largest and most prominent souqs both for the Dhahira region and historically for Oman; it once served as an important hub for the trading caravans of the past. Today it is still lively and animated throughout the week with local produce, ready-made goods and livestock being bought and sold daily; while also surrounded by some beautiful, traditional Arabic-Islamic architecture.

Muscat Campus:
The Muscat campus, located in the center of Al-Khuwair's central marketplace, is surrounded by an abundance of restaurants, cafes, stores, as well as important services like hospitals and pharmacies. Furthermore, Al-Khuwair's centralized location places students equidistant from all of the major places of interest in Muscat. The campus is located 10 minutes away from the Al-Qurum Beach, the Muscat Royal Opera House, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and less than 15 minutes from Muscat International Airport, the historic market in Mutrah and Corniche, and the Omani National Museum/ Palace of the Flag.


Field Trips
Each monthly course will have at least one half-day tour and one overnight excursion. These excursions are a chance to explore the country and serve as a continuation and important enhancement of a student’s language studies. Language partners and teachers are invited on excursions as supervisors with the purpose of engaging students and building friendships.

 
ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

None.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 12 - 24 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.

Courses

The Intensive Arabic Program:

Novice Arabic: Low Novice, ARAB 101
Mid Novice, ARAB 102
High Novice, ARAB 201
Intermediate Arabic: Low Intermediate, ARAB 202
Mid Intermediate, ARAB 301
High Intermediate, ARAB 302
Advanced Arabic: Low Advanced, ARAB 401
Mid Advanced, ARAB 402
High Advanced, ARAB 501
Superior Arabic: ARAB 502

*** Note that these course listings are provided by the Noor Majan Arabic Institute, and they may not correspond directly with UW credit labels.

The Rihla Program:
The Rihla (Arabic for journey) program helps students gain sufficient linguistic and cultural exposure to the various dialects, cultures, and customs of the diverse Arab world by providing them the opportunity to study in both Oman and Morocco. This program is a partnership between two well established language institutes, Noor Majan and Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM), that provides students the unique opportunity to have two unique but intertwined journeys in the Middle East and North Africa.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

 
ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

Students at Noor Majan stay at the institute’s student apartments. This type of accommodation is covered by the course fee. The apartments themselves are gender- segregated within a shared building on Ibri’s main road, within walking distance of restaurants, shops, laundry services, and the taxi and bus stations. All apartments come with full WiFi, laundry, kitchen, T.V., and lounging arrangements, and can house a total of two, three or four students. 

Additionally, female students have the opportunity to live with Omani host families for the duration of their course. For this arrangement Noor Majan charges an additional 150 OMR per month. The family provides a bed, wardrobe and bed linen, but students must bring their own towels. Students share the regular family meals. Our host families are carefully selected and understand the importance of Arabic language practice in the home. 

For more information on Noor Majan's housing accommodations, see their housing website here.

 
VISA INFORMATION

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

 
FINANCES

Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $12,820

Included in the program fee:

  • $350 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,400)
  • Food 
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: Payment Deadline

The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the program application.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.
 
APPLICATION

Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to the Noor Majan Arabic Insitute. For information on applying with Noor Majan, please see the application and registration section on the Noor Majan site here.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.