Discover Oman with the Center for International Learning
The Center for International Learning is the premier language learning center in the Sultanate of Oman – master your Arabic in one of Condé Nast Traveler's top travel destinations of 2015.
Our unique and challenging programs range from traditional study abroad semesters, flexible but intensive language study courses, and classes designed for working professionals in the Muscat area.
The Center for International Learning is the premier language learning destination in the Gulf. With our all-Omani teaching staff, immersive cultural excursions, and dedication to the mastery and retention of Arabic, we're proud to call ourselves "the best."
The Center for International Learning is the foremost institution of its kind in Muscat, offering flexible opportunities for rigorous study in a welcoming and inclusive environment.
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). With our all-Omani teachers, campus and accommodations in Muscat, and regular excursions worked into the curriculum, CIL is the ideal place to experience the best of the Arabian Peninsula.
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, Morocco), as well as non-Arab countries that are equally rich and interesting (e.g. Turkey, 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!
Accommodation and transportation options are available for students, ranging from living with Omani families to sharing new fully-furnished one- and two-bedroom flats (2 twin beds in each room) in a bustling neighborhood.
THE CIL DIFFERENCE
- 10 full-time certified Arabic teachers with years of experience, and 13 classrooms on our campus in Seeb
- Convenient student accommodation and transportation arranged by CIL
- Cultural excursions across Oman integrated into the curriculum
- Rigorous and comprehensive course of study that complies with ACTFL standards
Local Shared Flats
Most students opt to live in one- and two-bedroom furnished flats in a new building located in a busy souk area near the CIL campus, with local shops, small restaurants, and a gym close by. Other students live a mere stone’s throw from our campus. All of our accommodations are fully equipped with new kitchen appliances, cookware and utensils, linens, air conditioning and wi-fi in each flat. Students can keep costs down by cooking their own meals.
Students travel to and from the campus on the CIL private bus during the week. On weekends and evenings, local taxis provide transportation as well as opportunities for practicing Arabic! Also available (especially for male students) are baisa buses, local vans that ply the Sultan Qaboos Highway, transporting people from one end of Muscat to the other at a very affordable cost. For older students not in our study abroad program, car rental is also an option, and we can help to make arrangements any time.
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.
Did you ever have a burning desire to wake up at 3:30am, pull on your clothes, and head outside for a long walk on the beach? You will here in Oman, since 4:00am – under cover of darkness and an infinite number of stars – is the best time to see endangered green sea turtles make their way from sea to sand, dig large nest holes and lay 100 to 120 eggs. As the sun begins to rise over the water, these turtles return to the sea, never knowing if their progeny survive (only about 1% do). As you watch turtles laying eggs, you can also see hatchlings break out of more mature (older) eggs and instinctively crawl toward the sea, not to return to this same beach until it is their time to lay eggs. You will have the privilege of viewing this extraordinary feat of nature at the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve on the eastern coast of Oman, just a few hours’ drive from the capital city, Muscat.
Other Omani adventures include hiking the towering 3,300m/10,000’ Jebel Akhdar, known for stunning Grand Canyon-like vistas, the agricultural terracing separating villages that cling to the mountainside, and various varieties of fruit trees, including award-winning pomegranate, that flourish in the cool higher elevations.
A visit to Nizwa, Oman’s former capital, now less than 90 minutes from Muscat on a modern highway, previously took all day to reach by donkey on a rugged path. The restored Nizwa Fort offers a glimpse into Oman of the past, and is surrounded by a bustling market area, the souk, with its meat, fruits and vegetables, crafts, silver and khanjars, traditional Omani daggers. Nearby in one direction is Misfat Al Abreyyin, a 4,000 year old continuously-inhabited village on the side of a ravine. Locals still use the falaj to provide water for residents’ homes as well as to irrigate the terraced agricultural plots used to grow papayas, bananas, and sugar cane.
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