The Center for International Learning (CIL) invites you to learn and grow through study in the Sultanate of Oman. For years students have found this an ideal setting for their international study, a nation of warm and welcoming people who practice a form of Islam – Ibadhism – that practices tolerance and acceptance of others. CIL provides students with the learning experiences needed to become world citizens.
Comprised of Americans and Omanis, many with Ph.D and Masters Degrees, the CIL faculty facilitates experiential education, cultural exchange, and comparative studies to deepen understanding, promote common interests, and explore the shared aspirations of people from different cultures. CIL offers students the chance of a lifetime—the kind of understanding that yields lasting friendship, tolerance and mutual respect.
CIL offers all three levels of Modern Standard Arabic (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), as well as Omani dialect, media Arabic, and skills classes. Arabic is one of the fastest growing languages learned by students in the U.S. Known for its fascinating complexity, it is a language of literature, poetry and elegant calligraphy. Arabic also is a language that encompasses deep and abiding cultural traditions, making its study a rich and rewarding learning experience.
CIL utilizes Al Kitaab fii Taalum Al-Arabiya, Parts 1, 2, and 3, as well as other materials developed by the teaching faculty. Arabic instruction at CIL covers media literacy, comprehension, and active use of lughat-al-muthaqqafeen (“educated speech”), as used on Al Jazeera.
All of CIL’s Arabic language classes are taught by native Omani instructors trained in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). Students also can elect to enhance language learning through informal sessions with an individual Omani Language Partner (i.e., chatting, shopping at the souk, cooking, going to movies and other local events, such as village weddings).
Students may choose from the following Arabic language options:
|Intensive Arabic Language and Cultural Study|
|3-, 6-, and 12-month programs customized to the needs of an individual or very small group|
|Summer Arabic Language Programs|
|Arabic Language In Muscat – ALIM (immersion program of five to six weeks' duration)|
|Winter Break Arabic Language Program|
|Two separate 3-week programs in January and February program based in Muscat.|
|Customized Short-Term Arabic Language Programs|
|Varying duration during the academic year.|
|Evening Classes in Arabic Language|
|A special program for expatriate residents meeting two evenings weekly for eight week continuing rotations.|
Please note round-trip airfare is not provided by CIL and is not quoted in any of the listed prices.
Application forms are available on the CIL website:
National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
1730 M St. NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036